Hala Kahiki
Rivertowne Brewing

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From:
Rivertowne Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #357
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #28,948
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 19.24%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
315
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
May 29, 2010
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  89
SCORE
78
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Notes: A beer so enticing you may think it's nectar from the gods. The name "Hala Kahiki"(hahlah-kah-hee-kee), originates from the Hawaiian words for pineapple. Feel the way it rolls off your tongue? Our sweet and refreshing beer will take you away ...have a sip ...grab a lei!
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Rated: 3.93 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.48 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by Z-man from Michigan

Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The clear dark golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap of foam and small ring and a thin irregular island of foam and that leaves behind a short thick web of foam that persists for quite a while on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and lots of small patches and slender legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about pineapple juice but there is also a hint of bready malt and no real sign at all of hops.

The flavors are much the same as the nose with lots of pineapple juice and a bit of bready malt in the background. The sweetness that is definitely there but is not enough to cloy. In addition there’s some light tartness here but no real sign of hop bitterness, so it’s very much like sipping on a glass of pineapple juice.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly creamy with the low but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as everything starts to fade away with all the flavors, including the light tartness receding slowly until near the ending where just a bit of hop bitterness joins the rest to close out the long ending.

Overall this is a reasonably enjoyable drinkable beer that I’m pleased to have tried but that I don’t have a lot of desire to repeat. The aromas/flavors are almost entirely about pineapple juice and it’s sweetness but with a touch of tartness and almost no hop bitterness to speak of. This is a fruit juice beer that could work well on offer in the ice chest when entertaining friends who think they don’t like beer.
Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.31 by brewale4me from Pennsylvania

Apr 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.28 by Turner12010 from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2018
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Rated by Hike from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Great summer beer with very strong pineapple flavor. Almost more on the Shandy side, it really is quite delicious if you're a fan of pineapple.
Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
5.5oz sample as part of a flight at good ta go in Chambersburg, pa on Saturday.

Attractive hazy pear colored body small head which leaves little in the way of lacing. light carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, mostly non citrus, but a little pineapple too.

Smooth and easy drinking. Tastes like something you could have for breakfast with your bacon & eggs. No strong flavors, but manages to be pretty enjoyable.

Mouth medium, finish fruity.

Overall, good sessionable easy drinking slightly sweet fruit beer, though several may prove a bit cloying to some palates.
May 29, 2018
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Reviewed by drcaligari from Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
I was prepared for an overly strong, artificial pineapple flavor. The smell re-enforced these expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find a well balanced, satisfying drink.
Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Juice14 from Connecticut

Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Off the tap at their pour house. Golden color. The head dissipates around 5 minuets except for a film, which does lace the glass a bit. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. Smells contain definite pineapple. The taste followed and is very pleasant. Nice fruity pineapple flavor. Impressive brew!!!
Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania

Jan 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.43 by BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2018
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Rated by Shebeckastan from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Big fruit, they accomplished a summer super hot day beer. Ridiculous pineapple. Easy to make beer bombs with it using coconut rum or tequila.
Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can served in a Tervis at the 2017 Fall ASMF.
Pours hazy yellow with very coarse carbonation rising to a short - lived head. Near full and juicy body.
Nice mix of sweet and tart up front, fading to a mildly bitter and tart finish. Ripe pineapple flavor is present.
Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by rjd722 from Maryland

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Coorslightfannumberone from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
It was a really good beer. I liked the pineapple taste. It was very smoothe. It was a light color the foam didn't stick around too much. It's no coors light but it's very good.
Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
See through light colored look with a decent sized white head. Interesting scent of sweet pineapple mixing with a strong cracker malt base. Strong scent. Wow, a bit on the sweet side. Good flavored but this could be cloying. Syrupy and less carbonation to this beer. Sorta like a wine cooler.
Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by Chackman151 from Arizona

Jul 07, 2017
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Reviewed by fbslim20 from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Definitely not a nuanced fruit beer a la Casey or Good Beer Co. That said, this is a tasty one, if heavy handed. I might not have more than one of these at a time, but it's a good summer beer!
Jul 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by GreenEggsHam1 from Ohio

