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Hawai'i Nui Hapa Brown Ale - Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Full-bodied all-malt Brown Ale with an intriguing hop character balanced by a rich maltiness. Small-batch brewed with two-row, caramel, roasted and chocolate malts. Our proprietary blend of hops creates an inviting note.

33 IBU

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-21-2010)
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Towering head, dark brown color

SMELL: German dark bread, toasted chestnuts, carob, yeast, mineral, faint caramel, herbal hop    

TASTE: Creamy, medium body, slight roasted grain, dried hay, toasted dark bread, treacle, unsweetened chocolate, dried plums, nutty, yeast, balanced, faint alcohol, dry finish

Brewed in small batches with pure Hawaiian water and their own “proprietary blend of hops.” This one grabbed a silver at the 2010 World Beer Cup. We can see why. “Delicious” comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 10:19:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Hawaii Nui: Hapa Brown Ale review
Poured from bottle, bought in Maui, HI. Poured into a small Sierra Nevada tumbler sampler.

Appearance: Dark amber brown color, nice foamy head with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Nice lacing appearing after pour.

Smell: Caramel, sweet & nutty, sugary tropical notes with hints of toffee and roasted coffee beans with a lingered hop nose to it.

Taste: My first sip, hearing the ocean in the background brought a full sense to the wonderful flavors of this beer. The sweet sugary malt is in full body, with coffee and nutty caramel to sweep over the pallet with the last zing of hoppy bitterness to finish. Very Refreshing, and you can taste the caramel and chocolate malts as they bring out the rich and robust flavors.

Mouth feel: The more you sip, the more the flavors pop out at you and the more you can distinguish the nutty and toffee character with the slight hop as it rolls off your pallet. Bold, flavorful, and creamy yet goes down easy and leaves you with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: I really enjoyed sampling this beer, it was well crafted, tasty, and refreshing after a days work, This type of Brown Ale can be drank at all times, but is best near the ocean, mid day, to late afternoon as the day winds down. I liked the flavors that were brought out by the choices of malts, and the special blend of hops gives it a great finish. I would recommend this beer.

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Hawai'i Nui Hapa Brown Ale from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
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