Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 157
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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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 oreo
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 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 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 VonGravy
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this day and it has finally arrived! Two of the top regional...heck two of the top brewers in the WORLD have come together and created a beer that is...well...heavenly. I arrived just 2 hours after opening and they were already swapping out the first keg! I picked up 2 growlers and a bomber...the artwork is top-notch!

My tasting was just as I expected...nice frothy head and a bright, cloudy yellowish color. The aroma was sooo hoppy with the customary pine and citrus notes. Man was this beer a hop bomb! A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. I dig it!

This is a very drinkable beer that doesn't show it's ABV at all. It does remind me of another one of my favorites...Modus Hoperandi. I will be coming back to the well for this as long as they are pouring it...Top notch guys! You never let me down! Cheers to FFF and Half Acre on this one!

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 jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Leaf into a special 10oz tasting glass, 1/16 barrel keg...A light cloudy honey gold, good retention and lacing...Wonderful and complex aroma! Light mustiness to start, super smooth hops (light dry hop aroma to them), a touch of grapefriuit, a lot going on but its all good...The taste is awesome, very tannic and bitter feeling. Taste is more robust than the aroma, grapefruit on the front then full hops. The feel is awesome, almost like sticky chalk hops that coat the mouth.

An excellent ipa worth seeking out. In between an ipa and dipa, easy to drink but the strength and qualities of a dipa.

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 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 yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a murky yellow/amber hue with two fingers of fluffy lily-white head that stayed pretty constant.

Smell -- Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine forest, and bready malts.

Taste -- A great deal of citrus in the hops, most notably lemon (Sorachi Ace?) and grapefruit. Some pine was present, but it is predominately tart citrus. The malts were more toasted bread and biscuits with a hint of melon sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with just the right carbonation. Crisp finish.

Drinkability -- Even for Half Acre, or FFF for that matter, this is a exceptionally well-crafted beer. Bright, crisp, delicious. I can scarcely think of a better IPA for an all-day cookout.

Photo of Duff27
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short white head on murky orange colored body. Leaves a collar and thin head throughout.

Bigtime grapefruit notes off the bat. Everything you think of when thinking of a beach setting...well that's layered in there, too.

Follows the nose but with a hoppiness that'll rip yer tongue off. Mouthwatering, makes you crave the next sip.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation point.

Take your time enjoying this one, you almost have too. A wonderful overly hoptastic India pale ale. Great collab FFF/Half Acre! Thanks for picking this up kawilliams81!

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 beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for splitting another epic beer with me.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright golden yellow with a huge three finger head. The thick yellow tinted head recedes leaving thick lace gobs around the glass.

The aroma is full on pine. Pure hoppy goodness. Like fresh pine needles and hops cones were dropped in the glass. I tiny hint of mango and sweet malt can be picked out after some warming.

The flavor is more pine blast. Hints of black earth, dry wood and citrus are in the background. The malt sweetness comes on as it warms.

Medium to full creamy body. Enough carbonation to keep things lively.

Overall nothing real surprising that a hoppy beer FFF was involved in comes off fantastic. Seek this one out if you love the hops.

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

Thanks to Sean9689

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours almost 2 fingers of off-white head. Fades to a thin layer but still leaves some solid lacing. Color is a pale peach orange.

Aroma: Lots of fresh fruit flavors. Mangoes, oranges, and grapefruit. Very tropical. The hops are very earthy. Maybe citra hops? Very well done.

Taste: The taste brings a bit bigger of a body for an ipa. A bit chewy as well. Lots of fresh fruits again. More mangoes here than in the nose with the grapefruit hitting in the aftertaste. Taste has some bready/pale malts. Very earthy hops and fresh.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, but bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some floral grassy hops and grapefruit.

Overall, this is a solid ipa. Lots of fresh fruits and great hop selection. I was very impressed with this one. It is fairly large for an ipa, but still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Pours a slightly murky darker yellow color with a good amount of foamy white head. Aroma has a very strong piney hop presence. Flavor is more balanced with some nice fruitiness mellowing out the bitterness making for an excellent blend of flavors. Carbonation is right on with just the right amount of bubbles to go with the slightly sticky malty-ness. An excellent and supremely well balanced IPA.

Will DEFINITELY be drinking more of this. DELICIOUS!

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 8/15/12 release
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours a cloudy as hell, bright yellow orange color. Basically no head. Small ring of bright white is all that sticks around. Carbonation small. Still some lacing bits and sheeting as you sip on it.

