Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

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Akari ShogunAkari Shogun

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A ridable ale hosting some wheatey nuts & juicy Motueka hop bolts. The deliverer of this truth: Akari Shogun, He who harnesses light will usher this summer force into your life.

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Photo of alysmith4
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a beer! Wasn't expecting much, was just lucky enough to get this as an extra in a trade. Funny thing was that one can busted during transport, but when it arrived I totally poured out what was left in the can (and the zip-lock bag!) and tried it on the spot. Even flat and warm, it was still delicious. "Juicy" is the one word I'd use to summarize this beer. Juicy, tropical, refreshing, sweet (but not too sweet), and completely delicious.

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Photo of ZAP
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L-Golden color...nice frothy but small heard and lacing..

S-Bursting aromas of citrus, and tropical fruits jump from the can when opened and from the glass when poured. Juicy, pulpy fruits of oranges, pineapples, mango, tangerines, lemons and limes. Some peaches noted as well. Really fragrant and juicy smelling. Top score here.

T-More of the same with the citrus and tropical fruits blending nicely.....very juicy hop forward flavor. Nothing jagged or sharp to this. I do get a slight cream of wheat like malt impression as well which is amazing actually considering the onslaught of hops.

F-At first this seemed so loaded with aroma and flavor it seemed more IPA-ish to me but body wise this is an easy drinking with pale ale qualities. Medium bodied..Clean finish.

O-Wow. Did not expect to like this one this much. An all-timer in my opinion.

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer pours a golden yellow color and slightly hazy. The head is creamy and very white. The head dissipates quickly leaving some nice lace before is all disappears.

Smell: The aroma is quite hoppy. The smell of fresh lemon peel and citrus is present. As it warms, the smell of orange peel is noticeable. Hops are the star of the show.

Taste: Not as hoppy as the smell, however, it has a clear bitterness at the front of the mouth and a slight bitterness in the finish. It is not overly hoppy. The hops are nicely balanced with the malt to make it a very easy drinking beer. The carbonation is high, making the beer refreshing and clean. The mouthfeel is lighter.

Overall: I did not expect a wheat beer to have such a hop presence, however, I really enjoyed this beer. It is good looking and great for the summer months.

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Photo of Kiteman
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a hazy orange, similar to, but not as cloudy as, heady. Nice lacing. Head dissipates in a few minutes.

S - what a winner. Citrus and pine nearly overwhelm. Hops are abundant and prepare you for the first sip.

T - bitter and delicious with just enough malt to keep you honest. Great wheat ale that is a step up from gumballhead in my book, which has always been a favorite beer of mine. Lots of hops continue into the finish on the palate.

M - perfect carbonation right out of the can. Glass not required, but I like it out of a mini pint glass. Bitterness remains.

O - one of my all time favorites. My favorite beer by half acre and one of the best out of Chicagoland. Outstanding and surprisingly sessionable if you clear he rest of your day...

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a frosted mug

Bright golden/blonde color with a fluffy bright white head.

Nice bright hoppy smell with some floral notes and citrus zest smell. Very inviting.

Bright citrus hop punch with solid base flavor and sweetness from the wheat.

This is my new go-to wheat ale whenever I can get my hands on it. Delicious straight out of the can as well. One of the best new beers I've had this year.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a Half Acre tulip
5.5% ABV

A - Hazed through and through, this witbier-looking pale yellow brew pours with a thin white head that creates a halo around the beer below it's wispy lacing.

S - Akari Shogun has a nose that's paired perfectly; earthy, freshly cut grass, lemon pepper citrus and spice notes, and mango tropical fruitiness mate flawlessly with soft wheat and grainy pale malt.

T - Fresh hops continue the trend of earth and citrus through the flavor, but come off somewhat toned down and more lemon grass-oriented. This allows the soft wheat and grainy pale malt base more freedom of expression and doesn't end up being overly hopped for the style.

M - Akari Shogun's aroma comes off quite boastful making this beer's light (almost thin) body somewhat surprising, but nevertheless, it's crisp and refreshing, finishing with a wonderful balance of spice and hop dryness, begging for another sip.

O - Exceptional from start to finish, Akari Shogun is a beautifully hopped beer that perfectly balances an elevated hop level with a smooth wheat body and crisp finish; perfect for the dog days of summer.

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Photo of _YellowBird_
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the glass Akari Shogun pours a hazy pale straw hue topped with a moderately retained fluffy white head. The nose carries elegant floral tones blossoming into a fruit salad arrangement of tangerine, apricot and peach while also boasting a sweet candied bubblegum. Seductive wheat sweetness and lemon citrus brightly tease the palate while tamed by assertive hop bitterness. Grass and rose petal sensations delicately join lemon and mango juiciness throughout the taste. The mildly lasting finish is semi-dry and allows the wheat notes to shine; refreshing and delicate enough on the palate to make this a perfect warm weather beverage.

