Liliko'i Kepolo | Avery Brewing Company

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Liliko'i KepoloLiliko'i Kepolo

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Wit brewed with Passion Fruit

Added by emmasdad on 10-24-2010

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Photo of Irbycp
2.11/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It tasted like pineapple juice mixed with bud light. Based on the ratings below I bought a 4-pack and absolutely hated the first sip. I poured it out as it reminded me of the awful taste of a gose sour.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a turbid golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Its soft texture adds aesthetic appeal, but the retention is fairly poor. A few streaks of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell that passionfruit! Seriously, is this beer or is this fruit punch? Actually, come to think about it, this beer's greatest aromatic strength is also its biggest weakness - the intense passionfruit smothers the actual witbier notes. If I concentrate, I get a little bit of coriander and more general citrusy qualities. I'm still not sure if this is beer or fruit punch. Having said that, I'm incredibly impressed by how nuanced and realistic the fruit comes across.

Normally, a vivid adjunct fails to translate from the nose to the flavor. Boy, that is NOT the case here. The main aspect to take away from the flavor are the heavy passionfruit qualities. Near the finish, some of the witbier elements try to punch through. In particular, coriander, orange peel, and wheat malt shows up. Still, those notes are quite timid in comparison. This is simply too gimmicky for me.

Compared to other witbiers, it has the lush feel down pat, but also seems a bit thin. The slenderness doesn't pair up very well with the healthy sweetness, but that also means it's somewhat easy to drink. I imagine this would be refreshing in hot Maryland weather.

I get the appeal of this, but it isn't really my thing. I like my beer to taste like beer instead of juice (to add, many of the best "juice-bomb" IPAs still have a nice beery aspect that this lacks). It's a fun drink, but I don't plan on buying any more past this six-pack.

2.97/5: More like hard fruit juice to me

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Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Avery Tap Room. Served in a nonic. Lilikoi has a cloudy golden hue and a small bone head that sticks fairly well, while leaving bits of lace.

Passion fruit, passion fruit and more passion fruit. I had this with a friend and we both felt the passion fruit was over the top. The beer's intense fruitiness creates a fruit spritzer effect. Behind all the fruit is a bit of dry wheat and a hint of spicy bitterness, but they're fairly well hidden overall. The beer's light body has tingling carbonation.

I'm sorry, but this one really didn't work for me. The heavy handed use of passion fruit was too much for my tastes.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy very light colored wit. Smells slightly tart, a bit of tropical fruit. Tastes like tart tropical fruit with wit like spiciness and yeast character. Dry finish. I won't be looking for it again. Its just weird. It has too many things going on for me.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Can to pint glass. Appearance: hazy yellow. Minimal head, lacing, head stixks around the Edges of the glass. Aroma is passion fruit lemon, yeast, sour mix. Taste is tart lemon, sour mix, Feel is juicy, acidic. Overall: Good flavors, but it lacks peripherals and 'beerness'. Almost shandylike.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one was not my favorite. Avery gets the benefit of the doubt because they make such good stuff normally, but I found this one way too sweet and fruity for my liking. Had this on tap, and the passion fruit just overpowered every other scent and taste in the beer. I didn't really even get the tartness flavor in it. If that's what they were going for, that's ok, but Avery has done so much better than this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a sudsy white head. Aroma of wheat malt, spice and just a hint of dms evident via eggy sulfur.

The taste is rather tart with a hint of fruit. Nice wit bordering on Berliner in tartness. Dry wheat, black pepper and a hint of alcohol. Passion fruit I imagine is adding to the tartness and slight veggie thing going on. It's just a small note but I would imagine this is best ultra fresh or cellared for quite a while,it's in between phases right now I'd guess. Coriander and tartness make for a good taste.

A rather full bodied brew for style with ample carbonation. Overall this was an interesting beer and I was glad to try it. Not something to go out of the way to obtain but a nice beer with a few flaws. Cool to see it in a can.

