Mahalo, Apollo! | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

very good
11 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Mahalo, Apollo!Mahalo, Apollo!

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Deuane on 07-15-2010

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice look, golden, hazy, healthy white head. Lots of peppery spice and Belgian yeast in this one, hints of dried citrus zest. Easy drinker. Not really my style, but good for what it is.

 185 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.4%

I know that it may seem like a violation of one of The CANQuest's (TM) main tenets to CANduct a review without an approved picture in place, but I am forging ahead anyway. The thinking behind that idea is that 1) pictures of Crack!ed CANs look cheap and 2) usually, I only have one of each CAN so if the submitted picture does not get approved and I have Crack!ed it open in the meantime, see 1). In this case, I have multiples on hand and I will get the pic in the approval queue today.

From the CAN: "Special Summer Ale"; "Brewed Naturally With the Finest Malted Barley, Hops and Yeast. A Golden, Complex and Refreshing Summer Wheat Beer. Spiced with Grains of Paradise and Lemongrass. Fermented With Belgian Wit Yeast."

I got a little spritz across the fingertips in CANducting the Crack! This, as usual, indicated a brimful CAN and thusly I began an inverted Glug. It is tougher to pull off with a Pint CAN or one of even greater volume, so I backed off pretty quickly. I was left with a foamy finger of fizzy, eggshell-white head that dissipated fairly rapidly to wisps. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so I allowed Mammon, Croesus and Midas the first draughts. The label reads "Color: 3.2", but I think that it was slightly darker. Nose was peppery, spicy, slightly lemony with even a hint of honey. Mouthfeel was medium. This was a very spicy beer, between the yeast and the spices, very dry on the tongue. I got black pepper and lemon and suddenly, I had a craving for some chicken. This would pair nicely with either poultry or seafood, IMHO. Finish was quite dry and quite spicy, leading me to think that the recipe could be tweaked just a tad. Still, it was a nice Summer beer and one which I would happily put into a cooler.

 1,770 characters

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -7%

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemon, spices. Taste is lemons, wheat, some spice, a bit of hops as well, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable summertime beer.

 327 characters

Photo of DIM
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a murky, muddy wheat color. It poured with a thick, medium sized white head.

s: Grassy, lemony hops; earthy wheat; and some estery, floral bananas.

t: Some sweet but subdued tropical fruit held in check by grassy lemon rind and earthy wheat. As it warms the wit yeast esters come into play.

m: Medium body with light carbonation.

o: I wish I would have had more than one small glass. Interesting for sure, a lot of diffetent flavors coming together pretty well.

 477 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz served in a pint glass
On tap at Wilmington Iron Hill 8/24/12

A: Pours a golden yellow color. Only a faint line of bright white. Leaves some lacing sheets.

S: Smells of lemongrass and wheat. And some yeast strains.

T: I get a lot Belgian yeast character. Spice: coriander, clove, etc. it's strange though. Don't know if it's the Grains of Paradise but it's a slightly off flavor.

M: Light to medium.

 408 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lancaster during Hop Attack -the release of Kryptonite '12. Served in a goblet chilled.

The color is deeply hazed golden with a thin cap of ivory. The bead is tiny and lace sticks well with carbonation visible. The smell is very fruity, lemony and zesty with some of the esters of the yeast present which gives a nice ripe banana accent. The smell is more floral than fruity as it warms. Mouthfeel is light with some body from the wheat and yeast with moderately high carbonation and mild bitterness with tangy zest of hops adding a nice amount of acidity and spice.

The taste is fresh and citrus tinge with lemony hop flavor combined with the slight tropical notes of yeast which has a banana element with mild toasted tinge from the wheat and malt. I like the way the Sorachi ace works with the yeast flavor which is a little spicy but more zesty with each sip. Overall this is a very quaffable beer for the strength, I would have guessed 5 or 5.5%, this is a highly drinkable stronger than average wheat with pretty substantial hop flavor - a nice juxtoposition between wheat and hops.

