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Akari Shogun - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 561
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  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. (532 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazed yellow color with a nice foamy white head on top. some moderate lacing and retention here. The smell of the beer has some big lively citrusy hops on the nose. The taste has plenty of hop bitterness as well with the subtle softness of the wheat filling in later on. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied, very refreshing. Overall it's a very good brew, would drink this one again for sure. (438 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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... (862 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (856 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Cans recently shared by Dave and Paul. Thank you.

Hazy golden with a thick, white head. Hop forward aroma with underlying wheat, grass, floral notes. More IPA character than wheat beer, with hops leading the charge. Easy drinking. A tasty beer. It would be easy to have several of these in a session. Well done. (312 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz "howler" picked up at the brewery
L - hazed yellow body with a thinner off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing as it slowly fades
S - fresh citrus (lemon, lime, and passion fruit) and grassy aroma with some juicy fruit and nutty wheat as well.
T - fruity, nutty, lemon, lime, and orange rind, passion fruit, a bit tropical, lemongrass, wheat, and white pepper on the finish
F - thin-to-medium body, perfect carbonation, finishes semi-bitter while being very refreshing
O - refreshing and unique hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale featuring hops from New Zealand. I would buy this again, especially in the summertime. (626 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thin head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Delicious tropical aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit and pineapple.
Hoppy and clean flavor with notes of lemon-lime, passion fruit, grapefruit, white bread, flowers, peppery yeast and fresh oranges. Dry aftertaste with a nice bitterness.
Rather watery body with appropriate carbonation.
Hard to be more refreshing than that. Who said you cannot add lots of hops to a wheat beer and still feels great? The only sin is its body; it sure could be bolder even being very light. (565 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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 (1,058 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz, 4/26/13 batch
Doom glass

A: Cloudy bright yellow color. Layer of bright white head. Sticky lacing all over glass. Nice carbo.

S: Peach. Agave. Grapefruit. Juicy fruit gum? Grainy wheat.

T: Touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but nothing overly aggressive. Really fruity in the mid-palate. It's literally like juicy fruit gum and then wheat malts. Finish is dry and refreshing. Lingering fruit flavors and some slight bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied. (475 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours hazy golden, with a small head and little carbonation. Smells very hoppy, slightly bready.

Taste is very nice. Bitter and crisp and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is very dry and light. Excellent. i could drink a number of these in a sitting. (304 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$9.99
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... (1,578 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (440 characters)

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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.