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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: 268
Photo of becktone
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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 NButts16
5/5  rDev +43.3%
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 goblue3509
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light straw color with an 1/8th inch head, kinda looks like a coors light. It does leave a few lines of lace on the glass though. The aroma is moderate with smells of pineapple and other tropical fruits present. The taste follows suit, the flavor is like a canned pineapple drink with the slightlest hint of a hop bite buried deep at the end. The mouthfeel is light moderately caronbated and crisp. Overall it isn't awful, but it is a one trick pony. It is pineapple straight forward and that is about it. It is worth a try on a hot day, but a try would probably do it.

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Photo of 57md
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a cloudy pale straw color with little head. The nose is definitely pineapples. This flavor profile is dominated by pineapples and the finish – you guessed it – also has a pineapple essence to it. If you like weak beer with pineapple juice added, this offering is for you. As for anyone else, you might as well skip this novelty.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +39.5%
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 Omnium
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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 wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a straw yellow color with a tiny white head. The head fades quite fast leaving a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a pineapple which largely dominates the smell. Mixed with it however are some detectable notes of some tangerine and banana.

Taste – The taste begins very sweet upfront and remains that why throughout. The sweet is largely of pineapple juice with some lighter amounts of a tangerine, orange, and tropical fruit flavors of papaya and banana. Toward the end the pineapple flavor grows even stronger in intensity giving a very pineapple juice like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin and watery giving the brew a rather refreshing taste when mixed with the sweeter flavors of pineapple and other tropical fruits. The higher level of carbonation that is present is very nice for the sweet and crisp taste of the brew with the combination of carbonation and thickness making for a rather refreshing feel overall.

Overall - The brew has a nice pineapple juice flavor, but is almost too much like pineapple juice for me. It is sweet and refreshing, but not really what I am looking for in a beer. It tastes very much like a sweet hard pineapple juice

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
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 VitoFerrante
4.29/5  rDev +22.9%
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 thecheapies
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 stakem
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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 DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
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 akorsak
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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 letsgopens
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I can safely say I've never had a beer quite like this one. The tap lists suggests that the beer is actually aged on fresh pineapple. I couldn't resist giving it a try.

It very much resembles a glass of frothy pineapple juice; maybe a bit deeper in color. Very cloudy, even milky looking, with a slight amber, golden yellow. Like a smoothy maybe. The head is off white and receding quickly to a frothy ring.

The nose is all fresh pineapple. Not hoppy pineapple, just straight pineapple juice. A little bit of caramel graininess but that's about it. It's actually very difficult to detect much else. Smells nice but more like a tropical cocktail than a beer. Certainly an experience, and not an unpleasant one at that.

Again, almost straight pineapple. Sweet and tropical. It definitely has that fresh, sweet, tangy/acidic flavor that fresh cut pineapple has rather than syrupy pineapple juice. With that being said, unless someone told me this is a beer I might not be sure. Not a great deal of malt character and no hops to speak of. There is some mild vanilla and a toasty/bready note to speak of but they are both far overshadowed by the pineapple.

Slick and juicy with some definite pulpy texture. Low to moderate carbonation with a bit of a chalky feel at one point but not undesirable. Tart and acidic throughout.

Drinkability? I'd say on the lower end. The acidic sweetness would burden my palate quickly. Although I'm not sure of the ABV, I'd assume it's low to moderate. Certainly an interesting wildcard of a brew but nothing I'd try more than once.

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