Sobrehumano Palena'Ole - Maui Brewing Co.

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Sobrehumano Palena'OleSobrehumano Palena'Ole

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: OldPenguinHunter on 06-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy reddish amber with a smallish creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts and some fruits (cherry).

The flavor is a little sweet acidic cherry and tropical fruit with a weird medicinal leathery finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's a bit subdued but a decent fruit beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy brownish-yellow color with a white head. Interestingly, the color varies from the top to bottom of the beer. The aroma has a lot of passion fruit in it, as well as a little bit of yeast and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. I get some very light tartness from the passion fruit, as well as some nice cherry and toffee notes. There is some yeast notes in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So I get up an early morning before I have a wedding to go to in Winnemucca, decide to take the AR-15 up onto beer mountain to plink/blast some of the empties that have been building up in my house because of all the midweek drinking opportunities with NHL & NBA playoffs.

Had been really looking forward to this stuff, the good bottle shop in Reno pushes the product hard, talking how awesome it is (better be at $15 a 6 pack right?).

I pop it open, a nice brown and red type of thing going on, carbonation seems right on, this is a good looking beer. Mild dark fruit, cherry, and the label says passion fruit on it. Smells nicely.

Taste, eh, this is where the beer went astray. Definitely has that Jolly Pumpkin/Rodenbach trademark thing going on: barely sour like qualities, a lot more of everything else, namely a soggy, woody aspect, looks the same, too expensive for what it is, barely qualifying as a wild ale.

The fruit additions are nice and interesting, but this is just kind of an ok beer. It lacks real tartness, depth, sour aspect to the beer. I could have twice as much beer, that is more than twice as good, for the same price. Pass.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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 GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can served cold into a goblet.

The beer is a vibrant red color with a slight haze. The head is short but very creamy and leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of roasted malts. The cherries come through nicely.

Flavor is not as successful. It comes across as a brown ale with fruit added. Not all bad then but the roasted and caramel malts seem to get in the way of the fruit instead of supporting it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Well balanced but leaning towards the sweet.

Overall not a bad beer but it does make me curious about the Jolly Pumpkin version. It's much more expensive so I probably won't be trying it based on this.

Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a ruddy amber brown, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy light mocha head. This retains with a thin fizziness that throws up some spotty lace that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. After a while, this eventually goes pretty dead looking. The aroma smells of fruit (cherries are sticking out) and spices, which a touch of dark roast and sweetness in the nostrils. This isn’t very airy feeling at all, as the flavors overall just sit with some deadness in the nose.

The taste is mostly fruity tartness (that really gives this a certain amount of pithy bitterness) with a light backing of sugary sweetness. Spice and some light lingering roast round out the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation that blows up in the mouth a bit. This softens up a bit along the back but this is overall pretty strongly carbonated.

This certainly wasn’t bad and I had no problem finishing the can but I was just looking for some more pizzazz from this. These flavors are just kind of there and never really do anything overly interesting. I guess you could call this a disappointment based on who was involved here. Cool looking can though!

Photo of DonDirkA
4.39/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH etched snifter.

Deep mahogany with an off white head that builds up massively then quickly dissipates. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of cherries, mild citrus, tropical scents (kind of mango-esque but lighter probably from the liliko'i), some brown sugar and some dark fruit. Smells like a sour, which has my hopes up because we don't get many sours here in Tucson. The taste is a slight letdown from the nose, but its not too far off. Light cherry flavors flow into a tart, tropical rush that overtakes the palate and fades into a grapefruity tart/sweet finish. It finishes pretty dry despite the final sweet flavors. Its not quite a sour but it has that nice tart taste I crave from them. I'll probably grab a couple sixers and keep them around for a few months to sate my cravings for sours.

Photo of HalfFull
1.67/5  rDev -47%
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 thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
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 gillagorilla
2.19/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. into a Flying Dog Goblet

A: Probably one of the least appetizing colors that I have seen. It looks like muddy water that is a solid brown. I'd rather not liken it to #2 water, but it really is. Very cloudy/hazy. Crazy head upon initial pour that diminished to not even a layer of bubbles. Also, it has a decent amount of sediment at the bottom.

S: Sweet smelling like that of raisins and sour cherries. Also, a bit of grape juice or fruit cocktail as well, with a bit of yeastiness to it.

T: A bad mellow malt that seems like a lager. Tastes like "beer" and I mean that in a bad way as in the cheap stuff and the taste that people that don't like beer taste when they try one.

M: Quite carbonated and goes down like a slightly flat soda.

O: Couldn't finish it. There is nothing in here that I like. It is flat tasting (not as in carbonation) and dull. Beers that I don't like always remind me of why I didn't like beer before. It is that standard ubiquitous taste that I associated with any beer that I had tried (Rolling Rock, Yuengling and Leinenkugel, plus various ABI). It will become a part of my beer bread (along with Undercover and some Swamp Ape).

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
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 smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A hazy and dark red amber body is poured, with some fast rising carbonation, producing a head that manages about two fingers and settles slowly. No lacing.

Nose is pretty closed. For a fruity beer of cherries and fruit I am getting nothing here. Some simple malt and a little sense of clove seems to come out.

Wet palate doesn't seem to bring much to the table here, an almost acrid sour finish, leaving a thin toasty brown bread aftertaste. Some juice like tasting feel, but no sense of fruity character at all.

