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

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Southern Cross beer is a Belgian-style Double Red Ale. Big caramel maltiness and light toffee notes are accented with a subtle citrus character (jackfruit) from the Belgian yeast strain used to ferment
this beer.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-21-2010

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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 DMarlinJ
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking head on the pour but disappeared quickly. Nice reddish brown color with unfiltered murky, opaque look. Nothing to note about smell, I like the taste, very drinkable, fits description. The mouthfeel is very smooth and balanced, not to much carbonation and not sticky or with any lasting residues. Overall it is a nice example but nothing stands out as unique. I would drink it again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Guden
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours on draft with a medium brown with some yeast particles. No head. Smell is light toast, overripe fruit, and rummy booze. Taste is similar to nose with more caramel and alcohol character and less fruitiness. Some phenols, not overwhelming but a touch strong combined with the alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel is medium body with almost no carbonation, way too thick and flat for the style. Overall a drinkable but subpar attempt at the style.

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Photo of tonybiblerocks
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable. Silky. Flavorful. A fine yeast is used here that results in a complex yet familiar sweet, bold flavor with distinct honey notes that belies its weighty abv. A must-have for any beer connoisseur visiting Hawaii (or not).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hardcore
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of dvmin98
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely complex brew. The smell is fruity but very strong. This was an exceptional brew and I was very impressed. I would highly reccomend this to others.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbw314
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerparrot
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imperial pint sized can

Red in appearance. Toffee and caramel aroma, some fruit sweetness too. Similar taste, balanced with some herbal hop flavors. medium bodied and carbonation.

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Photo of irishevans
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkawachi
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JISurfer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Southern Cross from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 38 ratings