Mai Tai P.A.
Alvarado Street Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #331
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,383
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 6.55%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
143
From:
Alvarado Street Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  15
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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
Reviews by Hayley_86:
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 10, 2018
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danasofia from California

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a ten-day old can into a tulip glass. I also had this beer on draft a few hours before so some sense of comparison is on my mind in reviewing it.

Look - Very nice appearance, a hazy lemon yellow or light amber gold depending on the angle of view.

Smell - Dank, earthy hops and tropical fruit with a refreshing crispness.

Taste - This beer strikes a perfect balance between being slightly watery and opaque/hazy/viscous/sticky/juicy, particularly because it's pretty dry in texture. It manages to be incredibly refreshing and thirst-quenching but also very flavorful. The taste is also dominated by dank and fruity hops. It's sweet and juicy with a slight hint of cannabis. There's only a bit of bitterness, but enough to balance out the flavor.

Feel - Dry and fairly viscous, a prickly bitterness following bright fruit flavors, and a fruity and sweet but quite resiny aftertaste.

Overall - This is an awesome IPA in the up-and-coming juicy/lightly roasted malt variety (the most similar approach I'm familiar with being Fieldwork in Berkeley). A must-try for California craft beer drinkers close enough to get it.

Jan 23, 2017
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 01, 2019
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Kurmaraja from California

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 02, 2016
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TrojanRB from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 11, 2018
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wlynch from California

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 26, 2017
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LakerLeith from California

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 21, 2014
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Furlinator from California

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub on 09/01/16.

Sep 02, 2016
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 21, 2018
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fudanchu from California

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flagship beers are here to remind us why the brewery exists. This encompasses Alvarado in a nutshell.

Jul 15, 2018
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CJNAPS from California

4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 28, 2018
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Booner818 from California

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

Nov 26, 2016
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 17, 2017
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BarrelAgedG from California

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

Jun 17, 2017
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CSO from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2016
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2019
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brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 12, 2017
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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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Kevinpitts from Illinois

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

Sep 25, 2016
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Jhfinn from New York

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

Dec 31, 2016
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ronricorossi from California

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2016
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Beernoobie from California

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 16, 2017
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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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Boilerup from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 13, 2018
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Hop_God from California

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mostly clear golden to orange. Thick lacing white bubbles

S: definitely mosaic hops for sure I think I might be the only person who gets the aroma of hotdogs and a small mosaic hops it's very strange also some tropical fruit as well will be to citrus fruit also some multi fresh baked bread

T: taste I'm getting the guava little bit of pineapple some other Hawaiian tropical fruits definitely have some good resin little bit of multi sweet bread and finishes with a better residence bite some grass also in Pine

F: soft smooth with the crisp better finish

O: just a solid IPA. Plain and simple

Dec 15, 2016
Mai Tai P.A. from Alvarado Street Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 143 ratings