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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StephenRich on 05-28-2011

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
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 39
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Town in London. Served in a matching tulip glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Doughy malts, some tropical and citrus hops, a tad sugary for the style, but on the whole pretty solid, with good integration of flavors.

T - Fresh, citrus zest, with a touch of pineapple and other tropical fruit. Less sweet and malt-forward here, with more of a crackery and light toasted grain malt backdrop. Bitterness is on the lower side, and the finish is crisp and clean.

M - Medium body, with lower moderate carbonation, a touch of grain to the texture, and a crisp and mildly dry finish.

D - A solid pale ale that's a tad sweeter than I like but otherwise competently done; wondering if the sweetness is a result of the pineapple addition? In any case, nice to have a year-round offering like this in Ontario; will probably drink it again next time I'm back visiting the folks.

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hawaiian Style Pale Ale, ironically enough, is far from sunny. Its golden-ish colour is tarnished and heavily clouded (no surprise given that the beer is unfiltered and brewed with fruit). Fittingly, however, it does dress the glass in a lei of pearly white bubbles.

Short of a plane ride, this is the closest I'll get to the beach. Nevermind the pineapple, dry-hopping provides more than enough tropical fruitiness; tangerine, grapefruit, lychee and mango are all noted as much (or more) than the pineapple. There's also a strong bitterness that conjures to mind the tallest, greenest grassiness.

The extra little bit of pineapple juice is a nice compliment to the existing citric fruitiness. Again, ultra-acidic, 'spiked' flavours of grapefruit and mango are appreciated foremost, accompanied by a slight honeyed, biscuity maltiness. The grassy, somewhat resiny bitterness prevails, however, and leaves a desirable earthiness.

The malts do well to well to hold up in a game geared towards hops. Their weight is appreciated in the midst of all this acidity. The result is a well-integrated and balanced pH (and bitterness). As well as hefty, it is also considerably refreshing for a 60 IBU, 6% alcohol beer.

Moka laka haile, c'mon you wanna lei me, pass the poi! Mahalo! Hawaiian Style Pale Ale has enough fruit cache to move an umpa lumpa to tears. It is what the Willy Wonka river would taste like if you fell in. The idea to add pineapple to an already citric, tropical ale is a clever idea and well executed. Recommended.

Photo of liamt07
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, into a pint glass. Have had this many times, a brief review is well overdue.

Hazy copper orange with a plain white head, leaves a ton of sticky lace with some mild retention. Nose is full of tropical fruits and citrus, mango is notable. Candied malt/sugar cookie type aromas waft from this as well. Taste has some similar characteristics in terms of the tropical fruits and citrus, with some orange creamsicle-like flavours. Sugary biscuity malts, sweet with a moderate bitterness in the finish. A bit of pine comes through as well. A chewy medium heavy body. Alcohol is slightly suggested, but this is quite dangerous in terms of how easy it is to drink. Certainly one of my favourite from the style in the province, however pints of this are quite pricey, running up to $8-9 a glass. 4/4//45/4/45

Rereview: Second time around (almost a year down the line from it's debut), this beer has become noticeably reduced in quality. Now filtered, pineapple and juicy hop notes are there in much less quantity and the mouthfeel has suffered tremendously. While still quite good, this now pales in comparison to the initial iterations.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 9/10/12 thanks liamt07 for taking this one off my want list

A clear golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles and upon closer inspection some tiny suspended particles, thumbs width of foam has decent retention leaving random patches of lace well down the glass

S lots of citrus on this one with a hint of floral pine, pineapple both candied and juice with some caramels, faint booze and a pretty nice nose overall

T much like the nose but with a little grapefruit rind and slightly more pine, still just a hint of booze but mostly tropical citrus, slightly sweet maybe some sweet orange as it warms

M pin prick bubbles work well in the mouth with a slight tingle, a little gritty but I like that in IPA's has a nice citric rind aftertaste that lingers for quite a while

O pretty solid stuff with some good qualities in every area, I don't like giving the same mark in every area but sometimes you find a straight up "good" beer

I could have another and I just might because liamt07 sent me two bottles. I can see why this is on the Canadian top 100 and if they can consistently keep this quality it will be there permanently.

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the ottawa lcbo for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with pineapple and orange/tangerine. It finishes with a pineapple/citrus aftertaste with a good amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of a Red Racer IPA.. but dialed down just a few notches. I'd like to see some sort of dating system on the bottle, but this still tastes relatively fresh. I'm really exicted with all the great ipa's showing up in my area.. good stuff worth picking up.

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.

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of andrenaline
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks unibroue4ever for a couple of these, a big canadian want!

Appearance. Pours a quite clear yellow-gold with just a little amber and topped with two fingers of frothy white head, decent retention.

Smell. Nice fruity hops, pineapple and tropical fruits, some toasted light grains.

Taste. Some bitter hops, light tropical fruits and light grainy malts, mild bitterness and a little lingering pineapple.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+, prickly carbonation.

Overall. A very nice pale with some decent bitter hops and the nice addition of pineapple in complementary way, not overwhealming in the least.

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jeffo
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head with lots of lace. Smell is bursting with citrus, hoppy, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a nice malt deep down. Taste is hoppy with a long bitterness, a pleasant light acidity, mango, pineapple, citrus and a nice clean finish. Good feel, medium carbonation, full body and fairly oily. Awesome first brew, could easily drink this all night long, solid stuff all the way.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
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

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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
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