Mai Tai P.A.
Alvarado Street Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #323
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,316
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 6.55%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
143
From:
Alvarado Street Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  14
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Mai Tai P.A.Mai Tai P.A.
Notes: 2015 GABF gold medal winner, International-style Pale Ale category. "Tropical" IPA brewed with 100% Mosaic hops, lending intense aromas of passion fruit, guava, and lychee. Light on bitterness, but big on hop flavor with dry finish.
40 IBU
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 143 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass. It smelled fruity with pineapple, orange and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruitiness with toasted caramel and a sharp, piney bite.

Jul 26, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light yellow body, perfectly transparent and quite lively. Good head production; poor retention and minor lacing.

Pineapple, coconut, mango, and mild dankness on the nose, along with pepper, pine, and grapefruit.

Incredibly juicy on the palate, with notes of lychee, kiwi, grapefruit, and a huge guava finish - really remarkable. Very low bitterness for the style. Cracker, pale grains, and light dough.

Extremely lively and drinkable; a touch lacking in body, with barely more heft than a session IPA.

Jun 07, 2020
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A BIF from @JayORear
The name had me thinking it would be full of fruits or something and the aroma hinted at it-
Aroma: Crisp, clean, hint of maybe mango?
Appearance: Not clear, not hazy, just unfiltered looking. Which isn’t a bad thing, it just is.
Taste: Curious flavor wafts over the tongue just before the hops kick in. After swallowing, a faint pineapple nuance introduces itself. Mango comes to mind but I can’t say why, it isn’t listed as something they put in. The taste is likely better than what i scored it at - I was just trying to figure out what the curious nuance was and forgot to just enjoy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, just what an IPA should IMO of course) feel like.
Overall: Mosaic hops are apparently primary in that aspect, which is good if you like that flavor, which I do. It was very drinkable, very refreshing, and I would happily drink more. Mango presence or not.
Thanks Jay!

Apr 24, 2020
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Pstone530 from California

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like this shares more similarities with a Pale Ale.

Medium carbonation with a quick diminishing head.
Tropical/Resinous on the nose which follows very similarly on the taste. Nice complexity from the Mosaic.
Nice light to moderate finishing bitterness.

Apr 21, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can from grocery store.
Clear golden amber appearance.
Has surprisingly complexity for only 1 hop. Tropical smells and tastes, but balanced with citrus and a fair bitterness.
Very drinkable.
My favorite so far from Alvarado.
I can endorse this one.

Feb 24, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured vigorously into a glass. Clear, with a crisp tan-gold color and bright white foam. Muted hop aroma, with a somewhat dank character lurking in the back end. Its bitterness is up front, and deliciously so. Classic west coast IPA! Easy drinking, and interesting enough to keep my attention.

Nov 29, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker gold in color and semi-translucent with a big, frothy head, crests around two fingers, retention is so-so. The nose is direct to the point of rushing past you, laser focused dankness, tangerine to blood orange zest, leaner guava, papaya to mango fruit scents without a lot of diversity, overall it’s subtle to the point of evanescence. Medium-bodied and closer to light than full. The carbonated tingle akin to sparkling water. Lilacs, there’s a chalky, stony underpinning which scrubs it clean, close to quinine. Melon, pear, apricot fruit with a hint of mango. Hard to find any citrus presence. More biscuit to cracker. Minimal wet leafiness without being absent, black tea leaf, notes of beef blood. Comes across as cunningly casual, extremely well thought out and integrated.

Aug 27, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up back in April on a trip for the ipa festival I think? Anyways, wow, what a winner yet again from Alvarado.

Pours a golden color of the slightly brighter variety, less than crystal clarity. 1/3" white head. Aroma was definitely giving off a major tropical vibe commensurate with Mosaic hops.

Taste is really easy going. The bitterness is super low, the carbonation is slightly lower than your average hoppy canned beer. The tropical notes continue to be massive, and even trick the mind into thinking there is added sugar/fruit to smooth out the beer even more, in terms of hiding bitterness and alcohol. Very light body that delivers a substantial amount of tropical hot goodness from the hop that was/is all the rage in 2019 (Mosaic).

