Flyin' HI.P.Hay | Maui Brewing Co.

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Flyin' HI.P.HayFlyin' HI.P.Hay

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
68 IBU

Added by July2Nov on 05-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wonderful clear copper color. Lots of red and oranges. White head builds nicely... Brew leaves decent lacing.

S - Not your typical IPA scent... Not a whole lot of fruity tones. Some nice grapefruit represents. Much too malty for an IPA. Brew has a slight twang.

T - Not a whole lot going on with this brew... :( There's a lot of flavor missing in this one. Some typical IPA flavors are present, grapefruit is present along with some lemony-orange.

M - Some great bitterness, but its somewhat covered by the immense over-carbonation. Light bodied.

O - Quite a disappointing brew, not my favorite. I know Maui can do MUCH better than this... This brew is good, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another example why I love John's Market. Buy a single or two, cans, check it out.

Good copper pour, adequate head, clarity, vibrance, lookin' good. Almost a wet hop like aroma, green, vegetal and plentiful.

Taste, sessionable, hoppy, pine, low malt body, easy to drink. Grassy. Carbonation gives it a well deserved spritzy mouthfeel. Pretty cool how it can be so green/vegetal/grassy and yet finish very light and dry. Small element of lighter colored citrus to it.

A little expensive, that's its only downfall. If you like the big swell, check this out, goes great with outdoors stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful coppery, apple hue with a giant two-finger light tan head that looks stunning and fades to a thin cap that drops some epic lacing.

aroma is simplistic with caramel malts, honey, bitter grapefruit rind, tangerine, herbal hops. some doughy bread in the finish.

caramel up front, receding to a robust, biscuity, earthy malt profile. almost like a strong brown ale. bitter hops in the finish remind me that it's an IPA.

mouth is decent, although a touch creamy. fine, ample carbonation works decently for the flavors. full, creamy, solid. it works.

all in all, I really want this to be better. the hops aren't as bright or powerful as I'd hoped... very malty, almost to the point of being unbalanced. still tasty, but for the price, it's really not cutting it.

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Photo of Cavery
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with SundaySour after our trip from the Provisions

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Three finger head forms like a swelling wave over the beach sunset of a body. Slightly burned orange gives into yellow sunshine beams.. Very nice looking beer for coming out of a can.

S: Spicy hops greet the nose, suggestions of tropical fruit are ephemeral. A real character of green leaves comes through. nose is uniquely not so fruity or piney. I'll settle on the middle ground of palm hearts and leaves.

T: Very light pine and citrus rine. Lemon and Lime rine throughout. The hops add a very subtle bittering, and have a uniquely oily quality. Very good, unique, and refreshing.

M: An understated mouth that is greatly helped by the large bold bubbles. It doesn't last beyond the sip, but it does respectably as an opening act for the flavor.

O: What a shock, another solid brew from Maui. I'd say that this beer is the ultimate craft summer party brew. Highly sessionable and very reasonably priced. I'd grab a few sixers (boo 4 packs) for a solid offering at an impromptu warm-weather gathering.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium rocky white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon, some crystal malt and some earthy, spicy hops.

The flavor is a lot of sweet sugary malts, fruit and biscuit with some grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, too sweet and biscuity for me and I didn't care a lot for the hop flavors. Decent though, but not worth $12 a six pack.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixes of these because I liked the Big Swell and it was super hoppy. This was just about an average IPA. It wasn't bad it just wasn't anything special. Amber orange color, smells like the faintest of hops. Taste is malt forward with some bitterness on the finish. Overall I was disappointed especially since it was $11 per sixer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Can to Bruery Tulip

App- It's a very coppery/orange color. Big two and half finger head. Great cling all over the glass.

Smell- Pretty dank/damp citrus with a lot of malt behind this one. A little bit of hops with a touch, slight touch of bitter in the nose.

Taste- A big malt bomb that seemed a bit unbalanced. It was a little citrusy, much too malt forward and that was about all she wrote on it. Two flavors to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. Leaves a little bitter taste.

Drink- I had a lot of high hopes for this one. Seems a bit dashed now. It was a bit unbalanced and just malty. No citrus to compliment, not a lot going on.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a perfectly see through golden honey color. Nice tight, creamy off white head. Visible carbonation.

S - Tropical, sweet citrus notes. Earthy hop bitterness. Bits of pineapple, clementine and dirt.

T - Sweet at first. Citrus notes dominate and then fade into the earthy crusty hop bitterness. The finish is quite balanced. The hop taste is there, but the bitterness is not.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O - I was really excited to try this beer, but not so sure I would go for it again. It is tasty, but forgetable. Nothing offensive, but nothing to remember either.

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Photo of Sideswipe
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into my New Belgium tulip.

A- Dark copper color. Crystal clear with a two finger cap of dense white foam. Head recedes leaving some pretty nice lacing.

S- Initially I could really detect the malt in this beer. Notes of caramel reminiscent of a DIPA as I poured it. Once in the glass, however, I'm getting citrus characteristics. Tangerine and pineapple come to mind immediately.

