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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre / Three Floyds ShewolfHalf Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 158
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spycow on 07-02-2010

Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, this raging hop knife is brewed with a minimalists approach to using raw materials.
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 74
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...label artwork on this is something....beer flowing directly into people's mouths via the Shewolf's nipples!

Pours into my glass a light golden orange with a creamy dense white head that leaves sticky lacing all across the glass. Aromas of vibrant hops upfront. A nice mix of citric, grapefruit aromas alongside floral and fresh cut grassy tones. Well layered with a mellow crisp malt backing. Hop mix makes me think of Alpha King vs. Daisy Cutter almost...

First sip brings a flavor meld of hops upfront with a mix of tropical, citric grapefruit colliding with resinous, grassy notes. Smooth, mellow malt backbone yields to the bitter onslaught from the hops as it flows down. Quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creamy aspect. Pretty much spot on for an IPA and rather refreshing. This one winds up being another super drinkable IPA from two breweries who have two of my favorite IPA's in their regular lineup already. Tasty collaboration, worth checking out.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with orange and pine notes. The flavor bready malt, pine and orange hops and low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA that I am really glad I got to try.

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts and large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops.

Tastes good. The pale malt flavors remain relatively muted however the hop flavors aren't as robust as the aroma would indicate. The citrus and tropical fruit flavors come into play midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was highly anticipating this beer after getting a waft of the growler across the room but I have to say that the flavor profile let me down a bit. Still, it's a nice beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beersis81 for this surprise package

A: Nice golden color with some yellow tinting. good carbonation and a thick head. slightly cloudy, very nice webbed lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit notes with some manog and melon hoppiness.

T: Mostly pine and grapefruit hoppiness with hints of lemon and melon as well. some caramel and breadiness as well

M: Nice dryness and no heat. there is a nice lingering hop quality and the body is pretty good,but slightly rough around the edges

D: A tasty IPA that reminds me a little bit of sculpin. very enjoyable but nothing too legendary about it

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to oreo.

Pours slightly hazy golden in color with a one-finger white head with average retention.

Aroma is very nice: floral and citrusy hops, a little rough but enjoyable.

Flavor is sweet malt, pale mostly, with a good balance of grapefruit, mango, floral notes, and resin. Tastes like a blend of Half Acre and Three Floyds, if you know what I mean.

Rough palate. Pretty wrecking. Medium body and good carbonation.

A really good IPA, especially for a single IPA (although this borders on double).

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for hooking me up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazy coppery gold, with 2 fingers of stiff bright-white foamy head. This sticks around with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass and thick creamy bunching around the edges. Swirling gets this up near a whole finger again, leaving a huge sticky smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with floral accents, sharp leafy earth tones, zesty grapefruit, and light spicy textures give this a big hoppy forcefulness. This is softened up on the sides a bit by sweet tropical notes of mango, apricot, and pineapple, as well as some mellow doughy smelling grains. As impressive as the hop profile is here, the overall impression I'm getting is sweet and tangy here in the nose.

The taste hops are bright in the mouth with grapefruit, green earth, citrus, and pine all bringing flavor and bitterness to this. That sweetness from the tropical fruit in the nose is a little more subtle here, mixing with the flat grainy sweetness of the malts across the back of the palate. Pretty good overall balance here and just the right amount of bitterness left behind as well, lingering on the palate with a finish that is piney, spicy, pithy, and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a VERY mellow feel despite the size here, with an easy creaminess to the carbonation which mingles effortlessly with slickness of the oils in the body. This gets a little sharper towards the back, giving this some extra presence as you swallow and I'm picking up almost zero alcohol detection here as well which mixes with that body to really keep the drinkbility of this nice.

After the misfire that was The Invasion, it was great to see Half Acre and Three Floyds get things back on track with this flavorful and very easy drinking American IPA. There's a lot of sweetness here from the hops but they luckily brought enough bitterness to the table as to not let things get to out of hand. This is definitely one worth checking out.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange color with a huge soft white head. There were beautiful webs of lacing down to the last drop.

Sweet, sweet citrus hops are the first thing that catch my nose. Tropical fruits of all varieties. It smells as fresh as fresh can get.

Juicy pineapple is the first flavor that hits my palate, then oranges and sweetness of mango. There's a subtle herbal touch. The malt is present but dominated by hops. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is clean and sticky. Again, fresh as hell.

