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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

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Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a lager glass.

Pronounced aromas of tropical fruits waft up as I pour the cloudy, yellow-amber brew into the glass. Passion-fruit dominates in the flavor but the aroma seems to carry plenty of apricot and pineapple as well. Moderately tart. Excellent finish.

Overall: Exceptional. This tasty and tart tropical variant is a welcome departure from the standard banana and clove witbier.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liliko'i Kepolo - Avery Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a hazy medium-light golden body.

Smells like the passion-fruit used right off the bat. Nothing too sweet or syrupy judging just the aroma. I also smell an earth-like malt complex bringing up the rear to add more of a backbone to this potentially gimmicky beverage. Let's see how it tastes, shall we?

I taste a nice helping of the passion fruit, but its sweetness does not digress from the other complexities of this beer. Those being mouth-watering-ly juicy West Coast style hops, along with that malt profile I'd mentioned in the taste. All in all, a great balance.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth,clean,and quenching. Fair carbonation,too.

Overall, I'll award Liliko'i Kepolo - Avery Brewing Company with a 4.75. I was skeptical at first, as I see mosr of my fellow BA's were also, due the fruit flavoring. But I can honestly say it doesn't shy away form the rest of what the brew has to offer, which is quite a bit in comparison to others within this style. I would recommend this in the summer months, even though I'm reviewing it on V-Day 2016. This is hitting the spot even in cold Ohio winter weather. I can imagine how heavenly this will be when its 85 and over 50% humidity. Pick it up regardless of what time of year you're in, you will be instantly transported to a sunny beach.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is spices, wheat and a hint of dank hops/passion fruit. The flavor is passion fruit, spices, fruit/berries, hops, wheat and a mix of tart and mild heat/bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordinarily when an unusual flavor dominates a beer, I tend to grade lower for that style. In this case the Passion Fruit is pretty dominant, but there is still enough witbier characteristics to rate this beer high. Pours a hazy dull gold color into a flute. Medium sized bubbly white head with average retention. Minimal lacing. The aroma includes yeast and a lemony aspect, but the sweet passion fruit stands out. Flavor features yeast, a little wheat bitterness and lemon, but then the sweet passion fruit kicks in and takes over. The wheat and citrus cut the sweetness of the passion fruit ( a good thing). Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The level of carbonation is just right. I will be drinking some more of these!!!!

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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 beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-can to duvel glass.

A: Thick turbid orange juice coloring with an 0.5 inch, eggshell white head is creamy in texture with an average rate of retention. A decent amount of lacing, but it is the thick density and deep orange juice coloring that makes my mouth water just looking at it. Like a bright tropical fruit drink.

S: Powerful burst of grapefruit juice is forefront, wet, and promising on the nose. A light mention of sour orange, kiwi-strawberry and some pear-apricot yeastiness adds to the tropical goodness this has to offer. The duration is rather short and wish i had more time to enjoy.

T: Sour orange-grapefruit pulp juice is dominant with some kiwi-strawberry notes with a fruity tropical nature. A lightly sour grapefruit juice, pineapple backing with a nice finishing touch of musky oranges rounds things out.

M: Creamy and softly carbonated for mouthful, with a juice like consistency. I usually like my wits crisp with a sharp carbonation, this just seems to work so much better with a tropical juice like flavor and consistency that it tailor made for this drink.

O: Overall as the can declares, tropical and refreshingly tart. Sweet and tart tropical notes breathes new life into a style that seems to get passed over recently and not a strong focal point for breweries unless your name is hoegarrden. I like the tropical twist, fruity nature that this brings that would make this a perfect companion poolside or beach side on a bright, sunny day. A great new twist and addition that should be rewarded for thinking outside the box and not being confined to a general style guideline. I definitely would give this consideration as one of the new standards per style and an easy A rating.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull yellow-orange to gold color. a two finger white head forms and has good retention. leaves behind a decent and slightly frothy lacing. strong haziness/cloudiness and completely opaque.

