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Half Acre / Three Floyds ShewolfHalf Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf

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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.

Added by spycow on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tewaris
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
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 Halfbrother83
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
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 roger617
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Chalkhead
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
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 stephens101
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
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 callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright hazy straw colored body. Moderate size white head which receded over a minute or two. Left behind spotty, but dense, lacing.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, pine and some lemon. Clean, lightly sweet malt base.

T: One dimensional. All grapefruit bitterness. The malt does nothing to reel the bitterness in and the other notes from the nose are essentially absent. Disappointing compared to the nose.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate moderate carbonation. Nice crisp bitter finish.

D: Ultimately, SheWolf suffers from a lack of depth and complexity in the nose. I like my grapefruit, and I like my bitterness. But give me a little more that I can think about and savor.

(This review is from when the beer first came out, so age is not an issue.)

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Photo of kevanb
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
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 abuliarose
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a curved pint glass, an extremely cloudy muddy gold with a few fingers of thick-ish white head. Some lacing. Ok-looking. Smells slightly floral hoppy with hints of pear and honey. Some cirtus peel underneath and some grassiness. Smells are perhaps a bit faded from their initial intensity but still good ones.

Tastes very grassy and earthy. Some starchy pear-like sweetness. Hints of citrus rind, but not much. Flavors are straightforward but don't jive with one another. Mouthfeel is outstanding: creamy with a volume-adding carbonation, medium-bodied. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

Granted this is a regular IPA and not an amped-up version, I found it to be decent. If only other regular IPAs could have the same sensuous mouthfeel.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the always generous milwaukeeclassic...thanks Douchous!

Fantastic bottle featuring two dudes astride a mammoth raging wolf while another couple of toga wearing dudes milk the teets. Solid.

Hazy straw pour is a bit surprising

Initial scents of pine forest with an underlying solvent- cleaning solution vaporousness. As the beer settles, I detect a heavy note of original Hubba Bubba....very gummy.

In a word: bitter. Very one dimensional and piney from front to back. I detect none of the grapefruit aspects of this beer that other have commented on. Seems that a boatload of bittering hops were added throughout, with the result being a beer that is relatively lacking in complexity.

While smooth and creamy, this beer certainly drinks more like a double and the alcohol content proves this. A bitter hoppy one note monster.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather plain golden color. Ok carbonation level. Ok aroma-rather floral and citrusy. Big hop flavor-somewhat citrusy, grapefruit like. Very clean maltiness to it. Long lingering hop flavor-not so much bite but flavor. Good solid mouthfeel-has a definate smooth creaminess to it. Damn good US IPA.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of sisuspeed
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for the bottle!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. A thick, creamy, white head sits on top of a hazy, golden-yellow body. Nice waves of lacing.

Lemony citrus and sweet malts on the nose. Grassy, but mostly floral hops. Pretty nice, but the hops and overall nose seem a bit muted.

Grassy with lemon citrus on the tongue. Caramel and biscuit malts make up the backbone. Pretty good hop profile for a single IPA.

Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy. Quite substantial for a single IPA, yet refreshing.

Drinkability is good. Putting back a bomber of this is no problem and the ABV is unnoticeable. I really liked the mouthfeel on this beer, but the nose and taste left me desiring a little more. I'd like to see a few more hops, but maybe having this fresh on-tap would fix that. Still a tasty drink as is.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one

Pours a golden yellow color with a towering three fingers of head and some lacing left behind.

The aroma is full of bright hoppiness, a nice mix of floral/pine with some tropical notes as well. Very clean and inviting.

The flavor starts out with a wave of bitter floral hoppiness and a light lemon zest finish. That is pretty much it...but damn it is tasty

The body and carbonation levels are normal for an IPA. Perhaps a tad watery in the finish, could use some stickiness.

Overall this is definitely a great beer and another one that I can add to the list of fine IPA's brewed in the Midwest using the West Coast style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with orange and pine notes. The flavor bready malt, pine and orange hops and low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA that I am really glad I got to try.

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Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beersis81 for this surprise package

A: Nice golden color with some yellow tinting. good carbonation and a thick head. slightly cloudy, very nice webbed lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit notes with some manog and melon hoppiness.

T: Mostly pine and grapefruit hoppiness with hints of lemon and melon as well. some caramel and breadiness as well

M: Nice dryness and no heat. there is a nice lingering hop quality and the body is pretty good,but slightly rough around the edges

D: A tasty IPA that reminds me a little bit of sculpin. very enjoyable but nothing too legendary about it

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Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 homebrew311
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a growler of this collaboration beer with FFF. Poured in to SA sensory glass.

A: pours a light and slightly cloudy yellow with a thick frothy 2 finger white head, great retention, lots of lacing

S: the hops are all over the front and they are brutally present in the form of tropical fruits, heavy on the lemon and orange, with notes of honey mixed in. The hops are insanely fresh and bitter smelling. Not picking up a lot of malt.

T: like the nose, the hops come rushing on the palate before you have time to notice anything else. The hops provide a very pungent and tropical profile with lemon zest and other citrus notes. The malts come through in the middle with a spicy character that balances the assertive hop profile. This one leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Great flavors, maybe a touch too bitter for me.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: this is the hoppiest beer I have experienced from Half Acre (and they make some hoppy beers!), which provides a great experience, however the bitterness on the finish will catch up to you.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a golden and murky color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of pine and citrus hops, as well as tropical and sweet fruit.

t - Tastes of citrus fruit and hops, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Tastes a bit bitter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA. Lots of hops and fruit in the smell and taste. Would try again.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Andy - thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts and large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops.

