Island Hopper Red | Maui Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by berley31 on 08-06-2010

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 2
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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KellyScottMad
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Guess what, this has ruby notes at the edges and a medium mocha center to it. I bet you didn’t see the red notes nestled in there did you? A good looking beer with no lacing and solid carbonation.

S: great big hop profile pine grapefruit, orange rind, the red is hidden in the malt in what would otherwise be an exceptional ipa, but if they say it is a red, shoot, who am I to object? Would a red by any other name, etc.

T: I have a hard time accepting this as a red given its hop profile. They should just call this an exceptional IPA and stop with the pageantry. Sure, you have the malts and all this yeast run around but I feel it is like when they put glasses and a ponytail on a really hot girl to set her out as a nerd. Problem is, beer drinkers, and adolescent youth (sometimes aligned) can see through these tactics. I want an unadulterated IPA, not this Red with her paint splattered overalls and beguiling Freddy Prinze Jr. crush. Call an IPA for what it is and she will love you more.

M: Again, guess what, it has the mouthfeel of an IPA. This review feels like what Car and Driver must go through in reviewing the Firebird and the Camaro concurrently. It tastes like an IPA, it is an IPA, it’s here, it’s clear, get over it.

D: Picture a solid IPA, then add some mellowing malts to it and call it a red. There you go. It is exceptionally drinkable but its identity crisis warrants mentioning, over and over. I don’t know that this compels me to hop any islands, specifically, but its does make me wonder why this beer is not shipped to the continental United States is and we are left with lagers from Maui Brew Co to fill its place.

Narrative: Jacob Walters could have showed up at Bull Run. He could have showed up at Appamaddox. As a union solider he basically could have enlisted wherever he was needed but, no, he held to his pride. You see, Jacob Walters preemptively joined the United State Air Force, a squadron that would not form until almost 100 years after he signed up for a union military. As a result, Jacob refused to fight in Antetam without aircraft, would not serve on Sherman’s march, absent air support, and was disinterested in any carpet bagging reconstruction unless he were flying a zeplin or a plane. He was a staunch air pilot and not civil unrest would wrench that from his grasp. If someone on the streets of Burmingham saluted him as an officer he would waft his hand and lightly reply “Red…I am a red…ale? Just call me RED ALE!”

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4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that hung around for a good while. No real lacing. Body is a dark copper-red color, and very clear.

S: Awesome aroma... huge on the hops. This beer is described by the brewery as a Pacific Northwest red ale, and it shows here. Powerful citrusy (esp pineapple/grapefruit) hop aroma (they claim to use a lot of Simcoe and Amarillo, and it shows). A touch of pine, as well. Some slight sweetness from the malt, but it's pretty much all hops.

T: Very smooth... the hop flavor is quite prominent, again, very citrusy. The finish is bitter, but it's not overpowering as expected from the aroma... the claimed 60 IBUs works perfectly.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: I really enjoyed this beer... wish it was available in cans. Or, even better, wish I lived in Maui so I could take home a growler.

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Island Hopper Red from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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