T- The malt is evident from the git-go. Caramel and biscuits which quickly give way to orange and pineapple citrus flavors. Different. The mid palate is pretty balanced, but the hops win out in the end. The finish is bitter and dry without the pine qualities I usually associate with his style. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The feel is thick bordering on chewy. This is DIPA territory and I attribute it to the somewhat large malt profile I mentioned earlier. Carbonation is medium to low imparting a creamy quality.

O- There is a lot going on here for a single IPA. I can literally detect the taste going from malty to citrusy to bitter with every swallow. I can't really call it a bad IPA as it has some qualities which I find enjoyable, but at best I find it to be average and not one I'd buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of penniwisdom
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly dark orange. Looks like a decent amount of caramel malt was used in this one.

S - smells like tropical fruit. tangerines, oranges, some woodsy notes. ripe fruit.

T - Rich body for 6.8% beer. Tastes like the english ale yeast. Tastes like orange and pine.

M - Decently chewy for a beer of this alcohol %. Not too light to support the hops. Well balanced.

O - really good for a one-off beer using new hop blend. I enjoyed the falconers flight hops. I did wonder if there was something a little more that Maui could have done with them. I wasnt wildly impressed and I wouldnt purchase these again in can, but if i saw it on tap i'd try the fresh version. Definitely a really solid attempt with these new hops and absolutely worth trying.

Poured into a tulip from a can.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a firm white head, good thick lace. Very good head retention.

S: Toasted malt and some tropical fruit.

T: Good amount of pineapple, melon rind and grapefruit. Direct strong hop character, with a nice balance of biscuity malt.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and frothy carbonation. Long aftertaste.

O: Quite good, kick Big Swell's butt for sure. Just an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a fingers worth of white head. Head drops fast to a thick crown.

Nose is very subtle for an IPA. Orange zest is the strongest contribution from the hops. Malt comes across a light breadiness.

Taste is better than the smell. Bitter from the grapefruit and citrus flavors. Somewhat tangerine. Definitely balanced. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall an average IPA. It's a tough category and this is middle of the road. I wish the flavors were stronger. I do find it very drinkable and would enjoy one of these at the end of a hike.

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Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Perfect copper penny amber, pretty much transparent all the way through in my cheater pint. Big fluffy finger of head which quickly chillaxed to a spotty thin blanket of white moon-like foam. Little touch of lacing.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grainy notes. Thick caramel, spicy bitter pine hop notes. Sweet grains and brown sugars. Zesty, and quite a nice pleasant floral aroma. Overall solid grain, and a very separated floral and pine hop. Lets see if the taste is balanced.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big caramel malts, smooth biscuity backbone. This IPA compared to others certainly offers a bit more in its grain and malt profile. It is finely balanced with a special bitter pine and grassy hop flare. Zesty, a light touch spicy.. and a smooth grainy and bitter finish. Overall quite nice.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit drying and parching. Touch chewy. Overall a well carbonated medium bodied and slightly creamy smooth IPA. Certainly is a good drinker.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like this IPA and find that it stands out from so many others. I am one for a lighter malt profile with more bready and biscuit notes, but this one plays the caramel malt very well without stepping into red territory. Great bitter touch and not such a citrus monster like so many others. Certainly a solid IPA from the fresh can.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a huge 3 inch off-white head that fades to a small puffy cap. Broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest, pine, and sweet caramel malt. Taste is of somewhat subdued citrus zest and pine hops with a sweet malt finish. Mild hop bitterness on the palate fades quickly. This beer has a medium body and is somewhat thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but nothing that special.

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass, being quite thick in localized areas.

S: Fairly mild hops that are distinctly coniferous, with even milder caramel malt that shows a grainy edge. This beer smells highly carbonated, with bilious carbon dioxide opening up but diluting other smells.

T: Begins off-dry, with pine and citrus hop aromatics that are subdued in their brightness. Malt is presented alongside the early hop qualities, matching caramel, pine, slight sweetness, and mild acidity with satisfactory results. The middle is drier and less acidic, with other flavors persisting. Moderate bitterness emerges toward the finish, where malt turns more toasty and an acidic edge is re-established.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and slightly creamy on the palate despite some detectable acidity, with surprisingly low carbonation.

D/O: This IPA presents piney hops in balance with fairly chewy caramel, but it struggles to stand out and establish itself as a remarkable contribution to the style. While not particularly memorable, amongst other average IPAs it looks pretty good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours amber in color with a white head.

S: Caramel and grass are the most prominent aromas. Some citrus peel along with some toffee and brown sugar. There are off-putting earthy and tea aromas to this as well.

T: The flavor isn't much good either. Sweet malts, bread, and toffee make up the bulk of the flavor. Decently bitter with some grassy hops. Not much in the way of what I look for in an IPA.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Just generally off-putting. I don't care to have this again.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a pretty clear copper/amber color with a decent white head and lacing.

Aroma is slightly hoppy with a weird almost hazelnut or something aroma. Never smelt that in a beer before.

Tastes the same. Had a weird almost like nutella taste with some hops and a bit of sweetness. Has a decent hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit maltier than I usually like.

Overall an ok IPA. Too many better ones around so don't think I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a Pint Glass.