I loved every last drop of this brew. So spot on for the style and could easily fall into the DIPA category. Hops galore.

Photo of Jaycase
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange with foamy white 2 finger head

s: tropical fruit galore. especially grapefruit, mango, orange

t: loads of citrusy hops. some piney bitterness there too.

m: med body & carbonation.

o: Great collaboration with FFF. Aroma is top notch and the taste is right there with it. I'd put it under Galactic DDC but it is still a great IPA I hope to have a chance again to try next year.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Peesie for sending this out to me for the heck of it. This guy deserves huge beer karma. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours a slight hazy golden color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of tan fluffy head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The initial nose is a blast of tropical citrus notes (lemon and orange) which is followed by pine, hops, and some bready malts.

Taste - As with the nose, a burst of citrus, though more bitter than expected, and tasting more like grapefruit rind than lemon or orange (however those are also present). The pine and hops are somewhat subdued by the more prominent citrus, which I don't mind whatsoever. At the end of the sip, a nice and subdued sweet caramel malt backbone comes into play, along with some bready malts.

[edit] Had one of my "favorite" beers tonight (Alpine Nelson) and after having Shewolf no joke, I was let down. This beer is easily deserving of the reviews it is getting!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, and a crisp finish.

Drinkability - Extremely so. I am very lucky to be able to try this beer. Thanks again to Peesie!

Photo of y1fsm8s
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My cousin went to the brewery on release day and got me a case!

Bomber poured into 3 different snifters.

Appearance was hazy pale yellow, almost straw colored.

Smell was amazing. Pretty sure I got some cascade hops in there, very hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was just wow. Very citrus and pine with a decent bitter bite on the end. Exceptional.

This beer is highly drinkable. at 8% this beer hides its abv well. I had a third of the bottle but was longing for more.

Sidenote: The artwork on the bottle is awesome.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get out of my head Shakira :(
My blood, its wolfsblood, pumping in my veins... ok Misfits, that's better ;)

Picked this up on the 4th, after trying some growlers shared by joe1510 and another generous soul.

Into a Duvel tulip, it glows orange with a dull haze. Fluffy, sticky, 3-D head of white foam, that laces nicely on the sides. Strong retention out the yin yang.

Very dank. Grapefruit, orange, and mango right out of the bottle in the first whiff. Sticky sweet candied orange peel and Cascade/Centennial grapefruit juice. After the first sip it gets much more earthy and leafy green, with a pungent cattiness.

A wave of citrus builds with an underlying earthy and deep bitterness. Wow this is really bitter, earthy, and resiny. Not for the IPA shy... Leafy and dry aftertaste after the hops lay waste to the palate. Rolling it around, there's some malt character but it's buried under all the green stuff. Very herbal, fresh hops are big in this. Moderate IPA body, on the verge of DIPA. Pretty killer stuff, though a bomber is about all I can drink.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to both emerge077 and DavidEddie for a bottle of this magically delicious APIA (I'm really happy I've got an extra!)

A - Straight from the tit, a tiny hint of cloudiness fogs up the golden yellow beer while the massive egg shell head fingering in at a strong four, descends slowly while leaving a massive veil of lace coating the whole glass. Absolutely stunning.

S - Floral hops explode into the nostrils with the first whiff of this beer. Pine needle and light lupulun resin reminiscent of picking hops follows up. It's a strong but light aroma. Pungent but crisp, not overbearing. Fantastic IPA aroma! Light malt backing that provides just enough balance without being intrusive.

T - Light and crisp pale malts provide the perfect backing to a massive level of delicious hops! Lupulun massiveness with a huge level of floral hops and a sliver of pine in the mix.

M - Crisp, light, and largely citrusy with a superb level of moderate bitterness to the finish. Shewolf is an almost flawlessly balanced IPA with a medium body and a clean, refreshing finish.

D - I could tackle this bomber myself no problem. What a solid, nay, fantastic, almost flawless American IPA. I'll be hard pressed to share the other bomber with anyone. It may just be a refreshing treat on a hot day.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle to FFF teku.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. A small layer of white head formed and receded to a ring around the glass.

S -Grapefruit, peach, tangerine, pine and a slight caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T - A huge bitterness up front with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some lighter mango flavours. A slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the background but this one is defintiely a hop-forward IIPA.

M - Medium body with lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with a small creamy white head. A little retention and good lacing.

