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Pāhoehoe | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, an interesting enough concept given that most breweries would tend toward using a maltier, more robust porter or stout as the base for a coconut beer and this one goes in the opposite direction, is in fact a mildly hazy medium yellow-gold color. It forms a small white head with decent retention and enough spotty lacing to show some depth.
There's a good coconut presence, albeit somewhat raw in an otherwise light beer that also offers a touch of grains. The rawness of the coconut is countered by a sweet lactic note. Malts are also a little biscuit-like underneath. The grains come off more wheat-like as it goes and adds to a toastiness in the overall profile.
The coconut taste makes more sense when I notice that, along with flesh, coconut milk/coconut water were main ingredients. I get much more of that, noticeably so, in the flavor. It also gets a little tangy as fruity notes mingle.
The body feels very light, but here's where it makes sense for the brewers not to include too much flesh and to incorporate the liquid essence of coconut; it works in this beer. Granted, I'd like a bit more to it, possibly a smoother flow underneath the carbonation and crispness, but it's not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale gold color that's clear. Average stark white head.

Smells like coconut milk and sweet malt.

The cocnut is there, but not overwhelming. It does taste like fresh coconut milk right out of the nut.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

It a decent beer, but nothing about it is well pronounced. Despite the novel approach with coconut it's still pretty accessible to those that aren't deep into craft beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +2%

Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JohnnyMc
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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Pāhoehoe from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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