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Half Acre / Three Floyds ShewolfHalf Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf
Half Acre / Three Floyds ShewolfHalf Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Half Acre, this raging hop knife is brewed with a minimalists approach to using raw materials.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 235
Photo of Halfbrother83
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a thin head that eventually dissipates into a light crown

S - Pine, grass, green tea, malt, light honey... almost pils in aroma

T - Sweet, dry malt with a tiny bit of pine in the finish... nothing else

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - Perhaps the flavor has faded given the age of this beer (bottled in Feb, opened in May), but overall, this isn't something I'd prefer over HA or 3F staples, given that their shelf beers taste better than this collab. Great to try, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clear, yellow hue. A cloud of rounded white foam bends over the top of my glass. Head dies off slowly and leaves pocked lacing.

S-Aroma is a bit hempy, vegetal and even catty. There is also a noticeable dose of zesty citrus. Lighter tropical fruit hops as well. A crisp graininess and some cracker. The hop aroma is unique.

T-The flavor also displays that veggie-ness. I personally really dig it. Bright clementine juice as well. Finishes grassy, piney, lightly oniony with a grainy finish. Pale maltiness makes me think of animal crackers.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Crisp and quite bitter. Lingering aftertaste. I found it to be very drinkable and even a bit refreshing.

O-Shewolf is one feisty beer. I am quickly understanding why Three Floyds' and Half Acre beers are always a hot commodity. Kick ass.

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Photo of stephens101
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow orange with an off-white crown.

Notes of piney hops and caramel float welcoming to the nose.

Slightly grainy with the bitterness taking a side seat to more caramel and some light fruits. Smooth going down with a touch of orange peel in the very back.

Not as flavorful as I would prefer, but a well-crafted brew that pays attention to balance and has just enough punch to keep me in the ring until the end.

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Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle!
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, some honey, some dank hops, pine.

T- Grapefruit rind, citrus, biscuity malts, some pilsener malts, touch of honey, piney finish with some dank haps.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A nice, enjoyable IPA. Would pick this up if I had the chance, love the label.

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Photo of roger617
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a few bottles at Half Acre, reviewing the first. Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: Pours a light golden in color with 1 finger of bright white head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S: This smells little like and IPA, and more like a pils. There's very slight hop aroma, some honey crispness, and pilsner maltiness.
T: This is sweet up front, and slightly dry in the back. There's not much citrus to speak of, nor pine. I mostly get malt.
M: Crisp and very refreshing. Good level of carb, very easy drinker.
O: If I were given this in a blind taste test, I wouldn't even get the style right. I'm very surprised by this, especially after their last collab I had, Anicca, was probably my favorite beer of 2013. Purchased at Half Acre 2/28, reviewed 3/6.

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Photo of kevanb
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, 2014 release, poured into a Half Acre Squidowl Willibecher.

The beer pours a crisp and clear golden color, slight chill haze, many bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice, white, fluffy head, about 2 fingers high rises from the glass, the retention is moderate by there is a decent amount of lace left behind. The aroma is a bit more subtle, tangy citrus, grapefruit predominately, with a nice floral undertone that leads to some more tropical and fresh fruits, mango and pineapple, with a large grain bill behind it, which surprised me quite a bit considering the clarity and softness of the appearance. The balance is nice, perhaps a bit more malty than I'd prefer, in a way the aroma remind me of an IPL, with the stronger grain bill and more subtle hops. The flavors fall in line, lots of fruit, although the citrus is more balanced with the fresh fruit, a little bit of bitterness and resiny flavors come about, but truth be told, this beer is refreshingly juicy and a bit sweet with a stronger malt bill, lots of pale grain, soft and sweet, a bit chewy at times, but the beer is crisp and light. The body is very crisp, bubbly and carbonated nicely, it coats the mouth decently well and the finish is a bit creamy but lingers nicely with only the subtlest dry feel.

Verdict: A nice IPA from both Three Floyds and Half Acre. It's a bit more restrained than I'm used to from FFF, but more in line with what Half Acre tends to produce, with the balance being more middle of the road. The hop flavors come across nicely, and this is certainly one of the easier and more refreshing IPAs I've tried recently. It's easily quaffable, more so than the original rendition of the this beer, and certainly more cleaner and crisper, definitely a solid beer, but falls short of what both breweries are capable of.

