Beer Review: Half Acre Heyoka IPA

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This IPA from Half Acre is now known as Senita IPA but when I made my notes on this one it was still called Heyoka. They had to change the name because of some disagreements over the origin of the name. Half Acre is currently working on their expansion into a larger brewing facility which will increase there distribution area and production. Heyoka or Senita comes in at 7% ABV.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow with a 1 finger head and some real nice lacing.

Nose: Really nice bright aroma. Very piney and resinous, lots of grapefruit and citrus fruits in the aroma as well. Very pleasant nose that hits you hard when you pour it from the can.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose really nicely with lots of grapefruit and pine. Some earthy and floral notes with a strong biscuit malt backbone which balances the beer out perfectly. Finishes slightly dry and sticky. A very nice full mouthfeel and the appropriate amount of carbonation.

Price/Availability: 4 pack of 16oz cans for around $10. Very widely available here in Chicago both in canned form as well as on draft.

Overall: A great offering from the makers of many other incredible beers. Truly one of Chicago’s best local options, this and daisy cutter are two of my go-to beers out at the bar. This and Anti-Hero are the first two IPAs you should have when you get to Chicago.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Founder’s Double Trouble Imperial IPA

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It is Founder’s Double Trouble season so my review of this infamous Imperial IPA was inevitable. One of the breweries most anticipated yearly releases and one of many hopheads most anticipated releases every year as well. I drank this fresh, I have just gotten behind in posting some reviews . This was also the first time I had this beer so my opinion was unbiased and my expectations were high but not influenced by any other years version of this beer. Double Trouble comes in at 9.4% ABV and 86 IBUs.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1/2-1 finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves some pretty nice lacing down the glass. Has one of the colors I really like a DIPA to have.

Nose: Very piney and resiny right up front, really dank nose that is pretty intense. Grapefruit juice and some malt sweetness and a hint of the alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouth: Good bitterness up front, has a nice feel to it with good carbonation which lends to its slightly dry and bitter finish. You get some warming heat on the back end but it is rather pleasant and expected with the alcohol content of this beer. Mostly piney bitterness in the taste but some tropical fruit flavors coming through as well. You get some biscuit malt in the taste as well to help balance the bitterness and heat.

Price/Availability: Seasonal release available July-September. Price is good most places but this beer also sometimes can experience a bit of price gouging since stores are aware that it is a very anticipated release. For the most part though it is pretty available and at a reasonable price.

Overall: A really great Double from Founders, a little different done Founders way. This is definitely a beer all hopheads should try at some point. A beer worthy maybe not of all the hype it receives but definitely worthy of some hype and a release I will definitely be seeking out in future years.

Grade: A-