Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead Brewing Company
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3.51/5 rDev -10%
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.
08-09-2013 01:40:31 | More by drinkininthewood
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Amber yellow under a moderate head that leaves some good lace.
Smells quite fruity - hops plus something else (which would be the pineapple, of course) which makes for an interesting experience from the outset.
Sweet upfront from the pineapple, that gives way to grapefruit hops straight away. Tasty enough, the pineapple is an interesting twist that helps distinguish what would probably be an ordinary IPA otherwise. Nicely carbonated, easy drinking, flavourful. Worth a try.
06-13-2013 02:16:11 | More by TerryW
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a cloudy orangy amber colour with a decent lasting head.
Definite tart sweet contrast from the pineapple along with the grape fruit hops....very pleasant.
The hops take over in my opinion with that bitter taste at the fore...but the pineapple makes an appearance at the end of the taste to round out the flavour and keep it from being unbalanced. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is good for the abv...
Overall I really like this beer...I tried it about a year ago or so at a food festival but hadn't been able to get any until recently. I would buy this a lot if it were more widely available in the Beer and Liquor stores around me.
02-23-2013 16:37:17 | More by Mit
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
02-07-2013 05:43:08 | More by TheHammer
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours a nice pale orange colour body. The head is white and frothy. Poured about 1/2 inch and then has settled to about 1/8th of an inch but the sides are climbing up and staying think on the edge of the glace. No sediment noticeable, beer is a bit hazy but you can still see through.
S: Citrus hops, hints of tangerine, unripe mango.
T: The citrus flavours of grapefruit is coming through very well, and then at the back of the palate I get a bit of lemon. The malt flavours are there but the hops do take over. I can taste a bit of grain and bread and some malt sweetness.
M: Medium bodied, good carbonation but I get a bit of alcohol warmed as the beer goes down. Good rounded bitterness persist to the end.
O: Overall it's a very good Pale Ale. The ibu are a bit high for a pale ale but everything else is great on style. Hops are great and well balanced.
01-26-2013 20:49:31 | More by Kremlock
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-28-2012 01:23:52 | More by Rutager
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-23-2012 20:39:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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
11-07-2012 01:53:45 | More by joemcgrath27
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
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