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Shenanigans Summer Ale - Indeed Brewing Company

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-10-2012

27 IBU
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's the official description from the brewery: Brewed with Sorachi Ace hops, Glacier County Honey, and locally malted red wheat Shenanigans Summer Ale has a zesty, citrus-filled aroma, refreshingly dry body, and notes of honey that weave in and out of this thirst quenching summer ale. So brave the humidity and enjoy the long days because summer is time for Shenanigans.

And here's what I had to say:

Indeed Shenanigans Summer Honey Wheat Ale, Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Very hazy, light golden color, prodigious head, fluffy as a cloud, lace-leaving. Looking good.

Aroma: there's the honey, there's the wheat, and here come the hops. Indeed announced itself as a hop-forward brewery, and I'm damn glad there's no exception when it comes to something like a honey wheat ale, which, in some hands, can be a simpering, soporific affair. Plenty of pleasures in this nose.

Taste: first comes the wheaten texture, plenty of it, a good amount of grit, with the right amount of smooth. Along comes the sweetness of honey, just enough deliciousness, just enough delight. Blasts of citrus fruit, as well, pineapple meets lemon meets orange meets grapefruit and mango.
I raise my glass a third time, and the bitterness of the hops is keeping it all in check, while letting the honey seep out it's sweetness, and leaving the wheat to keep it all smooth and mellow. Love this easy-drinking summer ale.

Let's see…the State Fair is over, Labor Day has come and gone, leaves are starting to fall, and there's less heat and more chill, but you know what? The calendar says it's still summer, and we have this beer around. Yeah, if only they debuted in June, but there's always next year, when they'll probably can it.

I like honey in a beer, and I love a wheat, but when there's this much hoppiness at play, we're all good in the neighborhood. Props to Indeed for not selling out on a concept that would be lousy in less capable hands.

This one doesn't have a proper label yet, and I assume that's because they're not canning it until next year, and the paper labels for the bottles only use a logo, rather than a full illustration. And I will look forward to seeing more of this next summer, because it is a keeper. Tasty, easy-drinking, with just enough hops on the tongue for a reward. I need that stuff, you know, or it just isn't worth it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bravak
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Yuck. Just yuck

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bsp77
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw-gold with decent stark white head.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, orange and white pepper.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with some serious zest layers of lemon and spiciness. The honey touch is small but noticeable, and helps to round out the flavor profile. I can't believe that this is only 14 IBUs. While not exactly bitter, the finish is quite sharp from the lemon and spice notes.

Feel: Light and effervescent, but also smooth and creamy, which takes a deft hand. Finish is very dry and crisp.

Overall: For a true American Wheat Ale (e.g. not a wheat IPA), this is about as good as it gets. Refreshing and crisp, drinkable yet complex - this is how to make a great summer beer.

Photo of deebo
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Canned on 5/15/13.

Appearance: Pours a pale and somewhat hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head that holds some decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A zesty wheat driven aroma with lots of fruity citrus esters and some spice. Wheat and pale malt upfront with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Sweet hints of honey. The Sorachi Ace hop scent comes out as well as a big citrus hop presence. Big hints of juicy orange peel and pulp, pineapple, and lemon zest. Also some hints of white peppers and coriander spicing. A very juicy and zesty smell. It literally smells like there is orange juice mixed in here. Very nice.

Taste: Lives up to the good aroma, lots of wheat with zesty citrus fruit notes and some spice. Dry bready wheat and pale malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, and crackers along with some sweet honey taste. Solid hop presence for a wheat ale with good notes of the Sorachi Ace hop. Big citrus fruit notes of oranges and peel along with some pineapple and lemon zest. Some spicy taste as well with notes of white pepper and a little coriander. Zesty and nicely balanced. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat spicy. Very smooth.

Overall: A really good wheat ale. Good balance of sweetness and dryness with really vibrant citrus taste. A great summer beer.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of optimator705
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Torifarbisz
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Helgy
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of AndyH
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden with a one finger white foam head that fades slowly and leaves some sticky lacing behind.

Aroma: Sweet wheat and citrus on the nose, with some malts and a little grass underneath. Smells pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: A little hops up front but quickly balanced by the sweet wheat and yeast. A little bit of lemon citrus in the mix as well. A great flavof for a lighter summer wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Finishes clean and smooth on the tongue

Overall: A really good summer wheat beer. I like that it has more hops than other lighter wheat beers, and the citrus flavor adds to the summer appeal. This is a great canned beer for summer outings, and tastes great ice cold...so a perfect candidate for big coolers or ice buckets in the summertime. Another winner from Indeed.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Summer78
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Cooper
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.96/5  rDev +46.3%

Photo of Fr0stb1te
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of morimech
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date of 5-22 on sticker. Pours a very hazy yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not much for an aroma. I definitely pick up the wheat malt but little else. Maybe just a little citrus.

A little more interesting flavor. The wheat is very dominant but I also get some citrus and honey. On the sweeter side with a little hop bitterness. Lingering wheat aftertaste.

Decent body for a lighter beer. Good carbonation.

Not a successful beer to Indeed Brewing standards. They set the bar kind of high and this beer does not live up to the rest of the portfolio. This is the kind of APWA that I would expect to have seen 5+ years ago, not today. And not from this brewery that likes its hops. I was expecting something along the lines of Halcyon, Gumbalhead, or 80 Acre. I would not even call this beer refreshing as it is not dry, and has a lingering aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Shenanigans Summer Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.