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

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 74
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more

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Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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 I am at the half way point now and the head has been replaced by a persistent ring and modest lacing.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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a firm white head, good thick lace. Very good head retention.

S: Toasted malt and some tropical fruit.

T: Good amount of pineapple, melon rind and grapefruit. Direct strong hop character, with a nice balance of biscuity malt.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and frothy carbonation. Long aftertaste.

O: Quite good, kick Big Swell's butt for sure. Just an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Deep orange, late night sunset, one finger off white head and some pretty lacing

S - Sweet, slight but nice yeast note. Smells of crystal malt (more than in the taste). slight alcohol smell, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, very fruity. Notes of floral but flowers like apple blossom and citrus flowers. The smell is so fresh and vibrant

T - HOPPY! Sweet hops, fresh hops, citrus, floral, a bit soapy, citrus rinds. earthy. oaky, oily, some grass and soil, bittersweet malt and subtle but nice yeast

M - Chewy, oily, low acidity, long finish and balanced

D - This beer is really nice out of the can or in a glass. Glass opens beer up a little more and as hoppy as this beer is, it can stand to be opened. Great beer a must for any IPA lover

Final thought - ABV and Price suck. $12 and 6.8%. Other than that, this beer is very well made and should be the staple IPA for Hawaii

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Photo of Elimination
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of madpentzer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange color with two fingers of head.

S - Good grapefruit citrus notes followed by caramel malt. Mild pine notes in the background. Not too powerful, but enough hop aroma to let you know it's an IPA.

T - Hops left and right. There are plenty of citrus and pine notes. A mild toasty malt flavor in the background.

M - Good carbonation and pretty easy to drink.

O - This is an great IPA coming out of Hawaii. Combination of the taste and drinkability make me really like this beer. Only deterrence is the $12 price tag.

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Photo of dantheman13
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange with a good, creamy head. The bubbles slowly dissipate until a half finger head lingers throughout the session. Mostly clear, with a little bit of haze.

S: Straight out of the can there are a lot of citrus notes. I don't get a lot of pine in this one. Perhaps some grapefruit. The hop aroma tends not to last long. Underneath that is a sweet, biscuit aroma that is quite inviting. The biscuit aroma is lighter than is typical for that aroma, perhaps 'fresher' smelling, like baking bread on a summer day.

T: Citrus hop flavors at the front of the tongue, along with a light bitterness in the middle. Not much bitterness at the end of the tongue. This isn't a hop bomb, but a more balanced IPA. It finishes clean, and at no point is the pallet overwhelmed with bitterness. The beer has moderate body for an IPA, but not too sweet or overpowering. Again, balance comes to mind. Quite drinkable if allowed to warm up a little, unlike many of the more bitter IPA's. This is a nice, clean IPA that could be a good starter IPA or even a session IPA.

M: Not over carbonated, and not overly thick or malty in the mouth. Finishes rather smooth. When the head is thick during the beginning of the session, it creates a nice creaminess in the mouth.

O: Although not the best hop aroma and flavor, this is a well balanced IPA that should be able to be enjoyed by those who are turned off by over bittering. Well crafted, light malt flavor and a lovely citrus aroma make this an all around excellent IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note* Brewed exclusively with Falconer's Flight Hops from HopUnion, and only the finest Malts from Brewers Supply Group, both of which have given support on the collaboration of this project. Proceeds from this commemorative brew will be donated to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation to provide scholarships to Brewers and Home Brewers to further thei knowledge and expertise.

Appearance: Reddish-Bronze like color with a two-finger head that dies down to a respectable thicker lacing that clings to glass.

Smell: Malty with an "earthy" scent of wet grass. Has an ever so slight citrus scent toward the end of the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bigger on the malt side of the coin, especially at the beginning. Bready and toast like with a buttery feel. The hops come in the middle with a slight tinge of pine/grapefruit flavor but then gets sandwiched (pun intended) with the bready flavor that dominates this IPA. Very smooth to drink and the aftertaste gives off a smoked, burnt pine feeling along with that grassy taste. Not as hoppy as I would have thought for this particular style, but well worth a try.

