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Sobrehumano Palena'Ole - Maui Brewing Co.

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Sobrehumano Palena'OleSobrehumano Palena'Ole

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvm4 on 07-07-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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Photo of tectactoe
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.

Photo of DanW
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of NOLTERN
4.75/5  rDev +52.7%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/orange with gold highlights. 1.5 fingers of tight khaki head.

The aroma is distinctly lilikoi up front. I grew up in Hawaii and this is bringing me home. I didn't detect any cherries as indicated on the can. Strong biscuity malt behind the fruit and a yeasty bread smell behind that.

The taste is more of the same. Fruity and tart up front (but definitely not tart enough that I would consider it a "sour" beer). Very cleansing, light bitterness with a touch of a vegetal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall this is a cool concept and I am glad I tried it. I am looking forward to comparing it to the JP version, though I probably wouldn't buy the cans again.

Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of HalfFull
1.65/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Shows a medium amber with a bit of haze and a thin cap. Rather lackluster head retention of maybe 7 seconds. Boo.

Aroma of nothing really. Touch of caramel mud with a remote hint of red cherry, but even that is remote. No notable hop presence. Not sure where they're trying to go with this one,.

Taste again is muddled. Did I just pay $3 for a single of this? Really? This beer has no real purpose and no direction whatsoever. While it's not bad or infected, the lack of filtration and the lack of carbonation yield a beer with zero character. Possibly the worst commercial beer I've ever had. A slightly less sweet version of juicy juice.

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to micstache for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from can into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, wheat, grain, subtle fruit, and must. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, grain, cherry, and metallic. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. If I’m honest I’m not really sure what Maui or Jolly Pumpkin was going for on this one. There was a lot going on, but why was it all together in the first place is the question I ask you… The musty aroma and metallic flavor however were the killers of this one. While it was drinkable, it wasn’t the most enjoyable brew out there, but I’m glad I got the chance to try it at least.

Photo of justiceavocado
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bronze color with a dark red hue, small fizzy white head and just a bit if lacing. Almost looks like cherry juice was poured straight in.

S- fresh dark cherries, passion fruit, pine hops, banana, and a bit of clove. The cherries dominate by far, but they don't smell artificial like a lot of other beers infused with fruits.

T- cherry juice, a little bit of wheat, tropical fruit. Finishes dry and very tart, almost makes me pucker. Not much trace of hops.

M- medium-high carbonation, light bodied, a little chalky on the palate and a bit slick as it goes down.

O- I like the concept of this collaboration, and it's pretty refreshing. However, the cherries are just a bit too tart and dominates the palate. I would definitely try this one again, but probably couldn't drink two back to back.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thank you goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of cherries. Taste is hops up front, some cherries, malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

Photo of Magery
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Adkins721
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this can

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Medium amber color, more of a rusty copper in the light, with clarity around the edges - small, off-white head - small ring, leaves a few spots of lacing, not much

Smell: Juicy and fruity - lots of fleshy passion fruit - cherry flesh as well - lightly tropical and lightly fruity - some amber, reddish malts underneath - prominent flavor is a canned mixed fruit

Taste: Canned exotic fruit - passion fruit and fleshy cherries - bready and caramel malts - lightly toasty, caramel malts, minimal bitterness, not much else

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, smooth, minimal carbonation but it works

Overall: Sober humans?

Fruity and interesting, but not something to write home about. If you really like passion fruit, this will be a treat. Otherwise, it's just an average amber-ish ale.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mlaroche for tossing in this extra.

Pours a light reddish/brown color, not much of a head, very hazy looking though without the sediment, no lacing.

Smell is unique for a red ale, malt plays a strong part but there's also some tart fruitiness to the nose.

Taste is a mix of sweet malt and tart cherry fruitiness with the cherries taking a slight edge in the flavor department, what could have been a simple and boring red ale tosses a monkey wrench in the mix by adding cherries, carbonation is surprisingly crisp since there was hardly any head on the pour, decent mouthfeel with a sweetness that doesn't overstay.

Photo of oline73
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

We had this along side the Jolly Pumpkin offering at our Baltimore BA get together. Poured from the can into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with not much head. A ring of off white bubbles remain around the pour.

Smell: Sweet tropical fruit. I'm getting some passion fruit. Overall it's a bit wine like.

Taste: Not as fruity as I thought it would be from the smell. Kind of a mess, too much going on. Tropical fruit with some sweet malt. The finish is watery. Not sure what they were going for here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not sure what they thought the idea was. The JP version was much better. I wouldn't search this one out, especially given the price.

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of beerinNV
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2/5  rDev -35.7%

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Sobrehumano Palena'Ole from Maui Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.