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Akari Shogun - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rideable 5.5% abv will host some wheaty nuts & juicy Motueka hop bolts. The deliverer of this truth: Akari Shogun, He who harnesses light will usher this summer force into your life.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-30-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 05:04:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of benwood84


2.23/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:56:28 | More by benwood84
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy dark lemon with a 1 finger white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing.

S- big Citra hop aroma, citrus, lemon, and some spice.

T- light caramel, lemon and other citrus flavors, spices with a slight pine, grapefruit rind bitterness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Some creaminess with a prickly feel from the spice.

O- very tasty pale wheat. Love the aroma on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:28:48 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in a Goose Island Belgian ale glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a smallish head falls to a ring.

Terrific smell of orange citrus and floral with light wheat.

Taste begins with a citrus burst then dries out with a twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light effervescent and light body.

Overall a good american wheat. Good job Half Acre.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 03:02:22 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of mfavoino


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome bottle courtesy of Treebs.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw color pours a finger and a half head that falls to a more meager rim. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Lemon, honey sweetness, and a wheat backbone dominate the nose.

Taste: Toaste grains, wheat, then a nice helping of citrus flavors that makes it refreshing. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lots of carbonation. Finishes with a crisp hop finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Half Acre. This is a great version of the style that has summer written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:14:27 | More by mfavoino
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip.

A: Pours a semi hazy golden color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick collar and leaves some spotty lace down the glass.

S: Fruity hops and cracked wheat dominate the nose. Some citrus flesh and berry flavors with a little bit of lemon.

T: Pure dried wheat flavors with a nice fruity body mixing in. Semi bitter hops with some grassy flavors as well. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

M: Light bodied with a clean finish. Sweet wheat on the finish with nice carbonation.

O: Really impressed with the balance and easy drinking of this beer. I hope this makes more appearances in the HA rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 01:39:04 | More by Treebs
Photo of Etan


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:19:45 | More by Etan
Photo of TMoney2591


3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:54:28 | More by TMoney2591
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 13:11:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:49:37 | More by emerge077
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at Half Acre on release day and shared with Jason a few hours afterward. Served in a tulip.

A - Pale straw body, hazy and unfiltered. White foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and splotchy patches of lace.

S - The combination of pale malts, wheat, and Motueka hops gives this a nice creamsicle vibe to it. Zesty orange, vanilla malt flavors, a bit of grain.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a mixture of juicy, fresh citrus, tangy unmalted wheat, pale malt sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Quite refreshing.

M - Largely smooth, with a touch of grain to it. Juicy medium-light body, with a bit of residual oily hop resin. Pleasant moderate carbonation.

D - An American Pale Wheat Ale that does not suck. Really easy to drink and perfect for the hot summer weather. Also appropriately priced at $5.99/22oz. Watch out Gumballhead!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 17:17:25 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange-tinted yellow in color. Forms a moderate bubbly white head that reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Some moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is incredibly juicy with lots of citrus hops. Wheat, lemon and grapefruit dominate with orange to a lesser extent.

T: Flavor starts off with lots of toast, grains, and wheat before the hops begin to show through with notes of green grass and grapefruit. Finishes with a crisp wheaty maltiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is approaching heavy. Crisp and grainy.

O: A very drinkable American Wheat Ale. Aggressively hopped, but with with a lot more wheat character than is typically seen in this category. Wouldn't mind seeing this one make its way to cans one day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:38:16 | More by Florida9
Photo of GbVDave


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 15:07:06 | More by GbVDave
Photo of vespahulb


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say, although I could usually care less about packaging, they did a great job with the label.

First off, I understand the hesitation with brewing a wheat ale. Half Acre makes SO many great beers, that I hate to have them pegged as being the brewery that brews "Akari Shogun." We've seen this happen all too often, ala Oberon, 312, Gumball Head. I digress.

Popping the top, I immediately got a whiff of the dank, citrus-loaded Motueka hops followed by a firm wheaty, toasty background.

The appearance of this one is gorgeous. Cloudy, but bright and vivacious with tight, persistent bubbles.

