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 HuskyinPDX
3.36/5  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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of uustal
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of lnashsig
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to snosage22 for the chance to try this. We do have Maui brewing recently available to the Houston market, but I had not seen this one here yet. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a dark orange color, off white head that fills the glass, nice retention. Smell- malty, caramel, some tropical fruits, some citrus presence. Sweetness is primary in smell. Taste- honey sweetness, no real hop presence to speak of. Maybe a little bit of bitterness at the end. Its not bad, but its not great. A pretty avg IPA, a little bit too malty and grainy, a little lacking on the hops.

This is my second review of Maui's IPAs, I'm happy to always have an IPA available in a can, but this one just doesn't stand up to better examples of the style.

Photo of dantheman13
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Attractive looking beer, nice carbonation, three finger head, nice lacing, burnt orange copper color, clear.
S- The aroma is very filled with nutty malts, caramel, slight citrus, pine, bready, sweet.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, big malt flavors, nutty, slight bitterness, hops are in the background, slight citrus.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, smooth drinking.
O- I Usually dislike malty IPAs, but this one was pretty tasty, not my favorite but still enjoyable.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of azdback
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. Dark red orange color. Quite a lot of carbonation bubbles lead to a large, light tan colored and soapy head. Lace stays around the inside of my glass in rings.

Smell is quite musty. Not much to tell you about the smell other than that. I guess some people describe this as fruit but I describe it as soggy bread or a gym locker room.

Taste is quite a bit brighter than the smell. There are some citrus tastes. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Maybe a blood orange. There are some sweet malt tastes also. The must comes out late but doesn't interfere too bad. Would be better without it though.

Mouth is good for the style. I think the rich flavors stick around to the end. The carbonation is in line and refreshing.

Overall I don't think this was as bad as Big Swell, but still not that enjoyable. Still don't get why the Belgian mustyness is needed. If this was priced at $7 or $8 a sixer it might not be a bad choice, but here in Arizona it is $11 a sixer and that (to me) is way too much dough for an IPA that tastes like dough!

Photo of chugalug06
3.29/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.61/5  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.

Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  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.

Photo of Genghis22
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Sideswipe
2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of penniwisdom
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of chicano4craft
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Perfect copper penny amber, pretty much transparent all the way through in my cheater pint. Big fluffy finger of head which quickly chillaxed to a spotty thin blanket of white moon-like foam. Little touch of lacing.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grainy notes. Thick caramel, spicy bitter pine hop notes. Sweet grains and brown sugars. Zesty, and quite a nice pleasant floral aroma. Overall solid grain, and a very separated floral and pine hop. Lets see if the taste is balanced.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big caramel malts, smooth biscuity backbone. This IPA compared to others certainly offers a bit more in its grain and malt profile. It is finely balanced with a special bitter pine and grassy hop flare. Zesty, a light touch spicy.. and a smooth grainy and bitter finish. Overall quite nice.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit drying and parching. Touch chewy. Overall a well carbonated medium bodied and slightly creamy smooth IPA. Certainly is a good drinker.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like this IPA and find that it stands out from so many others. I am one for a lighter malt profile with more bready and biscuit notes, but this one plays the caramel malt very well without stepping into red territory. Great bitter touch and not such a citrus monster like so many others. Certainly a solid IPA from the fresh can.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white head that fades to a small puffy cap. Broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest, pine, and sweet caramel malt. Taste is of somewhat subdued citrus zest and pine hops with a sweet malt finish. Mild hop bitterness on the palate fades quickly. This beer has a medium body and is somewhat thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing that special.

Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass, being quite thick in localized areas.

S: Fairly mild hops that are distinctly coniferous, with even milder caramel malt that shows a grainy edge. This beer smells highly carbonated, with bilious carbon dioxide opening up but diluting other smells.

T: Begins off-dry, with pine and citrus hop aromatics that are subdued in their brightness. Malt is presented alongside the early hop qualities, matching caramel, pine, slight sweetness, and mild acidity with satisfactory results. The middle is drier and less acidic, with other flavors persisting. Moderate bitterness emerges toward the finish, where malt turns more toasty and an acidic edge is re-established.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and slightly creamy on the palate despite some detectable acidity, with surprisingly low carbonation.

D/O: This IPA presents piney hops in balance with fairly chewy caramel, but it struggles to stand out and establish itself as a remarkable contribution to the style. While not particularly memorable, amongst other average IPAs it looks pretty good.

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