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Photo of Chalkhead
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Very Nice. Pours a hazy orange/copper with diminishing tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bitter, fruity and floral hops, hints of pine. Taste is nice and hoppy up front, then fades to a gentle sweetness provided by the honey. Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slightly oily finish. An interesting IPA

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Photo of brystmar
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You sure this is a "Single" IPA? Absolutely gorgeous appearance: amber-gold hue beneath thick, frothy, white head. Sticky lace, stubborn retention across the board.

Malty, bready aroma is enjoyable but too subtle. Gimme the blast of fruity hops I crave!

Fortunately, the taste delivers. Fresh hops spring to life and push back against a surprisingly prominent malt backbone. What? Strongly malty? In a *Single* IPA?! Yeah, man -- this is a blueprint for how the style should be brewed. Pleasant (read: mild) traces of hop resin remain after swallowing. Deserves a 4.25, rounding up.

Thick, creamy body is arguably the best I've ever had from a Single IPA. I'm rating to the style, but seriously: this brew must be mis-categorized. Regardless, this is quite tasty and deserving of praise. I'm ready for another bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears transparent and light orange colored with a huge, fluffy white head. The aroma offers oranges, nectarines, hops, a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is hop forward, with tangy citrus leading the way. Lingering bitterness in the finish, with a light alcoholic warmth. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid IPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a fairly hazy brown-tinted orange. There is an off-white head which bubbles away quickly to a thin spotty cap.

S: Strong citrus notes are followed closely by a wider array of tropical fruit flavors: grapefruit, pineapple and mango. A healthy dose of pine adds a pleasant bite to the aroma.

T: The first thing I notice is some potent hop bitterness. Pine, grass and herbal flavors are complemented by some mild alcohol heat. Some citrus but not as potent as in the aroma. A fairly sweet backbone of caramel and toffee malt provide some balance.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat oily and slick. Moderate to low carbonation.

O: Another solid release from Half Acre. A good, fairly bitter IPA with a fair amount of sweet malt for balance and drinkability.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for sharing this beer tonite! thanks duff!

bomber poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: a little bit hazy yellow bodied. 1 finger of white head.

Smell: grapefruit and pine hops up front. mild spiciness almost rye like. floral and dank hops.

Taste: moderately high bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness. pine and grapefruits. mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A touch syrupy when it warms. no ABV noted.

Overall: Really solid collaboration. I think this IPA is really tastey.

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Photo of Duff27
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short white head on murky orange colored body. Leaves a collar and thin head throughout.

Bigtime grapefruit notes off the bat. Everything you think of when thinking of a beach setting...well that's layered in there, too.

Follows the nose but with a hoppiness that'll rip yer tongue off. Mouthwatering, makes you crave the next sip.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation point.

Take your time enjoying this one, you almost have too. A wonderful overly hoptastic India pale ale. Great collab FFF/Half Acre! Thanks for picking this up kawilliams81!

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served in a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with one finger height of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Herbal dankness, mild citrus and dried grass. Light earthy onion with some cracker malt.

T: Slight dankness with some mild, dirty onion. Semi-bitter grapefruit rind. Nice herbal qualities with a hint of dried mint. There is a nice and sweet biscuit malt body that carries into the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice carbonation level. The finish is sweet.

O: Definitely ranging on the herbal side of IPA's. I appreciated the drinkability of this guy and wish it saw more production.

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Photo of tewaris
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Half Acre Shewolf

Thanks John, been a while I drank anything from Chicago.

Pours very light and hazy, looks like a hefeweizen minus the crown. Smells somewhat hoppy, somewhat sugary. Tastes slightly bitter with a very clean bitterness, a good backbone in the middle with a light sweetness and an oddly empty finish. Also, the mouthfeel is odd: this beer is not thin and yet it feels watery, the carbonation is also low. There are hints of booze. I am really not getting this at all. Also, I think that in today's craft beer scene, you will have to make a IPA pretty rad (and good) to get any notice. This is sadly not that IPA.

3, 3, 3, 1, 3

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle to FFF teku.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. A small layer of white head formed and receded to a ring around the glass.

S -Grapefruit, peach, tangerine, pine and a slight caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T - A huge bitterness up front with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some lighter mango flavours. A slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the background but this one is defintiely a hop-forward IIPA.

M - Medium body with lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange with foamy white 2 finger head

s: tropical fruit galore. especially grapefruit, mango, orange

t: loads of citrusy hops. some piney bitterness there too.

m: med body & carbonation.

o: Great collaboration with FFF. Aroma is top notch and the taste is right there with it. I'd put it under Galactic DDC but it is still a great IPA I hope to have a chance again to try next year.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, 8/15/12 release
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours a cloudy as hell, bright yellow orange color. Basically no head. Small ring of bright white is all that sticks around. Carbonation small. Still some lacing bits and sheeting as you sip on it.

