Akari Shogun | Half Acre Beer Company

Akari ShogunAkari Shogun
730 Ratings
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.

Added by MasterSki on 05-30-2012

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into 3 pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Tim for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, straw-y gold color with a 1 1/2 fingers of just off-white foam on top. Retention was very good, but lacing was limited.

S: Lovely citrus hop aromas that layer nicely with some toasty grain, pine, and a hint of sweet breadcrusts.

T: Slightly less focused in the taste than in the smell. Toasty grain and killer hops rush in from all sides to tussle on my tongue.

M: Dry and prickly with snatches of juicy sweetness and a mild smoothness that kept my mouth refreshed.

O: This is going to be our summer beer...without a doubt.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say, although I could usually care less about packaging, they did a great job with the label.

First off, I understand the hesitation with brewing a wheat ale. Half Acre makes SO many great beers, that I hate to have them pegged as being the brewery that brews "Akari Shogun." We've seen this happen all too often, ala Oberon, 312, Gumball Head. I digress.

Popping the top, I immediately got a whiff of the dank, citrus-loaded Motueka hops followed by a firm wheaty, toasty background.

The appearance of this one is gorgeous. Cloudy, but bright and vivacious with tight, persistent bubbles.

In the mouth, this actually has a lot going on. Dank citrus, grass and earth explode out of the front of the palate. In the back, you get a firm kick of wheaty maltiness, followed by a touch of caramel.

The balance is fantastic. I respect that they didn't go the safe route and brew something that you'd see the trixies swilling in Wrigleyville. This brew is classic Half Acre and kicks some serious IBU's! A great wheat ale that I am gonna enjoy all summer long.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, golden straw color. There is a foamy white head of two fingers which bubbles away, leaving light spotty lacing.

S: Some good hops smells. Citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple are complemented by some resinous pine. In the background is a sweet wheat/bread aroma.

T: Sweet orange flavor light wheat are the first things I notice. The orange develops into a more broad sour citrus. This is complemented nicely by some dry herbal and pine notes. Some wheat, pine and just a trace of alcohol make up the finish.

M: Moderately thin and the wheat gives it a good soft mouthfeel. Mild, small carbonation.

O: I'm not a fan of wheat beers but this one is pretty well done. Highly hopped for the style with citrus and pine notes.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date but was presumably bottled over the last few days, poured into a Half Acre pint glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden hay color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, good retention, leaves nice lacing.

S- Very nice fruity hop aroma, some grainy wheat and bready sweetness.

T- Big hops on this one, definitely an "American" wheat beer. Lots of juicy, fruity hops, very tropical, with a persistent bitterness. Caramel sweetness becomes more noticeable towards the finish, with bready wheat flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A pretty damn tasty beer, it's very hop forward and probably tastes more like an IPA than a Hefeweizen, but is still an awesome beer, if this was available in four-packs it might be the first wheat beer I would actually pick up regularly.

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Photo of davidbowers13
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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