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

May 09, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
from an overall quality standpoint, this beer feels cheap to me, forced and over flavored, and on the edge of being a gimmick, but in the end, it tastes pretty good, my girlfriend (who has a fine and particular palate) really dug it, and its hard to be too critical, this is not meant to be the best beer in the world i wouldnt think, and it certainly doesnt present itself that way. crazy juicy yellow color, they must have use a ton of pinepple in it, and it has a nose to match of crushed pineapple right out of the can, sweet no doubt, and not much malt or hops apparent in the mix, but pretty attractive really, if thats your thing. the flavor has some canned and some fresh pineapple character, no doubt about what fruit they used, and they used plenty of it! i get the slightest cereal malt element when it warms a little, and its almost too sweet to drink a whole one, but the flavor is good, as over the top as it is, and the high carbonation helps it not get too syrupy feeling. i dont think i could have more than one, honestly, but my lady did, and really was bummed when our sixpack was gone, which i guess is one mark of a good beer. we had fun with this one, it certainly is the most pineapple i can think of in a beer, but you better be wanting a juicy fruity beer, not a pineapple accent. i may not buy this again, but i will remember it fondly...
Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by SkipZ from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
A: Golden and crystal clear yellow color with 1/2 finger pure white head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. The color is rather inviting and let's you know what you're about to get into when you see it in the glass. Reminds me of the juice from superbly ripe, freshly cut pineapple. Poured one in a snifter and the next one in a generic bar-style pint mug.
S: Lemon and freshly cut pineapple immediately bombard the senses with a hint of lightly toasted cracker here and there. Smell the empty can and it reminds me of a summer night at the MLB park and getting that strong whiff that lets you know the beer man is pouring some fresh suds nearby. No hop presence noted.
T: Immediate "lemon-pineappleade", if that's a word. Sweet and crisp with dominate fresh ripe pineapple. I was slightly confused by the sweetness at first however, after a few more swigs, my palate, tongue and gums stopped fighting amongst themselves and I got a better perspective of the flavor profile. The pineapple is not an essence or infusion type of flavor. It is pure ripe, and sweet pineapple that lingers on the lips. The malt backbone and hop presence is weak but that isn't supposed to be the star here. It does finish rather quick, crisp and refreshing.
M: Thin body with sweet pineapple. Any malt characteristics quickly rolls over the tongue and disappears with a dryer backend with pineapple sweet-stickiness remaining on the lips.
O: Definitely refreshing and very easy to drink more than one but after two, I found the lingering sweetness a bit off putting. The pineapple flavor is delicious, especially if you love fresh cut pineapple at the peak of ripeness. This would be a hit at a backyard barbecue party on a hot summer day or with some freshly smoked pork shoulder, ribs or CARNITAS!
Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A- clear lemon color with half finger head that looks soda pop carbonated.

S- sour pineapple and lemongrass malts. an almost lemon meringue smell.

F- strong pineapple, like biting into a pineapple fresh off the tree. lemon malts.

M- pineapple fruit juice and light bodied.

O- never really had a beer with this much pineapple flavor....i am torn...at first i like it but then over a few sips it becoems overpowering.
Mar 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by dgherm from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by agreenman19 from Connecticut

Nov 08, 2016
 
Rated: 2.98 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by jagada from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by dag1991 from Ohio

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by packbacker99 from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.28 by edthehead from New York

Jul 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
It's a shandy, not a beer, but for a shandy, it's fine.

a) a cloudy yellow color with a thin wafter of white bubbles for a head, without any retention or lace, fades to nada, looks like juice.

s) The aroma is fruity pineapple. Period. But it's good pineapple juice! Sweet, floral, fresh. No beer.

t) Follows the smell of pineapple floral sweetness upfront but is supported by whiff of fresh grainy malt. Kind of like thick pineapple marmalade on a communion wafer. But still floral, fresh, original. Shandy style.

f) Slightly watery in feel, with prickly carbonation that eventually fades and flattens.

I'm not a shandy guy and would not get it again, but it's a novelty. Too sweet tho even for summer.
Jun 14, 2016
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Reviewed by FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy yellow color with chunks of what I assume to be pineapple floating around. Aroma smells like fresh pineapple juice. First sip backs up the smell - this beer is rife with pineapple flavor. It tastes more like pineapple juice than beer. Finishes quite sweet.

This is a nice refreshing summer drink, but it hardly qualifies as beer. Easily the most intensely pineapple beer I've had. Enjoyable if you are in the mood for a drink of this type, but realize what you are getting into when you crack this open. Pineapple city.
May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 2.61 by Bdel34 from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2016
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