Hawaiian Style Pale Ale
Spearhead Brewing Company

Hawaiian Style Pale AleHawaiian Style Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #847
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,357
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
128
From:
Spearhead Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  20
SCORE
87
Very Good
Hawaiian Style Pale AleHawaiian Style Pale Ale
Notes: Aloha from Toronto! As the name suggests, this bold, hoppy West Coast pale ale is brewed Hawaiian style—with pineapple. It is naturally carbonated, unfiltered and dry-hopped to provide a delicate carbonation and complex flavour and bouquet. This perfectly "imbalanced" pale ale has a fresh citrusy character with hints of tropical fruit, zest and pine and a refreshingly dry finish.

60 IBU
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a can at lcbo in Ontario poured a 2finger head .
taste is pineapple and citrus and hints of fruits
very smooth and refreshing.
overall I'm liking this beer and probably would buy it again someday.
cheers

Nov 02, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very pretty earthy copper with hints of brown. Slightly hazy. This beer catches the light in all kinds of interesting ways. Pours with a 2 finger rocky with with copper hints head. The only disappointment looks wise is the head retention isn't great after 5 minutes the head has faded leaving a ring of lace around the sides of the glass.
Smell: Floral notes. Very little pineapple. Strong bubblegum aroma.
Taste: Sweet and earthy with a damp muskiness. A little snap of bitterness on the back end. Somewhat sharp and unbalenced at the end as well. Best served cold. As it warms the bitterness and sharp edge becomes more prominent. Any pineapple flavours are reminiscent of the husk and head of the pineapple and not the fruit. I taste more mango and cantaloupe.
Feel: Rich creamy body. Plays all over the tongue.
I wanted to love this beer, as pineapple is a favorite of mine. Promising from the look and smell, but the taste left something to be desired. This beer earns a B.

Aug 28, 2020
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a hazy slight amber, topped by a 1 finger white foamy head. Excellent retention and heavy lacing.

S- Caramel malt and the distinct scent of sweet pineapple.

T- Caramel malt, pineapple, slight citrus bite.

F- Medium body and moderate carbonation. Thin steams of fine bubbles.

O- Overall an excellent brew. Great flavour and great "drinkability".

Mar 04, 2019
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean copper with enthusiastic effervescence and a light lacing as the beer is consumed.

The nose is bereft of pineapple despite that being an ingredient. Mild floral hops

Slight and pleasant sweetness on the tongue with a broad spectrum of floral, mild grassy and tropical fruit notes. Still, no distinct pineapple presence.

Medium bodied with bright carbonation.

A middling to good Pale that is dissaponting if only for the lack of pineapple that is expected.

Jan 27, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium: Canned.
Opacity: Slightly hazy and cloudy.
Color: Dark gold/light amber with moderate activity.
Head: Foamy and slightly creamy beige 3 finger.
Legs: Good with nice swirl reaction.
Smell: Pineapples/Butter.
Taste: Caramel/Grapefruit/Dry hops.
Feel: Grainy/Tropical/Citrusy.
Body: Slick and smooth medium to full.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp.
Overall: Cross IPA and APA, still quite fresh at first before the bitterness hits. Very good quality.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 7/10 -
Freshness 7/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 7.5/10

Dec 31, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a virtually transparent amber colour with a tall fluffy, almost sticky looking beige head which fades to a thin beige sheet at a medium pace. Sticks to the glass at the edges; I expect some lacing. Aroma includes some pineapple and other fruit, but also a dull sweet malt which makes me think I shouldn't expect too much from this beer. The first sip lets the fruit shine through and the sickly-sour malt I'm bracing for does not show itself. Some pine towards the finish & only a touch of astringent bitterness. Subsequent sips however allow a metallic lager-like flavour to overwhelm the good flavour from the hops and this winds up being a beer which does not deliver in the way the label suggests. Enjoyable enough, not quite a 'regular beer' but neither a beer without boundaries as the label promises.

Dec 12, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I can't fault this beer for good concept and creative marketing; but, its recipe seems to pander with too much bitterness to the North American palate.

But there is truth in advertising: the can calls it "imbalanced." While it Looks and Smells above average, the unnecessary bitterness takes the beer downhill from there. And I like the can's "Beer Without Boundaries" slug on it. But, they let the hops over-run the malts on this one. It is Spearhead's cash cow, just not one I'd give my cash to again.

