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Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Hala Kahiki Pineapple BeerHala Kahiki Pineapple Beer

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: letsgopens on 05-29-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

djrn2, May 24, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rivertowne Pourhouse "Hala Kahiki"
12 oz. can

One of the most charming beers I've had in a while. It's a pineapple-flavored beer and nothing else, nor does it intend to be. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and very subtly tart - think of it as a kind of sweet and extra fruity witbier. It tastes like pineapple, apples, and delicate sugar. It's not bitter, but neither is it cloying. Overall, it's a unique, refreshing, and enjoyable fruity ale. Worth trying, and maybe even worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best pineapple beer I've ever had from a can, okay the only one. Pours a clouded golden apricot hue with a bright white head forms thick and leaves even bands of lacing. Aroma has pineapple puree written all over it in a good way, a candied sweet pineapple juice note on the nose with some sharp beer notes coming through with wheat and bland yeast notes in the background of the pineapple party. Flavor surprisingly fucking awesome big zing of pineapple with an underlying biscuit pale malt and unmalted wheat it's cereal in nature with big pineapple puree notes kicking through, I'm in love. A bit acidic in nature but there's actually a good base beer buried amongst the jacked up pineapple notes, it's the best fruit beer I've ever tasted there's even some honey drizzled baked biscuits on the finish. It's just pure tasty dessert beer, a bit acidic to drink in number but it's so damn good. Mouthfeel is unoffensive light bodied a bit of a zing from the pineapple tartness, but so creamy and smooth going down with each sip it's amazing. Overall a beer I "can" drink in any form any time, let me know if it's on tap anywhere I will seek it out.

WVbeergeek, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

oline73, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Straw-yellow pour, clear, with no head...maybe a few stray bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Looked like a flat Miller. In the nose, pineapple juice and raw grains. The taste was pretty much the same, with unripe pineapple juice being the dominant flavor, and a steady husky graininess coming in a close second. Not much else going on. Light body, thin mouthfeel that wasn't helped by the extremely low carbonation. I didn't care for this one at all, though it wasn't completely undrinkable.

Rifugium, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

beernads, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/31/10.

On tap at the brewpub this beer appears a cloudy yellow color with a thin whisp of white bubbles for a head. Spotty amounts of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is a high concentrated level of fruity pineapple. Very sweet smelling and wow is it bold. I have never had a fruit smell in a beer that completely dominated any other aspect of the nose that might try to come out.

The flavor of this brew has some pineapple sweetness upfront which luckily is not as dominating as the aroma. There is a supporting role of fresh grainy malt that is the first indication of this actually being a beer and not just juice.

Slightly watery in the feel, there is a light prickly level of carbonation felt on the tongue. I didnt think I would be able to drink the entire glass once I smelled this but after taking a sip, it wasn't that bad.

stakem, Sep 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

weeare138, Aug 10, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Monroeville brewpub. An ale aged on pineapple.

A: The ale looks like pineapple juice, a bright yellow color that seems out of place for a beer. The only potential difference between this beer and juice is that the juice has pulp in it.

S: At first nothing but midway through the pint, the pineapple sweetness comes through with a vengeance. This is not a hoppy bitter pineapple, rather it is sugary sweet pineapple.

T: Wow, that's a lot of pineapple! The sugary sweetness dominates every aspect of the taste, coating the tastebuds from start to finish. I'd say more but all that matters is pineapple. The description on the menu doesn't lie.

M: Sugary juice with a minimal amount of alcohol (4.8% per the menu). The pineapple is unusual, out of place with its sweetness but it doesn't deviate from the description, an ale aged on pineapples.

D: Low alcohol and unusual taste. One is good, the other is not so good. I like the low booze and am intrigued by the pineapple sweetness. Not a go-to, but a good one-time drink.

akorsak, Jun 14, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with decent strength. Taste of slightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice session fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. Nice amount of authentic fruit flavor without feeling watery; a nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ejimhof, May 01, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rivertowne Pineapple Under the Sea

Shares a similar appearance to carbonated pineapple juice, a bit hazy, small short livid head and active carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell was sweet, and pineappley. In the flavor, more fresh pineapple juice, with a wheat malt base. Very refreshing and fresh tasting. Sweetness is there but held in check for the most part and not cloying. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little sticky. Overall, a nice brew, and proof pineapple ales can be quite satisfying.

