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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: 153
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 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.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with brandonman63 thanks amigo!

Appearance: Pours slightly translucent honey with a 3 finger white crown that shows some retention, lots of rockiness, and some lace.

Smell: Grassy, herbal hops, the faintest touch of bready malt, and minor citrus (orange/grapefruit) notes.

Taste: Same as nose...not super pungent but enjoyable. I get a bit more tropical fruit out of the taste than the nose, but also a hint of unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Nice grapefruit and lemon pith notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, fairly crisp, a bit bland.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly smooth.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Khazadum
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the second day of release I went to the brewery to get my first ever Growler fill. While sampling the brew from a little cup, I noticed the bottles. Well, 8 dollars for a bomber? Who could pass that up when its the freshest you'll ever get an IPA ( I'd even say this is a DIPA in my world). Here I sit on 7-18-10 pouring this delicious beverage into a brandy snifter for review.

The pour generated a ton of head, not even intentionally. Its wedding dress white crop of 'hair' rose about two fingers from the top of the body. After roughly ten seconds it had dissipated to one finger, and two minutes later it had a skin of bubbles floating on top with delicate lacing all over. Its almost like a spring day staring at the tops of the glass, guessing what shapes you can see in the foam. The lacing holds firm to the edge and generate cloud-forms of mountains, trees, and other fun shapes. The low light of my front room reveals the popcorn butter color, and when held to a light shifts to a honey cough drop yellow. The light also reveals the ever present column of carbon dioxide rising from the center.

The moment this beer was decapped hops erupted into my area. I didn't even pour it into the glass yet and I felt like I had taken a trip into the northwest. Strong, bitter molecules linger for the first moments, but are gone from detection upon any further testing. Deep inhales reveal pineapples and grapefruit painted upon a grass canvas. It only takes a few attempts to find all you can detect in the nose of this.

Flavor Profile
BITTER! What originally erupted from the bottle and can not be found in the nose is hiding in the liquid. Its hops are here and they are not going anywhere. From initial to the finish the back of your tongue will be playing a game of hop scotch in delight. I've had many IPAs that claim to be hop bombs, and are only for the true fans of hops. However, up until now they have all been liars but for two beers. This one is one of those two. Its fruity notes are pleasantly present while the beverage carouses my oral cavity, but as soon as its gone down the chute so has the sweetness. The alcohol is only detected in my chest through multiple drinks, but never makes its appearance on my palate. That is not to say it is needed or missed, but would be welcome to balance some of the hops perhaps.

Oral Sensations
This beer is heavily carbonated. At first it appeared to be as carbonated as some tripels I have had, but it settles quite rapidly. I was mistaken and deceived by the bubbles. They caused me to believe the body of the beer was more watery than it really is. The first sips if you don't let this breathe are fizzy like soda, but as it 'ages' it comes into its own. The body is good enough for its style and means. It could be fuller, but that may actually ruin this beer so I remain happy with how it is. Bitter flavors linger all around. My lips, my tongue, my teeth all hide bitter molecules for me to lap up as I patiently await my next sip. All that this beer requires for me to grade it up one more notch on mouth feel would be a reduction in the carbonation.

This is one rough companion for an evening. In its growler form it has improved on the few shortcomings that can be found in this beverage. Alas, the bomber is what I must review at this time. One and you are done. However, I feel that way for almost all IPAs of this nature. You'll burn out some taste buds if you try to go further than one bomber of this, probably already did by halfway through. Regardless of that nature, I would say give this one a shot. Solid beer for anyone who likes IPAs. I've had it on two occasions now, and haven't regretted it one bit.

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.

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


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


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.

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

A - It pours an exceptionally brassy shade of gold, with fluffy off-white head abounding and some minor lace as well.

S - My first impression is that this is either strangely hopped, or the malt interacts unusually with the hop profile. It seems a bit earthy and catty, in addition to the expected sappy pine and citrus aromas.

T - The gustatory is much like the olfactory; it strikes me as an unusual dynamic between hop profile and malt. The beer is quite full-flavored, and heavy on an earthy-leafy-resiny bitterness. Powerful stuff, flavor-wise, and it has big body to back the bitterness.

M - IPA. Heavy-duty. Good.

D - This is a monster of an IPA. And most of the heavy-handedness is on-point.

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 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 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 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 BarrytheBear
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the always generous milwaukeeclassic...thanks Douchous!

Fantastic bottle featuring two dudes astride a mammoth raging wolf while another couple of toga wearing dudes milk the teets. Solid.

Hazy straw pour is a bit surprising

Initial scents of pine forest with an underlying solvent- cleaning solution vaporousness. As the beer settles, I detect a heavy note of original Hubba Bubba....very gummy.

In a word: bitter. Very one dimensional and piney from front to back. I detect none of the grapefruit aspects of this beer that other have commented on. Seems that a boatload of bittering hops were added throughout, with the result being a beer that is relatively lacking in complexity.

While smooth and creamy, this beer certainly drinks more like a double and the alcohol content proves this. A bitter hoppy one note monster.

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 homebrew311
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a growler of this collaboration beer with FFF. Poured in to SA sensory glass.

A: pours a light and slightly cloudy yellow with a thick frothy 2 finger white head, great retention, lots of lacing

S: the hops are all over the front and they are brutally present in the form of tropical fruits, heavy on the lemon and orange, with notes of honey mixed in. The hops are insanely fresh and bitter smelling. Not picking up a lot of malt.

T: like the nose, the hops come rushing on the palate before you have time to notice anything else. The hops provide a very pungent and tropical profile with lemon zest and other citrus notes. The malts come through in the middle with a spicy character that balances the assertive hop profile. This one leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Great flavors, maybe a touch too bitter for me.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: this is the hoppiest beer I have experienced from Half Acre (and they make some hoppy beers!), which provides a great experience, however the bitterness on the finish will catch up to you.

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.

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