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Flyin' HI.P.Hay - Maui Brewing Co.

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: July2Nov on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

68 IBU
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 59
Photo of BeerRefugee
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper-orange color. Thin off-white head with decent retention. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Flavor is strong with lemon, grapefruit and grassy notes. Medium bodied and a fairly clean finish. The Falconers Flight hop is a little one-dimensional IMO, but it does make for a very light-tasting flavorful beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber in color. A bit hazy. Forms a large, stable foamy head that slowly reduces down to a thick surface coating. Some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is full of citrus hops. Mildly sweet malts, orange, orange blossom, and a bit of tropical fruit.

T: The first thing I notice about this beer is that it is exceedingly sweet and the citrus, orange, and tropical fruit hops only seem to accent the sweetness. Fruit juice. Mild caramel malts. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a bit of sticky sweetness to it. Mild bitterness.

O: This one was overly sweet for my tastes and the hop profile only seemed to increase that sweetness. Even the finish seemed stickily sweet. And with little bitterness to offset all of that sweetness, I found this beer lacking balance.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can without canning date. Reckon that this one-off brew from Maui Brew Co is from May/June 2011. For reasons related to sloth, I waited till a year later to sample it.

A: Cloudy, deep amber with ample carbonation resulting in an off-white head upon pouring into a pint glass.

S: Falconer's Flight hops have that wonderful piney, resiny and petroleum like aroma that I love. They have obviously been tempered over the course of a year, but you gotta love cans and their preservative capability.

T: A classic IPA with a twist: nice and bitter with a peppery twist. The malt backbone is solid and this comes across as a distantly related cousin of DFH's classic 90 Minute.

M: Dry and clean finish, excellent mouthfeel as expected by the carbonation.

O: A great and unique IPA. I would love to try this fresh, either on tap or from a can if they re-release this beauty.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a large white head. The aroma is very dank, with some strong resinous notes, as well as some pineapple and bread notes. The beer is also full of hop flavor. I get a lot of resin, pine and pineapple notes, with a little bit of toffee, which allows the bitterness to be fairly high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new IPA from Maui Brewing? Sweet.

A - Poured from can to pint glass. The beer pours a deep orange almost lighter amber color with a nice 1.5 finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Excellent hop aroma with lots of fresh fruit. Tropical and Citrus character with a hint of caramel sweetness. No hint of alcohol.

T - Again lots of hop character. Medium bitterness together with the tropical and citrus fruit tones as well as a hint of earthy pine. The malt sweetness provides a nice backbone.

M - Well balanced and medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes crisp with a lingering bitterness.

O - I enjoyed the beer, more so than the other IPAs I've had from Maui. I would definitely buy this brew again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled September 2011
A vigorous pour from the can produces a fat, three finger thick, pale tan colored head (with just a hint of amber to it) in my New Belgium globe glass; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, copper-amber hue, otherwise it has an almost ruby tinged, deep amber hue to it. The aroma smells of crystal malt and American hops; specifically there are notes of ripe orange zest, touches of ruby red grapefruit, some caramelized sweet tea notes and a general spicy / toasted character characteristic of crystal type malts. The more I visit the nose, the more the hop character becomes dominant, yielding to bright tangelo zest notes, tropical fruit like lychee, floral peach as well as some slightly herbal, ripe citrus oil notes and hints of menthol or pine.

Softly bitter as it first hits my palate, the beer picks up a firmer, almost bitting bitterness through to the finish. The finish also sees a touch of sweet-tea like, caramelized malt character lingering on the palate along with the bitterness and some biting citrus laden zest fruitiness. The bitterness throughout the flavor profile intermingles seamlessly with a juicy citrus character (ripe tangelo and ruby red grapefruit notes), as well as subtler notes of menthol, pine and even a touch of herbaceous “dank” character. The essential oil, hop fruitiness is definitely the dominant note in the flavor; in addition to the already mentioned flavors there is also quite a bit of tropical fruit character that is lead by notes of lychee, a sort of juicy-fruit gum character and just a general, bright fruitiness. This has a touch of body to it that puts it into the medium’ish level of body; I usually prefer a lighter bodied IPA, but the extra malt sweetness that comes along for the ride really helps to boost the fruitiness from the hops quite a bit.

This is a very nice beer, I have never heard of this Falconer’s flight blend of hops, but it is certainly one that I find enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. With the crystal malt character found in this beer I think that the hop character could have been turned up a bit more than it already is; this is at least a month or two old at this point, so it is likely that fresher samples are that much more hop balanced.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not too familiar with falconer's flight hops, so this has a newish profile for me. pours reddish, which is nice lighter shade of the can color. smells like this is a fruity hop, mangoes or papayas or something of that nature. flavor is similar, not at all bitter or crisp at the end. kind of a long slow finish thats more balanced that the nose would indicate. good mouthfeel, medium on the body and really smooth and sudsy. sessionable, even at the nearly 7% abv, curious to try morw maui brews

Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane.

Poured a hazy, orangey-amber color, with a couple inches of creamy-looking off-white foam. Lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Very hoppy nose. Citrusy hops dominate, with a little bit of malty sweetness showing through.

