Sobrehumano Palena'Ole - Maui Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Well, I picked this beer up across the border in Maryland. On the bottom of the can it says that it was canned on 051102. Not sure how to interpret that date, but I am really hoping that one "0" is a typo.
Popped the top and IT'S A GUSHER! A gusher can...never really saw that coming. Explosive carbonation that fills the entire glass with an off-white head. The body that develops is a murky, muddy red color. Red mixed with burnt orange. Well, that head was all for nothing because before I can even take a swig, the head dies down to almost nothing. No lacing is left behind either.
Smell is quite delicious actually, if not straightforward. Pretty much tart passionfruit mixed with sour cherries. Nothing else in the nose.
The flavor is not as fruity as the aroma. There is some light tartness here, but nothing aggressive. Light flavors of sour cherries and caramel malts cross the palate, and the passionfruit comes out more in the exhale. I'd look for more fruit character in this. The flavors were a bit muted.
Carbonation was out of control when I first opened this beer. Rapid bubbles left the beer all too quickly. Mouthfeel is fluffy at first, then settles down and almost becomes slick on the tongue. Medium body, decent.
Yeah, I wasn't sure I would like this beer when I first poured it. But there are some redeeming qualities about this. The aroma is very nice, and that is a lovely mix (cherries and passionfruit). I wouldn't pick this up again, but I would certainly have another if someone offered it to me. Strikes me as more of a "Fruit Beer" than anything.
Serving type: can
03-22-2013 09:41:40 | More by MusicaleMike
2.23/5 rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
On tap at Rackhouse, 10oz served in a globe. Appearance was murky red with no head. Aroma was wet dog and seawater. Liek a dog who just came out of the ocean, yuck. Flavor was a muddy fruit flavor, grainy, really just bleh. Overall a pretty poor showing considering Jolly Pumpkin was involved. Thank God I didn't buy one of the overpriced six packs.
Serving type: on-tap
03-16-2013 16:24:11 | More by ArrogantB
3.24/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a reddish mahogany, little to no froth or retention. Smells of toasted malt and grilled fruits. In the taste, nutty, cocoa like malt flavor. Small acidic cherry riding out a hint of fruitiness, but this is malt forward. Little to no hops, just a small earthy flavor to cut the sweet. A bit of toasted bread, finishes more or less clean. Medium bodied but quite full, some interesting flavors. This beer is crying for some wild yeast, being a collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin, they took the easy way out.
Serving type: can
03-14-2013 00:59:21 | More by Stinkypuss
3.46/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark muddy pond amber/orange with considerable yeast and fruity haze. Barely any head that fades to nothing quickly. Is this beer or juice?
Lightly tart sour cherry and passion fruit citric acidity matched with some biscuity yeast and cereal grains. Very earthy overall.
Pale bready malt with traces of caramel sweetness, earthy hops add a bit of bitterness in what would be a very boring amber if not for the fruit juice which brings a juicy fruity cherry note with a short fading citric acid tart finish that is distinctly Lilikoi (passion fruit). Some wet paper bag in there too but I'll pass that over.
Kinda falt and fruit juice like. The carbonation is just enough to keep it going. Average body, well hidden alcohol.
Getting kinda used to this tart finish that maui brewing is putting into all their experimental seasonals. It's not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination but the concept has not been done before and pairing with Jolly Pumpkin has to account for something. Worth a try if you can get a single just for the novelty of beer brewed with cherries and passion fruit.
Serving type: can
03-10-2013 03:18:05 | More by rawfish
2.9/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Enjoyed this one along with the Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano. This one pours a murky copper color, mostly opaque all around with a very small beige head that fades into nothing within a minute or so. The aroma is kind of strange - subdued and mild, without any certain flavor that "stands out" or catches my attention. There is some noticeable sweetness, but it's hard to pinpoint a specific descriptor. The best I can do is either apple or pear, but that's kind of grasping at straws, as there isn't really a definitive flavor of either. Just a generic sweetness on the nose, with a bit of caramel and toffee as the main backbone. There's also a mild metallic aroma that comes through - not sure if this is from the can or not, but I've had other canned beers that didn't have this aroma, so I think that's just a cop out.
The taste unfortunately contains that same ambiguous sweetness that perplexed the aroma of the beer. Maybe some apple skins, maybe some pears, maybe some light white grapes. Just a fairly one-dimensional and mild sweetness that doesn't really assert itself or establish any kind of real estate on your palate. It just hangs there without offering much at all. There's a musty and bitter, funky and cellar-like taste that really comes out heavy in the aftertaste. But it's so unbalanced due to the anticlimactic sweetness that the heavy musk just seems out of place and unnecessary. Some caramel and toffee notes from the malt add a touch of sweetness and offer a bit of guidance, although the flavor combination in this beer seems to be a lost cause without much direction. Thin-medium mouth feel with pretty heavy carbonation.
After having the Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano, this beer couldn't have been any bigger of a let down. A nebulous concoction of sweetness and just a boring aroma and flavor profile lead to an overall very uninteresting beer. I'll pass on this one next time.
Serving type: can
02-26-2013 03:52:11 | More by tectactoe
3.5/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From 9/2012 notes.
Pours a cloudy mahogany brown amber. Tall two finger off-white head that dissipated over a few minutes to a thin head with light patchy lacing. Unusual aroma of tropical and unidentified fruit and a bit of vegetable soup, tart sweetness. Flavor of tart fruit with passion fruit dominating, cherry, orange, turning a bit medicinal and astringent in the middle and finish. Finish is particularly tart and astringent. The fruit mixture was somewhat off-putting at first taste, but I have to admit that it grew on me as I drank this ale. Unfortunately, the finish was a bit unbalanced, but did have a grassy/hay quality that I also grew to appreciate in the end. Light to medium bodied. An interesting experiment that ended up just a bit to unbalanced. A bit more malt body could have improved the finish to allow appreciation of the interesting fruits. Truly glad I tried it because it is unique and interesting, but probably not a repeat.
Serving type: can
01-28-2013 04:21:11 | More by LiquidAmber
Sobrehumano Palena'Ole from Maui Brewing Co.
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