Hawaiian Style Pale Ale | Spearhead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spearhead Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
spearheadbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by StephenRich on 05-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
10
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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.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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