The taste was a little more tart than I was expecting, but not to a degree that marred things. The malts are definitely not hiding in a corner. While subordinate to the hops in overall intensity, this is one of the maltier IPAs that I’ve had recently, which is probably good because the tart hop flavor needs some sort of counterpoint for this beer to stay balanced.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Quite tasty, this beer. Because of the red can, I thought this was a holiday seasonal, but I see the age of the earlier reviews and stand corrected. The great thing about it being in a can is that it doesn’t seem to have any fading hops issues at all. Long live canned craft beer!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, piny and citrus hops. In the taste, light hops consisting of mellow citrus and pine. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread malt in the aftertaste. Nice, but more of an English pale ale.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for tossing in this extra!

Pours a golden/light amber color with a good sized white fluffy head, fades at a decent rate, leaves a ton of patch lacing on the glass in it's wake.

Smell is strong in caramel malt, does have a muted pine hop aroma though.

Taste has a nice balance to it, no strong hop kick but that might a result of a bit of age on this can, the caramel malt is smooth, carbonation is active but very soft and creamy.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a regular pint glass. The head on this brew is about 2 fingers high and pretty creamy and just slightly off-white. Head sticks around a good long while too. Lace is present, sticky. Color of the brew is golden amber.

Smell - My initial thought is that this has a pretty distinct smell for an IPA. Not exactly my favorite IPA aroma, but distinct. The aroma is a mix of citrus, peach, apricot, floral and piney hop notes, some sweetness, caramel, bready malt, and a bit of honey graham crackers. Not a bad IPA aroma, not the greatest either.

Taste - Taste is much the same as the nose. Lots of citrus, peach, and apricot, floral and pine in the background, with a solid, balancing backbone of caramel malt, bread, and honey graham crackers (taste this more than I can smell it). Pretty nicely done in the taste, I’d say.

Mouthfeel - Feel is smooth and moderate. Consistency is smooth, carbonation is creamy, body is medium, and the finish is moderate/average, but doesn’t stick around too long. Feel is a bit above average for an IPA.

Overall - Overall, I’m enjoying this take on an IPA and these “Falconers Flight Hops” that were solely used. This won’t take the place of some of my current favorite IPAs, but this is a pretty solid IPA.

Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear honey gold with a huge off white head and good stickiness.

S-Biscuity with moderate earthy hops.

T-Quite malty up front with an unexpected graininess. I did not know there was rye in this beer but it sure seems that way. Like other Falconer's Flight beers I have had, the hop presence is strong in earthy bitterness. I like this well enough, but it's not my favorite type of hoppiness.

M-Medium bodied, a little bit slick.

O-Yeah, pretty good, not awesome.

HV

Photo of vacax
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into glass. Coppery golden with average looking white head. Aroma has woody and earthy notes, caramel, spicy and bright hoppiness. Sticky sappy hop flavors, herbal, slight astringency even with some pine, finishes with a lot of biscuit and slightly buttery malt character. Fairly light body and well carbonated, maybe a bit thin for the amount of malt flavors present. Interesting but not really my thing, wouldn't go for this again.

Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

can into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark golden to almost orange color. Head formation is bright pearly white, breaks down to a film with a little bit of lacing. Very clear and filtered.

S - Very strong hop profile, lots of citrus, grapefruit, and just a little bit of earthiness and bite. Malting takes a back seat.

T - Starts off smoothly malty, caramel, crystal malts - hops and bitterness takes over. Mid-stream the hops get very meaty, solidly bitter, lots of resinous flavors. Finishes with a bitter finish and just a little of caramel malting. The flavor of these falconer hops go against the smell.

M - Strong mouth feel, very full bodied beer and a solid accompanied carbonation. Leaves a bit of oily bitterness on the tongue.

O/D - Solidly drinking IPA. Seems like the heaviness leans itself towards fall/winter drinking - almost warmer like. Perhaps a symptom of a monotone hop profile with something so potent. Very worthy of trying.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Can to 12oz tumbler.

A: Nearly clear golden orange. Off-white head is foamy, and there are good pockets of carbonation rising.

S: Pretty distinct and not my favorite...hoppy in an earthy and woody way, with a solid malt backbone...I definitely get some caramel and toffee. Maybe hints of orange peel and spices too.

T: Follows the nose, earthy and woody. Spicy and even hot, but not in the alcohol sense. Solid malt presence, solid lingering bitterness but not too high.

MF: Mouth feels nearly medium, the body has some presence. Prickly carbonation and some dryness on the aftertaste but not a ton.

O: Not my favorite...don't really enjoy the herbal character...its almost rotten or like rotten fruit in a way. This beer was recommended to me but for me there are lots of other IPA's I'd rather have.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent enough head that leaves quite a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Balanced aromatics, with a graham cracker malt character and a piney hop element

Taste: The graham cracker malt character dominates from the outset, with the piney hops forced to play catch-up by mid-palate; the finish brings both elements into balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Normally I like my malts to stay out of the way in an IPA, but I like the malt flavor in this beer so much that I am willing to overcome my bias, if just in this instance

Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. cans shared by colleague, 9.13.11, poured into wine tumblers. Brewed with Falconer's Flight hops proceeds to charity.

