Brewery: Half Acre (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
After two ridiculous extended work weeks in a row, I really needed to kick back with a refreshing brew tonight. Thankfully my favorite local brewery Half Acre just released their latest offering: Ambrosia, a wheat beer brewed with Hibiscus flowers and oranges. Perhaps this spring release was a bit pre-emptive since the weather immediately turned to shit in the following days, but I am not complaining either way. This is a damn good beer.
As you might guess from the design above, Ambrosia is heavily influenced by the 8-bit culture. The guys at the brewery got their hands on an NES system recently and hooked it up in their office. Their retro gaming escapades paved the way for a brand new beer, which just so happens to coincide with the beginning of spring.
Ambrosia’s appearance is on the darker side of wheat beers. When poured into a glass, it has a dark orange color that looks absolutely delicious. The aforementioned Hibiscus and orange notes are prominent, as this has a definite citrus taste to it. The beer does leave a little bit of a lingering bitterness on the tongue, but it is not overwhelming. If I had a lawn to mow, this would be my drink of choice. It is an excellent session beer, easily drinkable, and it packs some surprising punch with its 6% ABV.
The release of Ambrosia reminds me of my days in Michigan when Bell’s Brewery would ship out their Oberon Ale. Fuck robins chirping — that was the true sign of spring’s arrival for me! Ambrosia is an excellent spring beer, and I hope it becomes an annual release. This brew is going quick, so if you are in the Chicagoland area make sure to try it ASAP!