Aug 12, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is light citrus with hints of pineapple. There is plenty of malt aroma to balance the beer.

The taste starts out with bready malt up front. I get some citrus through the middle. The finish is bitter and piney. The pineapple is subtle but detectable from time to time.

Medium mouthfeel

It's an average pale ale. I probably would have rated it higher five or six years ago. Now I am more picky and there are vastly more options.

Jun 22, 2018
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a unique pale ale. It pours a nice gold colour with a thick fluffy head. On the smell/taste, I get the hints of pineapple as well as other tropical fruits. The flavour is not overly bitter and quite refreshing. I could drink a few of these
Aug 2 2020

May 20, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Purchased out of the singles bin at the LCBO for $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - mostly clear copper coloured beer, with lots of lively carbonation. A small half finger of white head is poured but doesn't last too long. No lacing either.

Smell - IPA like in its assertive tropical nose. Pineapple and mango are the standouts. Some caramel and just a trace of vanilla too. Quite inviting.

Taste - moderately bitter initially before a smooth creamy pineapple and mango combo comes to fruition. Turns resiny and rather bitter to close. Goodly amount of malt with plenty of caramel and again just a suggestion of vanilla. Pineapple really stars giving this an appropriate moniker of being Hawaiian.

Mouthfeel - smooth with good carbonation, slightly creamy texture and a very dry finish.

Overall - Spearhead's Hawaiian Pale Ale is a well crafted ale that wouldn't be out of place classified as a full blown IPA, thanks to its assertive pineapple flavours. Another fine beer from this local brewery.

Mar 20, 2016
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akdo from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer has the same colour of a grapefruit zest, is unfiltered, has a little bit of carbonation and has a white one-finger head that ends as a white film.

Smell: The pine woods are in the background in favour of the lemon and a nice small hint of tropical fruits.

Taste: The palate reveals that the hint of tropical fruits from the nose was pineapple subdued by notes of lemon. As a result of that, the taste pineapple is not really pronounced. Although the IBU is 60, I found this beer's bitterness rather light for an American Pale Ale. In fact, during the finale, the fruity notes have their imprint on the notes of pine woods.

Feel: The beer has a soft feel and is even refreshing for an American Pale Ale. As we drink the beer, we barely feel the carbonation, which is a good thing. The long finish lets a fresh aftertaste in our throat.

Overall: Some people would call this a Vermont-style IPA, but this beer is an American Pale Ale through and through. The notes of pineapple, which were mild, is a welcomed change from others American Pale Ales. I would recommend it.

Sep 14, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single for the $2.00 catch all. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Pretty good! Not much head from this unfiltered IPA but a decent film. Bit cloudy but not that much

S- Excellent! You can smell a hint of the pineapple.

T- This one will hit you with a bitter sweet pineapple flavor. Cascade hops and caramel malt are blended ok but the pineapple seems like an add on instead of an integral part of the recipe

M- Very good. Nice bitterness and dryness from the hops. Long finish

O- Ok not great. This is the reason I popped a 6 pack to get one. Won't buy it again

Food Pairing

This ok IPA will go very well with Pad Thai. The spiciness of the food and bitterness of the hops will match well.

Enjoy!

Feb 16, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Town in London. Served in a matching tulip glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Doughy malts, some tropical and citrus hops, a tad sugary for the style, but on the whole pretty solid, with good integration of flavors.

T - Fresh, citrus zest, with a touch of pineapple and other tropical fruit. Less sweet and malt-forward here, with more of a crackery and light toasted grain malt backdrop. Bitterness is on the lower side, and the finish is crisp and clean.

M - Medium body, with lower moderate carbonation, a touch of grain to the texture, and a crisp and mildly dry finish.

D - A solid pale ale that's a tad sweeter than I like but otherwise competently done; wondering if the sweetness is a result of the pineapple addition? In any case, nice to have a year-round offering like this in Ontario; will probably drink it again next time I'm back visiting the folks.

Nov 26, 2013
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo. Had it on tap a few times at Beer Town as well.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Hazy safety orange, almost burnt in color, with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and clings to the glass. Good wisp remains with lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, some pineapple notes are there, with grapefruit and some light citrus notes. Pretty solid stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel notes and a touch of sweet melon or pineapple up front. Good hop dose at the swallow, with a bold and lingering aftertaste of pine, grapefruit and citrus notes on the palate. A good dose of bitterness lingers a well. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff, bot on tap and out of the bottle. The pineapple isn't all that pronounced, but that is mostly likely a good thing. Quality brew for sure. Called a Pale Ale but this is 100% an IPA. Highly recommended.

