Pāhoehoe | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Pāhoehoe (pah-hoh-ey-hoh-ey) brewed with coconut water, milk sugar and organic toasted coconut."

Added by TMoney2591 on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
18.88%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

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Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Recently had a pint of this on tap, and it was probably among the least memorable Two Brothers beers of all time.

Bright gold color with streams of carbonation visible, a thin feeble cap of foam that broke apart after the first sip or two. A thin ring of foam remained and some random flecks of lace on one side of the glass.

Aroma was mild and nondescript, more of a funky lager-like yeast with basic grains than anything. No coconut toastiness or sweetness whatsoever in the nose.

Tastes like a bland base beer, again with no coconut toastiness or sweetness whatsoever. A big disappointment. Minor graininess and a yeast strain that overshadowed it. Kind of limp feeling on the palate. Tried to pawn off the last half of the pint before we left the bar, and it was chugged to get rid of it. Definitely skipped buying a bottle to compare, waste of money unfortunately. Toasted coconut can be a great addition to the right beer (see Three Hour Tour) but with this batch it just seemed like a poor attempt all around.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mine is the first bottle review, from the 15th anniversary series, and the beer's coconut aspect doesn't seem to hold up as well when bottled as when fresh out of the tap, which is not particularly surprising. In general, I thought the idea to be a good experiment, but final execution to be rather bland and lifeless. Would not seek this one out again.

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean white bubbles, ranging in size from large to small, and as a result, not particularly dense. This fizzes like a soda at an about average rate, eventually dissipating to a thin ring around the glass with a wispy island of foam atop the body. Body is a hazy golden-yellow color, with the lamp bulb bringing out lighter shades of gold. Carbonation is visible along the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is fairly bland: some pale malt sweetness alongside some light coconut flake aroma. No hop presence, no real coconut presence (smell a can of coconut milk or a bag of coconut flakes and then tell me if this smells like coconut), and minimal malts. Rather disappointing.

Taste opens with some pale malts and definite coconut water flavor, never quite reaching the coconut milk intensity I was hoping for based on other reviews. Light, semi-fruity sweetness from malts persists into mid-palate, with slightly more coconut flavor (though still fairly muted) as well. Ethanol is noticeable at mid-palate forwards: my bottle says 7.1% ABV in a US blonde, which would make sense based upon this detectability. Closes out with stronger, pleasant notes of toasted coconut atop continued sweetness, ethanol still present, though. Lingering aftertaste of mildly light, fruity esters, sweet pale malts, and some coconut water. Never really reaches beyond mediocre, definitely not astonishing or very interesting.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate. The result is a fairly creamy mouthfeel due to the carbonation bubbling up the beer. Finish is semi-dry.

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2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10th release of 15 retro beers to celebrate 15 years of brewing!

Pours out a nice bright orange, that's pretty hazy and has a 1 finger, fluffy white head.

The aroma is very subtle; some coconut, orange and tangerine with floral and grassy hops.

The taste is also very subtle and again doesn't provide very much coconut. There are a lot of orange, tangerine and fruity type flavors along with grassy hoops, bready malt and honey suckle. A very easy drinking beer, but the coconut is extremely subtle.

A refreshing drink with a light mouthfeel, but overall disappointing. With all the ingredients from the coconut used I was expecting something more flavorful and with more coconut presence.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tabbed as a Coconut artisian ale, it was interesting.. Creamy bronze in color with very little head... Faint hints of coconut on the nose, little vanilla... Flavor was light, but present... a decent creamy beer that would be allright on a hot day...not anything I'd by a growler of, but something that went well with dinner.. If you're looking for something different, and easy to drink, its worth a try.. Probably not something I'd buy the next time I stop by the brewpub though...

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 03/11/2011.

Note: Listed on the menu as a golden ale.

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden hue with a finger width of creamy lily-white head. Very photogenic.

Smell -- Husky grain, coconut water, macaroons, spring flowers and prairie grass. Overall: definitely coconut-infused, slightly sweet, mildly reminiscent of tanning lotion.

Taste -- Quite sweet up front with coconut water and macaroons. Floral hops don't lend much in balancing hop bitterness, but the aromatic flavors do compliment the coconut. Husky grain character is perceptible mid-palate. Mild grassy bitterness toward finish. Lingering flavor of, you guessed it, coconut.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied with low, creamy carbonation. Feels a little syrupy.

Drinkability -- Interesting, but weird. Definitely on the sweet side with all of that coconut water. Over time the beer becomes cloying and a bit too reminiscent of suntan lotion. At least it wasn't boring.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of TheSSG
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

's Bier of the Day: Two Brothers "Pāhoehoe" Coconut Ale: Pours a HUGE, dense, white head. Soft malt aroma, and if I work at it, I can find a hint of coconut. Once the head subsides, the coconut aroma becomes noticeable. Golden. Taste is slightly bitter and a touch of sweet. Moves into a low hop bitterness, flashes metallic, then is just malt. After a minute or so, I get a spectre of coconut. Very little coconut present.

This tastes mostly just like an all-malt lager, actually. The coconut is VERY subtle, and even though this is only 16 IBU's, the hops still drown out the coconut.

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3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Slightly fruity; grain is represented by a fair amount of cracker and untoasted bread. The quality of coconut is present, but comes across as very young and green.

T: Begins off-dry, with chewy--even pasty--light malt that shows an early burst of restrained lychee fruit. The green coconut from the smell reveals itself here toward the middle. Bitterness is mild but sharp amidst a whiff of honey in the finish. The coconut quality has an additive effect on the palate over time.

M: Medium viscosity, somewhat wet on the palate yet also syrupy, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer exhibits one of the more subtle applications of coconut yet encountered--but is totally honest in the final tally. It is a unique and experimental beer, but not in an attention-getting, headline-grabbing sort of way.

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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a hazy dark, orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and spotting of lacing.

S- light caramel and some citrus. No coconut that I can pick up.

T- sweet caramel malts, slight coconut and some citrus flavors. Slightly bitter citrus rind at finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O- this amped up version of the original falls way short of how I remember it! This beer lost almost all ofnthe coconut that the first small batch version had.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Pāhoehoe from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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