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Wonderful sweet, citrusy hop aroma characteristic of half acre beers. I don't know much about Motueka hops, but after warming it gives off a lot of similar smells to Centennial.

Appearance - Gorgeous hazy golden color. Foam is a pure white but doesn't linger long atop my 12 oz. pour.

Flavor - Not as much citrus as I had expected, but still a wonderful bittersweet hops + wheat + malt flavor. A couple more sips in, this might actually be a little more on the bitter side with a distinct hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation leaves a lot of taste buds working on this one. Slightly astringent.

Overall - Nice to see Half Acre showing some restraint with the hops here. The wonderful wheat and malt flavors come through but the distinct bitterness leaves this a little less refreshing than I'd expect for a wheat beer especially as it warms.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rainblows for hooking me up with this as an extra.

Appearance isn't too special, a somewhat hazy golden color. Looks good, but not amazing.

The nose crosses the line into special territory, bready, citrusy, summery, this brew smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose, light bready malts well blended with orange citrus and fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and spritzy at the same time.

On the whole, this is a world class brew. My expectations were non-existent, but this is great. On a whole different level than Gumballhead, which I previously thought was pretty solid.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy poured into a teku

A: hazy straw with a hint of orange; bubbly, with a soapy one-fingered head; nice lacing all the way through

S: faint lemon peel and grapefruit pith; earthy spiciness from the wheat

T: dried lemons and oranges upfront, followed by a sharp tanginess from the wheat; earthy and bread; finishes with dry citrus bitterness.

M: starts nice and juicy; finishes dry and slightly bitter; lighter bodied; leaves you wanting another sip

O: Crisp, crushable, and refreshing. So, so good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and grassy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit, grass, and wheat grains. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Malt scent of wheat, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and grassy hop driven taste with notes of citrus, grass, and wheat grains. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and lime with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of grass and slight pine resin. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good hop forward Wheat ale. Good juicy hop presence with a moderate body.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours mildly cloudy with a decent cap of foam. Spots of lacing freckle the glass.

S-The hop profile is eerily similar to Daisy Cutter...that's a compliment, folks. Floral, spicy, grassy and citrusy. A touch of wheat and some wet breadiness.

T-Delectable hop bouquet. Spicy and floral all around my tongue. The wheat is very subdued, and I am actually happy with that. Cracker and bready maltiness.

M-If I could always get this, I would absolutely annihilate cans of this all Summer.

O/D-Loved it. Daisy Cutter is one of my favorite Pale Ales and this one is similar in some essences. In a very small sample size, Half Acre seems to be all its cracked up to be.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the wheat I've been waiting for. I feel like a lot of wheat beers rest on too heavily on the one dimension (wheat), which makes for tasty, yet monotonous drinking. As a result, too many wheat beers fall into the 'good not great' category. Akari Shogun brings the wheat, there's no doubting that it's a wheat beer, but it's challenged by floral and grassy hops, giving it an extra bite that makes this beer a real pleasure.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome bottle courtesy of Treebs.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw color pours a finger and a half head that falls to a more meager rim. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Lemon, honey sweetness, and a wheat backbone dominate the nose.

Taste: Toaste grains, wheat, then a nice helping of citrus flavors that makes it refreshing. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lots of carbonation. Finishes with a crisp hop finish.

Overall: Another great beer from Half Acre. This is a great version of the style that has summer written all over it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date but was presumably bottled over the last few days, poured into a Half Acre pint glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden hay color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, good retention, leaves nice lacing.

S- Very nice fruity hop aroma, some grainy wheat and bready sweetness.

T- Big hops on this one, definitely an "American" wheat beer. Lots of juicy, fruity hops, very tropical, with a persistent bitterness. Caramel sweetness becomes more noticeable towards the finish, with bready wheat flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A pretty damn tasty beer, it's very hop forward and probably tastes more like an IPA than a Hefeweizen, but is still an awesome beer, if this was available in four-packs it might be the first wheat beer I would actually pick up regularly.

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Photo of benewton
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall, one of my favorite HalfAcre brews. Has a really nice citrusy-hoppy finish. A nice lemon scent and flavor on the front-end.

A must taste.

My only major question is, where the hell does the name come from? I mean, I guess where do any names come from. But, this one is confounding.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep lemon body with a creamy off-white head that last and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a sea of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The full aroma of hops comes through even during the pour. the full juicy hops have a bright pungency to them with green citrus rind and some pithy notes. There is a soft spicey hop quality in the finish. As the beer opens the cat pee aroma grows to dominate but it has enough support that it is not bad.

