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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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87
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Dalia, Oct 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Jotora, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%

mjacquard, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single for the $2.00 catch all. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Pretty good! Not much head from this unfiltered IPA but a decent film. Bit cloudy but not that much

S- Excellent! You can smell a hint of the pineapple.

T- This one will hit you with a bitter sweet pineapple flavor. Cascade hops and caramel malt are blended ok but the pineapple seems like an add on instead of an integral part of the recipe

M- Very good. Nice bitterness and dryness from the hops. Long finish

O- Ok not great. This is the reason I popped a 6 pack to get one. Won't buy it again

Food Pairing

This ok IPA will go very well with Pad Thai. The spiciness of the food and bitterness of the hops will match well.

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of TheHammer
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy orange body with solid carbonation. Produced a finger of head that produced a respectable amount of lace and retained exceptionally well. A little more lace would have netted the perfect score.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the nose and further assert themselves as the beer warms up. The background is a mixture of pineapple and malt which, given the beer's name seems appropriate.

Taste: Starts with a mix of malt and pineapple and then abruptly shifts to a grapefruit hops with slight backing of malt and lemon rind. It sadly walks an unenviable line of being too tame for most IPA standards and too hopped for a normal Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really done well on this beer, but the transitioning from mild pineapple to viciously bitter hops needs some work. Also unless you like Grapefruit, you won't be a fan of the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Lighter then I thought it would be, but still a little bit harsh on my palate. That still being said, this was in no way a struggle going down and it settled quite well.

Final Thoughts: I'll admit, using Pineapple in beer is a good idea as the juice of the pineapple produces a sweet & sour acidic note that meshes surprisingly well with the malt. If they didn't just kill this beer with it's hopping, I'd really be interested to see what else you could do with this, specifically in a red lager. Give this one a go.

TheHammer, Feb 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

MasterOfArgos39, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ToddMopps, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

hunterjames, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

kelvarnsen, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

valianes, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

tom10101, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a unique 355ml bottle into a Maudite Snifter. $13.95 a 6 pack - LCBO

A- is a hazy copper color with an off white head of which sticks at around 8mm thick with streams of lively bubbles parading to the surface.

S- strong hoppy aromas of citrus/grapefruit in the nose with underlining notes of overripe pineapple and a tiny flutter of caramel malts.

T- Hops are dominant up front with strong flavors of citrus- orange rind/grapefruit. The unmistakeable Cascade bite is followed by a touch of grass/pine with the mid-palate also becoming quite herbal. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering bitterness. I found the slight flavors of pineapple became magnified once i added a slice of Hawaiian Pizza to the mix. There is also a sweetness delivered by the malt that is noticeable mid palate.

M- Though the beer has good weight im not a big fan of aggressive, prickly carbonation in Pale Ales. I doesn't effect the beer that much but it feels rough around the edges and if smoothed out i think the strong hop flavors would stand out more.

D- a flavor-full and highly drinkable brew.

Overall a great brew and the hints of pineapple add a change of pace. Worth checking out if you can manage the high price tag.

drinkininthewood, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral and citrus hops with light pineapple notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and hoppy notes with medium bitter aftertaste. Pineapple juice notes is quite subtle but bring a nice touch. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and interesting approach to say the least.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of bryehn
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright pencil yellow colour with ample frothy white foam. The head has good retention and leaves a thick lace behind.

Very hop-forward aroma with bright floral and citrus tones, along with a sweet, syrupy note and a subtle hint of pineapple juice.

Crisp, bitter taste with a grapefruit citrus tone and a mild caramel backing. Dry, earthy finish. A bit one-noted/unbalanced.

Medium-bodied with a relatively mild carbonation level. Solid bitterness on the tongue with a slight oiliness. Aftertaste is tart, with orange peel and pineapple notes.

Another good, but not-quite-great Ontario-brewed American IPA. I was expecting more of a pineapple note, but can also appreciate its subtleness. Went well with both sushi and a steak fajita. Will visit again, but at $14 a sixer, it’ll have to serve as a rare treat. Would definitely want to try this fresh on tap or from a cask.

bryehn, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a one finger slightly off white head and a hazy golden colour. Good carbonation coming up. Minimal lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Pineapple is really strong with lot's of citrus.

T - Less pineapple but it's still very much present. Lot's of citrussy hops too. A small amount of malt body but not really present. Their website talks about how unbalanced the beer is and I have to agree with them. Almost all of the flavour is either citrussy or dominated by the pineapple juice addition.

M - Good carbonation on the high side, medium body, and a good bitterness.

O/D - A really one dimensional IPA. That said, it's pretty tasty. The pineapple comes off a bit too strong for me, but it works. Nice once and a while but it would be too much to have a few in one night.

tbeckett, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Launch at Volo. Pours apricot coloured body with a small white head. Modest fruit hoppy aromas. Average mouthfeel, however fizzy carbonation. Served on the too cold side, 4 degrees Celcius. Better colder, as that yields a hoppy beer with a shot of pineapple in the finish. As it warmed I found it drier than I would like, and the pineapple only adding to the significant acidicity I experienced. Seemed a bit boozier than the 6.5% listed, maybe in the 7.5% range, which the pineapple juice acts as to give it a "fruit punch effect" of hiding the alcohol. Still very drinkable.
Had again a much later batch, 6 weeks later. Pineapple was very constrained but so was the edge. Moderated beer in all respects.Not as good as even the first batch.
I had this again mid-november at Cloak & Dagger and it was way too pineapple juice which detracted from the style. A fruit beer hopped up.

Sammy, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle, ABV stated as 6%.

Appearance: Honey colored body, hazy and chilled, with a generous fluffy head that mildly bubbles and has a pretty nice patchwork on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, juicy pineapple with fresh citrus hops.

Taste: Very malt forward at first, pineapple is quite discreet and not as present as i would have believed. It's felt more in the aftertaste. Biscuity a bit with some tiny sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth with a low bitterness that has a fading effect in the finish.

Overall: Love fresh pineapple but i was a bit underwhelmed as the pineapple is not prominent enough IMO. Still tasty but don't expect to get smacked with lots of pineapple.

papat444, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

cam477, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

andrewdanks, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ThinkAgain, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mmurphy525, Jul 15, 2012
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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.