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Akari Shogun - Half Acre Beer Company

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475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 52
Gots: 50 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-30-2012

A ridable ale hosting some wheatey nuts & juicy Motueka hop bolts. The deliverer of this truth: Akari Shogun, He who harnesses light will usher this summer force into your life.
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Ratings: 475 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by GbVDave:
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into 3 pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Tim for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, straw-y gold color with a 1 1/2 fingers of just off-white foam on top. Retention was very good, but lacing was limited.

S: Lovely citrus hop aromas that layer nicely with some toasty grain, pine, and a hint of sweet breadcrusts.

T: Slightly less focused in the taste than in the smell. Toasty grain and killer hops rush in from all sides to tussle on my tongue.

M: Dry and prickly with snatches of juicy sweetness and a mild smoothness that kept my mouth refreshed.

O: This is going to be our summer beer...without a doubt.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep lemon body with a creamy off-white head that last and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a sea of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The full aroma of hops comes through even during the pour. the full juicy hops have a bright pungency to them with green citrus rind and some pithy notes. There is a soft spicey hop quality in the finish. As the beer opens the cat pee aroma grows to dominate but it has enough support that it is not bad.

T- The green bright pungent hops have some fruity notes and some green rind note to it in the finish but there is no hop bitterness at all. The gentle green hop note lingers for a moment. As the beer opens there is a woody hop character that finishes the beer.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice creamy fizz that enhances the hop finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The bright full hops have some nice depth and blends together a lot of different characteristics. This has a full mouthfeel but it is not a filling beer. Very sessionable.

Photo of twizzard
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a very generous trade along with Gumballhead. Lots of people compare the two...huh? Not even close. Poured slightly hazy with a white foamy head and very little nose. It had even less flavor. I guess I'll just agree to disagree with the majority on this one.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange with a nice white head. Nice collar and surface foam.

Smell - Very wheaty. Nice hop character though. Citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit.

Taste - Hops right up front. Tons of wheat behind it. More wheat than hops but still good. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated. Great drinking.

Overall - Half Acre does light hoppy beers so well. No exception here.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow color, slightly hazy, and excellent head retention.

It has amazing citrus hop aroma, especially for a wheat. Fresh cut grass and wheat malt, too.

It's a aggressively hopped wheat. Oranges, grass, and light lemon.

Light and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is an easy drinking wheat that satisfies hop cravings. I imagine this to be a great summer beer and am stoked they'll be canning it through the summer. J

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very lemony, a touch of wheat. Taste is good, lemons, wheat, some grapefruit, a good bit of hops are present, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid brew.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently drinking a bomber, recently shared a growler (thanks Chris) but misplaced my notes. Served in a tulip glass.

Hazy opaque orange, deep saturated color with some micro sediment hanging in suspension. Copious lacing that hangs in 3D sudsy clumps dripping down into the glass. Great retention, head remains after sitting for 30 minutes even.

Pungent citrusy aroma at first, becoming grainy and wheaty over time. A certain sweet earthiness and grassy character from the Mouteka hop variety. First sips are very reminiscent of Tasty Waves and Daisy Cutter, albeit with wheat and a different hop variety. Smooth and extremely drinkable, earthy grassy bitterness lingers alongside bitter grapefruit zest. The NZ hops do lend some distinct character, and overall its pretty tasty, especially for the style. Definitely feeling the summer vibes with this one...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a Half Acre tulip
5.5% ABV

A - Hazed through and through, this witbier-looking pale yellow brew pours with a thin white head that creates a halo around the beer below it's wispy lacing.

S - Akari Shogun has a nose that's paired perfectly; earthy, freshly cut grass, lemon pepper citrus and spice notes, and mango tropical fruitiness mate flawlessly with soft wheat and grainy pale malt.

T - Fresh hops continue the trend of earth and citrus through the flavor, but come off somewhat toned down and more lemon grass-oriented. This allows the soft wheat and grainy pale malt base more freedom of expression and doesn't end up being overly hopped for the style.

M - Akari Shogun's aroma comes off quite boastful making this beer's light (almost thin) body somewhat surprising, but nevertheless, it's crisp and refreshing, finishing with a wonderful balance of spice and hop dryness, begging for another sip.

