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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +6.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -33.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +0.2%
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 -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 chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -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 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 oreo
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My cousin went to the brewery on release day and got me a case!

Bomber poured into 3 different snifters.

Appearance was hazy pale yellow, almost straw colored.

Smell was amazing. Pretty sure I got some cascade hops in there, very hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was just wow. Very citrus and pine with a decent bitter bite on the end. Exceptional.

This beer is highly drinkable. at 8% this beer hides its abv well. I had a third of the bottle but was longing for more.

Sidenote: The artwork on the bottle is awesome.

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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 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 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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color that verges on golden with a very impressive head that squats atop the liquid; strong retention and plenty of lace clumps

Smell: Pith, pineapple and pine; just a hint of crackery malt

Taste: The crackery malt up front creates a clean backdrop for the hops, with their fruity, pineapple and pith flavors that burst forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness adds a touch of lemon as well as just a hint of citrusy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice IPA that just borders on DIPA territory; it may be a month or so past its prime but it is still fine

Wish I could remember the nice BA that included this in a recent trade

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy/fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a small malt note, citrus, slilght pine note. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus note, with some pineyness. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty nice tasting IPA.

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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 jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Leaf into a special 10oz tasting glass, 1/16 barrel keg...A light cloudy honey gold, good retention and lacing...Wonderful and complex aroma! Light mustiness to start, super smooth hops (light dry hop aroma to them), a touch of grapefriuit, a lot going on but its all good...The taste is awesome, very tannic and bitter feeling. Taste is more robust than the aroma, grapefruit on the front then full hops. The feel is awesome, almost like sticky chalk hops that coat the mouth.

An excellent ipa worth seeking out. In between an ipa and dipa, easy to drink but the strength and qualities of a dipa.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color, little bit cloudy. Great head with some impressive retention and lacing. A nice looking beer.

S - A lot of floral and citrusy hops with a good amount of resiny pine thrown in to the mix. This smells quite fantastic.

T - One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. A nice citrusy sweetness to it which is cut into well with some sharp pine resin. Floral notes complete the hop profile. Nice malt backbone doesn't dominate, but rather compliments. Great beer.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - This is a great beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

a - pours a bright golden amber color, somewhat cloudy, two-finger white head with good retention and lacing

s - huge citrus notes on the aroma, grapefruit, tangerine and a little lemon were detectable, very light alcohol presence

t - once again, citrusy hops dominate, lots of grapefruit and tangerine, the bitterness was not overwhelming and there was a nice subtle malt backbone that added some depth to the citrus hops, lingering grapefruit bitterness on the fairly dry finish, very light boozy heat

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, light alcohol warming, dry finish, good overall feel for the style

d - pretty drinkable, flavors were crisp and clean, though I suspect the hops were a little brighter a month or two ago, not too harsh on the palate and the alcohol is pretty well hidden

Really nice IPA -- glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf from Half Acre Beer Company
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