Hawai'i Nui Kaua'i Golden Ale - Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
4/5 rDev +22%
Enjoyed while on vacation in Maui...this brewery does not export to North America, so drink it while you are in the Hawaiian Isles!
A- Pours a chill hazed yellowish golden color and with plenty of fine columns of bubbly carbonation rising rapidly to the top. The head is lovely, being a super white, two finger thick layer of foam that eventually settles down to a thick film that covers the brew itself. The lacing isn't so exciting however, as nothing really clings to the side of my glass. With that minor hiccup though, this is still a very nice looking beer!
S- I have to agree with previous reviews in that I detect burnt toast, but I don't feel that this is a dominant aroma. There is some solid malt sweetness, along with some mild tart fruit as well as a mild hop bitterness. It smells along the lines of a wheat beer....
T- The label says it's tropical and I have to agree. It definitely has a nice malt sweetness, with some spicy hints...cloves mainly but there is some other baking spice that I can't quite pinpoint. There is some tropical fruit hints in there as well...banana, some possible pineapple too. The finish is slightly tart and does have some bitterness, but in a very refreshing manner. Again, this reminds me of a wheat beer...
M- The body is medium and full in flavor. The carbonation is fine and doesn't scrub the palate. The finish is very refreshing and crisp....a great balance on the palate!
O- I think this is a very nice beer to enjoy on the beach, as I did on this trip, as well as a good solid ale that is suitable year round. I'd like to see this in Canada someday as I think it's well balanced, flavorful brew that I could enjoy on a regular basis.
01-28-2012 23:53:02 | More by ChrisCage
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -2.4%
12oz bottle, a single at some random ABC store in Waikiki.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy, bright medium golden yellow hue, with one fat finger of lumpy foamy white head, which leaves some nice coral reef profile lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of lightly toasted grainy malt, a bit of cigarette ash, soft meaty fruit, and some earthy, musty floral hops. The taste is grainy, mildly fruity malt, kind of split between indistinct tropical notes, and earthy spiced ones. There seems to be a subtle undercurrent of burnt, well, burnt something, it's frustratingly difficult to tell. I'm getting only a faint leafy hoppiness, that isn't very bitter.
The bubbles are fairly average, and generally helpful in the refreshment department, the body a so-so medium weight, and a bit too tacky to deem dead smooth. It finishes with that hollow, ethereal, toasted but not toasted, pallid fruitiness.
Well, it's not the beer's fault that I'm having so much trouble breaking it down, picking it apart, that's my cross to bear. However, as for its "Bright, Tropical, Refreshing" claims - it hits all of those points at least at some point in the experience, but don't do it enough at the same time to distract me, or even make me all that compelled to procure another when patio-bound.
05-12-2012 04:26:00 | More by biboergosum
2.25/5 rDev -31.4%
A- Pours a bright yellow thats completely transparent. A big two fingers worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice lacing.
S- The initial whiff is of burnt toast. Kind of weird. A little bit of biscuity malt and some cooked meat.
T- Reminds me of water soaked bread. Probably where the burnt toast came from. No hop presence at all. A weird hard candy presence as well.
M- Light and quite carbonated. The bubbles tickle the tongue and is dry on the finish.
D- Everything about this beer is off putting. If in Hawaii seek out something else.
12-04-2010 06:17:41 | More by Wisconsinality
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +24.4%
A: Poured with a large, white, extremely dense head. Very rocky and long-lasting, leaving excellent lacing. Body is a dark golden color, and very clear.
S: Light sweetness, just a touch of caramel, from the malt... no hop aroma detected.
T: Some malty sweetness that doesn't come across as overly-so. Touch of wheat. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of, which is pretty indicative of the style.
M: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body.
D: An easy-drinking beer that is spot-on for the style of Blonde Ale. Are Blondes the most highly-flavored or interesting beer? No. But this is arguably a great example.
08-07-2010 03:52:53 | More by berley31
1.83/5 rDev -44.2%
Was just in Kauai and Maui and wanted to try as many local brews as possible. Unfortunately, this one was terrible as were all that I tried from Hawai'i Nui. The beers were over carbonated and it was like I was drinking a pop/soda. Actually, I had to open them over the sink or shotgun them since they would pour out of the bottle when opened. One bottle actually broke on its own.
On top of it there was a really weird aftertaste. Not good at all.
09-12-2010 05:45:37 | More by ditka311
3.18/5 rDev -3%
Got a 6er of this one at the North Shore Fooodland, right across from Shark's Cove. For a small grocery store, they have a great selection of beers and liquors.
Initially, when I tried this one, I wasn't that impressed with it, kind of thought it was missing a lot, but the colder it got, the better it was. Most beers, I like to be a little above room temp to room temp, but not this one. The colder, the better. The best characteristic of this one, is by far the appearance. It's a little overly carbonated, but it still manages to have an amazingly thick/pillowy head. The head does die down, but it's still a thick lacing. The taste and smell were nothing special, just a slight malty balance with tropical fruit. It does work well on the beach, with your feet in the sand, which is how I drank most of the 6er. Saved one for home, so I could review it. Nothing to get too excited about, but fun to try it none the less.
07-29-2010 04:09:02 | More by JISurfer
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
Purchased at The Wine Corner in Paia, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Small dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and some grassy notes. Taste is exactly the same with a slight bitterness on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. Nothing too bad but nothing that good.
12-03-2011 08:35:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
British Columbia (Canada)
2.8/5 rDev -14.6%
So-so beer. Nice, light golden colour. Burnt, buttered toast scent and metallic taste. A weird, over-sugared taste that also seems kind of bland, like Wasa crackers.
This tastes overdone, overprocessed, overcarbonated. Even a macro lager would be better than this. Not a winner.
02-10-2011 07:17:52 | More by BDTyre
Hawai'i Nui Kaua'i Golden Ale from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
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