Tastes good. The pale malt flavors remain relatively muted however the hop flavors aren't as robust as the aroma would indicate. The citrus and tropical fruit flavors come into play midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was highly anticipating this beer after getting a waft of the growler across the room but I have to say that the flavor profile let me down a bit. Still, it's a nice beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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 koopa
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with brandonman63 thanks amigo!

Appearance: Pours slightly translucent honey with a 3 finger white crown that shows some retention, lots of rockiness, and some lace.

Smell: Grassy, herbal hops, the faintest touch of bready malt, and minor citrus (orange/grapefruit) notes.

Taste: Same as nose...not super pungent but enjoyable. I get a bit more tropical fruit out of the taste than the nose, but also a hint of unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Nice grapefruit and lemon pith notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, fairly crisp, a bit bland.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly smooth.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for the chance to try this one. Consumed a little over a month ago.

A: Pours a bright, semi-hazed light gold with a nice white head.

S: Nice floral hops with a bit of citrus and pine. Nothing much in the way of malt.

T: Pretty strikingly bitter, but some of the hop flavors don't seem present like I would have expected from the nose.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Not too bracingly bitter, but good for a single.

D: Pretty drinkable. A very nice beer, although I'd say that I prefer Daisy Cutter over this. A good beer, but not especially a standout among its competitors.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the second day of release I went to the brewery to get my first ever Growler fill. While sampling the brew from a little cup, I noticed the bottles. Well, 8 dollars for a bomber? Who could pass that up when its the freshest you'll ever get an IPA ( I'd even say this is a DIPA in my world). Here I sit on 7-18-10 pouring this delicious beverage into a brandy snifter for review.

The pour generated a ton of head, not even intentionally. Its wedding dress white crop of 'hair' rose about two fingers from the top of the body. After roughly ten seconds it had dissipated to one finger, and two minutes later it had a skin of bubbles floating on top with delicate lacing all over. Its almost like a spring day staring at the tops of the glass, guessing what shapes you can see in the foam. The lacing holds firm to the edge and generate cloud-forms of mountains, trees, and other fun shapes. The low light of my front room reveals the popcorn butter color, and when held to a light shifts to a honey cough drop yellow. The light also reveals the ever present column of carbon dioxide rising from the center.

The moment this beer was decapped hops erupted into my area. I didn't even pour it into the glass yet and I felt like I had taken a trip into the northwest. Strong, bitter molecules linger for the first moments, but are gone from detection upon any further testing. Deep inhales reveal pineapples and grapefruit painted upon a grass canvas. It only takes a few attempts to find all you can detect in the nose of this.

Flavor Profile
BITTER! What originally erupted from the bottle and can not be found in the nose is hiding in the liquid. Its hops are here and they are not going anywhere. From initial to the finish the back of your tongue will be playing a game of hop scotch in delight. I've had many IPAs that claim to be hop bombs, and are only for the true fans of hops. However, up until now they have all been liars but for two beers. This one is one of those two. Its fruity notes are pleasantly present while the beverage carouses my oral cavity, but as soon as its gone down the chute so has the sweetness. The alcohol is only detected in my chest through multiple drinks, but never makes its appearance on my palate. That is not to say it is needed or missed, but would be welcome to balance some of the hops perhaps.

Oral Sensations
This beer is heavily carbonated. At first it appeared to be as carbonated as some tripels I have had, but it settles quite rapidly. I was mistaken and deceived by the bubbles. They caused me to believe the body of the beer was more watery than it really is. The first sips if you don't let this breathe are fizzy like soda, but as it 'ages' it comes into its own. The body is good enough for its style and means. It could be fuller, but that may actually ruin this beer so I remain happy with how it is. Bitter flavors linger all around. My lips, my tongue, my teeth all hide bitter molecules for me to lap up as I patiently await my next sip. All that this beer requires for me to grade it up one more notch on mouth feel would be a reduction in the carbonation.

This is one rough companion for an evening. In its growler form it has improved on the few shortcomings that can be found in this beverage. Alas, the bomber is what I must review at this time. One and you are done. However, I feel that way for almost all IPAs of this nature. You'll burn out some taste buds if you try to go further than one bomber of this, probably already did by halfway through. Regardless of that nature, I would say give this one a shot. Solid beer for anyone who likes IPAs. I've had it on two occasions now, and haven't regretted it one bit.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for hooking me up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazy coppery gold, with 2 fingers of stiff bright-white foamy head. This sticks around with a big frothy dollop in the middle of the glass and thick creamy bunching around the edges. Swirling gets this up near a whole finger again, leaving a huge sticky smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with floral accents, sharp leafy earth tones, zesty grapefruit, and light spicy textures give this a big hoppy forcefulness. This is softened up on the sides a bit by sweet tropical notes of mango, apricot, and pineapple, as well as some mellow doughy smelling grains. As impressive as the hop profile is here, the overall impression I'm getting is sweet and tangy here in the nose.

The taste hops are bright in the mouth with grapefruit, green earth, citrus, and pine all bringing flavor and bitterness to this. That sweetness from the tropical fruit in the nose is a little more subtle here, mixing with the flat grainy sweetness of the malts across the back of the palate. Pretty good overall balance here and just the right amount of bitterness left behind as well, lingering on the palate with a finish that is piney, spicy, pithy, and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a VERY mellow feel despite the size here, with an easy creaminess to the carbonation which mingles effortlessly with slickness of the oils in the body. This gets a little sharper towards the back, giving this some extra presence as you swallow and I'm picking up almost zero alcohol detection here as well which mixes with that body to really keep the drinkbility of this nice.

After the misfire that was The Invasion, it was great to see Half Acre and Three Floyds get things back on track with this flavorful and very easy drinking American IPA. There's a lot of sweetness here from the hops but they luckily brought enough bitterness to the table as to not let things get to out of hand. This is definitely one worth checking out.

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