Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company
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4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-01-2010 18:20:12 | More by beerwolf77
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-30-2010 00:49:29 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-30-2010 00:43:37 | More by glid02
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-27-2010 03:13:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-26-2010 01:04:36 | More by cvaypai
3.98/5 rDev -5%
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.
07-23-2010 00:10:25 | More by alcstradamus
4.15/5 rDev -1%
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.
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.
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.
07-19-2010 00:38:51 | More by Khazadum
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-16-2010 14:08:13 | More by MasterSki
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
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
07-16-2010 00:30:41 | More by TJBurgess
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-15-2010 02:57:46 | More by mdfb79
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-14-2010 15:20:19 | More by ktrillionaire
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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!!
07-12-2010 14:21:14 | More by livewire78
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-12-2010 02:28:44 | More by Vonerichs
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
 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!
07-11-2010 23:49:03 | More by SpdKilz
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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
07-10-2010 21:18:12 | More by mikey711
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-10-2010 03:52:38 | More by BarrytheBear
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-07-2010 00:49:16 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev -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.
07-07-2010 00:46:58 | More by homebrew311
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-05-2010 16:00:41 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
07-05-2010 03:20:49 | More by thetomG
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-05-2010 02:19:44 | More by Florida9
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a cloudy lemon color with a light haze and a large, dense, fluffy white head with long retention.
Scent of sharp pine, bitter resin, ripe mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, grass and a hint of rice. A wonderful hop-forward aroma.
Taste of bitter resin, grass, light pine, sap, fresh grain, and lemon zest. There is a nice, long hoppy finish, but the taste is not quite as good as the scent. The alcohol is masked wonderfully.
Mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style with low carbonation, which I don't care much for, but the oily and viscous properties save it.
07-05-2010 01:52:42 | More by paco1029384756
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
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...
07-04-2010 13:09:49 | More by GbVDave
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
07-04-2010 00:55:18 | More by y1fsm8s
4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
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!
07-02-2010 20:33:17 | More by VonGravy
Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.