S: Tons of tropical fruit hop notes: mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. Minimal malt but you get a touch behind it all.

T: Nice bitterness up front on the tip of the tongue. All the delicious tropical fruits you smelled are there. Definitely a FFF brew. Hopped to hell and I love it. Minimal malts....total hop bomb. Bitter dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from yeahnatenelson in our recent trade. Awesome label art! Into my DFH Signature glass, split with my girlfriend.

A: Clear gold, slightly hazy, huge white head, a good two fingers worth, awesome clumps of lacing, great head retention on this beer.

S: Resinous hops, wow, love the nose on this beer, excellent grapefruit and floral notes. Tons and tons of resiny pitchy pine sap, and tons of other generic hop adjectives. This smells awesome, every bit on par with some of the better West Coast offerings.

T: Huge bitterness for a single IPA, definitely in the DIPA range, bitterness is really present, the hop profiles in this one are a little strange, I'm picking up the usual pine and citrus, but I'm also picking up a little bit of mint? Kind of odd, but it works, pretty grainy aftertaste on this one as well. Excellent lingering bitterness. Very tasty, I wish I could give the flavor a 4.25, as its not quite a 4.5.

M: Incredibly light for a 7.8% beer, usually I like my IPAs with a bit more body than this but in this case it works well. Light, and crisply carbonated, and dry, wow this is dry. Perfect summertime mouthfeel in any beer, which bumps this up some.

D: Dangerous, wow, this is a dangerously drinkable beer, I could drink this all night without issue. The hugeness of the hops, and the relatively light malt bill, dry finish, and insanely well hidden alcohol make this a beer that I would get into trouble with rather quickly. Great beer, glad to try it!

Thanks Nate!

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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color that verges on golden with a very impressive head that squats atop the liquid; strong retention and plenty of lace clumps

Smell: Pith, pineapple and pine; just a hint of crackery malt

Taste: The crackery malt up front creates a clean backdrop for the hops, with their fruity, pineapple and pith flavors that burst forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness adds a touch of lemon as well as just a hint of citrusy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice IPA that just borders on DIPA territory; it may be a month or so past its prime but it is still fine

Wish I could remember the nice BA that included this in a recent trade

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clear, yellow hue. A cloud of rounded white foam bends over the top of my glass. Head dies off slowly and leaves pocked lacing.

S-Aroma is a bit hempy, vegetal and even catty. There is also a noticeable dose of zesty citrus. Lighter tropical fruit hops as well. A crisp graininess and some cracker. The hop aroma is unique.

T-The flavor also displays that veggie-ness. I personally really dig it. Bright clementine juice as well. Finishes grassy, piney, lightly oniony with a grainy finish. Pale maltiness makes me think of animal crackers.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Crisp and quite bitter. Lingering aftertaste. I found it to be very drinkable and even a bit refreshing.

O-Shewolf is one feisty beer. I am quickly understanding why Three Floyds' and Half Acre beers are always a hot commodity. Kick ass.

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

thanks to duff27 for sharing this beer tonite! thanks duff!

bomber poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a little bit hazy yellow bodied. 1 finger of white head.

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops up front. mild spiciness almost rye like. floral and dank hops.

Taste: moderately high bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness. pine and grapefruits. mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A touch syrupy when it warms. no ABV noted.

Overall: Really solid collaboration. I think this IPA is really tastey.

Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AstroAcks6 for this extra.

Pours a polished brass, honey, gold. Nice to look at. Big billowy head that you could mistake for cream. Lots of lacing.

Smells of intense cirtus. Big wave of lemon zest followed by the grapefruit, orangepeel, and pineapple.

Taste starts out sweet. Immediately afterward comes the lemon that I got in the nose. Other citrus flavors are intermingled with each other and not individually wrapped like some IPA's. A little pale malt in and around the back. I'm not getting the pine at all like some of the other reviews and I'm liking that.

This could be a micron more carbonated to get a higher score. Not flat by any means but just a tad more bubbles to carry the flavor through would be nice.

Boy, I hope they keep making this one. Hard to fault it where it counts. Hurry up and distribute to Indiana!!

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

The beer appears transparent and light orange colored with a huge, fluffy white head. The aroma offers oranges, nectarines, hops, a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is hop forward, with tangy citrus leading the way. Lingering bitterness in the finish, with a light alcoholic warmth. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid IPA.

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.

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