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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spearhead Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aloha from Toronto! As the name suggests, this bold, hoppy West Coast pale ale is brewed Hawaiian style—with pineapple. It is naturally carbonated, unfiltered and dry-hopped to provide a delicate carbonation and complex flavour and bouquet. This perfectly "imbalanced" pale ale has a fresh citrusy character with hints of tropical fruit, zest and pine and a refreshingly dry finish.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: StephenRich on 05-28-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

RefillMyglass, Mar 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

DarrenBrule, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Quej
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. I was skeptical as to how the pineapple would blend into an IPA, but it was a match made in heaven. The beer was a hazy gold and had a fluffy white head with good staying power. The aroma was a perfect balance between the citric hoppy smells and fruitiness of the pineapple. The taste was sharp, dry, and bitter with the hops and the pineapple flavour at the forefront. It's malt character took a back seat, but complemented the beer well. It had a medium mouthfeel and light, zesty carbonation. Overall, very original and very well done. One of the best new beers I've tried in a while.

Quej, Sep 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

baylz, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Cardmarauder, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of tresmonos
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this out. Very strong hints at citrus in the smell and taste.
Unfiltered. First unfiltered brew I have consumed in Ontario, from Ontario. Hopefully this is the new trend up here.
Wonderful taste. Very similar to Loose Cannon in its citrus tone. Not as hoppy as Loose Cannon, but probably the strongest hop flavor I've enjoyed in my stay up here.
Mouthfeel is consistent with an unfiltered American IPA.

I loved this beer. It's sophisticated and hoppy. The serving style at the 50 West Tap House was great. I was just bummed with the size of the glass Spearhead provides. Great beer, best IPA they have on tap.

tresmonos, Jan 15, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at c'est what, poured a one finger head upon a burnt orange body, decent retention with fleeting foamy lacing.

Lots of citrus in the nose, grapefruit and mango, little malt, refreshing and enticing.

Taste is an explosion of damn near perfection, blast of grapefruit and mango followed by pineapple in the after taste, really something. Quite frankly the best brew I have had for a while.

Medium bodied with little carbonation, this is a balanced bitter brew that is oh so drinkable.

They have to bottle this, a spectacular brew.

Stocean1, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grindhouse Burger Bar. Served in Spearhead tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium orange colour with one finger of bubbly off-white head.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit and a good overall bitterness. Slight caramel malt backbone present as well. Not getting the pineapple.

T - Bitter grafefruit, very faint tropical fruit and a touch of pine. Some sweet caramel in the background as well. Don't specifically get the pineapple.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one and had 3 or 4 pints over the weekend at various places. A great introduction in to the Ontario craft beer market. I look forward to their future releases.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 13, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gambrinus Bistro & Cafe. Sampled during the London launch party of Spearhead Brewing Company.

Pours a hazed amber orange with one finger of eggshell white froth and sheets of lacing on the tulip.

Smell is tropical fruit, clementine, pine needles, floral and resiny hops, faint doughiness, and red grapefruit. Mild pineapple aromas develop as the beer warms.

Taste is fruity, juicy, and citric hops upfront, orange peel and grapefruit mid-palate, big pithy, resinous, and astringent bitterness (somewhat sharp and acidic) with pineapple on the cough.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, spicy middle gives way to a juicy and bitter astringency on the tongue. IBUs linger in the drying finish.

Overall, Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is a very bold, flavourful, and hop-forward IPA with amazing drinkability. I will order this routinely if it gets regular rotation at my favourite local bars. Slightly better than Smash Bomb IMHO. Well done, Tomas and Steve!

cratez, Jun 21, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Slightly hazy vibrant gold pour with a two finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing sheets the glass.

S- Pineapple sweetness up front, bright citrus and tropical fruit follow. Grapefruit, mango, mandarin, some strawberries. There is some sweet malts in the back mixed with what I perceive to be as honey. There is a touch of pine bitterness in the mix as well

T- Sweetness from the pineapple and malts that quickly shift gears to the bright citrus and pine bitterness.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation.

korguy123, Aug 12, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive new addition to Ontario's APA offerings.

Enjoyed in a designated tulip glass whose shape was perhaps the least pleasant part of the whole tasting. Beautiful clear, orange amber with nice head, decent lacing and enjoyable carbonation level. Mouthfeel is pleasant, without the oiliness sometimes present at this ABV.

Aroma is pure "west-coast" hop - plus the tropical notes of pineapple. The taste is fantastic, with the tropical tones well balanced against its citrus core. Highly recommend.

Enjoyed at the Woolwich Arms in Guelph. This is the first time I have seen this beer on tap outside of a beer show, and it is definitely one I will order again.

hopsolutely, Jul 16, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy two-finger froth of white foam, after a few minutes it leaves a nice few mm of film and good lacing. Colour is a medium tan gold, with active carbonation.

Aroma is immediately hoppy, pleasant light malt feel, fresh straw. Also a sort of tropical fruitiness, mangoes, pineapple.

Taste has got elements of pineapple blended into the nice hop bitterness. Appropriately hopped with a good balance. Lot of the fruitiness of the nose. Quite like the flavour balance here. Hops are at the front but don't overwhelm the great flavours behind them.

Mouthfeel is medium body, with a good amount of carbonation, and a good thick hop/malt body, coats the mouth. Finish has a little bit of tongue prickle and a full mouth bitter tanginess.

