Hawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero Sour
Elysian Brewing Company

Hawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero SourHawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero Sour
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American Wild Ale
3.5 | pDev: 14%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero SourHawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero Sour
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 06/13/17:

Uniformly hazy, barely clear orange-yellow, looks like a tropical fruit drink which is a plus here given what’s in it. Off-white frothy and filmy head of lower moderate retention. Not much of a smell to it. If anything, whole lemon which I guess could be faint pineapple mixed with other sour character. Palate is much more fruity and a little more complex and distinct. Passable as pineapple and chiles but tastes more like watered down orange juice, with hints of other fruit, some caramel, and a little licorice of all things, which affect the balance. Tartness also has a funk quality to it if you seek it out, but the peppers are the most disappointing here. They are there in the form of a clear but mild spicey note which culminates in and around the finish. They might as well just be jalapeños, and not very many of them at that. Medium-bodied, almost syrupy before fine and prickly carbonation takes it to a lighter place. Carbonation does accentuate heat from peppers a little. But it also mellows in the glass significantly in the time it took me to finish drinking it, which was half an hour.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody has just burped forth another forgotten beer from its depths. I am fascinated by the idea that my label has the couple chillaxin' on the beach, him asleep facedown on a blanket while she is in a bikini, having a cocktail in a hollowed-out pineapple while the flamingo struts past behind them and a three-masted ship as well as flying fish & a shark's fin can be seen in the water.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with habanero peppers and pineapple added."; "Relaxin' with a little heat and a little sweet, like a nice Hawaiian Sunburn."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a very slow, gentle pour since it was an aged bottle. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5,< 7), although it may have been closer to 7 as The Gelt Gang took a pass, with NE-quality clarity, proving that my efforts occasionally pay dividends. Nose was tart with some light heat & a tropical fruitiness that I could not readily identify. Mouthfeel was medium, but the tingly heat was quickly apparent. I also got a soft pineapple flavor, not strong or powerful, but definitely of pineapple. I did not find it "sour", but more tart and puckering with a slow-burning heat and a tropical pineapple sweetness. Finish was mildly hot, but definitely dry as a result. It was definitely a novelty & I was glad to have been able to review it, but one was enough.

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Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy,gold in color, with one inch head. Taste is pineapple juice with chile pepper heat. Finishes with a light body but big heat. Tasty and interesting beer, but could not imagine doing more than one at a time. Worth a try if not for the uniqueness factor alone,

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

you cant please everyone, and for those looking for rustic wild fermented barrel aged sours, look elsewhere. this is fine for what it is, an interesting and experimental summer crusher. its quite light on both the pineapple and habanero, i suppose the flavors are there a little bit, sweet heat, but its more of a tartness thing for me, refreshing like a lemonade with a little kick. quick lacto souring i would suppose with a normal ale yeast fermentation. the habanero has almost no heat at all, which i am just fine with. the pineapple adds a generic juicy sweetness, but this aspect could be ramped up a little bit, its pretty faint. the combination of all the elements together though is nice, its refreshing for sure, nice when ice cold, and a little something different from elysian, who hasnt dont a lot of sours that have come my way. i dont like pepper beers that are too hot to drink, so i appreciate the tamer approach there. overall a pretty unique little beer, a good gateway type sour, something with broader appeal than it sounds like it should have...

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with one finger of white head. Head lasts about five minutes but does produce some good lace.
Smell citrus fruit and bready.
Taste is slightly sweet from the pineapple next comes the sour then the habanero which builds the more you drink but never reaches an unpleasant level.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is refreshing with some sweet and a little heat.
Much better than I anticipated. You get a tiny amount of sweat beads from drinking this which would act as a cooling effect. Tasty and interesting.

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Photo of ricke49
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The reviews that noted the near lack of either pineapple or habanero or sour actually piqued my interest, because I was thinking that a subdued amount of all of those just might work. They kinda/sorta do, but the wet rag taste is the main element that I'm experiencing- nice to try once, Won't again

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Elysian Brewing Company "Hawaiian Sunburn"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 2/12/16" tasted on 05/02/16

I literally thought to myself "I think I'm over all of those tropical-fruity and pepper beers" and lo and behold, the only beer left in the fridge is a "pineapple habanero sour"! I didn't know if I should even try it because I might be prejudiced, but at the first sip I was hooked.

It's a hazy golden with visible particulates floating around beneath a fluffy bright white head. The head drops fairly quickly but it continually maintains a thin surface covering, and initially leaves some very nice lace.

The aroma expresses citrus rind and pineapple pulp (it's dull, not bright like juice) as well as a bit of 'tartness'.

The flavor is fuller and the pineapple comes through nicely before the heat of the habanero hits you. I'm not finding any pepper flavor, but that's probably a good thing, I don't think it would mix well with the pineapple. There's a bit of sweet malt as well, and a moderate tartness. Somehow it all balances, which is amazing in my book. The heat lingers in the finish, and the sourness shows a bit more.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body (or is it medium-light?), and delicately effervescent with a fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Overall it's quite interesting, and if you don't mind a little bit of heat, it's actually quite refreshing.