If there was any down side to this beer, its the price. My dumb ass paid $6 for it at Berkeley Bowl. I think its $5 at the brewery, so I was able to talk myself into it given the small tick upward. Would I buy it again? Sadly enough, I think I would buy a 4 pack if given the chance at $20. I don't say that about too many beers, but this was good enough to stand out from the crowd, even though Mosaic beers are all over the place.

Jul 29, 2019
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really not that special of an ipa. Most impressive thing about it is that it hides the alcohol so well and is pretty easy to drink. Wanted a little more of a stronger flavor/personality out of this one.

Jul 29, 2019
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BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into snifter.

Pours a bright gold, with minimal lacing.

Smells of papaya, tropical fruits, floral hops, some malt.

Tastes follows passion fruit, some mango, bright hop punch and sweet malt, and bitter on the backend.

Nice solid beer, nothing mind blowing especially at the price point. I’d have it again but not at 6 a can.

May 16, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.99/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Beermongers.

Spicy nose with lemongrass, basil, chili pepper green/grassy notes, honey, mild hop juice with orange and some passion fruit. Palate is dominated by disjointed hop notes. Herbal (basil?), earth, honey, vaguely juicy hops. Poor. Finish is grassy and vegetal. Disappointing.

Nov 05, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some thin lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, a little citrus, floral notes, biscuity malt, and light caramel sweetness.

T: Big tropical fruit, guava dominates, with a little mango and faint papaya, floral, some citrus, lemon and tangerine, a little biscuity bready malt, and some caramel honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty simple ingredient list executed beautifully.

Sep 15, 2018
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic WC IPA. Alvarado St. is straight up destroying the clear game in the IPA market. Honestly had my expectations down considering having the DDH version two months ago, but this absolutely surprised me. Mai Tai is simply one of the best representations of mosaic hops in any IPA ever. Floral notes dominate both the smell and taste, in the best way possible, coupled with perfectly-fitting body and look. Try this beer if you get a chance!

Jul 28, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Mostly clear gold color with a small head that left a little lacing.

A: Tropical fruity notes mixed nicely with earthy, piney notes.

T & F: Follows aroma but slightly scaled back. Light, thin, easy bitterness.

O: Tropical and easy drinking. Solid IPA, but there are better & more price-friendly everyday alternatives out here.

Jun 25, 2018
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dannydetox from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On point single hop ipa that delivers plenty of mosaic on the nose. Light gold in color with crystal clarity. Carbonation is low, which would be the only significant detraction to me. Guava, pineapple and some tropical floral notes dominate, with more bright tropical fruit on the palette. Low bitterness and a clean malt bill keeps the aromatic hops in the driver's seat.

Apr 19, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first venture into Alvarado Street Brewing, and it is a good one. Light like Natalie Portman doing a triple lutz - but almost as delicate as so. Heavenly hop flavors dance on my tongue like the vixen Mina Kunis is - ya, I like that.

Raul would get this one again.

Apr 10, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color, with a white, foamy, dense head with lacing retention that coats the pint glass.

Aroma: Juicy tropical fruit, a bit hop forward with light citrus notes.

Taste: Upfront minor hoppy bitterness that doesn’t take away from the juicy tropical fruit, such as guava and mango. There is an underlying sweetness from bready malts.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a smooth mouthfeel, yet drinks crisp and clean with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall: It's a a well crafted beer. It moves away from the hop dominated beers I enjoy, so it was a nice change of pace.

Mar 12, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz on-tap at TRB.

A: Served a lightly hazy bright yellow with a cap of greasy bright white foam. Sheets of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: Juicy tropical fruit mixed with earthy spice and clean bitterness.
T: Mildly sweet tropical mixed with lightly bitter and juicy tangerine citrus. Earthy and slightly earthy bitterness overall. Subtle sweetness/citrus in the aftertaste.
M: Medium/full body, soft low carbonation, tingly mouthfeel.
O: Solid, fresh, and flavorful. Drinks well. Not a personal favorite, but definitely a great beer.

