Hala Kahiki
Rivertowne Brewing

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #737
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,551
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 19.02%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
380
From:
Rivertowne Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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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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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +15%
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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drcaligari from Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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
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Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +44.1%
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
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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Coorslightfannumberone from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +32.3%
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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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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fbslim20 from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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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SkipZ from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -2%
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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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

1.93/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sounds great but tastes nothing like it. The flavor of watery bland disappointment. There's an artificial pineapple flavor and it almost comes across like a cheap soda than anything else.

Dec 25, 2015
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pheuker75 from New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought it for a Hawaiian themed birthday party. Perfect summer day, fish tacos and pulled pork. Its pineapple flavored beer, not over the top, but you get what you get. I would get it again.

Dec 04, 2015
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Secondfiddle7 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The ultimate lawnmower beer? Tastes like pineapple juice with little or no beer taste. One of these is great on a hot afternoon, but by the second or third one, the pineapple aftertaste lingers as heavy, sour, and strangely bitter. This is a killer draft beer at a ball game, but as said, after two or three, the aftertaste accumulates and sends one looking for a clean beer to wash away the pineapple aftertaste. So, drink one cold one with enthusiasm. But don't drink two!

Sep 26, 2015
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet pineapple juice on the nose with little else. On the tongue this comes off as pineapple upside-down cake, which I love...just not as a beer. Too sweet, couldn't finish it.

Sep 09, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is way too sweet. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head and no lace. Scent and taste dominated by pineapple. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

Aug 18, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It actually tastes like fresh pineapple chunks. You can taste the skin. Surprisingly less swee than I imagined. Almost a hint of smoked. The wheat malt base is a little weak though, so the whole thing rides on the pineapple the whole way, which gets old by the end. If you are a huge pineapple fan you should definitely try it.

Aug 11, 2015
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Dray from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its about what you would expect; Kind of like a shandy, but not in a bad way.
Look- was a little light
Smell- PINEAPPLE bread if there is such a thing
Taste- Bready pineapple.
Feel- Carbonation is a bit much, but not overbearing.
Overall-Great for a hot day or something that non beer drinkers will like. lawnmower beer that you can down and go back to cutting.

Jul 17, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color (not dissimilar to pineapple juice) with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical pineapple - like one freshly sliced or the chunks from the can.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat malts which are quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of pineapple (more like canned pineapple than freshly cut pineapple). Overall there is only a light amount of sweetness which surprised me as I was expecting the pineapple to contribute a lot more sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish and it does not linger at all.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing for a hot day here at the beach in NC. Nice canned format and low ABV makes this one a nice afternoon beer. Definitely worth grabbing if you like pineapple and delivers exactly what it promises.

Jun 07, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste is pineapple juice, wheat, sugarcane, and slight breadiness. It is an interesting stab at a fruit that I do not often see get added to beer. The pineapple juice blends more with the beer taste as the beer warms. The sugar levels are reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, This is one I am glad I tried. I might like it if I lived in a warmer climate, but I do not see myself getting it again.

May 04, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to try something different for the warmer weather. I picked this up and said "what the hell!" . It poured a very hazy pale yellow color with a white head. Right away off of the smell I could pick up the pineapple juice and the citrus odor. The taste was overly sweet. This is like a shandy, a style I am not too fond of. The beer and fruit juice mix just doesn't please me. It isn't for me. It was drinkable, a little by refreshing for a hot day, but overall, I thought it to be Overly sweet and just too much pineapple favor and taste. Where's the beer in this???!!!

May 01, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours so light, clear and yellow. Little to no head. Smell is like fresh pineapple and stale beer. Taste is crazy better than the smell. Like drinking pineapple juice with a beer aftertaste.

Apr 27, 2015
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ElHefe2000

4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer from a vendor at PNC Park, so feeling adventurous, I bought one. Smelled absolutely fantastic, not like beer at all. It tastes to me, like drinking a can of pineapple juice. Later on during the game, I found out it was on tap at the Beers of the Burgh at PNC Park. It tastes much better(to me) on tap than out of the can.

Apr 25, 2015
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