Hala Kahiki | Rivertowne Brewing

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Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by letsgopens on 05-29-2010

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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of BeerCon5
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shebeckastan
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of rjd722
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coorslightfannumberone
4.59/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fbslim20
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

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Photo of SkipZ
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of dgherm
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of agreenman19
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of packbacker99
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of edthehead
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Bdel34
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Hala Kahiki from Rivertowne Brewing
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 369 ratings
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