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Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

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Akari ShogunAkari Shogun

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

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
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 -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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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 FBarber
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 -7.3%
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 basaywhat
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -20.3%
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 corby112
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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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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 aleigator
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, bright golden color, with a froth, stable two finger broad head.

Combines a rich hay impression beautifully with juicy, exotic fruits. A pleasant grassy quality ties both aroma directions together, creating a unique, very promising nose. While the hops certainly are more than just a gimmick, this is still far away from becoming an IPA, as the orangy hops illustrate the beers wheat quality, without overwhelming it in any way.

Drinks very creamy, with a lively carbonation splash during the finish, showcasing an utmost refreshing, flavorful, easy drinking beer.

Tastes of dough bread, joined by lime defined hops, mellowed by a gentle aqueous quality, which stays noteable till the very end. The hops evolve to a more prominent level, providing a nice bitter bite, while the soft wheat profile remains visible. Finishes with even more grass coated lemon, white bread and a soft aqueous note.

Very soft and easy drinking with an enjoyable hoppy peak, while not denying its wheat origin, showcased by a smoothing aqueous quality, ensuring that the beer remains easy drinkable.

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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 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 Gobearswalter34
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant pale orange with a small white head. Citrus smell dominates the nose. High carbonation. Hop forward for sure with nice dry citrus taste. Definitely a wheat beer, but the hops tend to block the usual taste from coming out. Half acre seriously a world class brewery!

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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 darktronica
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hop-forward pale wheat ale. Pours a light golden-amber from an attractive but busy 16 oz can, with moderate head and fairly quick dissipation. Smells of juicy hops, primarily like pine, cantaloupe, and lemon juice; there's also a bit of barnyard aroma. The taste brings in flavors of passion fruit and dragonfruit, with hints of papaya, but this is clearly not a fruit punch; the wheat comes out clearly upon hitting the tongue, and there's still a nice dose of hoppy bitterness that's not messing around. Refreshing served cold, but complex and worth enjoying at a measured pace.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very light straw, as expected from the style.

S - Soft, grassy, slight citrus

T - Follows the nose

F - Best part of the beer. High carbonation. Great crisp feel.

O - Very nice beer and great example of the style.

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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 Brew_Betty
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Condition - canned and about 1 month old.

Aroma - lemon and lime hops with a touch of pine. Practically no malt or yeast aroma.

Taste - like the aroma. Lemon and lime forward with some nice citric tangyness. Clean booze. Where is the wheat? I don't care. It tastes good.

Overall - a well made American hoppy wheat beer with Sprite flavored hops that doesn't taste like it has much wheat.

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a Half Acre Squidowl willibecher glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden straw color, not a ton of activity in the glass, a thick, 2 fingers of white head, soapy and billowy emerges from the beer, very nice retention and lace. The aroma is pleasant, pale grain, cracked wheat, earthy bitter hops, light citrus and wildflower, has a bit of that typical Half Acre dank quality as well. The flavors are right in line with the nose, plenty of pale biscuity grain, cracked wheat, soft and chewy, lightly bitter hops, earthy, citrusy a bit floral and dank, but there is such a brightness and lightness that makes this beer so refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp and zippy, lively carbonation, coating, medium body, dry and solid finish.

Verdict: A really nice wheat pale ale from Half Acre, definitely a great summer beer, super refreshing and crisp. Balanced and really palatable, hard to argue with the contents of this can, nice emphasis on the wheat as well.

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Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thin head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Delicious tropical aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit and pineapple.
Hoppy and clean flavor with notes of lemon-lime, passion fruit, grapefruit, white bread, flowers, peppery yeast and fresh oranges. Dry aftertaste with a nice bitterness.
Rather watery body with appropriate carbonation.
Hard to be more refreshing than that. Who said you cannot add lots of hops to a wheat beer and still feels great? The only sin is its body; it sure could be bolder even being very light.

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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 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 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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