One finger white head over clear orangish amber body, several small streams of uprising carbonation, medium-fast dissipation with sticky lacing. Fairly citrusy nose, meyer lemon, orange pith balanced by crystal malt stone fruitiness. Taste mirrors nose, good dose of orange and lemon, crystal, and a bit of caramel malt deep sweetness. Mouthfeel a bit on light side of medium, slight stickiness. Not bad, glad this is going to a good cause.

Photo of Elimination
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the falconers flight beers that brewers have been making lately

Pours a very golden, almost copper, great fluffy strong white head, marshmallow like.

Smell of tart hop, sweet citrus, a bit of pepper, earthy yet has a background of pine. A slight smell of alcohol, like a young whiskey.

Taste of sweet carmel, pine characters, some breadyness. There is a tartness, more bitter really that isnt like a classic bitterness you find in many other ipas, it plays with the tongue, leaves a bit of a twang on the tongue. it is really very inviting

Very smooth, and a bit viscus. Very clean yeast taste, easy drinking for the abv and ibus

This is a great well rouded ipa for a nice summer day.

Photo of Bfarr
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with orange highlights, tight tan frothy head, great retention and good lacing. Floral and light citrus aroma. Sweet grapefruit and solid malt backbone with a moderate linger. Fairly balanced. Notes of toffee in the malt at the finish. Smooth, slightly foamy and fairly heavy for the style.

Good IPA with an interesting malt profile. Pretty easy drinking with strong hops that don’t dominate although the Falconer hops didn’t seem to add as much to taste as the aroma and alpha hops. It does really have a little bit of everything, though.

Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pilsner glass

Pours very prettily. Big fluffy head on top of a nice clear golden with a slight hint of copper. Lots of active carbonation, medium amount of lacing. Smell is muted but orangey and/or orange blossomy. Some straw, too.

Taste is mild, bitter, actually a pretty solid every day IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost fluffy. Overall, I'm pretty impressed.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a HotD tulip on 7/29/11.

Pours a light golden orange with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates leaving a moderate amount of lacing. I would like to have seen a tad more darker or hazier color in the base but the head and lacing is beautiful.

Smell is mostly of pine hops with some citrus in the background and some carmel sweetness in the finish. Smell is somewhat subdued, I need some more hop slap in the face. Good but not great.

Taste is much the same as the smell. I like it but I want more. No booze presence at all.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate. Nice resin keeps some pine bitterness in the palate bringing you back for more.

Overall this is a solid brew. Not spectacular but really good. I would like to have seen some stronger hop smell and a stronger taste profile, it just felt like these two characteristics were reaching for greatness and fell far short. That said I wish this wasn't a one off for them because I would have enjoyed having a couple next I am in HI.

Photo of smulkowski
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint. Billowing head, bright orangish copper color. Pretty nice lacing.

Lemony hop smell, but smells kind of like an adjunct lager. Wha? Relatively light hop aroma.

Hop taste is somewhat washed out. I wonder if I got an old can? This does not taste like an IPA, maybe more like an amber, although there is some astringent hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

I am not terribly impressed with the taste. It feels like a generic stab at the IPA style...I hope I got a bad can and will try it again sometime.

Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of their previous IPA attempt...but always like to support these guys so picked up a sixer first time I saw one.

Pours copper colored. 2-Finger slightly off-white head. Minimal carbonation rising....what is rising is small and moving at a Maui relaxed pace.

Aroma is floral hops. Citrus. Some honey/caramel. Quite a nose.

Taste is hops up front. Foral. Grapefruit. Hay. Malts backbone. Decent enough.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, very drinkable. Nicely balanced for IPA. Much better than Big Swell. Glad they made this one.

Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with maybe one finger of cream colored head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is rich floral hops some leather and pine. Taste is deep rich leather, pine, not so much grapefruit as West Coast IPAs. Good body for the style and carbonation is perfect. Finish is long and richly bitter. Almost like a jacked up American Pale Ale. No perceived alcohol. Too bad this isn't a bit lower abv I could drink quite a few of these but at 6.8% it would be a short evening. Too bad a perfectly brewed IPA should be seen a mediocre because it doesn't snap your head back with huge hops. Just well done and claims to be brewed on Maui unlike the former contract brewed beers I've had before from this brewery. I am at the half way point now and the head has been replaced by a persistent ring and modest lacing. The aroma and taste profile has staying power though and I am really enjoying this beer. Beer is dedicated to Glen Hay Falconer and proceeds to go to a scholarship fund for brewers. How cool is that? Drink good beer and help your felleow beer lovers. I will buy a sixer next time instead of a couple of singles. I have a hunch this will be a limited release.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive amber with enormous white head, and I love creamy head on an ale like this. Nose has a holiday cookie doughy quality with some tingly citrus aromas. Palate is noticeably light bodied, watery even, with some candied malt and juicy fruity hops to balance. Finish has a black tea quality, with more fruit. Not as complex as their mainstream IPA, but certainly worth trying.

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Flyin' HI.P.Hay from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.