O - Exceptional from start to finish, Akari Shogun is a beautifully hopped beer that perfectly balances an elevated hop level with a smooth wheat body and crisp finish; perfect for the dog days of summer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. From notes.

A cloudy hazy orange amber, topped with a sudsy off white big bubbled collar. some of the collar bubbles are really large and soapy.

Nose is mild husked grain, with no chewy wheat density. Mellow. Indistinct hop profile or sense of yeast esters. Nice grain action but otherwise nothing going on here.

Palate is all in the aftertaste, and goes quickly through a very wet an watery palate. Finish has white bread and flour aftertaste that does linger nicely, but the mid palate and mouth has virtually no flavor. There's nothing going on here, no wheaty chew, dense malt or yeast character, not even a sense of hop profile.

Overall this is pretty underwhelming, and weak watery wheat pale ale with no chewy backbone and virtually no flavor.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date present. My second beer from Half Acre Beer Co., acquired the four pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright cloudy golden orange with two fingers of frothy white head. Some small sediment noticeable twirling in the glass. Leaves behind some okay spotty lacing.

S - The aroma is light piney, floral, herbal, grassy. Some nice orange / lemon citrus pith in there also. A pleasant aroma, but I was expecting more.

T - Taste follows the nose - not hardly as piney as the aroma would suggest, which isn't much as is. Still, notes of pine, grapefruit, oranges, lots of honeyed bready malts, and a tad yeasty.

M - Smooth, crisp, & fluid. Light-bodied and easy drinking.

Overall it is a nice American pale wheat ale, but it is a far cry from stuff like Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. An enjoyable offering, I could see myself drinking this one in the summertime, but it's probably not one I would seek out again often.

Half Acre Akari Shogun -----3.5/5

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a hazy gold with plenty of bubbles, and the pour kicks up a thick, although somewhat disappointing, eggwhite head that fades after a minute, but leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is citrusy, floral hops. If I was blindfolded, I could have almost believed that this was Daisy Cutter. There's just a hint of spiciness from the wheat, and the other malts give it a candied-orange feel.

Taste is tons of citrusy hops up front, mixed with a nice peppery spiciness. Finish is less bitter than all the hop flavor would suggest, though still fairly bitter, and surprisingly clean. The aftertaste leaves a nice wheaty bread flavor along with some lingering oranges.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and silky smooth, with plenty of prickly carbonation to cut through it.

Overall, really nice hoppy wheat beer. The hops definitely steal the show, but they're not too overpowering to prevent the wheat from playing too. Really, really enjoyable! Thanks to batfireman for sending this as an extra.

Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a light golden-yellow with a huge puffy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Big tropical hops, sweet dough, slight grass. Very fragrant and nice.

T: Fruit is mostly gone in the taste - grassy hop and slight bitterness, doughy, a bit of wheat in the finish.

M: Lively carbonation, light.

O: This tasted like a slightly wheated version of Daisy Cutter, which I'm not a huge fan of to begin with. Great aroma, but the taste is dry, grassy, and boring.

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I CANnot tell you what a success my latest foray to Binney's (South Side Loop) was in terms of The CANQuest (TM)! Major scores of various stripes, this being one of them.

From the CAN: "CANned Crafted". Also, the design of the label is one of the most striking that I have seen on a CAN, which is a totally different medium than a bottle's label.

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and I executed a samurai Glug, cleaving the CAN in two and letting its CANtents spill into the glass. No, actually I employed an inverted Glug, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a lemon/grapefruit-citrusiness to it. Nose was more hoppy than I expected and I CANfess to unfamiliarity with that particular strain mentioned in the Notes. Mouthfeel was bubbly and effervescent and I felt as though I were picking up where I left off with that Radler earlier. The taste was odd, peppery, citrusy, quite unexpected. The finish was quite dry with the pepper and citrus flavors combining nicely. It did not seem to fit the style and I am not a style maven by any stretch, but it caught me off guard. It might be nice on a hot, humid summer's day, but I was left unimpressed.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy poured into a teku

A: hazy straw with a hint of orange; bubbly, with a soapy one-fingered head; nice lacing all the way through

S: faint lemon peel and grapefruit pith; earthy spiciness from the wheat

T: dried lemons and oranges upfront, followed by a sharp tanginess from the wheat; earthy and bread; finishes with dry citrus bitterness.

