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Mahalo, Apollo! - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Mahalo, Apollo!
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BA SCORE
86
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 07-15-2010)
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Reviews by DIM:
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a murky, muddy wheat color. It poured with a thick, medium sized white head.

s: Grassy, lemony hops; earthy wheat; and some estery, floral bananas.

t: Some sweet but subdued tropical fruit held in check by grassy lemon rind and earthy wheat. As it warms the wit yeast esters come into play.

m: Medium body with light carbonation.

o: I wish I would have had more than one small glass. Interesting for sure, a lot of diffetent flavors coming together pretty well.

DIM, Aug 04, 2013
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Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 7/16/11 during their Christmas In July event. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin layer of bright-white head. This retains with some foamy edges and more of a wispy look across the center, before leaving back a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma sits with some strength in the nose, with a mix of grainy sweetness, lemon, more juicy tropical fruit notes, and a deep spiciness. This definitely puts some flavor out into the nose.

The taste is crisp on the palate, with sweet grains, a light citric bitterness, zesty lemon, and lingering spice. The grains of paradise come out across the back of the profile, adding to the fruity ripe tanginess of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crisp feel to the carbonation that matches up well with the flavor profile here and dances all of that character around in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hid here and I honestly probably wouldn’t have guessed that this was close to 7% ABV.

This was nice, with a well done blend of malt, fruit, and spices all coming together into a complex yet still accessible bundle of flavors. The crispness and well hid ABV of the body only add to the overall drinkability of this. I’d love to see the return of this one every summer here!

Kegatron, Jul 27, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemon, spices. Taste is lemons, wheat, some spice, a bit of hops as well, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable summertime beer.

tone77, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled earlier today at Iron Hill Lancaster. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The wheat beer is golden, radiant and bright even though it is hazed over. A white head, over two fingers, has left a few strands of lace. The ale looks the way that a summer beer should.

S: The spices stand out immediately, a tropical sweetness that is not cloying. As it warms, the lemongrass comes through powerfully, a lemony citric goodness that makes me want to take a sip.

T: Oh deliciousness! The lemongrass and grains of paradise are a nice combination, lemons and grasses and pepper all taking a run through the spotlight. The wheat, an aspect that wasn't as apparent the first time that I had it, stands out after the spices pass. It adds a mild tartness that doesn't last very long. The lemongrass returns for a swansong, sending the ale through the roof. The spice profile is light but it packs a big punch. The occasional flourish of pepper and flowers is nice.

M: Spicy and light, the flavor profile really comes in from leftfield. The lemongrass and grains of paradise control the taste without weighing the ale down.

O: A wonderfully delicious wheat beer, spicy and flavorful without being too strong. Reminds me of Thai PA and OBBS's Lemongrass Wheat. What a novel spice to include.

akorsak, Jul 24, 2011
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salthemonster, May 10, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

Hoffma79, Saturday at 01:19 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

rfgetz, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

I know that it may seem like a violation of one of The CANQuest's (TM) main tenets to CANduct a review without an approved picture in place, but I am forging ahead anyway. The thinking behind that idea is that 1) pictures of Crack!ed CANs look cheap and 2) usually, I only have one of each CAN so if the submitted picture does not get approved and I have Crack!ed it open in the meantime, see 1). In this case, I have multiples on hand and I will get the pic in the approval queue today.

From the CAN: "Special Summer Ale"; "Brewed Naturally With the Finest Malted Barley, Hops and Yeast. A Golden, Complex and Refreshing Summer Wheat Beer. Spiced with Grains of Paradise and Lemongrass. Fermented With Belgian Wit Yeast."

I got a little spritz across the fingertips in CANducting the Crack! This, as usual, indicated a brimful CAN and thusly I began an inverted Glug. It is tougher to pull off with a Pint CAN or one of even greater volume, so I backed off pretty quickly. I was left with a foamy finger of fizzy, eggshell-white head that dissipated fairly rapidly to wisps. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so I allowed Mammon, Croesus and Midas the first draughts. The label reads "Color: 3.2", but I think that it was slightly darker. Nose was peppery, spicy, slightly lemony with even a hint of honey. Mouthfeel was medium. This was a very spicy beer, between the yeast and the spices, very dry on the tongue. I got black pepper and lemon and suddenly, I had a craving for some chicken. This would pair nicely with either poultry or seafood, IMHO. Finish was quite dry and quite spicy, leading me to think that the recipe could be tweaked just a tad. Still, it was a nice Summer beer and one which I would happily put into a cooler.

woodychandler, Sep 01, 2014
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rydev24, May 11, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale summer wheat ale spiced with honey, lemongrass, grains of paradise and Amarillo hops.

A-Golden yellow with a light orange tint. A medium white head reduces slowly to a thin cap and leaves nice ringing lace.

S-Like Lemon Pledge...and not in a bad way! The lemongrass and amarillo hops combine for a one, two punch of lemon in your face. The light spiciness of the grains of paradise sneak in on the backside.

T-All about the lemon zing with a touch of spice and a mellowing aspect thanks to the honey addition. Mildly sweet biscuit malt undertones.

M-Medium-light bodied, fairly crisp with long lingering lemon zest spiciness.

D-Oh my! This is simply wonderful. Full of flavour and yet light and refreshing enough to drink seemingly all day! This has become my beer of summer 2010!

Deuane, Jul 15, 2010
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Dbot, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Lancaster location.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lemon zest, lemongrass, spicy yeast, chewy wheat, and grassy hops. A touch of alcohol creeps in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with the chewy wheat quickly giving way to a mix of lemongrass and lemon rind, spicy yeast, and plenty of grassy hops. The booze is light at first becoming stronger as it comes up to room temperature. The finish is a mix of chewiness, spice, and hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, hoppy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Pretty good stuff. I like how it had a good amount of spice yet it wasn't overpowering. It still had plenty of hops to keep me interested for the duration of the glass.

orangesol, Aug 17, 2011
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Mahalo, Apollo! from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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