Well its official, I’m really starting to feel my age. After a long weekend at Lollapalooza, I’m still exhausted. I had every intention of doing a review on Tuesday but I ended up crashing and couldn’t muster the energy to formulate a coherent thought. Lollapalooza was a blast. Spending some time in the city was awesome with the exception of the traffic but all in all I am in awe of the city skyline and it’s beauty. I got to hang with my boy Wes and it’s really cool that we share in the same love of Craft Beer and music. If you’ve seen my Lolla post, you know that he & I snuck some Craft Beers in to enjoy because there are NO Craft Beers to be had. I know that I am a Craft Beer snob but it really bums me out that with a city that has some great breweries, we get no local option from the city that shares it’s park with Lollapalooza and the 200,000 plus people that attend. I was inspired to review Half Acre Beer Co’s Meat Wave because of my love of the city of Big Shoulders. Not to mention, my boy Wes hooked me up with it and for that I will be forever grateful. Wes and I have only known each other for over two years now but he had become more than just a friend, I consider him my brother and part of my family. This one’s for you bro.
Half Acre Beer Company classifies this brew as an English-bent India Pale Ale and their blog describes Meat Wave as, “Chicago has been romancing pigs and their tasty bodies in ways like never before. Pigs are hot, totally trending, and part of what we do. Chicago popular culture is running rampant with our succulent friends, while our history is steeped in pork parts.
What we're saying, is that Chicago has been entrenched in the pig for ages and we're about to climax. Meat Wave is an English-bent India Pale Ale that will be our Chicago Craft Beer Week beer. Earthy delicious, this meat centric offering is for you, Chicago.”
Meat Wave pours a dark caramel color with a ¾” tan head. The aroma is malty sweet up front with scents of citrus and pine with faint bready malts in the background.
I really wish that it didn’t take me so damn long to get to this beer but what the hell can one do? This is definitely an English IPA as indicated by the malty profile in the flavor. I for one prefer west coast style American IPAs as they tend to be more on the hoppy/citrus side. However, Half Acre continues to impress me with every one of their beers that I have been able to check off the list. Meat Wave is no exception. This is a finely crafted version of an English IPA that dances across your taste buds with a nice balance and a complexity that I find highly enjoyable. Meat Wave starts with a nice citrus and pine hop bite with touches of caramel malts. It then dances across the palate in the middle with more of a pale malt taste as if the song changed mid-dance. Meat Wave finishes with a return of a slight citrus flavor that is dominated by a malty sweetness that is buttery in nature. When I initially heard the name Meat Wave, I was confused and perplexed. Knowing that the label would be that of a portioned pig I almost thought that there would be a little piggy in the flavor but thankfully, this is all IPA. A big thanks goes out to Wes for setting one aside for me, I greatly appreciate it bro!! No big surprise, Half Acre continues to impress me to no end and they are quickly establishing themselves as the premier Craft Brewery in the city!
Consumed: Trinity Brewing Company Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack