Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer | Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Hala Kahiki Pineapple BeerHala Kahiki Pineapple Beer

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by letsgopens on 05-29-2010

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 266
Photo of NButts16
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had over 350 different beers in my life and after I took a sip of this there was no doubt that I put it in my top 3. I first tried this at a Pittsburgh Pirates game where they had it on tap and I liked it so much, I drove an hour back to Pittsburgh the next day to buy a six pack of it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best pineapple beer I've ever had from a can, okay the only one. Pours a clouded golden apricot hue with a bright white head forms thick and leaves even bands of lacing. Aroma has pineapple puree written all over it in a good way, a candied sweet pineapple juice note on the nose with some sharp beer notes coming through with wheat and bland yeast notes in the background of the pineapple party. Flavor surprisingly fucking awesome big zing of pineapple with an underlying biscuit pale malt and unmalted wheat it's cereal in nature with big pineapple puree notes kicking through, I'm in love. A bit acidic in nature but there's actually a good base beer buried amongst the jacked up pineapple notes, it's the best fruit beer I've ever tasted there's even some honey drizzled baked biscuits on the finish. It's just pure tasty dessert beer, a bit acidic to drink in number but it's so damn good. Mouthfeel is unoffensive light bodied a bit of a zing from the pineapple tartness, but so creamy and smooth going down with each sip it's amazing. Overall a beer I "can" drink in any form any time, let me know if it's on tap anywhere I will seek it out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad they have this on BA! Poured right from my Rivertowne growler!

A - Got a yellow hazy like color with at least an inch of foam. Pretty much the straight up beer representation of well... pineapple. Really surprised it was aged on pineapple and not just artificially flavored.

S - Very appealing as it smells of fresh cut pineapple. Tropical, zesty, and pretty much one dimensional. Maybe a slight wheat backbone taken from nose.

T - Overall expectations are spot on! Full arsenal of sweet, almost too sweet, pineapple flavoring with a semi-bitter wheat backbone to keep this in check of being a beer. The flavor is not only constant but almost overbearing and the sweetness is really noticeable toward the end of the growler. But I am a man who loves sweet beer so I enjoyed the whole thing!

M - Light to medium body. Session able obviously.

D - It's been at the pub for a while so I hope it becomes one of their regulars. I actually came in for "The Stinger" but wasn't let down by this choice. An overall great summer beer that would complement most meals.

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this at the brewery. A house full of beer geeks used to drinking very serious IPA's, DIPA's, and very exclusive examples of the style raved about this beer and drank every drop out of every can I had. This is a very good beer and can easily be appreciated anytime of year. It is a serious product and should not be labeled a "summer beer". Bravo to Rivertowne for 1, canning, and 2, taking a chance and making a product that is both somewhat unique and high quality. Buy this beer.

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Photo of themanilow
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

The wife said because it is a beer that she enjoys I need to give it a 5.0 so there you have it.... Domestic communism

A rather surprising flavor a good aftertaste that will linger with the pineapple flavor. Very light in color that is expected with the name of the product. Not far out of expectation with this one

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Photo of ElHefe2000
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer from a vendor at PNC Park, so feeling adventurous, I bought one. Smelled absolutely fantastic, not like beer at all. It tastes to me, like drinking a can of pineapple juice. Later on during the game, I found out it was on tap at the Beers of the Burgh at PNC Park. It tastes much better(to me) on tap than out of the can.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light yellowish green, with a white, foamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruits, pineapple, candy, jolly ranchers, grapes, lemon, banana, bubble gum. Yeasty sugars.

Taste - As expected, starts with a huge pineapple flavor. Traces of lemon and grapes also stand out. There is a slight bitter hop presence but other then that, its all about pineapple.

Mouthfeel -Tongue gets the pineapple grapes and lemon. Palate gets the same, aftertaste is pineapple and grape.

Overall - A nice, smooth and very drinkable fruit beer. Its not to sweet, not to bitter. I cant help be think this would be a great beer to mix with, such as in a ipa, or a rum or vodka mixed drink. Excellent summertime beer, or for someone that doesn't like beer.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a fan of "sweet" beers but it was a very hot day and and was out in the sun most of the day. Saw this beer on tap and was willing to give it a try as it sounded very refreshing. Was completely surprised with the flavor and overall experience. I know if I had this beer at a different time and place it wouldn't have been as appealing. The color mimicked the color of a pineapple and there was plenty of carbonation which added to the refreshment; the smell of pineapple was strong enough to notice but not overbearing. The mouthfeel was thin but not too thin too feel watered down; the low alcohol also was welcomed. A great beer, worth a try for sure if you're on the fence about fruit beers. Nice job, Rivertowne!

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a glass, it has a cloudy yellowish color body with just a small thin lace around it. The smell is of fresh pineapple. The taste has a sweet but not overly sweet taste of pineapple. It is like drinking hard pineapple juice. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, not over carbonated. overall i could drink this all year long. it is very refreshing.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks about like a simple light-style ale, pale yellow in color with a bit of effervescent activity to it forming a bubbly white head that reaches half a finger, settles pretty well, and deposits spotty lacing.
It really smells like fresh pineapple off the bat before a sugary essence kicks in, at which point it smells like one of those old-fashioned clearish pineapple candies. A little mor fresh juice would be fantastic, but it's very nice in a guilty pleasure sort of way, and there is a bit of pale malt that speaks to its nature.
The base beer is simple enough to put some flsvor into so that it can take charge, but it's clearly well constructed, seemingly something like a blonde ale. Pineapple is fresher and juicier on the palate, and I can believe the claim that this was aged on pineapples. Lightly acidic to cut through a sweetness that's short of cloying, care was clearly taken in making sure this wouldn't be a pineapple soda.
The feel is light, bright and clean with plenty of crispness. There's actually a bit of body, though it remains light, but with depth.

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Photo of becktone
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Had I know that there was sediment in this I'd have poured it gentler. I'm not sure if this is is yeast or pineapple chunks in the beer here. Very cloudy lemon yellow in color, small bubbly head forms but quickly dissipates, to pretty much nothing.

Nose: Pineapple aroma fills the room once this beer is decanted. You can't say that this beer isn't what it claims to be. Not much more to this one than pineapple. I mean honestly it smells like I have a bowl of fresh pineapple in front of me. Maybe a bit of malt coming through. I can smell the acidity of this beer, and for a fruit beer I guess that is ok, makes the fruit pop a bit.

Tongue: Light and bubbly on the palate, this one almost tastes like a mimosa. Pineapple right upfront then it mellows out and gets citrusy and finishes with a lingering pineapple flavor. On a hot day, this would be awesome. The beer is sweet without being cloying, carbonation is high and works well to clean the palate. Acidity helps to bring out the pineapple. I'm gonna go ahead and guess based on the color and overall flavor of this beer that it is an american wheat with pineapple. Some slight yeasty notes in there, looking at the particulate in the glass it definitely looks like yeast, but shit, there was a lot of it. Soft tones from what I'm guessing is wheat. I'm really not looking for too much in a beer like this. I'm thinking that this is exactly what the brewers intended. Its a great fruit beer. Like I said excellent on a hot day, or substitute anytime a mimosa is called for!

Drinkability: I think this is a well made fruit beer. There are no flaws in it, it tastes fresh and for the flavor profile the mouthfeel fits perfectly. It is not cloyingly sweet. It drinks well and has a nice dry finish with a long lasting flavor profile. This is one that I'd buy again, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Next time I'm in Cleveland I'll keep an eye out for other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours so light, clear and yellow. Little to no head. Smell is like fresh pineapple and stale beer. Taste is crazy better than the smell. Like drinking pineapple juice with a beer aftertaste.

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Photo of Omnium
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > 2xIPA Glass

A - Pours out clouded yellow in color, half a finger head, soapy, little lacing. Looks more like pineapple juice than anything.
S - Just what you'd expect, big pineapple smell, some other various fruits, papaya, and some nice light grass tone.
T - Yummy, really nice pineapple flavor that is forefront along with some grape, light yeast and a little malt, some grassy and earthy tones underneath.
M - Light, well carbonated, extremely refreshing.
O - On a day when the summer heat is on full, this is a great refresher, wouldnt be bad for a good accompanying desert either. To date its the only fruit beer I've ever liked. I hear its even better on tap. Though I cant help thinking this would be so awesome dry hopped with something like citra, or galaxy.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can.

Pours a light hazy lemony gold. Sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of a light barley malts and notable pineapple sweetness.

Light grassy malts, lemon citrus and pineapple juice sweetness.

Medium to light body with a fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Surprisingly tasty and refreshing, would be a great summer session brew. Will be a little on the fruity side for some, but worth trying, especially if you like pineapple, which you can truly taste in this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rivertowne Pineapple Under the Sea

Shares a similar appearance to carbonated pineapple juice, a bit hazy, small short livid head and active carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell was sweet, and pineappley. In the flavor, more fresh pineapple juice, with a wheat malt base. Very refreshing and fresh tasting. Sweetness is there but held in check for the most part and not cloying. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little sticky. Overall, a nice brew, and proof pineapple ales can be quite satisfying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: So it pours out of the can looking like pineapple juice, with a modest, but frothy, head; dots of lace

Smell: Smells like pineapple juice; just a little bready, too

Taste: A little bready, but mostly sweet pineapple juice

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat watery; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Is it a beer or a shandy - not sure, but it is refreshing

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. In the aroma, citrus pineapple juice. In the taste, pineapple juice with a wheat like note. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pineapple citrus in the aftertaste. A bit acidic, but big fruity and tasty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rivertowne Pourhouse "Hala Kahiki"
12 oz. can

One of the most charming beers I've had in a while. It's a pineapple-flavored beer and nothing else, nor does it intend to be. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and very subtly tart - think of it as a kind of sweet and extra fruity witbier. It tastes like pineapple, apples, and delicate sugar. It's not bitter, but neither is it cloying. Overall, it's a unique, refreshing, and enjoyable fruity ale. Worth trying, and maybe even worth seeking out.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/31/10.