A – Deep orange color with an almost ruby glow, out of the can comes a single finger of head that is an off white color.

S – The hop aroma is light but present, there is a sweet smell to this beer that must come from the malts. There is a good crystal malt smell, but its dominate in the smell not in the taste. Good amount of pine/citrus/fruit.

T – Not super abrasive which is nice, and there is a lot of hop notes flowing in this one. You get some citrus hop flavor, some pine flavor, and a good grass note also with some oiliness on top. The malt is present, but just adds a little thickness.

M – Very middle of the road which I like the most in an IPA.

O – This is a great offering from Maui; they kept this one pretty pure and innocent. Killed a sixer (also shared 2 cans with RatedZ) and will be buying more in the future.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this puppy from a can into my Telegraph pint/shaker glass. A darker golden/amber color with a fluffy finger of white-ish head. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top, even five minutes after popping the can. Smells of old, faded, tealike hops, which shouldn't be the case, given the newness of the beer. A sort of savory quality, a little bit of pineapple. Almost like a Pineapple coated ham. I don't know if this is a good representation of the Falconer's Flight hop or not, but if it is, I'll pass. A lot of sweet malt on the nose. Sweet up front on the palate. A subdued lowgrade bitterness. Like a deep toothache. For me, not what I like in an IPA. The mouthfeel is the saving grace of the beer, very very creamy. Pretty fantastic really. Overall, despite my love of a couple of Maui's brews, I'd put this in the bottom 1/4 of IPAs I've had. Also, at around 12 bucks a sixer, the price is ridiculous.

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

A - Pours a burnt orange color with two fingers of head.

S - Good grapefruit citrus notes followed by caramel malt. Mild pine notes in the background. Not too powerful, but enough hop aroma to let you know it's an IPA.

T - Hops left and right. There are plenty of citrus and pine notes. A mild toasty malt flavor in the background.

M - Good carbonation and pretty easy to drink.

O - This is an great IPA coming out of Hawaii. Combination of the taste and drinkability make me really like this beer. Only deterrence is the $12 price tag.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Deep orange, late night sunset, one finger off white head and some pretty lacing

S - Sweet, slight but nice yeast note. Smells of crystal malt (more than in the taste). slight alcohol smell, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, very fruity. Notes of floral but flowers like apple blossom and citrus flowers. The smell is so fresh and vibrant

T - HOPPY! Sweet hops, fresh hops, citrus, floral, a bit soapy, citrus rinds. earthy. oaky, oily, some grass and soil, bittersweet malt and subtle but nice yeast

M - Chewy, oily, low acidity, long finish and balanced

D - This beer is really nice out of the can or in a glass. Glass opens beer up a little more and as hoppy as this beer is, it can stand to be opened. Great beer a must for any IPA lover

Final thought - ABV and Price suck. $12 and 6.8%. Other than that, this beer is very well made and should be the staple IPA for Hawaii

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Photo of Kshock
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very bright orange to a light amber color. Nice appearance, color and brightness.

S- light hop aroma, small amount of citrus, more pine.

T- Starts out simple and round and then hops come rushing in towards the back end. still not insanely hoppy but still bitter none the less.

M- soft on the palate, doesnt wreck shop on the mouth but it certainly has residual bitterness.

overall, very good IPA. Awesome to sneak to the beach in a can. Will revisit it again for sure.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just checked out at the grocery store with a sixer of this beer. First commercial beer to use the Flight hop.

A: A crystal clear red color with several fingers of white head and medium lacing.

S: Not a strong aroma. A bit of tropical fruit to go with an earthy hop smell.

T: Dry citrus taste the is more then well balanced with a malt backbone. Mild tropical fruit undertones.

M: A nice easy to drink mouthfeel. Light on the palate with no funny aftertaste. Not a huge beer for 6.8%.

O: I'd like to have this side by side with Big Swell, but I"ll buy it again no matter. Solid IPA in a can, just not unbelievable.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note* Brewed exclusively with Falconer's Flight Hops from HopUnion, and only the finest Malts from Brewers Supply Group, both of which have given support on the collaboration of this project. Proceeds from this commemorative brew will be donated to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation to provide scholarships to Brewers and Home Brewers to further thei knowledge and expertise.

Appearance: Reddish-Bronze like color with a two-finger head that dies down to a respectable thicker lacing that clings to glass.

Smell: Malty with an "earthy" scent of wet grass. Has an ever so slight citrus scent toward the end of the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bigger on the malt side of the coin, especially at the beginning. Bready and toast like with a buttery feel. The hops come in the middle with a slight tinge of pine/grapefruit flavor but then gets sandwiched (pun intended) with the bready flavor that dominates this IPA. Very smooth to drink and the aftertaste gives off a smoked, burnt pine feeling along with that grassy taste. Not as hoppy as I would have thought for this particular style, but well worth a try.

Overall: These hops are very unusual and glad that I was able to try this limited beer. Any beer that is geared toward a good cause is always something that I get behind, it helps when the beer is as tasty as this one has been. Solid choice!!!

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Flyin' HI.P.Hay from Maui Brewing Co.
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