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Photo of ChristinaLynn
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like pineapple juice. Smells like passion fruit. Tastes just like pineapple and passion fruit juices. Sweet and tart. Refreshing. Enjoying this beer.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. Sour and tart (duh) and not bad; however, tastes more like a novelty beer. Definitely worth trying but be prepared to share the other three beers in the four pack.

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Photo of cyrushomi
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much for the very fruity or tart beers but found this to be balanced and really refreshing. Would enjoy one, maybe two on a hot summer day. Had a grapefruit flavor without being too bitter. Surprised to find I enjoyed this. Thanks to the great bartenders at Brick Store in Decatur for recommending.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at The Avery Tasting Room yesterday afternoon. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a small lingering white head. Big passion fruit aromas, along with a bit of light spice and wheat. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of passion fruit, wheat and a bit of spice with a crisp lingering, and flavorful finish.

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Photo of ARoman
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip snifter. There's a bit of barnyard funk on the nose early, but it settles into a strong passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and banana fruit with a slight clove and pepper spice and an undertone of bread dough and a touch of soda water. The beer pours a murky banana yellow with a white, dense, thick fluffy soap head that's active and unstable, leaving only a light retention and a runny lace. The taste is a medium high sweet, medium sour, and a light bitter spice. The texture is slick with a light fizz carbonation and medium light body that's tart with a fruity and juicy profile containing secondary wheat and pepper flavors. It finishes with a tart tropical fruit juice note and a spice crispness with a sour candy zip. The aftertaste is astringent and lightly cloying with sour candy and banana notes as well as a spice freshness.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a hazy bright golden yellow color. There is a finger of white head on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The nose has a big bunch of passion fruit. There are some other citrus notes and a bit of spiciness. The taste follows the nose pretty well. There is a whole lot of passion fruit. There is some earthiness and a bit of coriander and clove. There is some lemon flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering passion fruit and spice. Also, there is some wheat flavor present. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of spice as well. This has pretty good drinkability. It is pretty light o the palate, and it goes down smooth. Overall, I thought it was a really interesting beer. I have never had one like it. It is pretty heavy on the passion fruit, but I don't really think it was too much. I think I would like to see this experimented on in more beers. Anyways, I recommend giving this a shot if you come across it. It's worth trying, if not just for the interest factor.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found the sweetness level to be all over the place; from juice box to mildly vegetal providing jekyll/hyde surprise when it pairs with the standard wit spicing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Yellow, super hazy, wispy bubbles. Smells like yeast and fruit. Taste is sweet fruit, not really tart at all. Quite the interesting flavor but I don't think I'll revisit it.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Likiko'i Kepolo

Look: The dark yellow body is so hazy, it's almost opaque. The head is large, light and fluffy, a thick white cloud on a sunny day.

Smell: No beer, here! This brew smells like a tropical cocktail with pineapple, coconut, and passion fruit overtaking any attempt by malt or hops. It's a move scent, but I do like my beer to smell more

Taste: There's so much tartness, that the strong malty finish feels plenty out of place. As expected, fruit galore. Citrus and tropical flavors combine to create a juicy nectarine punch. A bit of grapefruit and lemongrass balance out the the sugar bomb. After while, however, the distinct flavors muddle, and an everyday mimosa seems left in the wake.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body with medium-high carbonation adds to the soda pop feel of this sweet drink. For the recipe, it works.

Overall: Tasty for anyone...and maybe that's what I don't like about it. It barely resembles a beer. I'd score it higher if I were judging a wine cooler.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing about this is an improvement on a traditional witbier. It looks nice enough in the glass, a glowing peach hue, though the head is nonexistent. Nose is spritzy orange, tart, with some tropical overtones. Not much malt or spice to speak of. Palate is excessively juicy, tart, sort of floral/tropical thing from the passionfruit, orange, acidic. You can feel your teeth squeak against each other from the acidity. No malt presence. This isn't a disgusting beer by any stretch, but it forgoes the bouyancy, wheat, and spices of a traditional wit for juice. For me, that's not a tradeoff I'm willing to make.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

COD 5/22/16. Very cloudy golden pour. World class head volume, outstanding retention, poor lacing.

