Hawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter Ale | Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company

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Hawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter AleHawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter Ale
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Hawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter AleHawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Hawaii, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This seasonal brew is an intense Belgian style Double Red Ale. Belgian yeast imparts a complex aroma and vivid hop character. Southern Cross is mall-batch brewed with rich malts and lavish hops to deliver an ABV of 8.2%.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-21-2010

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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe glass, showing a lightly hazed copper amber with a half inch of tan foam. Offers decent retention and some artsy lacing initially though falling a bit short in the end yet willing to maintain a surface cap with a bit of a spin throughout.

Lots or muddled caramel on the nose along with subtle hints of dark fruit and a touch of earthy and citric hops. Belgian yeast notes are nowhere to be found here. Labeled as a 'Belgian Style Double Red' I see it as a straightforward Imperial Red Ale as it lacks both a notable yeast presence and a complex malt profile as well. Warming enhances the hop/malt aroma to a degree and adds a good dose of hop spice to the equation. Still, not a Belgian style by any means, and not really considered one in the marks.

Flavor is pleasant with the muddled caramel and red cherry being dominant. Touch of spice and a faint hint of chocolate on the palate. Fairly well balanced actually and not overly sweet yet masking the ABV fairly well. Feel is moderate and does show a fair residual malt profile lending some body to the beer, yet once again not being too cloying. Thickens a bit with warming of course. Overall a decent red ale that knows nothing of the low countries and miscategorized here and by the brewer as well. In my opinion...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Eggshell lacing, tawny haze

SMELL: Fig jam, citric, minty, cake batter, bready grain, alcohol, faint caramel

TASTE: Sweet, full-ish body, smoky, cooked figs, dried hay, toasted crackers, modest hopping, yeast, earth, vague phenols, husky dryness, ripe fruit, alcohol warmth

Touted as a Belgian Double Red Ale, this small-batch seasonal offering is named after a constellation viewable in the Southern Hemisphere that was discovered as far back as 1000 B.C. A lively brew, but we’re wishing it was a bit more attenuated and cleaner, as it’s all over the place.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from Lighthouse Liquors in Hawi, Hawaii. Billed as a 'Belgian Style Double Red Ale' on the label's sub-titling.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper hue, with three fingers of foamy and tumultuous ecru head, which leaves some cartoonish grotto-like lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sharp biscuity grain, ashy tobacco, a bit of warm toffee, soft Belgian yeast, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, earthy date-like black fruit, mildly peppery yeast, and further weedy and leafy hops, with a very, very mild, dull booziness.

The carbonation is average, if a bit on the soft side, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes malty, fruity, and yeasty, in a sort of disjointed manner.

An interesting offering, to be sure - seemingly more of a dubbel, than either a BSDA, or the red ale definition from the brewer, though the latter may be closer to the truth when combined with the 'Belgian-style' preface. Complicated, and though not quite complex, I still enjoyed thinking about it, and apparently, just drinking it.

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Photo of Hardcore
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of GTJayG
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbw314
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, red/brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of spice, slight hop, alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight fruit, hint of spice, slight hop, and earthy malt. Overall, decent blend, complexity, and feel with a slightly lacking appearance.

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Photo of irishevans
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one with lunch at Hilo Burger Joint.

A-Off white fuzz of a head, and a brownish amber that becomes ruby when held up to the light.

N- caramel and citrus hops, a little pit piney. the odors aren't strong however.

T- Starts off like an english IPA with a mellow mix of both herbal and citrusy hops. it evolves into a bit of a sour tang in the middle, then on the finish coffee and caramel come out and it's almost like a porter, but the hops linger throughout. rather interesting.

M- Crisp but with a nice viscosity, not quite as thick as I like a winter warmer, but not too far off either. the ride through the flavors is interesting also.

D- Nice "winter" offering for where it's made. I call it an "Island Climate" friendly winter warmer, and extremely drinkable for it's size.

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Photo of orangesol
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkawachi
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JISurfer
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty subtle and is of malt and caramel. Taste is of malt and caramel up front that fades into a pretty awful metallic, meat-like aftertaste that lingers on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer that is pretty undrinkable.

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Photo of SurferEric
4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is very alcoholic with lots of malts. Caramel malts with a very slight hoppy bitterness. An overall easy drinker. Keep it up Hawaii craft breweries, moving up in the world, slowly but surely.

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Photo of rcusick
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of QuakeAttack
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThurmondTX
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown color; ruby on the edges. Poured a 1 finger light tan head with fair retention. Broken lacing.

S: Caramel and a hint of dark fruit. Citrus and pine hop character is very muted.

T: Dark fruity malt and floral hops battle up front. Sweet/sour in the middle. Toffee and caramel of roasted malts come out in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Mederate carbonation. The hops linger throughout but acheive a balance in the end.

D: Flavorful and pretty interesting. Disguises the ABV fairly well.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hawai'i Nui Southern Cross Winter Ale from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 22 ratings