Smell: lots of yeast, ranging from lightly clove like to tart. some fresh cut grass, some tropical fruit flavor. lemon zest and possibly some lemon juice.

Taste: opens with a little bit of belgian yeast. very light clove and possibly some spiciness. tart and sweet tropical fruit comes through. some fresh cut grass, along with wide variety of lemon, juice, zest, lemon bread.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth. super drinkable and slightly dry. little to no lingering character.

Overall: a very nicely balance beer. the fruit is very subtle and gets along nicely with the yeast. easily seen as witbier even with the addition. drinkability is easily among the best. price point may keep me from gettng this regularly but still a must try and another super drinkable tart on the market.

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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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/16/2015. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, apple, coriander, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 2 Dec 15

Pours a pretty nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, citrusy, slightly spicy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a very nice touch of lemon/grapefruit, slightly spicy. Medium body. Overall, a different take on the style, but nicely done.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy maize, with a frothy sphere of beige foam.

Peach and stone fruit on the nose, and peach juice on the tongue. Substantial, thick, velvety smooth where the alcohol does just enough to cut through what would otherwise be creamy.

This is truly delicious, it was so smooth and luscious it went down way too quickly. I had five other unfinished beers in front of me from earlier tastings and this one bottomed out first.

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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 JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a bright yellow color with little to no head. the beer leaves an excellent lacing in glass. you can smell the tart and sour tropical fruit from the time you open the can. tastes awesome, has just the right amount of tartness without being overpowering. a very drinkable beer that is highly underrated. a world class brew in my book.

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Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap @ Avery

A — Pours a cloudy and hazy orangey hue into the glass. There is a light white head that forms and settles into a thin layer on-top of the beer, leaving behind some consistent enough lacing.

S — Smell is bright, fruity, estery, and lightly sweet. Big loads of passionfruit and a light melon component.

T — Taste is like the nose, but it brings a little bit of a sour pineapple note with it as well, lightly tart on the finish, overall is focused on passionfruit sweetness, the base Witbier is somewhat covered up.

M — Light-Medium bodied, lightly puckering and a semi-long finish.

O — Good overall, just not quite what I expected, a little bit heavy handed on the fruit components.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A touch of haze on the golden brew and plenty of white foam in the tall goblet. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue. Fragrant with the exact Hawaiian aroma you get from picking those yellow passion fruits.

Quite fruity and on the sharp side. Somehow there is a metallic taste, and I think of pencil shavings. The passion fruit might be better served without the Witbier adjuncts. The acidic notes and the carbonation give this a refreshing quality. I am impressed with Avery for pulling this off.

I"m not sure how you would rate this in the Witbier category, since it could be any kind of light lager or ale with all that fruit flavor. Whatever it is, quite a massively fruity and tangy brew that is quite drinkable. I wonder if someone has done a Lambic or some other yeasty Belgian style with this particular fruit? Just a little more funk would make this amazing. From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tart passionfruit. prange, wheat tang, coriander. Bright aroma.

The taste is of tart passionfruit, orange peel, sheat tang, some sweetness. Tart, spicy (coriander), fruity finish.

Smooth, zesty, refreshing feel.

Tart passionfruit really stands out without overpowering a well-made witbier. A unique, very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like it says on the can - tropical and tart - plus a bit sweet. Pale, hazy yellow color with light aroma is faint but like flavor lots of tropical fruits, tart (but not salty) followed by sweet finish and a little more body (light to medium) than you'd expect.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Brewing Co. "Liliko'i Kepolo"
12 oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Liliko'i Kepolo means passion fruit devil, but I'm in passion fruit heaven! Or perhaps it really is a devil, because I'm going to be yearning for more of it really soon and I've only got the one can in front of me.

You'd think that combining passionfruit with a witbier would be easy, but I have a feeling that getting the balance just right might have been a little tougher.

It's bright and fruity in the aroma with just a hint of background yeast and spice. It can't be described as anything other than passion fruit... citrusy, tropical, slightly tart... a little like kiwi and pineapple mixed.