S: Tons of tropical fruit hop notes: mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. Minimal malt but you get a touch behind it all.

T: Nice bitterness up front on the tip of the tongue. All the delicious tropical fruits you smelled are there. Definitely a FFF brew. Hopped to hell and I love it. Minimal malts....total hop bomb. Bitter dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with a small creamy white head. A little retention and good lacing.

Bold grapefruit aromas. Just a touch of sticky malt sweetness. Dank hops are abundant.

Heavenly hop bomb on the palate. Big citrus especially red grapefruit come through at first. Very little malt and a ton of hops. Finishes very bitter and dry again with a ton of grapefruit and a little bit of resin.

Medium bodied, very dry. Good carbonation.

Fantastic treat for a hophead. Reminds me a lot of Arctic Panzer Wolf. This one is very grapefruit forward and a delight to drink. Thanks to jegross2 for the bottle hookup!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pours an extremely cloudy/hazy hue of honey orange with a minimal (one finger) head. Nose is loaded with citrus zest, orange, grapefruit, luscious hops... This is a fabulous smelling beer. The taste follows the nose with an added dose of piny resin. The citrus in this is just...juicy. The finish is bitter, but not overbearingly so. There's even citrus in the finish, which is odd to me. Most of the time the citrus is up front. First time I've seen it so prominent, if at all, in the finish. Overall, this is a top notch beer that Half Acre and Three Floyds hopefully bless us with again in the future.

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Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden straw color with a one finger white head of fine bubbles that gives way to a thin sheet of foam on top.

S: crazy amount of grapefruit and melon in the smell, with some sweetness and a bit of grain way back in there.

T: melon, citrus, bitterness, and a great bready back end.

M: not crisp, but kind of soft. I can't say it's undercarbonated or even a bad feel, just different from a punch-you-in-the-face IPA. Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: very solid beer indeed. Glad to have a couple more bottles. Purchased for $10 per 22 ounce at Half Acre in Chicago.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange body. Small head. Kinda syrupy looking pour. 

Huge citrus hop aroma mixed with a touch of bready malt. 

Big blast of orange and grapefruit hop goodness. This one is all hops. Very smooth. 

Bitterness that lingers.  Medium plus body. 

Overall a very solid IPA. Gets even better as it warms up a few degrees from the fridge. Very smooth at 8%

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Half Acre growler into pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy light orange with a 2 finger white head. Small blotches of lacing reside over a minute or so.

S- Citrus, nectarines or blood oranges possibly, some pine.

T- Pale malts, light citrus, spicy/earthy hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight oily/slick feel.

O- Nice IPA. Nothing earth shattering but very solid.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into a Half Acre branded 20 oz. becker pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with orangish hues and a bright white two finger head. Great retention, significant web-like lacing is present as the head recedes. Citrus bomb on the nose accented with floral notes. Opens with grapefruit rind joined by notes of mango and passionfruit and a touch of sweet malt for balance midpalate. Finishes somewhat dry with citrus rind bitterness with accents of spruce. Fairly heavy malt backbone, which is more reminiscent of a double IPA which lends to a brew that is on heavier side of medium-bodied. Silky smooth and slick mouthfeel. Fairly complex for an IPA and certainly one of the better collaborations that I've had.

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Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted in mid-August 2010 from a bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours hazy pale yellow with a thick, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose is very complex with floral, resinous, citrus, and tropical fruit (mango, papaya, and pineapple) hops. There is also much more of a caramelly malt aroma than I expected given the very light color of the beer. Flavor is very hoppy with the grapefruit and tropical notes coming through nicely. Once again, the malts come through as very carameled. The body is medium with a average carbonation and a long bitter finish. This beer is quite nice with great complexity and nice balance.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a golden yellow color with a touch of hop haze and a small white cap on top. some oily lacing down the side of the glass. Nice looking. There is a very distinct mango and pineapple aroma coming through on this that really smells fresh. a touch of mint on the back end as well. The taste is very crisp and bitter. Dry flavors of white wine, pine, and some peaches and mint come to mind. There is a big hoppy dryness on the finish that leaves off bitter and disjointed with little to no malt balance. There is a decent level of carbonation and overall this is very crisp but not my favorite one.

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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 235 ratings