M: starts nice and juicy; finishes dry and slightly bitter; lighter bodied; leaves you wanting another sip

O: Crisp, crushable, and refreshing. So, so good.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date but was presumably bottled over the last few days, poured into a Half Acre pint glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden hay color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, good retention, leaves nice lacing.

S- Very nice fruity hop aroma, some grainy wheat and bready sweetness.

T- Big hops on this one, definitely an "American" wheat beer. Lots of juicy, fruity hops, very tropical, with a persistent bitterness. Caramel sweetness becomes more noticeable towards the finish, with bready wheat flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A pretty damn tasty beer, it's very hop forward and probably tastes more like an IPA than a Hefeweizen, but is still an awesome beer, if this was available in four-packs it might be the first wheat beer I would actually pick up regularly.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Gotta love these Half Acre labels, amiright? Anyway, the beer itself pours a cloudy straw topped by a sturdy finger of ever-so-lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, leek, light cantaloupe, light pineapple, and a pinch of coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some orange rind, some overly-ripe mandarin orange, and a bit of wild rice. Unfortunately, a stiff bitterness pervades the finish, malingering for a tad too long, sorta ruining things a bit at the end. It's not enough to raze things completely, thankfully. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid, fruity wheat beer, but it's nothing overtly special.

Photo of cfrances33
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nonic pint.

Pour: Hazy, mango yellow with two fingers of frothy, crisp white head. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Doughy wheat, some yeast, and juicy lemons. A touch of spice.

Taste: More of the nose, but subdued. Hefty wheat presence, some oats, lemon rind, and yeast. Lightly floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bitter and quite drinkably. Velvety carbonation.

Overall: A nice Gumballhead substitute.

Photo of thebigredone
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rainblows for hooking me up with this as an extra.

Appearance isn't too special, a somewhat hazy golden color. Looks good, but not amazing.

The nose crosses the line into special territory, bready, citrusy, summery, this brew smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose, light bready malts well blended with orange citrus and fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and spritzy at the same time.

On the whole, this is a world class brew. My expectations were non-existent, but this is great. On a whole different level than Gumballhead, which I previously thought was pretty solid.

Photo of robwestcott
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ppohio for this one. Poured cold from the can a murky honey'd sunlight gold to a Three Floyd's Alpha King imperial pint glass with a huge big bubbled, foamy white head with major retention, leaving a sheet of sticky lace.

Aroma of super sweet floral hops.

Interesting Pale (?) Wheat (?), very nice, refreshing, medium bodied, medium bitter, nice malt balance. Tasty, and as the beer warms, there's a bit of a spicy bite to it.

Extremely drinkable.

Photo of MurphyAguilu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Good beer

Photo of _YellowBird_
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the glass Akari Shogun pours a hazy pale straw hue topped with a moderately retained fluffy white head. The nose carries elegant floral tones blossoming into a fruit salad arrangement of tangerine, apricot and peach while also boasting a sweet candied bubblegum. Seductive wheat sweetness and lemon citrus brightly tease the palate while tamed by assertive hop bitterness. Grass and rose petal sensations delicately join lemon and mango juiciness throughout the taste. The mildly lasting finish is semi-dry and allows the wheat notes to shine; refreshing and delicate enough on the palate to make this a perfect warm weather beverage.

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a snifter. Appearance is a hazy yellow with a thin layer of head that leve some splotchy lacing. The nose features a strong wheaty grain profile with lemon drops and passion fruity. The hops are present but somewhat tame. The taste has plenty of wheat backbone and some dry grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness here. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Decent little whet beer, nothing earth shattering.

Photo of benwood84
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Undrinkable. I can't believe that people are giving this beer 4s and 5s.

It tastes like they didn't rinse the tanks after the last cleaning.

I went into Binny's looking for Three Floyds Gumballhead. They were out but recommended Akari Shogun. Perhaps this beer could use more hops for some bitterness but it just has no flavor.

People seem to love Half Acre brewery despite the way their beers taste.

I would sooner drink a miller product.

Photo of benewton
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall, one of my favorite HalfAcre brews. Has a really nice citrusy-hoppy finish. A nice lemon scent and flavor on the front-end.

A must taste.

My only major question is, where the hell does the name come from? I mean, I guess where do any names come from. But, this one is confounding.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, wheat, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the mouthfeel is off.

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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.