ales tend to be some of the most boring beers ever since they’re
deliberately mild. In the case of Half Full Bright Ale it’s probably
better considered a standard American pale ale even though it claims to
be a hybrid of those two styles. Plenty hoppy for a light pale ale,
though not much in the way of malty distinctiveness or other refined
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright yellow hue over a fairly hazy body. Fine carbonation
visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which laces and retains
Smell: Grapefruit flesh and peel. Light floral scent.
Taste: The palette here is pretty simple: grapefruit hop flavor from
beginning to end. Light dry bitterness up front with a bit of a juicy
taste through the middle and a pretty mild, clean finish. There isn’t
much more to it than that; though what’s here is at least pretty
delectable and interesting. It’s not sweet, nor does any particular malt
(base or specialty) stand out (though that would’ve been nice). The hop
flavor and IBUs are at a nice level so as to give the beer some bite,
but still mild enough to not be intimidating. This would be a good
transition brew for macro lager drinkers.
Drinkability: As far as I can tell, Half Full Bright Ale isn’t a summer
seasonal, but it can be drank as such. The body is light and the beer is
refreshing in the mouth despite the hop presence. I am surprised it’s
5.2% ABV as it drinks like a much lighter brew so it seems rather
inefficient to me. Good to drink in the summer, though probably not
ideal for sessioning.