Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

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:
86
Ratings:
698
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
27.43%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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 rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed these on my trip to Milwaukee 2 years ago, flew into Midway, hit Half Acre up first thing off the plane. Enjoyed the friendly banter with staff and hit this one up relatively early into my sessioning experience at the bar.

Pours a vibrant yellow with minimal cloudiness and a virgin white head 4/5". Aroma smacked of those juicy M hops. Very impressed, possibly the best part of the beer. Good dry and light mouthfeel maltwise, allows the hops to continue to shine. The artwork is pretty dope on the cans too. Those M hops continue to coax the senses with waves of tropical fruit and dry fresh cut grass but without all the allergic reactions. As far as pale wheat beers go, this is almost on the level of that Gumballhead tip.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +10%
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 emount91
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden yellow, nice head that retains well. smell is funky and citrusy: lemons and orange peel dominate but also a sort of belgian/sour funk on the end of the smell. taste is big on the lemon citrus, not much orange, some lime, and that sour/funk that I picked up in the smell is much more apparent in the taste. feel is nice and fuzzy and the wheat adds a pillowy feel to it. overall a good beer, though I have had better beers with wheat in them.

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Photo of ZAP
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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 ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz. can that had awesome label art.

Yellow murky color with a nice fluffy head-nice lacing clings to the glass. Tropical hops with a slightly bitter wheat finish. One of the best wheat beers I have come across. Would gladly have another and wish I could get this in Ohio. Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Phil-Fresh
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderate citrus, zippy lemon-lime hoppy aroma with a light bready wheat presence.

A: Bright light yellow, super hazy with a moderate white head that has adequate retention. There is some lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate citrus, lemon-lime hop flavor with moderately light bready flavor with a low hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid; the beer has an interesting lemon-lime zippy aroma and flavor that well compliments the bready wheat body. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon and lime hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, wit a bit stronger flavors of lemons and limes and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't heavy on the palate and has some nice citrusy flavors. It makes for a good summer ale when you want something that's citrusy, but light in body and not that bitter.

Serving type: can

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Photo of thepenguin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy medium golden-yellow with a very nicely sized head and good foam retention and lacing.

S: Heavy dose of candy-like hops and gummi worms, with some candied oranges. A bit grassy with some sweet citrus behind it. Not the most powerful aroma, but enticing and well-rounded.

T: The flavor is very much on the hoppy side, medium-dry with citrusy, mildly candy-like hops. A bit of orange flavor, wheat malt, and a good deal of grassiness and citrus pith in the finish.

F: Medium-light body with pretty moderate carbonation. While still drinkable, the low carbonation in some of the cans I've had is out of place and should be more consistent.

Thoughts: Probably my favorite offering from Half Acre so far. Very nice flavor and good drinkability, though the inconsistent mouthfeel from can to can needs to be addressed.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Spieglau wheat glass.

Look is a light hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Aroma is dank hops and sweet wheat malt.

Taste is a perfect mix of hoppy pale ale and light wheat.

My only complaint is I wish the body were a bit thicker creating a fuller taste.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't drink many wheat beers, and I'm partial to Weihenstephaner's Hefe when I want one, but this was an impulse buy at the store on the owner's suggestion.

Golden body with a faint haze, a coupla fingers of head that slimmed quickly; bubbles streaming from the bottom of the weizen glass throughout. Aromas of citrus, and wheaty grain, and freshly cut flowers. The flavors were essentially the same, citrusy but mildly so, mild bitterness, fresh floral and grain impressions. soft and smooth but with ample carbonation washing the tongue. Clean-finishing, light, and refreshing. A nice beer, and no doubt good for the summer.

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Photo of SmangTown
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of former-youth
2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
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 FBarber
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Head did dissipate but left some nice lacing along the glass.

Aromas of citrus, particularly orange and orange zest with a strong wheat aroma. Undertones of floral aromatics and a mild pineapple like scent.

Taste is initially a really robust wheat beer that as it develops in the mouth you begin to get the hops until they hit you in a blast of citrus and pineapple with a piney bitter finish. This is certainly hopper than a simple wheat beer, however it is not overly hopped - especially for a place like Half Acre which loves to hop the crap out of their beers. There is a slight peppery-ness to the finish that is reminiscent of a hefe. It works very nicely.

Feel is slightly sweet on the tongue. Medium carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall a solid offering. This is a great beer for people who don't like super hopped up beers but want to dabble in hops.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this can thanks to my brother, enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is pale golden with white head with spots of lace that stick to the glass. The smell is very fragrant with hop scents that are citrus oriented and has some malt aromatics with subtle sweetness from wheat in the aroma. The feel is very good with semi bitter entry and slight sweetness following to balance with a moderate carbonation level and mild dry finish.

The taste is enjoyable with mild herbal hop flavors and a slight orange-like hop flavor with mildly fruity yeast adding to the sweetness in the taste from wheat with a low spice elemnt and a hop flavor that reminds me of Centennial or Ahtanum with citrus flavor and herbal accent in the somewhat long finish This is a nicely balanced wheat with a good amount of hops to add to the flavor

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 basaywhat
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours cloudy golden with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat, biscuity malt. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter with a lot of lemony hops dominating. Light medium bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of moysauce
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
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 corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing.

Subtle floral hop presnce in the aroma with bready yeast, citrus fruit sweetness and zesty spice. Delicate grassy notes with faint resins but the hop presence isn't as strong as I expected. Some peppery spice with clove and coriander along with a strong bread/yeast character followed by orange purée and zesty citrus peel. Somewhat bland.

Full body with a crisp hop bite that provides dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and wheat beer characteristics into a slightly tart, dry finish. Usually don't like this style but hops are nicely integrated with grassy pine resins countered by sourdough bread, faint peppery spice, banana and citrus rind. As it warms, the spice elements come forward a bit more complimenting the earthy hops. Really well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Great beer for warm weather.

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