Oct 26, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mai Tai PA pours a bright gold that's slightly dulled by an unfiltered look. A foamy and frothy white head caps the liquid and coats the glass.

Event at one month old, tropical fruit emerged from the second the can was cracked and through the pour. Hints of pine, earth,and rubber blend together making the combination quite unique but with distinctively familiar contributions.

The flavors are all there again, but even more blended making them difficult to point out. Mango, pine, resin, orange, guava, earth, and even a slight nuttiness.

From the punch of the aroma and the slightly dialed back flavor, you would think this would be a rich and full bodied ale, but in fact it is quite the opposite. Remarkably smooth, somewhat crisp with a hint of softness, and a mild lingering bitterness makes this almost too easy to drink.

Mai Tai PA won silver and gold the previous two years and rightfully so. It is well constructed, memorable, enjoyable, and hits all the right marks while still being fresh and unique. Cheers, and thanks Jay!

Oct 09, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hoppy with moderate tropical fruit, dank and light citrus notes.

A: Golden color, clear, with a solid dense white uniform head with decent retention.

T: Lightly crisp and quite hoppy upfront, with moderate tropical fruit, dank, and light citrus notes. Very clean and fully attenuated with a light malt sweetness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; very clean, solid clarity with great hop character. This beer is well made and easy to drink!

Sep 11, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll say this right off the bat - this fruit-forward, tropical IPA is not my style but, man, if it's yours then this beer is your jam. Hazy, orange-gold pour that speaks to freshly squeezed juice. Nice off-white head that lingers. The aroma is like a beach vacation - suntan lotion, coconut oil, tropical fauna and sand. Alright, sand doesn't have an aroma but that's the vibe: pure beach. Taste is like a pina colada and mai thai mixed with a fruit-forward ale: guava, pineapple, coconut, lychee. It's all there and it's pretty cohesive. Soft body with only a light bitterness. If this profile is your niche then this is your niche beer.

Jul 10, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/7/17; drank 6/19/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big, fluffy off-white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Fruit punch & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fruit punch & mild wheat flavors up front; mild passionfruit bite on the finish.

Enjoyable, but pretty tame; a nice session IPA.

Jun 20, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i would imagine that freshness is the key on this one, we shared a can that was one week old, and it was downright special. for a beer that presents itself as featuring one grain and one hop, and the base malt of all base malts at that, its hard not to be impressed and to wonder why they all cant be this good! this is the absolute essence of mosaic, something to be strived for, in that its both juicy and dry hoppy, but also bitter and pushing the ipa realm on that front, thats how its supposed to be, but this is a more versatile spectrum of these hops than we usually see. easy drinking, soft feeling, and just blowing up with fresh mosaic. maybe loosely in the easy coast or vermont style, but i have to say, this seems more refined than anything from back east, with the hops working in tandem with a really simple grain base to produce a ridiculously easy drinking beer that sings and screams at the same time. mosaic is becoming commonplace, its everywhere now, but this beer seems to showcase it better than anyone else is able to do right now. i loved this, even if my peers thought it was samey. this is great beer, my first one from alvarado street! perhaps this is the future of west coast hoppy beer...

Jun 18, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy gold, relatively low visible carbonation. A finger's worth of white head fades quickly to a ring of foam, which lasts for awhile.

S: Melon, tropical fruits and dank. Lesser notes of spice hops and citrus pulp. Light cracker malts, and maybe a touch of wheat graininess. Nice, but more melon-y than I'd generally prefer.

T: Melon, tropical fruits and dank. Tangerine and citrus rind, with some more light cracker malts. Melon and rind with only a modest bitterness in the hang.

M: A medium body, but has a smooth mouthfeel with carbonation sensation on the low side. Low alcohol presence.

O: A really enjoyable beer. Despite this not having my favorite hop profile, this still worked for me. Very tasty.

May 19, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden brew with plenty of foam in the English-style pint. Hugely fragrant and just a modest bitterness. Flavor is really fruity with pineapple, mango, and lime peel finish. Is this the Mosaic hop? A delicious quaff and one of the tastier IPAs this season. On tap at the Crafty Fox in San Francisco.

Mar 07, 2017
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