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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 232
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 155
Gots: 23 | 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 spycow
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.... (955 characters)

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. (605 characters)

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 (727 characters)

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. (1,062 characters)

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. (925 characters)

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. (918 characters)

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. (2,060 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,024 characters)

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. (421 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (718 characters)

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. (904 characters)

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. (315 characters)

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. (337 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (419 characters)

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. (530 characters)

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! (546 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was gifted to me from jale, out of the blue and for no reason. Thanks Jim, I owe you (again). Very cool label on this 22oz bottle.

The beer pours a very light shade, straw colored with an SRM of 2 or 3. The head is enormous, a big pillowy poof, like a dry cumulus cloud, large solid chunks of dry lace on the glass.

It smells very citrusy, tropical fruits and grapefruit, a little similar to Alpine Duet. This tastes a little sweet at first, abrasive with citrus in the middle, bitter in the end. The pale malts don't add much to balance the malts flavor-wise, which is fine with me.

Lightly carbonated, this has a creamy mouthfeel and seems on the thick side (not too thick though). Very good stuff. Jim, I owe you big-time! (740 characters)

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. (863 characters)

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. (612 characters)

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. (1,373 characters)

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. (825 characters)

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. (584 characters)

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. (544 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden straw color with a one finger white head of fine bubbles that gives way to a thin sheet of foam on top.

S: crazy amount of grapefruit and melon in the smell, with some sweetness and a bit of grain way back in there.

T: melon, citrus, bitterness, and a great bready back end.

M: not crisp, but kind of soft. I can't say it's undercarbonated or even a bad feel, just different from a punch-you-in-the-face IPA. Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: very solid beer indeed. Glad to have a couple more bottles. Purchased for $10 per 22 ounce at Half Acre in Chicago. (578 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep yellow with a slight haze. Pours with a fizzy 1" of white head that has outstanding retention and leaves almost a solid sheet of lacing on the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Loads of grapefruit and citrus with pine to a lesser extent. Some toasted malts.

T: Starts with an unusual dry, musty earthiness, almost smoky, toasted malt flavor that fades to an astringent grapefruit bitterness. Long bitter finish. Some pine and citrus as well.

M: Dry. On the lighter side of medium with active carbonation.

D: Very good. Very easy to drink. An IPA that is on the lighter side, but still chock full of flavor and bitterness. It's a little different than the usual IPA in that, while still being very hoppy, there is an aggressively toasty, earthy maltiness that is not commonly found in an IPA. Yet it all works. (818 characters)

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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.