Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

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.

Added by MasterSki on 05-30-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
720
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
116
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 720
Photo of benwood84
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Undrinkable. I can't believe that people are giving this beer 4s and 5s.

It tastes like they didn't rinse the tanks after the last cleaning.

I went into Binny's looking for Three Floyds Gumballhead. They were out but recommended Akari Shogun. Perhaps this beer could use more hops for some bitterness but it just has no flavor.

People seem to love Half Acre brewery despite the way their beers taste.

I would sooner drink a miller product.

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Photo of former-youth
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Overall, yet another overly-hopped beer. Drinkable, poured into a pint from a 16oz can. Lots of citrus - especially grapefruit and a little lemon. A bit dry on the palate.

My main criticism is that I don't taste the wheat. At all.

Is it one of the best of its type? No. Is it unique that it fills a taste spot no other beer does? No. Would I drive to a pub because they have it? No.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks for the 16oz can to Etauro.
Pours cloudy gold, small brown/offwhite head with a bit of lace remaining. Smells earthy/dirt with faded citrus. Taste and mouthfeel a bit off the mark for me. very bitter taste of earthy tones with a bit of citrus sweetness and a medium malt backbone that I can't quite pick out a flavor. I definitely can imagine a walnut type nut being used in this brew. Medium body with an extreme dry finish. Almost hard to swallow after taking a sip

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. From notes.

A cloudy hazy orange amber, topped with a sudsy off white big bubbled collar. some of the collar bubbles are really large and soapy.

Nose is mild husked grain, with no chewy wheat density. Mellow. Indistinct hop profile or sense of yeast esters. Nice grain action but otherwise nothing going on here.

Palate is all in the aftertaste, and goes quickly through a very wet an watery palate. Finish has white bread and flour aftertaste that does linger nicely, but the mid palate and mouth has virtually no flavor. There's nothing going on here, no wheaty chew, dense malt or yeast character, not even a sense of hop profile.

Overall this is pretty underwhelming, and weak watery wheat pale ale with no chewy backbone and virtually no flavor.

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Photo of moysauce
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This was a goofy beer to me. I'm not huge on wheat ales and I'm also not completely sold on Motueka hops, but I love Half Acre and decided to give this a try. Canned on March 17, 2016 and drinking April 13, 2016, so just about a month old.

The appearance is excellent, nice head, though it dissipates quickly. However, it leaves FANTASTIC lacing on the glass.

Smell was very subtle. Hard to really pick anything out.

Taste was just kinda meh. Again, not huge on wheat ales or Motueka hops, so I wasn't expecting much. Definitely just tastes like a very drinkable and glorified AAL, but definitely getting some of those earthy/herbal notes I general get with Motueka.

Overall, really not my favorite beer, and probably my least favorite from Half Acre. Not bad, but again, not my favorite style or hop profile.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy, light gold in color with one inch head. Taste is wheat, dandelion, and flowery hops. Medium light bodied, slightly bitter, and medium carbonation. Tasty, interesting, above average. Decent beer that I am glad I tried, but nothing that makes me need to rush out to get it again.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's not a wheat ale, American or otherwise, unless American means tossing an abundance of hops into it. It's a pale ale. That side, it's solid if unremarkable. Nose is moderate hop vine with dashes of orange rind & grapefruit. Taste has some peppery notes upfront & then a push from the hops, fairly bitter with notes of grapefruit & pine.

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Photo of KeithE
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my palate is gone from too many iipas but to me this beer had almost no flavor. I drink wheat beers from time to time but this does not compare well and a big dissapointment because I recently tried Vallarjo and really liked it. Well i have three left. Any takers?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This pours a nice and mostly clear yellow/orange, with a small head, and just a bit of lacing.

Smells like tea, earthy hops, wheat, and mild citrus.

This is suprisingly tame- I expected a bit more out of it. It's a wheat beer, so it doesn't need to be hoppy, but it's definitely marked as such. The tea flavor is interesting- never really gotten that out of Motueka hops before. It's got a pretty earthy, and suprisingly un-citrusy hop flavor to it, with a sort of cream of wheat flavor as well.

This is lighter bodied, a little bit crisp, with a small head.

I'm a bit disappointed in this one- didn't live up to the best versions of this style.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

To me, this looked and tasted like a summer beer, but I drank the one in my fridge rather than wait 6 months or so. It pour a relatively bright light color with a good head. The taste had lemon notes and not light and perhaps crisp hops.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I CANnot tell you what a success my latest foray to Binney's (South Side Loop) was in terms of The CANQuest (TM)! Major scores of various stripes, this being one of them.

From the CAN: "CANned Crafted". Also, the design of the label is one of the most striking that I have seen on a CAN, which is a totally different medium than a bottle's label.

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and I executed a samurai Glug, cleaving the CAN in two and letting its CANtents spill into the glass. No, actually I employed an inverted Glug, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a lemon/grapefruit-citrusiness to it. Nose was more hoppy than I expected and I CANfess to unfamiliarity with that particular strain mentioned in the Notes. Mouthfeel was bubbly and effervescent and I felt as though I were picking up where I left off with that Radler earlier. The taste was odd, peppery, citrusy, quite unexpected. The finish was quite dry with the pepper and citrus flavors combining nicely. It did not seem to fit the style and I am not a style maven by any stretch, but it caught me off guard. It might be nice on a hot, humid summer's day, but I was left unimpressed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, wheat, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the mouthfeel is off.

