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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

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 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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Photo of thebigredone
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rainblows for hooking me up with this as an extra.

Appearance isn't too special, a somewhat hazy golden color. Looks good, but not amazing.

The nose crosses the line into special territory, bready, citrusy, summery, this brew smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose, light bready malts well blended with orange citrus and fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and spritzy at the same time.

On the whole, this is a world class brew. My expectations were non-existent, but this is great. On a whole different level than Gumballhead, which I previously thought was pretty solid.

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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 Kiteman
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a hazy orange, similar to, but not as cloudy as, heady. Nice lacing. Head dissipates in a few minutes.

S - what a winner. Citrus and pine nearly overwhelm. Hops are abundant and prepare you for the first sip.

T - bitter and delicious with just enough malt to keep you honest. Great wheat ale that is a step up from gumballhead in my book, which has always been a favorite beer of mine. Lots of hops continue into the finish on the palate.

M - perfect carbonation right out of the can. Glass not required, but I like it out of a mini pint glass. Bitterness remains.

O - one of my all time favorites. My favorite beer by half acre and one of the best out of Chicagoland. Outstanding and surprisingly sessionable if you clear he rest of your day...

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Photo of alaimoa
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
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 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 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 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 twizzard
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a very generous trade along with Gumballhead. Lots of people compare the two...huh? Not even close. Poured slightly hazy with a white foamy head and very little nose. It had even less flavor. I guess I'll just agree to disagree with the majority on this one.

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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 cfrances33
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nonic pint.

Pour: Hazy, mango yellow with two fingers of frothy, crisp white head. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Doughy wheat, some yeast, and juicy lemons. A touch of spice.

Taste: More of the nose, but subdued. Hefty wheat presence, some oats, lemon rind, and yeast. Lightly floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bitter and quite drinkably. Velvety carbonation.

Overall: A nice Gumballhead substitute.

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Photo of alysmith4
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a beer! Wasn't expecting much, was just lucky enough to get this as an extra in a trade. Funny thing was that one can busted during transport, but when it arrived I totally poured out what was left in the can (and the zip-lock bag!) and tried it on the spot. Even flat and warm, it was still delicious. "Juicy" is the one word I'd use to summarize this beer. Juicy, tropical, refreshing, sweet (but not too sweet), and completely delicious.

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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 benwood84
2.37/5  rDev -40.9%
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 inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz, 4/26/13 batch
Doom glass

A: Cloudy bright yellow color. Layer of bright white head. Sticky lacing all over glass. Nice carbo.

S: Peach. Agave. Grapefruit. Juicy fruit gum? Grainy wheat.

T: Touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but nothing overly aggressive. Really fruity in the mid-palate. It's literally like juicy fruit gum and then wheat malts. Finish is dry and refreshing. Lingering fruit flavors and some slight bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied.

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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 PHBoiler
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a frosted mug

Bright golden/blonde color with a fluffy bright white head.

Nice bright hoppy smell with some floral notes and citrus zest smell. Very inviting.

Bright citrus hop punch with solid base flavor and sweetness from the wheat.

This is my new go-to wheat ale whenever I can get my hands on it. Delicious straight out of the can as well. One of the best new beers I've had this year.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-cloudy straw colored yellow with amber hues throughout. A soft white head with good retention.

The nose is hop forward. A big citrus note with some underlining dank aromas. More of a citra and centennial notes. Hints of wheat and malt but hidden by the hoppy over tones. Same with the yeast.

The taste is similar although more expressive. A great hop note upfront that lingers into the finish. A good bitterness and finishing hop balance that blends well. The malt and wheat notes comes out nicely but do play second to the hops. A light spicy note on the back end. Clean yeast.

A light to moderate mouthfeel. A soft carbonation but the bitterness balances well. A great lingering hop finish. A bit too dry on the back end but still good. Overall a great hoppy IPA wheat.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ppohio for this one. Poured cold from the can a murky honey'd sunlight gold to a Three Floyd's Alpha King imperial pint glass with a huge big bubbled, foamy white head with major retention, leaving a sheet of sticky lace.

Aroma of super sweet floral hops.

Interesting Pale (?) Wheat (?), very nice, refreshing, medium bodied, medium bitter, nice malt balance. Tasty, and as the beer warms, there's a bit of a spicy bite to it.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with half finger white head.

Aroma: Tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, little orange and some tropical elements.

Taste: Big citrus bite, which was surprising. Tangerine. Little bits of orange, grapefruit and pine. And a slight tropical. There is some lemon to it, mainly toward the end. Maybe a little wheat flavor, but not much. Definitely hops forward.

Mouthfeel: Medium- light with ample carbonation. Crisp. Finish has a nice bitterness with citrus.

Overall: Another good American pale wheat ale that is hop forward. Obviously a refreshing beer for the summer.

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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 Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow color, slightly hazy, and excellent head retention.

It has amazing citrus hop aroma, especially for a wheat. Fresh cut grass and wheat malt, too.

It's a aggressively hopped wheat. Oranges, grass, and light lemon.

Light and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is an easy drinking wheat that satisfies hop cravings. I imagine this to be a great summer beer and am stoked they'll be canning it through the summer. J

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 312HopBomb
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in a Goose Island Belgian ale glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a smallish head falls to a ring.

Terrific smell of orange citrus and floral with light wheat.

Taste begins with a citrus burst then dries out with a twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light effervescent and light body.

Overall a good american wheat. Good job Half Acre.

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Akari Shogun from Half Acre Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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