Very good nose of tart, slightly sour, passion fruit, light citrus and bready malt notes.

Light body that is slightly heavier than water with a smooth texture. Very good carbonation / body balance. The middle is adequately effervescent and the finish prickly.

The flavor profile is very good. The mainstay is a pleasant tartness that has a slightly sour note. Passion fruit is the main flavor component with notes of mango and lemon also appearing. Bitterness is very mild and is overwhelmed by tartness. The middle brings a light sweetness that allows mango to be noted briefly. The finish is a tart fade with hints of funk.

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Photo of asmangat
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this is on point. Passion fruit bomb with great tartness. With that, not much else coming through on the taste side. Very easy drinking and refreshing, with a thin mouth. Seems watered down.
Cool can, but not my favorite fruit infusion.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Very hazy yellow - nearly opaque. Forms a one-finger white head with average retention and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Pretty damn nice here. A light lactic and lemony citric tartness and biscuit malt sweetness with a passionfruit layer underneath. There's a Belgian yeast aroma lurking, with light apple and pear fruitiness and flowery esters as well. Not a huge aroma, but different and enjoyable.

T: This starts with flavors similar to a Belgian Pale Ale with light biscuit malts, plus a pilsner malt presence I didn’t get on the nose. Belgian yeastiness is apparent with accompanying esters (fleshy fruit as the aroma had suggested, with just a smidge of banana), and compliments the passion fruit flavors. A light tartness of underripe fruit and lactic acid, but it’s not much in the way of actually sour. Some citrus rind and orange pulp and a touch of pineapple in the middle. Finishes with a good bit of prickly tartness and dry fruit (but still not “sour”, nor anything in the way of funk). Actually, the hang is where this beer grows on me. The passionfruit, orange rind, and underripe tropical fruit lingers for quite awhile, and ends up with quite a juicy aspect. It’s strange, but I really like the aftertaste that just keeps hanging around.

M: A lighter body than expected given the hazy appearance, but it still has a decent body to it...heavier than most BPAs. Low alcohol presence and carbonation sensation on the low side but not at all flat.

O: I’m not sure what I think about this. My opinion seems to change from sip to sip. Has some good complexity for a light(er) canned beer that I could have on the beach. Nice fruity flavors, but without a conscious effort to separate them in my mind they rather blend into more of a fruit salad. Bottom line for me - nothing I’d rush out to get more of. But if I saw it on a hot summer day or while golfing or on the beach, I’d grab one if I wasn’t in a mood for hops. Enjoy one somewhere appropriate, but then you'll likely move on.

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late October for $2.99. Canned on 10-8-15.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a smallish head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is fruit juice forward with hints of flowers.

Taste is fruit juice and oranges that is has a sour puckering effect. As it warms notes of coriander and apple come thru a wee bit.

Feel is light to medium bodied but the refreshingness is dampered by the juice.

Overall a decent beer but too much juice for my palette taste and feel wise. A little bit goes a long ways.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I LOVED this beer when I had it early after its release, it was a passion fruit explsoion!!

Unfortunately I had another one last night and was very surprised to notice almost no Passion fruit taste.

In comparison to the last one I tried,the nose was still there, but the taste was entirely lacking and that was what made this beer so damn tasty the first time I tired it.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This starts with an acidic and pulpy citric fruit flavor before yielding some Belgian yeast. Ends with a straight passion fruit juice that seems almost natural. Drinks a little sharp at times.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is tropical fruit and a little bit of wheat. The taste is slightly sour with fruit and some wheat. An average beer.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mild tart beer. First of all, the pour straight up looked like a glass of piss. Cloudy yellowish liquid with a thin frothy white head. Smells mildly of passion fruit but more of the farmyard smell of the yeast comes through. The sour is very mild and easily drinkable. Actually, it's pretty tasty. I drank my second one from the can. The passion fruit stood out much more over the yeast flavor, and it seemed to be a bit more tart. Interesting beer! I like it!

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Liliko'i Kepolo from Avery Brewing Company
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