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a light golden-yellow with a huge puffy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Big tropical hops, sweet dough, slight grass. Very fragrant and nice.

T: Fruit is mostly gone in the taste - grassy hop and slight bitterness, doughy, a bit of wheat in the finish.

M: Lively carbonation, light.

O: This tasted like a slightly wheated version of Daisy Cutter, which I'm not a huge fan of to begin with. Great aroma, but the taste is dry, grassy, and boring.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Gotta love these Half Acre labels, amiright? Anyway, the beer itself pours a cloudy straw topped by a sturdy finger of ever-so-lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, leek, light cantaloupe, light pineapple, and a pinch of coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some orange rind, some overly-ripe mandarin orange, and a bit of wild rice. Unfortunately, a stiff bitterness pervades the finish, malingering for a tad too long, sorta ruining things a bit at the end. It's not enough to raze things completely, thankfully. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid, fruity wheat beer, but it's nothing overtly special.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a snifter. Appearance is a hazy yellow with a thin layer of head that leve some splotchy lacing. The nose features a strong wheaty grain profile with lemon drops and passion fruity. The hops are present but somewhat tame. The taste has plenty of wheat backbone and some dry grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness here. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Decent little whet beer, nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Canned 6/3/16, so about 2 months old.

Cloudy yellow body, small white head. Very good carbonation, but numerous floaties. Ok lacing

Clean, mildly fruity aroma,

Mild flavor, slightly sour, lively carbonation, not much taste at all. Not unpleasant though. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Mouth was a tad below medium.

Overall, a mild inoffensive beer, to be honest, not a lot going on for it.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a huge two finger head. The nose has notes of citrusy hops. The flavor profile is quite mild and the body is very light.

This is super drinkable but not super tasty.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange body, one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smells of grain, touch of spice, citrus and a bit of caramel and toffee. Smells crisp and resinous. Flavour is however a bit watery; not so much sweetness, a slightly astringent bitter citrus peel and rind going on the finish. Minimal graininess. Not much sweetness backing it up. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, somewhat watery, fair bit of carbonation, crisp and even a bit of resin. Overall, somewhat disappointing as I was hoping for more hop flavour as the aroma promises, but it falls fairly short of the likes of Daisy Cutter and other offerings from Half Acre.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried it, didn't like it nearly as much as other Half Acre Beers. It's pretty bland, simple wheat beer, completely crushable if you choose to session it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date present. My second beer from Half Acre Beer Co., acquired the four pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright cloudy golden orange with two fingers of frothy white head. Some small sediment noticeable twirling in the glass. Leaves behind some okay spotty lacing.

S - The aroma is light piney, floral, herbal, grassy. Some nice orange / lemon citrus pith in there also. A pleasant aroma, but I was expecting more.

T - Taste follows the nose - not hardly as piney as the aroma would suggest, which isn't much as is. Still, notes of pine, grapefruit, oranges, lots of honeyed bready malts, and a tad yeasty.

M - Smooth, crisp, & fluid. Light-bodied and easy drinking.

Overall it is a nice American pale wheat ale, but it is a far cry from stuff like Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. An enjoyable offering, I could see myself drinking this one in the summertime, but it's probably not one I would seek out again often.

Half Acre Akari Shogun -----3.5/5

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very lemony, a touch of wheat. Taste is good, lemons, wheat, some grapefruit, a good bit of hops are present, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid brew.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy dark lemon with a 1 finger white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing.

S- big Citra hop aroma, citrus, lemon, and some spice.

T- light caramel, lemon and other citrus flavors, spices with a slight pine, grapefruit rind bitterness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Some creaminess with a prickly feel from the spice.

O- very tasty pale wheat. Love the aroma on this beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16 oz can into snifter. Color is hazy pale yellow with a 2 finger white head and good retention
with splotch lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus and oranges. Clean malts and some wheat. Flavor of citrus; grapefruit and orange like hops. Some wheat, with a bitter grapefruit rind finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very tasty and not too different from Daisy Cutter.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow color. It is topped with a couple inches of white head that sticks around and leaves some decent lacing.

I get some citrus and tropical fruit. I can get pineapple when I smell it directly from the can.

The taste is tropical fruit with a pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I wasn't overly impressed with this beer on my first try. I guess that is why you revisit beers. I like it now. I enjoy the tropical fruit aspects of this beer. It is a tasty hoppy wheat ale.

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Photo of SmangTown
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- has a hazy golden color to it. Poured a decent amount of head but faded away fairly quickly leaving lacing around the glass.
S- for a wheat beer I'd say it smells VERY hoppy. Hints of some sort of citrus, lemon or orange maybe.
T- mildly hoppy taste, nothing close to an IPA, with strong citrus flavors balanced in very well. Has a dry finish to it.
F- lightly carbonated but still pretty smooth. Easy to drink and light.
O- not like most wheat beers I've had but still a pretty good beer overall. Think they tried to switch it around too much to try something new. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I did enjoy it nonetheless. Did a fantastic job balancing the hop and citrus flavors which was one thing I personally enjoyed most about it.

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