Mehana Volcano Red Ale
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company

Mehana Volcano Red AleMehana Volcano Red Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,180
Ranked #46,412
3.2 | pDev: 16.88%
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Hawaii, United States
Mehana Volcano Red AleMehana Volcano Red Ale
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Photo of PEBKAC
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Crimped can from the local abc in Maui. No BB date.

Pint glass pour. Opaque, iced-tea color. Solid cream head.

Metallic, herbal, sharp malt nose.

Herbal, earthly burnt malt, slightly metallic, good carbonation, thick.


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Photo of Smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A deep glowing red body with nice rising carbonation in the models. Dark chestnut hues complete the edges. Great fluffy but in control tan four finger tall head on top, clumpy lacing while drinking. Great looking amber.

Very small nose. Light toasted grains and small caramel sweetness round out but its pretty closed and subtle.

Wet notes on the body and slightly gaseous. Tingling light carbonated palate feel of small caramel and almost brown sugar. Flattened soda like character a bit too.

Overall though just comes out ok.

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Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of fruit. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of fruit. Overall, weak appearance and aroma, but more complex body.

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Photo of leaddog
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a copper red with a half finger width of bubbly head the recedes quickly.

Smell- Mild malts and caramel. Nothing really else.

Taste- Pretty much identical to the aroma. Very mild flavours. Nothing really special.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- I was expecting a little more since the pale ale was nice. Needs a lot of improvement to compete with other red ales out there.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured from a KTA store on the west side of the Big Island.

This beer pours a slighty hazy, medium rusty amber hue, with one fat finger of loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves some sparse runic character lace around the glass as it hies it out of town.

It smells of ethereal crystallized malt, somewhat tart tropical fruit, a soft zingy fermenting wine must yeastiness, and mild leafy hops. The taste is moderately sweet bready caramel malt, more soft dark orchard fruitiness, some vestiges of that yeasty vinous character, a bit of metallic edginess, and timid, but still balancing earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and soft, the body just shy of middleweight, to no ill effect, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt carrying through, and the thinning yeast and hops tagging on for the uneventful ride.

A better than average red ale, which isn't saying all that much, I suppose. Worthy of a try, at least to see where you stand with the style.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While on vacation in Maui purchased a 6-pack. Poured form bottle to pint glass the beer pours a red/light brown color with a 1 finger off-white color head, some retention and lacing. The nose is malt forward with a strong caramel malt character. Hint of dark fruit, and a light citrus. Towards the end the beer takes on a strong apple juice type aroma. Not appealing. The flavor follows suit and is dominated by caramel malt, overly so in that the beer isn't really well balanced and too sweet. Mild bitterness. Having a hard time getting past the malt. Finishes clean and malty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this was a disappointment.

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Photo of rawfish
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red-amber with highlights the color of bright volcanic clay. A thin white cap of foam forms with little lacing and nearly no retention.

Light caramel malts, sweet bread and the odd spice note here and there. Slight metallic note on the back end.

Crystal malt, stale bread, grain husks and a touch of vinous fruit on the front, slight push back her from grassy and pine hops that quickly are swallowed by the maltiness again. Finished surprisingly crisp.

Adequate to low carbonation, medium bodied but finished distinctly crisp even when warming. Very drinkable.

Another session beer not nearly enough in this one to be considered a malt bomb but it could really use more balance, crisp finish was a plus. Metallic tone comes out more when drunk cooler.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Wine Corner in Paia, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a murky amber with a 1 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks and chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some nutty flavors. A very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good red ale but I probably wouldn't get this one again.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is red and clear. It's got a white head that quickly turns to lace.

It's smells aren't too strong. A bit of yeast, it's got that red ale spiciness.

It's flavors are ok. Red ales aren't really my thing. It was a spicy beer with a nice malt finish.

It was rather thin bodied and had a lot of carbonation.

Overall, I had this one once. I never visited it again. Pretty mediocre.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.06/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at the hotel bar. See-thru amber with a modest soapy head and scattered bits of lacing.

The bottle was less than a week old, yet tasted a bit old, vaguely cardboardish (oxidized?). No distinct malt character other than some vague nuttiness and a touch of caramel. A bit of dark fruitiness. Nose is similarly unfocused. Just not a very lively beer. Possibly a bad bottle; the sixer of their pale ale I bought was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of irishevans
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown/ red when held up to the light, with a moderate sized just off white head that dissolves into a quarter finger coating on top if the liquid.

N- Fairily malty, the tiniest hint of caramel, and also some darker fruit smells as well, kind of like dates, or prunes. faint citrus smell also.

T- pretty well follows the nose. nice malt backbone, with a bit of dark fruit through out, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. I would say it's like a malty double IPA without the size.

M- again still the like a double IPA, just a little less viscous.

D- the ultimate Imperial Impersonater. tastes and feels like a double ipa, but in a nice sessionable size, good beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Decanted continually. Laced in broken rings.

S: Sweetness caramel and wet grains. Light floral hop character.

T: Sweet malt up front; caramel and toffee. Almost as if there were candi sugar. A cloying sweetness along with the floral hop character in the middle. All linger through a light bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sweet then dry in the finish.

D: Easy to drink. Not real balanced or blended.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in Hilo on the Big Island, the first thing noticeable about this beer is the crazy foaming head--super tight and tan, jus' like da' wahines out on the sand. When it finally subsides, there is still a quarter- to an eighth-of-an-inch left surfing the beautiful russet sunset-colored ale.

