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

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
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:
68 IBU

(Beer added by: July2Nov on 05-23-2011)
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Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Scotchboy, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

brentk56, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Bfarr, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

UMNbeerhunter, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of smulkowski
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

smulkowski, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

atigerlife, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Spikester, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

yemenmocha, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a bright reddish orange with a huge cream colored head. Mild retentiona and a tiny bit of lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy - mostly lemons

T - A mix of sweet malts and citrus, followed by some hop pine.

D - Slight bitter finish. Tons of carbonation.

O - A good summertime beer. Aloha.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of uustal
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange/copper with a decent sized off-white head. Solid lacing and head retention throughout. Faint aroma. Hints of grapefruit, lemon zest and grass. Flavor begins with touches of citrus, grass and pine hops. The grassy notes are the most prevalent. Well blended, crisp, but the flavor is lacking. A semi-sweet malt backbone gives this beer balance. Light in flavor overall, but a crisp, somewhat refreshing offering.

uustal, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of dantheman13
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

dantheman13, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

ocelot2500, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I left home on a day in early January. I bade my loved ones goodbye with bleary eyes and a heavy heart. Half of me wanted to stay, but I knew that if I were ever to slake the thirst in my heart I would have to make this journey. I set out in search of that which is not the best, but that which is also not the worst.

Through the vicissitudes of my journey, I knew hunger and longing, despair and turmoil, loneliness and much hardship. At many points along the road I set my gaze to the westering sun and considered turning back toward my homeland, but I fought that urge off and continued on.

After one year, I reached the base of the Mountain of Truth and began my ascension toward the summit. When I reached the peak, I spied a sentinel stone next to which a tall man in an ebony cloak stood. “I’ve waited many years for you to hear the calling. I’m glad you’ve arrived,” he bellowed in a deep voice as he slowly turned to face me.

The man in the black cloak drew back his hood to reveal a kindly countenance, long white hair, and a close cropped gray beard. His milky eyes betrayed blindness, but I knew he saw more than any man on earth. He held out his hands, between which he was clutching a can. “If it is mediocrity you seek, child, look no further."

7/10/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Golden amber with a one inch head of white foam. Much lacing is left behind.

S: Orange and tangerine with a firm malt foundation of bread and caramel. There's a dash of onion in there as well as dank pine.

T: Caramel and bread with a smooth moderate hop bitterness. Notes of tangerine and orange flesh suffuse the palate. There's a dank earthy pine quality and a touch of booze.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. 

Overall: I'm not a fan. No strong attributes and not hoppy enough. An average malt forward IPA. The soul of mediocrity.

HopHead84, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wonderful clear copper color. Lots of red and oranges. White head builds nicely... Brew leaves decent lacing.

S - Not your typical IPA scent... Not a whole lot of fruity tones. Some nice grapefruit represents. Much too malty for an IPA. Brew has a slight twang.

T - Not a whole lot going on with this brew... :( There's a lot of flavor missing in this one. Some typical IPA flavors are present, grapefruit is present along with some lemony-orange.

M - Some great bitterness, but its somewhat covered by the immense over-carbonation. Light bodied.

O - Quite a disappointing brew, not my favorite. I know Maui can do MUCH better than this... This brew is good, but not worth seeking out.

chugalug06, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful coppery, apple hue with a giant two-finger light tan head that looks stunning and fades to a thin cap that drops some epic lacing.

aroma is simplistic with caramel malts, honey, bitter grapefruit rind, tangerine, herbal hops. some doughy bread in the finish.

caramel up front, receding to a robust, biscuity, earthy malt profile. almost like a strong brown ale. bitter hops in the finish remind me that it's an IPA.

mouth is decent, although a touch creamy. fine, ample carbonation works decently for the flavors. full, creamy, solid. it works.

all in all, I really want this to be better. the hops aren't as bright or powerful as I'd hoped... very malty, almost to the point of being unbalanced. still tasty, but for the price, it's really not cutting it.

djeucalyptus, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Cavery, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium rocky white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon, some crystal malt and some earthy, spicy hops.

The flavor is a lot of sweet sugary malts, fruit and biscuit with some grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, too sweet and biscuity for me and I didn't care a lot for the hop flavors. Decent though, but not worth $12 a six pack.

Beaver13, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixes of these because I liked the Big Swell and it was super hoppy. This was just about an average IPA. It wasn't bad it just wasn't anything special. Amber orange color, smells like the faintest of hops. Taste is malt forward with some bitterness on the finish. Overall I was disappointed especially since it was $11 per sixer.

ArrogantB, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

596th Review on BA
Can to Bruery Tulip
12oz

App- It's a very coppery/orange color. Big two and half finger head. Great cling all over the glass.

Smell- Pretty dank/damp citrus with a lot of malt behind this one. A little bit of hops with a touch, slight touch of bitter in the nose.

Taste- A big malt bomb that seemed a bit unbalanced. It was a little citrusy, much too malt forward and that was about all she wrote on it. Two flavors to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. Leaves a little bitter taste.

Drink- I had a lot of high hopes for this one. Seems a bit dashed now. It was a bit unbalanced and just malty. No citrus to compliment, not a lot going on.

FosterJM, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a perfectly see through golden honey color. Nice tight, creamy off white head. Visible carbonation.

S - Tropical, sweet citrus notes. Earthy hop bitterness. Bits of pineapple, clementine and dirt.

T - Sweet at first. Citrus notes dominate and then fade into the earthy crusty hop bitterness. The finish is quite balanced. The hop taste is there, but the bitterness is not.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O - I was really excited to try this beer, but not so sure I would go for it again. It is tasty, but forgetable. Nothing offensive, but nothing to remember either.

Genghis22, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into my New Belgium tulip.

A- Dark copper color. Crystal clear with a two finger cap of dense white foam. Head recedes leaving some pretty nice lacing.

S- Initially I could really detect the malt in this beer. Notes of caramel reminiscent of a DIPA as I poured it. Once in the glass, however, I'm getting citrus characteristics. Tangerine and pineapple come to mind immediately.

T- The malt is evident from the git-go. Caramel and biscuits which quickly give way to orange and pineapple citrus flavors. Different. The mid palate is pretty balanced, but the hops win out in the end. The finish is bitter and dry without the pine qualities I usually associate with his style. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The feel is thick bordering on chewy. This is DIPA territory and I attribute it to the somewhat large malt profile I mentioned earlier. Carbonation is medium to low imparting a creamy quality.

O- There is a lot going on here for a single IPA. I can literally detect the taste going from malty to citrusy to bitter with every swallow. I can't really call it a bad IPA as it has some qualities which I find enjoyable, but at best I find it to be average and not one I'd buy on a regular basis.

Sideswipe, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of chicano4craft
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a fingers worth of white head. Head drops fast to a thick crown.

Nose is very subtle for an IPA. Orange zest is the strongest contribution from the hops. Malt comes across a light breadiness.

Taste is better than the smell. Bitter from the grapefruit and citrus flavors. Somewhat tangerine. Definitely balanced. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall an average IPA. It's a tough category and this is middle of the road. I wish the flavors were stronger. I do find it very drinkable and would enjoy one of these at the end of a hike.

chicano4craft, Jun 19, 2011
Flyin' HI.P.Hay from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.