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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
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80
Ratings:
674
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
28.18%
 
 
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72
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently drinking a bomber, recently shared a growler (thanks Chris) but misplaced my notes. Served in a tulip glass.

Hazy opaque orange, deep saturated color with some micro sediment hanging in suspension. Copious lacing that hangs in 3D sudsy clumps dripping down into the glass. Great retention, head remains after sitting for 30 minutes even.

Pungent citrusy aroma at first, becoming grainy and wheaty over time. A certain sweet earthiness and grassy character from the Motueka hop variety. First sips are very reminiscent of Tasty Waves and Daisy Cutter, albeit with more wheat and a different hop variety. Smooth and extremely drinkable, earthy grassy bitterness lingers alongside bitter grapefruit zest. The NZ hops do lend some distinct character, and overall its pretty tasty, especially for the style. Definitely feeling the summer vibes with this one...

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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 TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Cans recently shared by Dave and Paul. Thank you.

Hazy golden with a thick, white head. Hop forward aroma with underlying wheat, grass, floral notes. More IPA character than wheat beer, with hops leading the charge. Easy drinking. A tasty beer. It would be easy to have several of these in a session. Well done.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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 Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange with a nice white head. Nice collar and surface foam.

Smell - Very wheaty. Nice hop character though. Citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit.

Taste - Hops right up front. Tons of wheat behind it. More wheat than hops but still good. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated. Great drinking.

Overall - Half Acre does light hoppy beers so well. No exception here.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at Half Acre on release day and shared with Jason a few hours afterward. Served in a tulip.

A - Pale straw body, hazy and unfiltered. White foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and splotchy patches of lace.

S - The combination of pale malts, wheat, and Motueka hops gives this a nice creamsicle vibe to it. Zesty orange, vanilla malt flavors, a bit of grain.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a mixture of juicy, fresh citrus, tangy unmalted wheat, pale malt sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Quite refreshing.

M - Largely smooth, with a touch of grain to it. Juicy medium-light body, with a bit of residual oily hop resin. Pleasant moderate carbonation.

D - An American Pale Wheat Ale that does not suck. Really easy to drink and perfect for the hot summer weather. Also appropriately priced at $5.99/22oz. Watch out Gumballhead!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
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 tone77
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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 VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz "howler" picked up at the brewery
L - hazed yellow body with a thinner off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing as it slowly fades
S - fresh citrus (lemon, lime, and passion fruit) and grassy aroma with some juicy fruit and nutty wheat as well.
T - fruity, nutty, lemon, lime, and orange rind, passion fruit, a bit tropical, lemongrass, wheat, and white pepper on the finish
F - thin-to-medium body, perfect carbonation, finishes semi-bitter while being very refreshing
O - refreshing and unique hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale featuring hops from New Zealand. I would buy this again, especially in the summertime.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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 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 FLima
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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 mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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 buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange-tinted yellow in color. Forms a moderate bubbly white head that reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Some moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is incredibly juicy with lots of citrus hops. Wheat, lemon and grapefruit dominate with orange to a lesser extent.

T: Flavor starts off with lots of toast, grains, and wheat before the hops begin to show through with notes of green grass and grapefruit. Finishes with a crisp wheaty maltiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is approaching heavy. Crisp and grainy.

O: A very drinkable American Wheat Ale. Aggressively hopped, but with with a lot more wheat character than is typically seen in this category. Wouldn't mind seeing this one make its way to cans one day.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
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