Half Acre / Three Floyds Shewolf | Half Acre Beer Company

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

Added by spycow on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get out of my head Shakira :(
My blood, its wolfsblood, pumping in my veins... Ok, Misfits... that's better ;)

Picked this up on the 4th, after trying some growlers shared by joe1510 and another generous soul.

Into a Duvel tulip, it glows orange with a dull haze. Fluffy, sticky, 3-D head of white foam, that laces nicely on the sides. Strong retention out the yin yang.

Very dank. Grapefruit, orange, and mango right out of the bottle in the first whiff. Sticky sweet candied orange peel and Cascade/Centennial grapefruit juice. After the first sip it gets much more earthy and leafy green, with a pungent cattiness.

A wave of citrus builds with an underlying earthy and deep bitterness. Wow this is really bitter, earthy, and resiny. Not for the IPA shy... Leafy and dry aftertaste after the hops lay waste to the palate. Rolling it around, there's some malt character but it's buried under all the green stuff. Very herbal, fresh hops are big in this. Moderate IPA body, on the verge of DIPA. Pretty killer stuff, though a bomber is about all I can drink.

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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 yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a murky yellow/amber hue with two fingers of fluffy lily-white head that stayed pretty constant.

Smell -- Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine forest, and bready malts.

Taste -- A great deal of citrus in the hops, most notably lemon (Sorachi Ace?) and grapefruit. Some pine was present, but it is predominately tart citrus. The malts were more toasted bread and biscuits with a hint of melon sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with just the right carbonation. Crisp finish.

Drinkability -- Even for Half Acre, or FFF for that matter, this is a exceptionally well-crafted beer. Bright, crisp, delicious. I can scarcely think of a better IPA for an all-day cookout.

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Photo of thetomG
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky darker yellow color with a good amount of foamy white head. Aroma has a very strong piney hop presence. Flavor is more balanced with some nice fruitiness mellowing out the bitterness making for an excellent blend of flavors. Carbonation is right on with just the right amount of bubbles to go with the slightly sticky malty-ness. An excellent and supremely well balanced IPA.

Will DEFINITELY be drinking more of this. DELICIOUS!

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep yellow with a slight haze. Pours with a fizzy 1" of white head that has outstanding retention and leaves almost a solid sheet of lacing on the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Loads of grapefruit and citrus with pine to a lesser extent. Some toasted malts.

T: Starts with an unusual dry, musty earthiness, almost smoky, toasted malt flavor that fades to an astringent grapefruit bitterness. Long bitter finish. Some pine and citrus as well.

M: Dry. On the lighter side of medium with active carbonation.

D: Very good. Very easy to drink. An IPA that is on the lighter side, but still chock full of flavor and bitterness. It's a little different than the usual IPA in that, while still being very hoppy, there is an aggressively toasty, earthy maltiness that is not commonly found in an IPA. Yet it all works.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy lemon color with a light haze and a large, dense, fluffy white head with long retention.

Scent of sharp pine, bitter resin, ripe mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, grass and a hint of rice. A wonderful hop-forward aroma.

Taste of bitter resin, grass, light pine, sap, fresh grain, and lemon zest. There is a nice, long hoppy finish, but the taste is not quite as good as the scent. The alcohol is masked wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style with low carbonation, which I don't care much for, but the oily and viscous properties save it.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty hazy shade of pale gold. Carbonation is very active which keeps the creamy, off-white, meringue-like layer of foam well fed. Retention was fantastic!

S: The first thing I noticed about this when I first started pouring it was a quick flash of that characteristic FFF grassy green hop aroma. Quickly though, this got a bit more complex. Big notes of juicy tropical fruit, pine, sweet citrus, and a constant undrecurrent of toasty grains.

T: Damn. The only deviation from the smell is the toasted malt. While more of a supporting role above, it becomes a major player here. Sure the hops are just absolutely amazing but the malt is the glue that holds this all together. Finishes big with flavors of tropical hops, pine sap, tangerines, cut grass, and peppery malt.

M: Instead of being just being "sweet" or having "caramel flavors" the malt displayed here is toasted, dry, and roasty. I guess what I'm getting at is the malty balance here isn't sweet and syrupy. It's dry and roasty with a hint of sweetness. The hops are all manor of spicy, oily, prickly, peppery, and sticky.

D: This is an incredible effort from these collaborators. I went to pick this up on the release day, 7/2/10 and the place was mobbed. Some buddies from work and I went back the next night to get more and the place was mobbed again! I sincerely hope that this isn't a "one and done" release. This IPA is just too friggin good to tease us like this...

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Photo of y1fsm8s
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 VonGravy
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this day and it has finally arrived! Two of the top regional...heck two of the top brewers in the WORLD have come together and created a beer that is...well...heavenly. I arrived just 2 hours after opening and they were already swapping out the first keg! I picked up 2 growlers and a bomber...the artwork is top-notch!

My tasting was just as I expected...nice frothy head and a bright, cloudy yellowish color. The aroma was sooo hoppy with the customary pine and citrus notes. Man was this beer a hop bomb! A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. I dig it!

This is a very drinkable beer that doesn't show it's ABV at all. It does remind me of another one of my favorites...Modus Hoperandi. I will be coming back to the well for this as long as they are pouring it...Top notch guys! You never let me down! Cheers to FFF and Half Acre on this one!

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

Fresh growler pour from Half Acre. Drank from a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a cloudy, opaque, light yellow color. There was an initial head that quickly dissipates into a light lacing on the edges showing minimal carbonation.

Immediately hit with some heavy fruit and citrus aromas. Piney aromas come out as the beer settles. Hoppy for sure, with a fresh, rawness to it. The aromas seem to become stronger and more evident as you dive more into it.

The flavor was citrus and fruity, with an excellent bitter and grainy aftertaste with some subtle sweetness that makes you want to come back for more. The floral, yet bitter flavors are everywhere with just enough carbonation. The hoppiness continues to linger in the finish which I love in a good IPA. Doesn't taste as strong as the 8% would indicate to me making it a very drinkable IPA.

Excellent IPA. Great collaboration with FFF. Will have to compare the bottles with the growler later today....

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