Bold grapefruit aromas. Just a touch of sticky malt sweetness. Dank hops are abundant.

Heavenly hop bomb on the palate. Big citrus especially red grapefruit come through at first. Very little malt and a ton of hops. Finishes very bitter and dry again with a ton of grapefruit and a little bit of resin.

Medium bodied, very dry. Good carbonation.

Fantastic treat for a hophead. Reminds me a lot of Arctic Panzer Wolf. This one is very grapefruit forward and a delight to drink. Thanks to jegross2 for the bottle hookup!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to koopa for sending me down this gem, i had been dying to try. poured into a pint glass and served chilled this was consumed on 08/20/2010.

the pour was nothing short of splendid. with its wonderful amber color and smooth even head of white that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down with lots of lacing all along the side of the glass.

aroma is fantastic. rich, ripe, and completely fresh citrus hops that just dominate the air. lots of orange, grapefruit and pineapple at the first glance. coming up with some light buttery touches and a touch of lemon zest. crisp, clean and supper bitter hop flavor rips the tongue to shreds. nice medium carbonation with a full drying on the palate leaves a ton of grapefruit flavor on the palate.

amazingly drinkable especially given the percentage, i could have had this one again and again, truly a gem, and really thankful to get to try it.

Photo of TJBurgess
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

#21

22oz into my Perfect Pint.

A: This is straw colored with a orangish hue and about 2 inches of frothy white head. 4.0

S: Terrific and strong burst of hops and citrus. Absolutely makes me want to take a big swig of this on a hot summer day (not unlike today). 4.5

T: Hops to the front, citrus and pine follows with a refreshing bitterness. Malts are less promint but still there to add a nice balance. 4.5

M/D: smooth, lightly carbonated for other single ipa's. This is as refreshing of an ipa with malts that I've had in awhile. I'm usually a one-and-done on beers, but I have no issue having a second bomber of this in a night. This makes me reconsider my preference to Dipa's because I didn't think a single could get this bold. 5.0

Cheers!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Masterski for including this as an extra. Poured into my tulip glass.

Lightly colored, looks like predominantly pale malts were used in the mash. It is a crisp and clear golden amber color, highlighted by orangey tints around the edges. A creamy and thick inch of head sits on top and is well-retained, leaving thick rings of foam on the back of the glass as I drink.

The nose is a conglomeration of just about everything that I enjoy in an IPA. Huge grapefruit and tropical hop aromas backed up against a piney hop base. Nice and bitter, this beer really puts it all on the table. The taste follows suit nicely, and even improves upon the aroma. Nicely balanced, as the bitterness is ample but not overwhelming. The apricot and mango come out nicely from the tropical fruitiness that was dominated by grapefruit in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is incredibly mellow. The heavy-looking carbonation is surprisingly understated against the light-to-medium textured body. It's almost a spritzy feel. As it warms, the body turns in an almost creamy quality in the finish. This is a great IPA. I wish it was more readily available around here, but I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to try it. I highly discourage passing on this if you find it when you are out.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

a - pours a bright golden amber color, somewhat cloudy, two-finger white head with good retention and lacing

s - huge citrus notes on the aroma, grapefruit, tangerine and a little lemon were detectable, very light alcohol presence

t - once again, citrusy hops dominate, lots of grapefruit and tangerine, the bitterness was not overwhelming and there was a nice subtle malt backbone that added some depth to the citrus hops, lingering grapefruit bitterness on the fairly dry finish, very light boozy heat

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, light alcohol warming, dry finish, good overall feel for the style

d - pretty drinkable, flavors were crisp and clean, though I suspect the hops were a little brighter a month or two ago, not too harsh on the palate and the alcohol is pretty well hidden

Really nice IPA -- glad I got a chance to try this one.

Photo of hansgruber
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange body. Small head. Kinda syrupy looking pour. 

Huge citrus hop aroma mixed with a touch of bready malt. 

Big blast of orange and grapefruit hop goodness. This one is all hops. Very smooth. 

Bitterness that lingers.  Medium plus body. 

Overall a very solid IPA. Gets even better as it warms up a few degrees from the fridge. Very smooth at 8%

Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted in mid-August 2010 from a bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours hazy pale yellow with a thick, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose is very complex with floral, resinous, citrus, and tropical fruit (mango, papaya, and pineapple) hops. There is also much more of a caramelly malt aroma than I expected given the very light color of the beer. Flavor is very hoppy with the grapefruit and tropical notes coming through nicely. Once again, the malts come through as very carameled. The body is medium with a average carbonation and a long bitter finish. This beer is quite nice with great complexity and nice balance.