Overall: These hops are very unusual and glad that I was able to try this limited beer. Any beer that is geared toward a good cause is always something that I get behind, it helps when the beer is as tasty as this one has been. Solid choice!!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of penniwisdom
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly dark orange. Looks like a decent amount of caramel malt was used in this one.

S - smells like tropical fruit. tangerines, oranges, some woodsy notes. ripe fruit.

T - Rich body for 6.8% beer. Tastes like the english ale yeast. Tastes like orange and pine.

M - Decently chewy for a beer of this alcohol %. Not too light to support the hops. Well balanced.

O - really good for a one-off beer using new hop blend. I enjoyed the falconers flight hops. I did wonder if there was something a little more that Maui could have done with them. I wasnt wildly impressed and I wouldnt purchase these again in can, but if i saw it on tap i'd try the fresh version. Definitely a really solid attempt with these new hops and absolutely worth trying.

Poured into a tulip from a can.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of a bit of citrus hops and some toasted malt.

Tastes of a solid wave of hops layered on top of a solid malt base. Hops have notes of citrus with some grass. Malts add some caramel sweetness with a bit of toasted bread. Leans a bit towards the bitter side, but sweetness is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, an IPA I do not find to lack anything, but doesn't quite wow.

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Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with SundaySour after our trip from the Provisions

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Three finger head forms like a swelling wave over the beach sunset of a body. Slightly burned orange gives into yellow sunshine beams.. Very nice looking beer for coming out of a can.

S: Spicy hops greet the nose, suggestions of tropical fruit are ephemeral. A real character of green leaves comes through. nose is uniquely not so fruity or piney. I'll settle on the middle ground of palm hearts and leaves.

T: Very light pine and citrus rine. Lemon and Lime rine throughout. The hops add a very subtle bittering, and have a uniquely oily quality. Very good, unique, and refreshing.

M: An understated mouth that is greatly helped by the large bold bubbles. It doesn't last beyond the sip, but it does respectably as an opening act for the flavor.

O: What a shock, another solid brew from Maui. I'd say that this beer is the ultimate craft summer party brew. Highly sessionable and very reasonably priced. I'd grab a few sixers (boo 4 packs) for a solid offering at an impromptu warm-weather gathering.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden hue with the thinnest layer of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad, but not special.

Smell: light malt aroma with some funky, piney hops. Pretty plain but not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with just a hint of biscuitiness. Hops are laid back and are on the floral and funky side. Bitterness is not especially high, but it's relatively well-balanced for the style. It seems like a simple beer, but it is quite well-executed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation yielding a nice creaminess for the style. Good stuff.

Overall: at first I thought that the Flyin' Hi.P.Hay was going to be a mediocre IPA. Between the well-balanced flavor and good mouthfeel, though, I'm quite impressed. I don't know if it's worth the imported-from-Maui price, but it is a decent beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another example why I love John's Market. Buy a single or two, cans, check it out.

Good copper pour, adequate head, clarity, vibrance, lookin' good. Almost a wet hop like aroma, green, vegetal and plentiful.

Taste, sessionable, hoppy, pine, low malt body, easy to drink. Grassy. Carbonation gives it a well deserved spritzy mouthfeel. Pretty cool how it can be so green/vegetal/grassy and yet finish very light and dry. Small element of lighter colored citrus to it.

A little expensive, that's its only downfall. If you like the big swell, check this out, goes great with outdoors stuff.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a Pint Glass.

A – Deep orange color with an almost ruby glow, out of the can comes a single finger of head that is an off white color.

S – The hop aroma is light but present, there is a sweet smell to this beer that must come from the malts. There is a good crystal malt smell, but its dominate in the smell not in the taste. Good amount of pine/citrus/fruit.

T – Not super abrasive which is nice, and there is a lot of hop notes flowing in this one. You get some citrus hop flavor, some pine flavor, and a good grass note also with some oiliness on top. The malt is present, but just adds a little thickness.

M – Very middle of the road which I like the most in an IPA.

O – This is a great offering from Maui; they kept this one pretty pure and innocent. Killed a sixer (also shared 2 cans with RatedZ) and will be buying more in the future.

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Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Flyin' HI.P.Hay from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.