T- The green bright pungent hops have some fruity notes and some green rind note to it in the finish but there is no hop bitterness at all. The gentle green hop note lingers for a moment. As the beer opens there is a woody hop character that finishes the beer.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice creamy fizz that enhances the hop finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The bright full hops have some nice depth and blends together a lot of different characteristics. This has a full mouthfeel but it is not a filling beer. Very sessionable.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say, although I could usually care less about packaging, they did a great job with the label.

First off, I understand the hesitation with brewing a wheat ale. Half Acre makes SO many great beers, that I hate to have them pegged as being the brewery that brews "Akari Shogun." We've seen this happen all too often, ala Oberon, 312, Gumball Head. I digress.

Popping the top, I immediately got a whiff of the dank, citrus-loaded Motueka hops followed by a firm wheaty, toasty background.

The appearance of this one is gorgeous. Cloudy, but bright and vivacious with tight, persistent bubbles.

In the mouth, this actually has a lot going on. Dank citrus, grass and earth explode out of the front of the palate. In the back, you get a firm kick of wheaty maltiness, followed by a touch of caramel.

The balance is fantastic. I respect that they didn't go the safe route and brew something that you'd see the trixies swilling in Wrigleyville. This brew is classic Half Acre and kicks some serious IBU's! A great wheat ale that I am gonna enjoy all summer long.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with half finger white head.

Aroma: Tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, little orange and some tropical elements.

Taste: Big citrus bite, which was surprising. Tangerine. Little bits of orange, grapefruit and pine. And a slight tropical. There is some lemon to it, mainly toward the end. Maybe a little wheat flavor, but not much. Definitely hops forward.

Mouthfeel: Medium- light with ample carbonation. Crisp. Finish has a nice bitterness with citrus.

Overall: Another good American pale wheat ale that is hop forward. Obviously a refreshing beer for the summer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the best beers these guys make i think, at least one of the best that makes it to the can. its really really good wheaty pale ale, new zealand hop driven for sure, maybe nelson in here, its fruity and tropical and juicy and drippy and delicious. the wheat is pale but sturdy, giving this a fresh cereal base and a lot of body for such a light and dry beer in general, and thats cool and all, but this is about the hops. fresh lemon without the sour or acidity, orange peel for a flash, and some mango too, its pretty awesome, very definitely new zealand. smoother in the body, bone dry, nicely carbonated, and one of those scary three or four swig pint cans and its gone. one can, no matter what, simply is not enough of this delicious brew. i have been a fan of these guys, but its their hoppy stuff that really does it for me. i wish it came out to colorado, and i have to think it cant be long before it does, seems like beer like this would do really well out here. this is unique enough to be memorable. yum yum yum!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours hazy golden, with a small head and little carbonation. Smells very hoppy, slightly bready.

Taste is very nice. Bitter and crisp and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is very dry and light. Excellent. i could drink a number of these in a sitting.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, golden straw color. There is a foamy white head of two fingers which bubbles away, leaving light spotty lacing.

S: Some good hops smells. Citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple are complemented by some resinous pine. In the background is a sweet wheat/bread aroma.

T: Sweet orange flavor light wheat are the first things I notice. The orange develops into a more broad sour citrus. This is complemented nicely by some dry herbal and pine notes. Some wheat, pine and just a trace of alcohol make up the finish.

M: Moderately thin and the wheat gives it a good soft mouthfeel. Mild, small carbonation.

O: I'm not a fan of wheat beers but this one is pretty well done. Highly hopped for the style with citrus and pine notes.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazed yellow color with a nice foamy white head on top. some moderate lacing and retention here. The smell of the beer has some big lively citrusy hops on the nose. The taste has plenty of hop bitterness as well with the subtle softness of the wheat filling in later on. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied, very refreshing. Overall it's a very good brew, would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light amber with an audible fizzy white head, though small amounts remain throughout after initially rapid dissipation. Nose wafts grassy notes and earthy hops, with a hint of dust. Taste is peachy with a decently dry, but not bitter finish. Body is medium with a contradictory low seeming, yet faintly sharp tingly carbonation and some creaminess. Top beer of the three half acre beers I have had thus far.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ PJ Whelihans
yellow color with some haze.
lemony, grassy in the nose.
taste follows with the lemon, grass. wheat malts go well and keep bitterness low
light bodied for sure with medium carb. clean finish, assuming due to the wheat
nice wheat ale with an ample kick of light citrusy hops.
Not surprised with finding another winner from Half Acre.

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