Overall it's just not really doing it for me here, it feels like something is missing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can picked up tonight at Brewforia for a price $3.39.... Poured into my HotD goblet... very VERY short lasting khaki head leaves no lacing.... the brew is hazed sorta reddish/lite brown.

Nose seems more dominated by the passion fruit than the cherries... plenty of dry sorta dark toasty maltiness... even smells a little spicy... everything is just mashed together, very muddy... nothing jumps out at all.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aromas with a more pronounced biscuit malt element... sorta dirty/dusty... a bit of solvent EtOH too...

Body is standard medium... light carbonation...

I sooo wanted more than this... I was hoping for bright vibrant fruitiness, but the malts dominate in all facets... I mainly wanted to like it more because I have another can and can't see wanting to drink it anytime soon.

Oh well.... Interesting try, but my opinion is it missed a great opportunity by a mile.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a single from K&L. Glad I only bought one can.

Appearance is cloudy copper with minimal head formation and poor retention.

Smells strongly of crystal malts backed by a moderate amount of tart fruit. More cherry than passionfruit to my nose. Bready with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Smells alright, certainly a bit muddled.

Tastes pretty muddled, too. This is essentially an amber/red ale with mishmash fruit additions. The fruit lends some out-of-place tartness that lacks depth of flavor. Cherry comes through a bit, but there's little noticeable passionfruit. Bready, caramelized malts are dominant here and they're at odds with the fruit. The beer is plenty easy to drink, I'll give it that, and it's far from terrible - it just feels like yet another directionless, kitchen sink collaboration beer that didn't need to exist.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
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 atigerlife
4.29/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, cloudy amber. Small light brown head sits atop. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is dominated by lilikoi. Light cherry and malts. Very interesting aroma.

Taste is lilikoi and light cherry. More cherry in the taste than in the aroma, but I still was expecting more cherry flavor and tartness. Malts, light sweetness and light tart come through.

Mouthfeel is med-light bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Quite interesting. Of course, if you don't like or are not used to lilikoi, than this beer may be off-putting to you.

Photo of oline73
2.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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 sweethome
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is cloudy carmel color. Fruity nose with medium malt backing. Slight sour nose.

Tart entry, balanced by fruity sweet malt. Don't get much cherry here but for slight tart. Unique passionfruit flavors. Just not getting much here - nothing to take the lead.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can into a cervoise. Ordered online. Some fruit. Cherry, mostly. A bit of fruit tannin. A bit of slightly-harsh malt. Finish is rough.

Photo of woodychandler
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My thanks to blargimus for CANtinuing The CANQuest! He sent a bunch of new CANs and I am getting to them as quickly as possible.

From the CAN: "Certified Made on Maui"; "Ale Brewed with Passion Fruit and Cherries"; "Limited Release"; "This Red Ale, brewed with Liliko'i and Michigan cherries is ruby red in color, tart and refreshing in flavor. Working with Ron is something I've wanted to do since I had my first Jolly Pumpkin beer. Years later, it's a reality. Being involved on this project was an honor and a privilege. Mahalo to my MBC crew and to you, fans of craft beer! Aloha, [undersigned] John Walsh, Lead Brewer"; "Maui's truly local beer!"; "Yes, Michigan and Hawai'i are connected. It should be obvious to you now, as you hold this beer, and read this label. John and I designed this beer with two noble fruits from two noble states, Michigan & Hawai'i, cherries & liliko'i. Startin to see the connection? I feel it. So does John. 4391 miles may separate our breweries, but not out thirst for the exquisite. Hipa! [undersigned] Ron Jeffries, Chief Squeegee Operator".

I had a good Crack & Glug going until it started to foam up and over the lip of the glass! Some beers are attention-getting, to say the least. I backed off and would up with two fingers of rocky, tawny head with poor retention. It just seemed to implode before my very eyes. Color was a particulate-laden reddish-brown, like muddy river water. Nose had an odd pungency, slightly tart from the cherries and slightly sweet from the passion fruit. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was likewise rather lacking. I am used to cherries imparting more of a bitterness or sourness, but this was only slightly tart at most. Finish was weak and watery and I found myself shaking my head. Too bad, because it seemed promising.

Photo of birddogg66
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Goblet, on draught at Humpy's Big Island Alehouse in Kona. An unfiltered, dirty, reddish, brown color emerged with a thin tan head. The aroma of slight fruit, and a touch of sourness. Not as much of the cherry that I had expected, but that's not the beers fault.
The first sip came across slightly grainy, and finished with just a touch of tartness. Almost some winey characteristics came out as the beer warmed a bit.
The mouthfeel was medium body, with not an abundance of effervescence, and was a bit organic. By organic, I mean that the unfilterdness, gave a feel of grain and maybe even a bit dirty. This is a wild ale, so it seemed pretty appropriate.
All in all, this was a pretty solid beer. My expectations, were that this beer would be quite a bit more sour. With the lilikoi and cherry really hopping out on the aroma and flavor. Unfortunately, to me, this was not the case. I can't judge the beer harshly, just because it didn't meet my expectations. I have to judge the beer on what it is, a solid American Wild Ale. I would like to try the Jolly Pumpkin version to compare the two. The JP version was barrel aged while the Maui version was done in a 'normal' fermentation vessel. It would be interesting to see what different flavors would come out of the different fermentation.

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Sobrehumano Palena'Ole from Maui Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.