 1,115 characters

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Lancaster location.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lemon zest, lemongrass, spicy yeast, chewy wheat, and grassy hops. A touch of alcohol creeps in toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with the chewy wheat quickly giving way to a mix of lemongrass and lemon rind, spicy yeast, and plenty of grassy hops. The booze is light at first becoming stronger as it comes up to room temperature. The finish is a mix of chewiness, spice, and hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, hoppy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Pretty good stuff. I like how it had a good amount of spice yet it wasn't overpowering. It still had plenty of hops to keep me interested for the duration of the glass.

 910 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 7/16/11 during their Christmas In July event. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin layer of bright-white head. This retains with some foamy edges and more of a wispy look across the center, before leaving back a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma sits with some strength in the nose, with a mix of grainy sweetness, lemon, more juicy tropical fruit notes, and a deep spiciness. This definitely puts some flavor out into the nose.

The taste is crisp on the palate, with sweet grains, a light citric bitterness, zesty lemon, and lingering spice. The grains of paradise come out across the back of the profile, adding to the fruity ripe tanginess of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crisp feel to the carbonation that matches up well with the flavor profile here and dances all of that character around in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hid here and I honestly probably wouldn’t have guessed that this was close to 7% ABV.

This was nice, with a well done blend of malt, fruit, and spices all coming together into a complex yet still accessible bundle of flavors. The crispness and well hid ABV of the body only add to the overall drinkability of this. I’d love to see the return of this one every summer here!

 1,346 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled earlier today at Iron Hill Lancaster. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The wheat beer is golden, radiant and bright even though it is hazed over. A white head, over two fingers, has left a few strands of lace. The ale looks the way that a summer beer should.

S: The spices stand out immediately, a tropical sweetness that is not cloying. As it warms, the lemongrass comes through powerfully, a lemony citric goodness that makes me want to take a sip.

T: Oh deliciousness! The lemongrass and grains of paradise are a nice combination, lemons and grasses and pepper all taking a run through the spotlight. The wheat, an aspect that wasn't as apparent the first time that I had it, stands out after the spices pass. It adds a mild tartness that doesn't last very long. The lemongrass returns for a swansong, sending the ale through the roof. The spice profile is light but it packs a big punch. The occasional flourish of pepper and flowers is nice.

M: Spicy and light, the flavor profile really comes in from leftfield. The lemongrass and grains of paradise control the taste without weighing the ale down.

O: A wonderfully delicious wheat beer, spicy and flavorful without being too strong. Reminds me of Thai PA and OBBS's Lemongrass Wheat. What a novel spice to include.

 1,286 characters

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on 7/11/11.

A - Cloudy golden/apricot-colored liquid with half a finger of creamy white foam that reduced to a thin patch and smearing of lace around the glass.

S - Lemon zest and citrus notes blend nicely with toasty grains and plenty of spicy and earthy yeast, giving the aroma a sweet hard candy-esque quality with herbal undertones. A hint of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Bright citrus notes up front with a spicy, earthy yeast character throughout and plenty of toasted grainy and bready malt attributes. Finishes with a hint of peppery spiciness and a mild herbal bite.

M - Medium bodied with a hint of chewiness and moderate carbonation, which provides a touch of bristle on the tongue. Texture is syrupy and mouthfeel is smooth overall for an almost 7% ABV beer. Finishes semi-dry and spicy with mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice take on a wheat beer, which combines the lighter summer qualities of a thirst-quenching ale with the complexities of a Belgian Witbier. Overall, this one blends the citrus and spicy elements artfully.

 1,107 characters

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pale summer wheat ale spiced with honey, lemongrass, grains of paradise and Amarillo hops.

A-Golden yellow with a light orange tint. A medium white head reduces slowly to a thin cap and leaves nice ringing lace.

S-Like Lemon Pledge...and not in a bad way! The lemongrass and amarillo hops combine for a one, two punch of lemon in your face. The light spiciness of the grains of paradise sneak in on the backside.

T-All about the lemon zing with a touch of spice and a mellowing aspect thanks to the honey addition. Mildly sweet biscuit malt undertones.

M-Medium-light bodied, fairly crisp with long lingering lemon zest spiciness.

D-Oh my! This is simply wonderful. Full of flavour and yet light and refreshing enough to drink seemingly all day! This has become my beer of summer 2010!

 802 characters

Mahalo, Apollo! from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.87 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.