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Mehana Volcano Red Ale - Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company

Mehana Volcano Red AleMehana Volcano Red Ale

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 14.42%

Brewed by:
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-09-2003)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
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2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While on vacation in Maui purchased a 6-pack. Poured form bottle to pint glass the beer pours a red/light brown color with a 1 finger off-white color head, some retention and lacing. The nose is malt forward with a strong caramel malt character. Hint of dark fruit, and a light citrus. Towards the end the beer takes on a strong apple juice type aroma. Not appealing. The flavor follows suit and is dominated by caramel malt, overly so in that the beer isn't really well balanced and too sweet. Mild bitterness. Having a hard time getting past the malt. Finishes clean and malty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 13:45:54 | More by hopfacebrew
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

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British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -37.3%

03-07-2014 04:47:25 | More by Derek
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3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of fruit. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of fruit. Overall, weak appearance and aroma, but more complex body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 14:17:43 | More by Tone
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11-27-2013 14:42:47 | More by jaydoc
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

02-06-2013 04:20:06 | More by powdersoldier
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6%

11-06-2012 19:23:38 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -6%

08-11-2012 09:29:36 | More by jeffbrister
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a copper red with a half finger width of bubbly head the recedes quickly.

Smell- Mild malts and caramel. Nothing really else.

Taste- Pretty much identical to the aroma. Very mild flavours. Nothing really special.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- I was expecting a little more since the pale ale was nice. Needs a lot of improvement to compete with other red ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 20:42:16 | More by leaddog
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured from a KTA store on the west side of the Big Island.

This beer pours a slighty hazy, medium rusty amber hue, with one fat finger of loose foamy ecru head, which leaves some sparse runic character lace around the glass as it hies it out of town.

It smells of ethereal crystallized malt, somewhat tart tropical fruit, a soft zingy fermenting wine must yeastiness, and mild leafy hops. The taste is moderately sweet bready caramel malt, more soft orchard dark fruitiness, some vestiges of that yeasty vinous character, a bit of a metallic edginess, and timid, but still balancing, earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and soft, the body just shy of medium weight, to no ill effect, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt carrying through, and the thinning yeast and hops tagging on for the uneventful ride.

A better than average red ale, which isn't saying all that much, I suppose. Worth a try, at least to see where you stand with the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 06:49:21 | More by biboergosum
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3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red-amber with highlights the color of bright volcanic clay. A thin white cap of foam forms with little lacing and nearly no retention.

Light caramel malts, sweet bread and the odd spice note here and there. Slight metallic note on the back end.

Crystal malt, stale bread, grain husks and a touch of vinous fruit on the front, slight push back her from grassy and pine hops that quickly are swallowed by the maltiness again. Finished surprisingly crisp.

Adequate to low carbonation, medium bodied but finished distinctly crisp even when warming. Very drinkable.

Another session beer not nearly enough in this one to be considered a malt bomb but it could really use more balance, crisp finish was a plus. Metallic tone comes out more when drunk cooler.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 06:40:37 | More by rawfish
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Wine Corner in Paia, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a murky amber with a 1 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks and chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some nutty flavors. A very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good red ale but I probably wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 07:28:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3/5  rDev -6%

11-15-2011 02:41:30 | More by bpfrush
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3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is red and clear. It's got a white head that quickly turns to lace.

It's smells aren't too strong. A bit of yeast, it's got that red ale spiciness.

It's flavors are ok. Red ales aren't really my thing. It was a spicy beer with a nice malt finish.

It was rather thin bodied and had a lot of carbonation.

Overall, I had this one once. I never visited it again. Pretty mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:47:05 | More by TippySelenoid
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South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at the hotel bar. See-thru amber with a modest soapy head and scattered bits of lacing.

The bottle was less than a week old, yet tasted a bit old, vaguely cardboardish (oxidized?). No distinct malt character other than some vague nuttiness and a touch of caramel. A bit of dark fruitiness. Nose is similarly unfocused. Just not a very lively beer. Possibly a bad bottle; the sixer of their pale ale I bought was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 12:59:41 | More by PDXHops
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3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown/ red when held up to the light, with a moderate sized just off white head that dissolves into a quarter finger coating on top if the liquid.

N- Fairily malty, the tiniest hint of caramel, and also some darker fruit smells as well, kind of like dates, or prunes. faint citrus smell also.

T- pretty well follows the nose. nice malt backbone, with a bit of dark fruit through out, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. I would say it's like a malty double IPA without the size.

M- again still the like a double IPA, just a little less viscous.

D- the ultimate Imperial Impersonater. tastes and feels like a double ipa, but in a nice sessionable size, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 05:32:28 | More by irishevans
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3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Decanted continually. Laced in broken rings.

S: Sweetness caramel and wet grains. Light floral hop character.

T: Sweet malt up front; caramel and toffee. Almost as if there were candi sugar. A cloying sweetness along with the floral hop character in the middle. All linger through a light bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sweet then dry in the finish.

D: Easy to drink. Not real balanced or blended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 19:28:45 | More by Haybeerman
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2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in Hilo on the Big Island, the first thing noticeable about this beer is the crazy foaming head--super tight and tan, jus' like da' wahines out on the sand. When it finally subsides, there is still a quarter- to an eighth-of-an-inch left surfing the beautiful russet sunset-colored ale.

The Volcano is very highly carbonated, giving it an overactive mouthfeel. I found this brew to be very malt-forward which surprised me considering the aggressive head retention. Pouring more Volcano into my glass sends up plumes of amber and golden turbulence within the red ale.

My first thought was, I wish they put as much thought into the taste of this beer as they did the look; it is truly something to behold. Ultimately, however, the Volcano didn't do much for me as it leaves a metallic lager-type aftertaste. Not terrible, just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:37:17 | More by monkeylovebeer
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2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

POurs pale amber color. Nose is very light and clean, with a suggestion of toffee. Watery on the palate, low carbonation, and weak flavors of toffee sweetness and a trace of hops to balance. It's as if this is one of those Michelob faux-craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:09:10 | More by yemenmocha
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3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish burnt orange hue, almost white thin head, reduces to disk. Some tight bubbled soapy lace.

S - Toasty malt. Smells promising enough.

T - Light caramel center, easy bittering finish. Not a big beer, but nice enough.

M - Medium to light, nothing real noteworthy. Balance OK.

D - I found it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 00:28:48 | More by srandycarter
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass this amber colored ale poured with a bit of white head and smelled of mild sweetness. The ale had a smooth mouth feel and was quite refreshing. This is probably a nice beer to have several of as it's not overly filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:11:32 | More by vegantreats
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3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a reddish amber. Small white head. Smell: crisp, maybe even some tropical notes ... definitely some malt. Flavor was mostly malt, with a crisp, kind of weird twang running through it. Thin mouthfeel.

All in all, pleasant, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 02:06:07 | More by Overlord
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Mehana Volcano Red Ale from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.