The Volcano is very highly carbonated, giving it an overactive mouthfeel. I found this brew to be very malt-forward which surprised me considering the aggressive head retention. Pouring more Volcano into my glass sends up plumes of amber and golden turbulence within the red ale.

My first thought was, I wish they put as much thought into the taste of this beer as they did the look; it is truly something to behold. Ultimately, however, the Volcano didn't do much for me as it leaves a metallic lager-type aftertaste. Not terrible, just not my thing.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

POurs pale amber color. Nose is very light and clean, with a suggestion of toffee. Watery on the palate, low carbonation, and weak flavors of toffee sweetness and a trace of hops to balance. It's as if this is one of those Michelob faux-craft beers.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish burnt orange hue, almost white thin head, reduces to disk. Some tight bubbled soapy lace.

S - Toasty malt. Smells promising enough.

T - Light caramel center, easy bittering finish. Not a big beer, but nice enough.

M - Medium to light, nothing real noteworthy. Balance OK.

D - I found it very easy to drink.

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Photo of vegantreats
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass this amber colored ale poured with a bit of white head and smelled of mild sweetness. The ale had a smooth mouth feel and was quite refreshing. This is probably a nice beer to have several of as it's not overly filling.

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Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a reddish amber. Small white head. Smell: crisp, maybe even some tropical notes ... definitely some malt. Flavor was mostly malt, with a crisp, kind of weird twang running through it. Thin mouthfeel.

All in all, pleasant, drinkable.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber-tinted with a slight ruby hue. Had an inch foam head that disappeared quickly. Retained some of the lace.

Smell: Sweet and malty!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hit with the malt right away. Relatively mild with a toasted taste. Tends to become a bit metallic toward the end. Not bad, but at the same token...not the greatest.

Drinkability: This is my first beer from the Mehana Brewing Co. and while it's not the best red ale I've had, it's not a bad representation. While this wouldn't be my first choice at the store, I would try it again to spice things up again. Decent.

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Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle bought as one of two loose singles for about two dollars each from an ABC Store in Kihei a few weeks back, reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange color with red tint, 3/4 inch pillowy white head, goes away rather quickly and retention was not great, lacing is also pretty minimal
S-Sweetness, caramel, whole grains, light hops, some other kinds of malt, and random aromas and candied sugar
T-Starts out with heavy sweetness that is dominant with toffee, gets a little chewier in the middle, not very balanced and becomes too sweet by the end making it hard to get down, lots of underlying sugary characteristics
M-Thin body for an amber, strong level of carbonation, sweet, slightly dry, and malty mouthfeel, taste did not linger long
D-Easy to drink, ABV seems pretty low, heavy on the stomach after a while, pretty smooth though, just a little sweet

A little different than other ambers out there, definitely not as much of a reliance on hops for this one, saw this at a few bars I went to and passed after my first experience with it, so I probably would not drink again, might be worth giving a shot

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At last, a beer review being done in real time! It does not happen often, I assure you. That's why my notebook is always close at hand.

I got a frothy, finger's worth of medium-tan head with good retention from my pour. The nose was quite malty, but with a slight metallic sourness. The color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a caramel-like sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a slight sour astringency accompanying the sweetness of the malt. It was okay, but since I am not a huge fan of reds, I would not have missed not trying this beer. Still, while in Honolulu, it beats the preponderance of lagers.

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Photo of arizcards
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack in Waikiki in late May for $9.99.

Beer erupted upon pour, with a very nice tan head. Nose had a hint of malts and nothing much else. A medley of malts greeted my palate, with an attempt by the hops to balance, with the finish being heavily astringent. Mouthfeel was lighter than usual for the style with no redeeming smoothness. Overall drinkability is average, unfortunately the astringency dooms this beer to being average.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly yeasty aroma, with a little malt and red wine. Frothy off-white, smallish head with darn good lacing. Pours opaque brown/amber. Watery, then bitter taste, no other flavors to speak of really. Okay, but nothing to search for when on the mainland. Bring back a couple of these to share with some compadres.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of four ale's from the Island's, this was the best. When poured in my glass, it was a dark brown with a reddish hue. There was not a lot of foam or lace on my glass. The smell of roasted malts was overpowering, with a hint of caramel. The taste of roasted malts was very evident from first sip to last gulp! Also, along with the roasted malts was a touch of caramel. Not bitter or tart, this had a sort of a finish that was not sweet or sour. Just a nice touch of a well brewed Red Ale. Even better drinking this Red Ale while looking at the Mountains and Ocean in Hawaii, on my Lani!

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass. A: Deep brown/copper, head that goes down fairly quickly with minimal head retention. S: Malty/sweet, some dark fruit. T: Malt up front, not much of a hop character intially but it finishes pretty nicely with some decent floral notes. M: A tad thin, but mostly fine. Moderate carbonation. D: Overall, a nice beer. I'm sitting next to the shore of the big island as I write this and it's exactly what I was looking for; simple, clean, refreshing.

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Photo of flexabull
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cloudy red color with a small head.

Aromas are sweet, malty, and fruity... like fruity tea.

Taste follows aromas. Fruity, tea like, malty, and with crisp tart finish. Simple but tasty.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full up front, and with nice carbonation.

A pretty pedestrian red. Not that interesting, but not undrinkable at all. Simple and easy to sip.

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Mehana Volcano Red Ale from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 61 ratings