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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 151
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, this raging hop knife is brewed with a minimalists approach to using raw materials.

(Beer added by: spycow on 07-02-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler pour from Half Acre. Drank from a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a cloudy, opaque, light yellow color. There was an initial head that quickly dissipates into a light lacing on the edges showing minimal carbonation.

Immediately hit with some heavy fruit and citrus aromas. Piney aromas come out as the beer settles. Hoppy for sure, with a fresh, rawness to it. The aromas seem to become stronger and more evident as you dive more into it.

The flavor was citrus and fruity, with an excellent bitter and grainy aftertaste with some subtle sweetness that makes you want to come back for more. The floral, yet bitter flavors are everywhere with just enough carbonation. The hoppiness continues to linger in the finish which I love in a good IPA. Doesn't taste as strong as the 8% would indicate to me making it a very drinkable IPA.

Excellent IPA. Great collaboration with FFF. Will have to compare the bottles with the growler later today....

spycow, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +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

brentk56, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jeff for hooking me up with yet another fine beverage from the guys at Half Acre.

A: The pour is an orange-peach sort of color with a big white head that settles down to a reasonable level as I put the remainder of the bottle back in the fridge.

S: Some great fruitiness up front from the hops. I get some grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, but there are likely some others I am unable to detect. A subtle malt aroma with just about as much pine.

T: A very nice bitterness that I was not exactly expecting from the nose. A fair amount of pine, but still a good fruit character. Pineapple, mango, tangerine and bitter grapefruit, with (again) a touch of malt.

M: The body is medium with a nice medium level of carbonation. Good bitterness and crispness on the finish.

D: A solid IPA, and I easily drank the bottle. While I love all sorts of beers, it's always good to go back to a nice IPA once in awhile.

womencantsail, Sep 21, 2010
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.

emerge077, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Kegatron, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this filled a few days ago at Half Acre. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that eventually settles to a persistent cap and leaves behind spotty, patchy, lacework. The body is a golden, white peach flesh, color and is only slightly hazy.

S - Tons of dank, orange zest, pine, tropical fruit punch, and sweet toffee malt. Some of the harshness that it had when I had a sample right when it came out has disappeared.

T - Taste is quite bitter, and significantly more heavy with pine and grapefruit rind. Less sweet malt and juice character. Nice, but not as complex as the nose.

M - Smooth, creamy, with a nice dry finish. Lower carbonation, and nice residual hop oils. Body is definitively medium, but is still refreshing (especially on the hottest day of the year).

D - Joe and I put down a growler without much fuss, and I felt up to another couple glasses had they been available. Excellent local IPA - hope it shows up on-tap and that they make it regularly.

MasterSki, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a thin head of small off white bubbles and is moderately carbonated. The head leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer looks fine.

The aroma can be experienced from several feet away. Strongly hoppy, putting your nose up to the glass kind of shorts out the whole thing but its very nice smelling. Piny with a strong citrus character.

Beer is light in body but has this chewy like bitterness that is very strong in the back. The hop flavors are quite dominant but there is no malt sweetness at the front. So far so good. As the beer warms it gets more piny and less fruit. Overall its quite a nice little IPA and a good collaboration.

drabmuh, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

beernads, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a golden and murky color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of pine and citrus hops, as well as tropical and sweet fruit.

t - Tastes of citrus fruit and hops, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Tastes a bit bitter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA. Lots of hops and fruit in the smell and taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jul 15, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.5%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
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.

mothman, Aug 02, 2010
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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy/fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a small malt note, citrus, slilght pine note. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus note, with some pineyness. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty nice tasting IPA.

Wasatch, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

KAF, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

chippo33, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

glid02, Jul 30, 2010
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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.