Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 157
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 74
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.

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

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

Will DEFINITELY be drinking more of this. DELICIOUS!

Photo of 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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty hazy shade of pale gold. Carbonation is very active which keeps the creamy, off-white, meringue-like layer of foam well fed. Retention was fantastic!

S: The first thing I noticed about this when I first started pouring it was a quick flash of that characteristic FFF grassy green hop aroma. Quickly though, this got a bit more complex. Big notes of juicy tropical fruit, pine, sweet citrus, and a constant undrecurrent of toasty grains.

T: Damn. The only deviation from the smell is the toasted malt. While more of a supporting role above, it becomes a major player here. Sure the hops are just absolutely amazing but the malt is the glue that holds this all together. Finishes big with flavors of tropical hops, pine sap, tangerines, cut grass, and peppery malt.

M: Instead of being just being "sweet" or having "caramel flavors" the malt displayed here is toasted, dry, and roasty. I guess what I'm getting at is the malty balance here isn't sweet and syrupy. It's dry and roasty with a hint of sweetness. The hops are all manor of spicy, oily, prickly, peppery, and sticky.

D: This is an incredible effort from these collaborators. I went to pick this up on the release day, 7/2/10 and the place was mobbed. Some buddies from work and I went back the next night to get more and the place was mobbed again! I sincerely hope that this isn't a "one and done" release. This IPA is just too friggin good to tease us like this...

Photo of y1fsm8s
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My cousin went to the brewery on release day and got me a case!

Bomber poured into 3 different snifters.

Appearance was hazy pale yellow, almost straw colored.

Smell was amazing. Pretty sure I got some cascade hops in there, very hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was just wow. Very citrus and pine with a decent bitter bite on the end. Exceptional.

This beer is highly drinkable. at 8% this beer hides its abv well. I had a third of the bottle but was longing for more.

Sidenote: The artwork on the bottle is awesome.

Photo of VonGravy
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of 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....

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