Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

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Akari ShogunAkari Shogun

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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.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -4.2%
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 KeithE
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +3.7%
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 +5.5%
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 +4.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +8.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.2%
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 Hop_God
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bright neon yellow to golden mustard- loose white bubbles

S: Wheat. hops. citrus.

T: lemon peel, wheat all over, barley, resin, some clunky hops

F: soft and creamy, good balance on the palate

O: this one underwhelms me from a brewery that makes great stuff

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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 rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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 -5.7%
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 snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 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 MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a hazy gold with plenty of bubbles, and the pour kicks up a thick, although somewhat disappointing, eggwhite head that fades after a minute, but leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is citrusy, floral hops. If I was blindfolded, I could have almost believed that this was Daisy Cutter. There's just a hint of spiciness from the wheat, and the other malts give it a candied-orange feel.

Taste is tons of citrusy hops up front, mixed with a nice peppery spiciness. Finish is less bitter than all the hop flavor would suggest, though still fairly bitter, and surprisingly clean. The aftertaste leaves a nice wheaty bread flavor along with some lingering oranges.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and silky smooth, with plenty of prickly carbonation to cut through it.

Overall, really nice hoppy wheat beer. The hops definitely steal the show, but they're not too overpowering to prevent the wheat from playing too. Really, really enjoyable! Thanks to batfireman for sending this as an extra.

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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 Pauline_K
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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 adnauseam007
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 blankenhoney
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 benewton
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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 joe1510
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
Half Acre

Thanks, Mark, for picking me up a 4-pack last weekend! Akari Shogun is hazy like an overpolluted summer skyline of The Windy City. Sunrise orange in color, a bit pale, but glowing. The foam is as pure as the driven snow and dense from the second it touches glass. Big, chunky foam clings to the glass like beer nerds to special releases; desperately.

Citrus builds, higher and higher. Orange off the bat but a healthy dose of bright lemon stays in stride. The orange is soft around the edges and mildly sweet smelling while the lemon is brighter and smelling of freshly squeezed juice. Candied grapefruit rind emerges with warmth. A healthy wheat tang immediately makes me salivate. Freshly husked grains bring up the rear. Undercurrents of earth linger, though faintly.

Orange, jammy and sweet, leave fingerprints all over this summertime sipper, front to back. Pithy grapefruit and soft earth roll in mid-palate while the finish actually brings about a touch of grass and a squeeze of lemon juice. The wheat adds vibrancy while the graininess is refreshing and natural, together providing a sturdy base for Motueka.

Bitterness is soft up front but eventually grows to moderate with drinking. The body is light in weight but has a certain presence that seems bigger than it is. Carbonation is bubbly and a notch above moderate keeping this beer flowing.

Akari Shogun is a summer drinker, my go to as a matter of fact. Citric hoppiness, wheat tang, manageable bitterness, and extreme drinkability give this guy a gold star. Too bad it's 37┬░ out...

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Photo of _YellowBird_
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 699 ratings.
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