On tap at the brewpub this beer appears a cloudy yellow color with a thin whisp of white bubbles for a head. Spotty amounts of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is a high concentrated level of fruity pineapple. Very sweet smelling and wow is it bold. I have never had a fruit smell in a beer that completely dominated any other aspect of the nose that might try to come out.

The flavor of this brew has some pineapple sweetness upfront which luckily is not as dominating as the aroma. There is a supporting role of fresh grainy malt that is the first indication of this actually being a beer and not just juice.

Slightly watery in the feel, there is a light prickly level of carbonation felt on the tongue. I didnt think I would be able to drink the entire glass once I smelled this but after taking a sip, it wasn't that bad.

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Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with decent strength. Taste of slightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice session fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. Nice amount of authentic fruit flavor without feeling watery; a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well this could have been worse. Fruit beers, though usually refreshing and often interesting, are always precariously to much like a soda pop. This one walks that fine line and just barely stays on the fair side of that.

It looks like a pale ginger ale. The color is light yellow and it has more of a champagne fix than a beer head, bit odd that bad? The aroma is extremely weak, but at least it isn't bad. It increases with warmth.

The taste is sweet and refreshing but still of beer. There is a little yeast taste, like a what, but just barely. It is not annually to your taste. The aftertaste is sweet as well.

Overall, this is an interesting, refreshing drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Monroeville brewpub. An ale aged on pineapple.

A: The ale looks like pineapple juice, a bright yellow color that seems out of place for a beer. The only potential difference between this beer and juice is that the juice has pulp in it.

S: At first nothing but midway through the pint, the pineapple sweetness comes through with a vengeance. This is not a hoppy bitter pineapple, rather it is sugary sweet pineapple.

T: Wow, that's a lot of pineapple! The sugary sweetness dominates every aspect of the taste, coating the tastebuds from start to finish. I'd say more but all that matters is pineapple. The description on the menu doesn't lie.

M: Sugary juice with a minimal amount of alcohol (4.8% per the menu). The pineapple is unusual, out of place with its sweetness but it doesn't deviate from the description, an ale aged on pineapples.

D: Low alcohol and unusual taste. One is good, the other is not so good. I like the low booze and am intrigued by the pineapple sweetness. Not a go-to, but a good one-time drink.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no canning date. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 7/13/2014.

A- Mostly clear, though slightly hazy, light straw-yellow body with a one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly. Looks like filtered pineapple juice, I suppose.

S- Smells slick and sweet, just like what I would expect freshly squeezed pineapple juice. If you cut up some pineapples and bring them to work in a tupperware to eat as a snack, this smells like the residual juices in the container. And a touch of yeast. No complexity, just that nice pineapple sweetness.

F- Starts tasting more like a pineapple beer than pineapple juice. Crisp, slightly tart but mostly sweet pineapple juice mixes in with an earthier but still sweet pale malt with a touch of yeast spices. Quite sweet, but in a refreshing fruit manner, not a sugary ice frosting manner.

M- Thinner in body but not watery. Packed with plenty of flavour and carbonation. Easy drinker with a pineapple (what else?) finish.

O- Haven't had a pineapple beer up to this point, but this is pretty much what I would expect out of a pineapple beer. This is a well-executed beer, even if it's more of a novelty summer session beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a shandy, not a beer, but for a shandy, it's fine.

a) a cloudy yellow color with a thin wafter of white bubbles for a head, without any retention or lace, fades to nada, looks like juice.

s) The aroma is fruity pineapple. Period. But it's good pineapple juice! Sweet, floral, fresh. No beer.

t) Follows the smell of pineapple floral sweetness upfront but is supported by whiff of fresh grainy malt. Kind of like thick pineapple marmalade on a communion wafer. But still floral, fresh, original. Shandy style.

f) Slightly watery in feel, with prickly carbonation that eventually fades and flattens.

I'm not a shandy guy and would not get it again, but it's a novelty. Too sweet tho even for summer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color with no head. Served in a plastic cup.

No hops. Smells like straight pineapple juice. Maybe a hint of wheat malts. Works for a fruit beer.

Tastes like pineapple juice. No noticeable alcohol. Obviously, a sparkling pineapple juice. It's delicious, but it's barely beer. There's a light spicy hop presence, after all.

Feels like sparkling pineapple juice. Creamy with an effervescent bite.

Kudos for pineapple. Tried and true. Pretty ridiculous, really.

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