The flavor follows, and there's a little bit of malt upfront but that's soon pushed aside by its gentle tartness. Apart from the wheat malt, the passionfruit, and the very minor coriander and orange peel, there's just a slight edge of earthy/leafiness - yet it remains quite compelling! There's very little bitterness, perhaps 12 IBUs, yet it finishes dry, lightly tart, and fruity.

In the mouth it's light bodied and moderately effervescent (perhaps too much carbonation would give the impression that it's more acidic than it is).

Ultimately bright, invigorating, and refreshing, I can't think of a better beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the absolute perfect summer beer.

The appearance is inviting with a hazy, unfiltered orange golden color with a creamy white head.

The aroma is insane. Tropical fruits galore. Passion fruit, juicy fruit gum, orange, mango, strawberry, kiwi, peach, bubblegum, banana.

Taste mirrors the nose with a slight wheat beer yeasty character and more passionfruit.

This is like putting a tropical fruit drink you get on the beach in a can. It's one of my favorite beers of 2015 and it's refreshing as hell. Buy a case.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and fairly sweet aroma with a big scent of citrus fruits along with some spice. Huge upfront scent of passion fruit along with other tropical hints of mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, and grapes. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper. Malt hints of wheat, cracker, grains. A very good fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sweet taste with notes of citrus fruit and Belgian style spice. Big juicy tropical fruit taste with notes of passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, grapes, and peach. Belgian yeast with some notes of white pepper and slight funk. Malt notes of cracker, wheat, and grains. A really good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Nicely crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good twist on a Witbier. The added tropical fruit goes great with the wheat.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rust and yellow mustard mixed together. White head, decent retention with light horizontal streaks of lacing.

Aroma: Very subtle yeast gets crushed by sweet passion fruit, mango, and pineapple. Subtle tartness as well.

Taste: Sweet malts and sweet tropical fruit like passion fruit and pineapple, leading to a slightly tart finish with white pepper spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body.

Overall: Simply delicious and easy to drink, great in warm weather I would guess (as I drink this in late November).

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Photo of Tele
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can
Consumed: 11.19.15

A: 4.25 Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a large, fluffy, off-white head.

S: 4.5 Big passionfruit hits you right up front. That first moment made this beer really special. The tropical aroma fades rather quickly, giving way to the spice and esters of the base beer. Lemon, orange, and wheat also show up and it’s all very well integrated.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, pretty strong passionfruit at first that also fades pretty fast. Fortunately, the wit base beer is really strong and works well with the tropical and citrus flavors. Grass and herb develop on the finish before getting a final hit of passionfruit. Good balance overall; not too sweet and only a little tart.

M: 4.5 Really nice, refreshing body with good carbonation.

O: 4.25 I very much enjoyed this beer. Nicely balanced with a strong (but not overpowering) passionfruit flavor. I’d like to drink this all summer long.

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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very pale yellow and extremely hazy, too hazy to see through. It develops a fluffy white head that's bubbly and soapy, sitting and resting at about half a finger and dropping moderate lacing around as it falls down the glass.
This one has the light, dusty earth, the very gentle spicing, and the yeast nature that I expect while adding both sweetness and sourness with a bright, very easy sort of acidity underneath. On first sip, it tastes a lot like pineapple up front, then some more distinctively tropical stonefruit notes work their way through. It never loses the sourness, sweetness, or spicing, while it balances together very well and nothing overpowers anything else. Hops are very light, at a great level for a witbier, and show just a bit of grassiness.
The body is appropriately light with a fuzzy but consistent carbonation that a lively flow. It maintains the body without fizzing out or flattening, running semi-dry into the finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at the Avery brewing facility in Boulder. The smell and taste combination with the wonderful fruit made this as unique as it was good. Not overbearing fruit, however. This would be an amazing summer beer! He use of the Belgian yeast was also great.

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Liliko'i Kepolo from Avery Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 961 ratings.
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