Sep 11, 2013
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drinkininthewood from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a unique 355ml bottle into a Maudite Snifter. $13.95 a 6 pack - LCBO

A- is a hazy copper color with an off white head of which sticks at around 8mm thick with streams of lively bubbles parading to the surface.

S- strong hoppy aromas of citrus/grapefruit in the nose with underlining notes of overripe pineapple and a tiny flutter of caramel malts.

T- Hops are dominant up front with strong flavors of citrus- orange rind/grapefruit. The unmistakeable Cascade bite is followed by a touch of grass/pine with the mid-palate also becoming quite herbal. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering bitterness. I found the slight flavors of pineapple became magnified once i added a slice of Hawaiian Pizza to the mix. There is also a sweetness delivered by the malt that is noticeable mid palate.

M- Though the beer has good weight im not a big fan of aggressive, prickly carbonation in Pale Ales. I doesn't effect the beer that much but it feels rough around the edges and if smoothed out i think the strong hop flavors would stand out more.

D- a flavor-full and highly drinkable brew.

Overall a great brew and the hints of pineapple add a change of pace. Worth checking out if you can manage the high price tag.

Aug 09, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber yellow under a moderate head that leaves some good lace.

Smells quite fruity - hops plus something else (which would be the pineapple, of course) which makes for an interesting experience from the outset.

Sweet upfront from the pineapple, that gives way to grapefruit hops straight away. Tasty enough, the pineapple is an interesting twist that helps distinguish what would probably be an ordinary IPA otherwise. Nicely carbonated, easy drinking, flavourful. Worth a try.

Jun 13, 2013
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Mit from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orangy amber colour with a decent lasting head.

Definite tart sweet contrast from the pineapple along with the grape fruit hops....very pleasant.

The hops take over in my opinion with that bitter taste at the fore...but the pineapple makes an appearance at the end of the taste to round out the flavour and keep it from being unbalanced. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good for the abv...

Overall I really like this beer...I tried it about a year ago or so at a food festival but hadn't been able to get any until recently. I would buy this a lot if it were more widely available in the Beer and Liquor stores around me.

Feb 23, 2013
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy orange body with solid carbonation. Produced a finger of head that produced a respectable amount of lace and retained exceptionally well. A little more lace would have netted the perfect score.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the nose and further assert themselves as the beer warms up. The background is a mixture of pineapple and malt which, given the beer's name seems appropriate.

Taste: Starts with a mix of malt and pineapple and then abruptly shifts to a grapefruit hops with slight backing of malt and lemon rind. It sadly walks an unenviable line of being too tame for most IPA standards and too hopped for a normal Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really done well on this beer, but the transitioning from mild pineapple to viciously bitter hops needs some work. Also unless you like Grapefruit, you won't be a fan of the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Lighter then I thought it would be, but still a little bit harsh on my palate. That still being said, this was in no way a struggle going down and it settled quite well.

Final Thoughts: I'll admit, using Pineapple in beer is a good idea as the juice of the pineapple produces a sweet & sour acidic note that meshes surprisingly well with the malt. If they didn't just kill this beer with it's hopping, I'd really be interested to see what else you could do with this, specifically in a red lager. Give this one a go.

Feb 07, 2013
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Kremlock from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice pale orange colour body. The head is white and frothy. Poured about 1/2 inch and then has settled to about 1/8th of an inch but the sides are climbing up and staying think on the edge of the glace. No sediment noticeable, beer is a bit hazy but you can still see through.

S: Citrus hops, hints of tangerine, unripe mango.

T: The citrus flavours of grapefruit is coming through very well, and then at the back of the palate I get a bit of lemon. The malt flavours are there but the hops do take over. I can taste a bit of grain and bread and some malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation but I get a bit of alcohol warmed as the beer goes down. Good rounded bitterness persist to the end.

O: Overall it's a very good Pale Ale. The ibu are a bit high for a pale ale but everything else is great on style. Hops are great and well balanced.

Jan 26, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks unibroue4ever for a couple of these, a big canadian want!

Appearance. Pours a quite clear yellow-gold with just a little amber and topped with two fingers of frothy white head, decent retention.