This is definitely an interesting and a new favourite take on the IPA style. Excellent balance, allowing a refreshing fruitiness to come through and compliment the strong hops. Worth a try for sure.

mick303, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo. Had it on tap a few times at Beer Town as well.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Hazy safety orange, almost burnt in color, with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and clings to the glass. Good wisp remains with lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, some pineapple notes are there, with grapefruit and some light citrus notes. Pretty solid stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel notes and a touch of sweet melon or pineapple up front. Good hop dose at the swallow, with a bold and lingering aftertaste of pine, grapefruit and citrus notes on the palate. A good dose of bitterness lingers a well. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff, bot on tap and out of the bottle. The pineapple isn't all that pronounced, but that is mostly likely a good thing. Quality brew for sure. Called a Pale Ale but this is 100% an IPA. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Pours a radiant clear copper with a very tall bubbly and puffy head. Very nice retention with a sticky lacing.

(4.5) S: Very tropical with bold and juicy pineapple, orange, and mango at the forefront. An earthy and sappy pine follows with a rich and buttery bread aroma. Spices are in there but can’t pull an individual one out. Very well executed aroma.

(4.0) T: Bitter pine, a solid rich and bready malt backbone, and of course the sweet tropical elements of pineapple and maybe even to a stronger degree - mango. This has a good fungi-earthy quality to it. Spices are in good proportions and include a bit of a peppery heat. The tastes compliment one another very well and provide for a very smooth taste.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very oily and resiny with a solid chewy texture.

(4.5) D: Great to see this product in bottles and at local LCBOs. This is one of my favourite go-to’s as I find the tropical element isn’t too overpowering. I would have to say this is one of the best products available in Ontario. Great stuff.

Digimaika2, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

show6397, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade via murphy525. Thanks! Poured fridge cold into a tulip. From notes.

A hazy copper body with a light white head, though there is little lacing. Nose is dominated by pineapple pulp. Meh (have I mentioned I dislike pineapple?). Body on the other hand is incredibly tropically tasty. Mango, pineapple and citrus. Hops & pineapple are super well balanced. Light bitterness, builds in a crisp way. Well built beer, amazed I liked it as much as I did considering my pineapple aversion.

kjyost, Aug 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, not just chill; deep gold colour; great head, airy but long lasting

Aroma: strong, fruity, citrus hops; pineapple is def evident; clear and intriguing; somewhat floral, also getting some strawberry

Taste: crisp, vibrant fruit at start, well balanced with hops which turn grassy in the finish and have huge length - dry and bitter with some fruit still hovering around; some juicy pineapple flavour does show through, but it's more an accent

Overall: a tremendously refreshing and sessionable summer beer, perfectly balanced and fun

BGDrock, Aug 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to andrenaline for including this in our most recent trade
A - hazy swamp water golden brown, tall off white head retained well, traces of lacing
S - biscuity and caramel matliness, mellow citrus and pine with some pepper and florals in the background
T - the hops alone are a well balanced mix of sweet tropical citrus, pepper, and grass, then balanced against biscuity malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, big flavour but easy on the palate
M - medium body, healthy hop bitterness is contrasted well with sweetness and tang and a hint of pepper
O - one of the most balanced pale's i've enjoyed in a long time, the Hawaiian style aspect is complimentary and is a nice contrast and balance to the sharper hop flavours, really hoping this makes it to Alberta

joemcgrath27, Nov 07, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What.

Pours a crisp orange amber with a thin off white head, lacing sticks at the top of the glass. Nose was very bright, lots of hop aroma - light fruit, citrus, pineapple of course. Taste was impressive and had a good balance of malt backbone to support the dose of hops. Bitter finish lingered well throughout the beer. Medium bodied all round, mouth feel was decently drinkable. Overall I was taken in with this new beer/brewery, the pineapple extract makes for a super fruity/floral smell, and the balanced taste hit the right spot. Delicious, refreshing, nice to try on tap.

heebes, Aug 29, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, pineapple, mango and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice pineapple/citrus character to it with some piney resin and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not as fresh and hoppy as when I tried it on tap but still good nevertheless.

SebD, Sep 05, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a dark golden/light amber colour. A small but relatively long-lasting white head is on top. Good lacing.

The beer had to warm up a bit before I got a lot of aroma, but when I did it was really nice. Quite juicy, with lots of citrus. The pineapple becomes very noticeable over time. Beer generally smells very "fresh".

Taste has a nice level of bitterness, with lots of citrus present. The pineapple is very subtle, but adds a lovely juicy flavour to the beer that is really great. I don't think I would have picked out 'pineapple juice' on my own if I had not known it was there, but when you are looking it is quite apparent. The finish is fairly bitter.

Moderate to high carbonation. Would normally be too much for me, but I find that it works in this beer. A nice medium body. Very refreshing.

Overall. a really good beer. Great start for the brewery. I have enjoyed this beer a number of times now and am always eager to have another. To me, a great example of a brewery being creative without being absurd.

jrenihan, Aug 03, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet citrus hop notes, very floral, sweet lemon iced tea, candied sugar and a solid dose of pineapple on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the sweet citrus hops dominating, the pineapple flavours are subdued but offer up a tasty sweetness that balances the bitterness of the hops. A bready caramel lingers on the finish with a touch of sour fruit.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - I didn't want to believe the hype, but the flavours are reminiscent of one of my favourite west coast breweries, Lagunitas. Deliciously sweet hops profile complemented by the subtle pineapple and balanced by the bready caramel malt backbone. I'm optimistic/hopeful that this can become a staple at the local LCBO.

andrenaline, Sep 29, 2012
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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.