Stinkypuss, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

- can. pineapple beer. natural pineapple juice added.

A: Palest of straw pour produces a monstrous white pearl head of two fingers, which lapses rather quickly leaving splashy lace marks on the vessel. Very light misty haze, with a dense nature of macro-effervesce rising at a good rate.

S: The pineapple is fresh and fruity upon the pour, fairly dominant at arms reach. Inside the glass a more natural, warm pineapple aroma, lightly tart with some funky straw, barnwood and pineapple leave.

T: The pineapple juice definitely takes over the beer aspect. A pineapple shandy? Lightly tart, funky warm, cooked pineapple slices like you would have on a ham. Fruity aspects with a strange apple sauce bite on the swallow.

M: Wheaty, pineapple feel on the mouthful, mid-body depth, carbonation feels much lower then the visual, ok overall.

O: Drinks like a pineapple shandy or wine cooler. Seemed a bit odd at times. Its a pineapple beer, and as much as i like pineapple, i like it better when derived from citra hops and not from pineapple juice addition. A C- range beer at the days end, with a strange tart pineapple finish that may discourge next sips let alone second servings.

beerthulhu, Jul 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

ShanePB, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

rolltide8425, Sep 06, 2013
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3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Miniscule head. Nothing on the surface after a while.

Smell - Pineapple. Lots of pineapple. Some vanilla creaminess.

Taste - Sweet pineapple. And even more pineapple. A touch of tang and vanilla. The sweetness is a bit like aspartame.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's just pineapple. And sweetness.

Alieniloquium, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

tobelerone, Jul 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

xnicknj, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad they have this on BA! Poured right from my Rivertowne growler!

A - Got a yellow hazy like color with at least an inch of foam. Pretty much the straight up beer representation of well... pineapple. Really surprised it was aged on pineapple and not just artificially flavored.

S - Very appealing as it smells of fresh cut pineapple. Tropical, zesty, and pretty much one dimensional. Maybe a slight wheat backbone taken from nose.

T - Overall expectations are spot on! Full arsenal of sweet, almost too sweet, pineapple flavoring with a semi-bitter wheat backbone to keep this in check of being a beer. The flavor is not only constant but almost overbearing and the sweetness is really noticeable toward the end of the growler. But I am a man who loves sweet beer so I enjoyed the whole thing!

M - Light to medium body. Session able obviously.

D - It's been at the pub for a while so I hope it becomes one of their regulars. I actually came in for "The Stinger" but wasn't let down by this choice. An overall great summer beer that would complement most meals.

DrDemento456, Aug 08, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, citrus pineapple juice. In the taste, pineapple juice with a wheat like note. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pineapple citrus in the aftertaste. A bit acidic, but big fruity and tasty.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

IPAchris, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

KevinGordon, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks about like a simple light-style ale, pale yellow in color with a bit of effervescent activity to it forming a bubbly white head that reaches half a finger, settles pretty well, and deposits spotty lacing.
It really smells like fresh pineapple off the bat before a sugary essence kicks in, at which point it smells like one of those old-fashioned clearish pineapple candies. A little mor fresh juice would be fantastic, but it's very nice in a guilty pleasure sort of way, and there is a bit of pale malt that speaks to its nature.
The base beer is simple enough to put some flsvor into so that it can take charge, but it's clearly well constructed, seemingly something like a blonde ale. Pineapple is fresher and juicier on the palate, and I can believe the claim that this was aged on pineapples. Lightly acidic to cut through a sweetness that's short of cloying, care was clearly taken in making sure this wouldn't be a pineapple soda.
The feel is light, bright and clean with plenty of crispness. There's actually a bit of body, though it remains light, but with depth.

Brenden, Aug 25, 2013
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Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer from Rivertowne Pourhouse
76 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.