Smell. Nice fruity hops, pineapple and tropical fruits, some toasted light grains.

Taste. Some bitter hops, light tropical fruits and light grainy malts, mild bitterness and a little lingering pineapple.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+, prickly carbonation.

Overall. A very nice pale with some decent bitter hops and the nice addition of pineapple in complementary way, not overwhealming in the least.

Nov 28, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral and citrus hops with light pineapple notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and hoppy notes with medium bitter aftertaste. Pineapple juice notes is quite subtle but bring a nice touch. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and interesting approach to say the least.

Nov 23, 2012
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to andrenaline for including this in our most recent trade
A - hazy swamp water golden brown, tall off white head retained well, traces of lacing
S - biscuity and caramel matliness, mellow citrus and pine with some pepper and florals in the background
T - the hops alone are a well balanced mix of sweet tropical citrus, pepper, and grass, then balanced against biscuity malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, big flavour but easy on the palate
M - medium body, healthy hop bitterness is contrasted well with sweetness and tang and a hint of pepper
O - one of the most balanced pale's i've enjoyed in a long time, the Hawaiian style aspect is complimentary and is a nice contrast and balance to the sharper hop flavours, really hoping this makes it to Alberta

Nov 07, 2012
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hawaiian Style Pale Ale, ironically enough, is far from sunny. Its golden-ish colour is tarnished and heavily clouded (no surprise given that the beer is unfiltered and brewed with fruit). Fittingly, however, it does dress the glass in a lei of pearly white bubbles.

Short of a plane ride, this is the closest I'll get to the beach. Nevermind the pineapple, dry-hopping provides more than enough tropical fruitiness; tangerine, grapefruit, lychee and mango are all noted as much (or more) than the pineapple. There's also a strong bitterness that conjures to mind the tallest, greenest grassiness.

The extra little bit of pineapple juice is a nice compliment to the existing citric fruitiness. Again, ultra-acidic, 'spiked' flavours of grapefruit and mango are appreciated foremost, accompanied by a slight honeyed, biscuity maltiness. The grassy, somewhat resiny bitterness prevails, however, and leaves a desirable earthiness.

The malts do well to well to hold up in a game geared towards hops. Their weight is appreciated in the midst of all this acidity. The result is a well-integrated and balanced pH (and bitterness). As well as hefty, it is also considerably refreshing for a 60 IBU, 6% alcohol beer.

Moka laka haile, c'mon you wanna lei me, pass the poi! Mahalo! Hawaiian Style Pale Ale has enough fruit cache to move an umpa lumpa to tears. It is what the Willy Wonka river would taste like if you fell in. The idea to add pineapple to an already citric, tropical ale is a clever idea and well executed. Recommended.

Oct 21, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 9/10/12 thanks liamt07 for taking this one off my want list

A clear golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles and upon closer inspection some tiny suspended particles, thumbs width of foam has decent retention leaving random patches of lace well down the glass

S lots of citrus on this one with a hint of floral pine, pineapple both candied and juice with some caramels, faint booze and a pretty nice nose overall

T much like the nose but with a little grapefruit rind and slightly more pine, still just a hint of booze but mostly tropical citrus, slightly sweet maybe some sweet orange as it warms

M pin prick bubbles work well in the mouth with a slight tingle, a little gritty but I like that in IPA's has a nice citric rind aftertaste that lingers for quite a while

O pretty solid stuff with some good qualities in every area, I don't like giving the same mark in every area but sometimes you find a straight up "good" beer

I could have another and I just might because liamt07 sent me two bottles. I can see why this is on the Canadian top 100 and if they can consistently keep this quality it will be there permanently.

Oct 09, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet citrus hop notes, very floral, sweet lemon iced tea, candied sugar and a solid dose of pineapple on the finish.

T - Much like the nose with the sweet citrus hops dominating, the pineapple flavours are subdued but offer up a tasty sweetness that balances the bitterness of the hops. A bready caramel lingers on the finish with a touch of sour fruit.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - I didn't want to believe the hype, but the flavours are reminiscent of one of my favourite west coast breweries, Lagunitas. Deliciously sweet hops profile complemented by the subtle pineapple and balanced by the bready caramel malt backbone. I'm optimistic/hopeful that this can become a staple at the local LCBO.

Sep 29, 2012
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 128 ratings