Pāhoehoe | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Photo of fear025
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 3/3/11.

Aroma:It smells really good, there's lots of sweet coconut in the aroma, but not much else.

Appearance:Pale gold in color with little head and some medium lacing.

Taste:Huge coconut on the foretaste, they really did this one right. In the midtaste of this beer, faint bitter notes show up, and linger on through the aftertaste, but they play second fiddle to the huge coconut flavor.

Mouthfeel:Smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall:Great, easy drinking, coconut beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Two Brothers and whoa, this is a different one. A light body, somewhere between tannish yellow to light brown with a white two finger head. It smells of coconut right away, which is a good thing to me considering my love of the fruit. As for the taste, it was very smooth and mellow, an upfront coconut flavor hits with almost no hop bitterness save for an extremely light hint at the finish. The more I drank it the more it started tasting like sun tan lotion and then back to coconut and then back to sun tan lotion.

It's hard to say if I truly enjoyed it but it's innovation and changing flavor has brought me back to it a few times now.

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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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3/5  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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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Two Brothers Taphouse 2/17/11.

A: Served a bright, glowing, straw-gold color with a puffly little plop of bright white head on top. Retention was good and some random specks of lace were left behind.

S: Smells of fresh toasted coconut. Some sweet navel orange and/or tangerines and puffed rice, as well.

T: See above. The coconut is obviously the main thing going on here but at no time does it come off as phony or overbearing. Very high quality coconut was used as this does not taste like they dumped a bunch of Torani coconut syrup into the beer.

M: Mild sweetness that compliments the toasty dryness. Finish is rather short.

D: Not sure if I'd want a growler of this, but this one pint was the perfect serving size and quite refreshing.

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3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pokal at The Firkin.

From the notes on the Firk's menu, this thing was brewed with toasted coconut and coconut water, then was "dry coconut-ed". Wow. Plenty o' coconut, right? It pours a clear pale-ish straw topped by a finger of cream-white froth. The nose comprises cream soda, vanilla, coconut (no way!), and wheat. The taste holds notes of coconut, papaya, mandarin oranges, wheat, rice, pineapple, and white grapes. The toasted coconut comes in in the middle and lingers 'til the end. The coconut is palpable. Trust me. The body straddles the line between heavy-leaning light and rather light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decidedly interesting brew, a bit heavy on the coconut for my preferences, but it somehow holds itself back from going completely overboard.

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