Lahaina Town Brown | Maui Brewing Co.

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Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by bumchilly25 on 12-29-2012

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Every visit to Max's Taphouse in Balto seems to net at least one new CAN and usually a Maui B.C. CAN to further The CANQuest (TM)! It does not take much to CANvince me to make to road trip as a result.

From the CAN: "Certified Made on Maui"; "Handcrafted Ales & Lagers Brewed with Aloha"; "Lahainatown Brown is an Ameri[CAN] Brown Ale."; "Malty, slightly sweet, with a toasted nutty character and subtle chocolate notes. A blend of Munich, Dark Crystal, and Chocolate Malts result in a refreshingly smooth and satisfying craft beer experience."; "The flavors truly shine when allowed to warm slightly."; "Normally found only on Maui, this limited release offers complexity and full-flavored enjoyment yet remains sessionable."; "Aloha, [undersigned] Garrett"; "Maui's Truly Local Beer!"

A loud Crack! inspired an inverted Glug and quickly, we were off and running! The pseudo-cascade action was marvy, producing three fingers of dense, fizzy light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby/garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was intensely sweet, more towards milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was slightly thin and the flavor was oddly fruity. I was put in mind of chocolate-covered strawberries! Decent lacing began to form as I drank. Finish was likewise quite sweet and I really felt like I was drinking a liquified chocolate-covered strawberry. I speak from experience as I blended a lot of them for people at fests while volunteering for Lancaster Brewing Company. Not a bad beer, but not unique for me and probably a once-and-done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Taste is of toasted malt, nut, and cocoa. The main body is underwhelming compared to others I have had in the style, even though it hits the major flavor components. The aftertaste I find to be slightly medicinal and is unpleasant. Generally I like this brewery's beers, but this one was a miss for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution - missed their Maui Brewing tap takeover last summer, but I'll happily take the leftovers now.

This beer appears a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, mildly foamy, and kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent tropical island grotto lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, some semi-sweet, indistinct nuttiness, faint cafe-au-lait, a bit of black orchard fruitiness, and plain earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is rather sweet biscuity caramel nougat malt, a candied holiday nutty character, bittersweet chocolate, fading fruity esters, and still understated earthy and leafy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite soft and generally supportive in its fleeting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a wee clamminess that builds as the ambient temperature rises. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, sweet cocoa, and nuttiness lingering like they run an after-hours club.

I gotta say, this is one well-structured American brown ale, but not in the typical hopped-up sense - here, it's all about the malt in its various incarnations. That's not to say that it isn't balanced, but more of a flavourful ode to the grain and all it can do for you.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richj1970
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at Longhi's Wailea into shaker pint.

A: Very dark brown allowing almost zero light to penetrate. Small one finger head.

S: Honey, pecans, biscuits.

T: Sweet malts mixed with a nice nutty flavor. Reminds me a bit of honey roasted pecans.

M: Medium body coating the tongue nicely. Fairly easy drinking ale.

O: A very solid brown ale.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a ruby-brown color with some light creeping through, small foamy light-tan head retains long after the pour

S- chocolaty roasted malt base with a lot of nutty aromas, some bready sweetness with a hint of caramel and honey

T- roasted chocolate malt gives a bitter-sweet kick of cocoa and milk-chocolate, nutty flavors of pecan & hazelnut, honey, leads to a slightly sweet finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- light, slightly watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation leads to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that actually gets more chewy as it finishes, high drinkability

O- American browns are typically boring and all taste the same, but this one was different. Big nutty aroma and flavor compliments the chocolate malt. I'd like to try this on tap next time I make it to Maui.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yes, another can courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can/ Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit bready. Taste is malts, nutty, bready, more malts, refreshing and satisfying. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a massive light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, nuts and hints of chocolate. Flavor is quite light toasted malt, mild cocoa and nuts, thin semi sweet finish with a hint of hops. Light to medium bodied. A major difference between the aroma of flavor in this one. The taste is very subdued from start to finish. It has all the pleasant brown ale flavors of the aroma, but rather thin. A pleasant, but light tasting brown ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Lahaina Town Brown from Maui Brewing Co.
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