In the mouth, this actually has a lot going on. Dank citrus, grass and earth explode out of the front of the palate. In the back, you get a firm kick of wheaty maltiness, followed by a touch of caramel.

The balance is fantastic. I respect that they didn't go the safe route and brew something that you'd see the trixies swilling in Wrigleyville. This brew is classic Half Acre and kicks some serious IBU's! A great wheat ale that I am gonna enjoy all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 12:43:28 | More by vespahulb
Photo of WillCarrera


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:03:33 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of joe1510


4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
Half Acre

Thanks, Mark, for picking me up a 4-pack last weekend! Akari Shogun is hazy like an overpolluted summer skyline of The Windy City. Sunrise orange in color, a bit pale, but glowing. The foam is as pure as the driven snow and dense from the second it touches glass. Big, chunky foam clings to the glass like beer nerds to special releases; desperately.

Citrus builds, higher and higher. Orange off the bat but a healthy dose of bright lemon stays in stride. The orange is soft around the edges and mildly sweet smelling while the lemon is brighter and smelling of freshly squeezed juice. Candied grapefruit rind emerges with warmth. A healthy wheat tang immediately makes me salivate. Freshly husked grains bring up the rear. Undercurrents of earth linger, though faintly.

Orange, jammy and sweet, leave fingerprints all over this summertime sipper, front to back. Pithy grapefruit and soft earth roll in mid-palate while the finish actually brings about a touch of grass and a squeeze of lemon juice. The wheat adds vibrancy while the graininess is refreshing and natural, together providing a sturdy base for Motueka.

Bitterness is soft up front but eventually grows to moderate with drinking. The body is light in weight but has a certain presence that seems bigger than it is. Carbonation is bubbly and a notch above moderate keeping this beer flowing.

Akari Shogun is a summer drinker, my go to as a matter of fact. Citric hoppiness, wheat tang, manageable bitterness, and extreme drinkability give this guy a gold star. Too bad it's 37° out...

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 01:05:40 | More by joe1510
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4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 06:08:54 | More by _YellowBird_
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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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 23:38:26 | More by thebigredone
Photo of Kiteman


4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a hazy orange, similar to, but not as cloudy as, heady. Nice lacing. Head dissipates in a few minutes.

S - what a winner. Citrus and pine nearly overwhelm. Hops are abundant and prepare you for the first sip.

T - bitter and delicious with just enough malt to keep you honest. Great wheat ale that is a step up from gumballhead in my book, which has always been a favorite beer of mine. Lots of hops continue into the finish on the palate.

M - perfect carbonation right out of the can. Glass not required, but I like it out of a mini pint glass. Bitterness remains.

O - one of my all time favorites. My favorite beer by half acre and one of the best out of Chicagoland. Outstanding and surprisingly sessionable if you clear he rest of your day...

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 18:15:43 | More by Kiteman
Photo of alaimoa


2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks for the 16oz can to Etauro.
Pours cloudy gold, small brown/offwhite head with a bit of lace remaining. Smells earthy/dirt with faded citrus. Taste and mouthfeel a bit off the mark for me. very bitter taste of earthy tones with a bit of citrus sweetness and a medium malt backbone that I can't quite pick out a flavor. I definitely can imagine a walnut type nut being used in this brew. Medium body with an extreme dry finish. Almost hard to swallow after taking a sip

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 21:32:44 | More by alaimoa
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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 13:07:20 | More by tone77
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2013 13:01:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 17:57:42 | More by woodychandler
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New York

3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 00:19:18 | More by twizzard
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours mildly cloudy with a decent cap of foam. Spots of lacing freckle the glass.

S-The hop profile is eerily similar to Daisy Cutter...that's a compliment, folks. Floral, spicy, grassy and citrusy. A touch of wheat and some wet breadiness.

T-Delectable hop bouquet. Spicy and floral all around my tongue. The wheat is very subdued, and I am actually happy with that. Cracker and bready maltiness.

M-If I could always get this, I would absolutely annihilate cans of this all Summer.

O/D-Loved it. Daisy Cutter is one of my favorite Pale Ales and this one is similar in some essences. In a very small sample size, Half Acre seems to be all its cracked up to be.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 23:42:07 | More by VelvetExtract
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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.