Photo of GbVDave
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty hazy shade of pale gold. Carbonation is very active which keeps the creamy, off-white, meringue-like layer of foam well fed. Retention was fantastic!

S: The first thing I noticed about this when I first started pouring it was a quick flash of that characteristic FFF grassy green hop aroma. Quickly though, this got a bit more complex. Big notes of juicy tropical fruit, pine, sweet citrus, and a constant undrecurrent of toasty grains.

T: Damn. The only deviation from the smell is the toasted malt. While more of a supporting role above, it becomes a major player here. Sure the hops are just absolutely amazing but the malt is the glue that holds this all together. Finishes big with flavors of tropical hops, pine sap, tangerines, cut grass, and peppery malt.

M: Instead of being just being "sweet" or having "caramel flavors" the malt displayed here is toasted, dry, and roasty. I guess what I'm getting at is the malty balance here isn't sweet and syrupy. It's dry and roasty with a hint of sweetness. The hops are all manor of spicy, oily, prickly, peppery, and sticky.

D: This is an incredible effort from these collaborators. I went to pick this up on the release day, 7/2/10 and the place was mobbed. Some buddies from work and I went back the next night to get more and the place was mobbed again! I sincerely hope that this isn't a "one and done" release. This IPA is just too friggin good to tease us like this...

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one

Pours a golden yellow color with a towering three fingers of head and some lacing left behind.

The aroma is full of bright hoppiness, a nice mix of floral/pine with some tropical notes as well. Very clean and inviting.

The flavor starts out with a wave of bitter floral hoppiness and a light lemon zest finish. That is pretty much it...but damn it is tasty

The body and carbonation levels are normal for an IPA. Perhaps a tad watery in the finish, could use some stickiness.

Overall this is definitely a great beer and another one that I can add to the list of fine IPA's brewed in the Midwest using the West Coast style.

Photo of cvaypai
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim(chicagobeerriot) for this one, great extra.

Poured from bomber to new belgium globe.

Appearance - Hazy straw golden yellow poured with a 1 finger creamy yet frothy white head. The head leaves an AWESOME lacing down the glass as I drink.

Smell - This one smells incredibly oily and hoppy. Lots of citrus going on, can pick out the orange and maybe a bit of mango but this one has a TON of grapefruit. Pineapple and lemon also found. This smells awesome. Maybe a tiny bit of pine and a whiff of sweet malt if you are really trying to find it.

Taste - This is different than any other IPA I've ever had. It's zesty with lemon and grapefruit rind it seems. It has the earthy and grassy tones. Also a bit of pine found in there. Even a bit of orange rind on the end. The bitterness is pretty insane and it tastes incredibly resiny. Maybe a bit of biscuity malt, but it's covered well by the hops.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness is really good but maybe a bit harsh. It is really oily and the carbonation could be a bit better. The body is medium and the weight follows suit. Something a bit off in the mouthfeel, it doesn't distract much from the beer, still darn good.

Drinkability - This bomber will go down with ease. Really drinkable and a killer ipa. There is something very different about this than most other but it's exciting and new and very tasty to me. I can barely stop myself from lifting the glass to my mouth. A second bomber would be a chore, due to the abrasiveness and the availability of this beer.

Great collab from 2 great breweries.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for the chance to try this one. Consumed a little over a month ago.

A: Pours a bright, semi-hazed light gold with a nice white head.

S: Nice floral hops with a bit of citrus and pine. Nothing much in the way of malt.

T: Pretty strikingly bitter, but some of the hop flavors don't seem present like I would have expected from the nose.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Not too bracingly bitter, but good for a single.

D: Pretty drinkable. A very nice beer, although I'd say that I prefer Daisy Cutter over this. A good beer, but not especially a standout among its competitors.

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color, little bit cloudy. Great head with some impressive retention and lacing. A nice looking beer.

S - A lot of floral and citrusy hops with a good amount of resiny pine thrown in to the mix. This smells quite fantastic.

T - One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. A nice citrusy sweetness to it which is cut into well with some sharp pine resin. Floral notes complete the hop profile. Nice malt backbone doesn't dominate, but rather compliments. Great beer.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - This is a great beer that I would love to drink again.

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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.