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Photo of Black_Dog37
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and crisp, a very refreshing beer. Can definitely taste the pineapple, get very little hear in the end. Was expecting a bit more heat with the habaneros.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave some light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a sour bready smell mixed with some aromas of a grassy, funky, and yeasty hay-like smells. Along with these aromas comes some stronger habanero pepper smells as well as a very light pineapple smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a pineapple sweetened and slightly citrusy bready taste mixed with some flavors of a sour and tart lemon taste. As the taste advances, more and more habanero and some yeasty and grassy tastes come to the tongue. The habanero gets moderately strong at the end. With a little bit of a bready taste as well more fruity tastes of orange and pineapple coming to the tongue, along with some light grass, one is left with a lightly soured fruity and hot peppery taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mix of fruity and hot pepper the feel is rather nice and helps create a more easy sipping hot and sour beer.

Overall – A decent brew overall. Not overly sour, hot, or fruity. Overall a rather easy drinking brew of its nature.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of fruit (pineapple), pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Does not fit the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight notice of heat. Tastes of strong fruit, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hot pepper. Overall, good body, decent aroma, sessionable, but definitely not a sour.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found a bottle of this at the local supermarket.

Slightly hazy yellow straw color into my tumbler.

Not much on the nose. Faint whiff of sour character upon a very deep inhale and agitation of the beer.

Light sour notes on the palate. Delayed yet light habanero warming sensation sets in. The warming is slightly cumulative, and lasts. No pineapple detected. Slight graininess.

Medium bodied. I can't help but wonder if this beer would benefit from more carbonation.

This beer is very subtle on all levels. I was expecting more sour, more habanero, more pineapple, more carbonation. Not a bad beer, but a little on the light side.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. It has an extremely thick, creamy texture and good retention. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass, as well.

Let's see. Does the aroma feature pineapple? Yes, plenty of it. Habanero? It's very reticent, but I can pick it up if I concentrate. Sourness? Nope, nothing. Wheat malts show up nicely, but there are practically no hints of lacto - much less a palpable tartness. I enjoy what's featured (so I can't score lower than a 3 here), but it's a pretty disappointing nose when compared to what the label says.

Follows the nose closely. I taste a good amount of pineapple at first, followed by some wheat malts in the middle. Subtle habanero skin and lacto finish it off. As much as I like a heat bomb such as Habanero Sculpin, I do appreciate the timid spice here. The problem with it is how weak the actual sourness is. Put simply: it's not just weak - it's nonexistent. Everything else is nice, but this aspect let me down.

I like fruited wheat beers to have a decent body without an overly heavy sweetness, and this nails these parameters respectably. Carbonation is fairly prominent, and helps make this one nicely refreshing.

Taken in a vacuum as a simple pineapple wheat beer, it's good - quite good, actually. And the habanero (to me) is subtle enough not to offend a heat-sensitive palate while still offering an additional dimension. While I enjoy this beer, if you're advertising a beer to be sour, then you better give me something. I don't care if it's subtle, I just want it to be there. And here, it's not. I probably won't buy it again, but I'll gladly have it again.

3.19/5: Pineapple Habanero...no Sour here, though

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Photo of Celtics17
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disappointing? Yes it was, but if you take out the notion that this is a sour. Then this beer isn't bad. It's not a mouth puckering sour, and not a big hot beer. But more than anything this beer has a lingering heat, and a solid pineapple taste and aroma. What's lacking? The sourness.

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Photo of Thads324
1.62/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is really disappointing. Looks great, everything else settles on weak.
A: pale and very slightly yellow, with soft pillowy white head that clings to the glass edges hard.
S:a hint of grain, that's it. No other discerning aroma to speak of.
T: extremely watery. A hint of fruity sweetness. There's nothing else here, no body, no maltiness at all. Finish is slightly tart and almost salty. Feels like I'm drinking a very light and filtered kombucha. The smallest peppery feel at the end
M: very light, watery. Tiniest peppery linger after half a pint.
Disappointing is an understatement. Hopefully it has the health benefits of kombucha.

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Photo of Jeffwise
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Where's the flavors? Very very easy drinking sour...ish beer. Aftertaste of a little bit of fruit. No heat... Confused. Not bad just not what was advertised.. At all

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with grain, pineapple, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, chile, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it is very subtle in the pineapple, habanero, and sour departments .

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Dmitri. Light body and pungent aroma of a sour, but habanero s are very far in the background. Pineapples also a minor note. Light sour, close to Berliner weisse.

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Photo of Moose90
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served From 12 oz Bottle

A — Pours a cloudy pale yellow color into the glass, no real head formation or lacing left behind.

S — Smell is mild and features grains and malts, little bit of sweetness and salinity, but not a whole lot going on.

T — Mild notes of cereal grains and some sweet malts, a little hint of sweet fruit, but any of the advertised flavors are a challenge to find.

M — Light in body, no real sour note.

O — A let down, none of the advertised flavors are apparent, and there is no sourness or tartness here.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and straw colored in the glass with a big sudsy head. Aroma is sour, but not unpleasant. Sourness aside, it smells like a wheat beer, but with a tinge of tropical fruit. Taste would be almost too sour, but the habanero reins it in nicely with a noticeable spike of spiciness, but without any real burn, leaving just the lingering taste of pineapple. Mouthfeel is light and airy, which works really well for the flavor. While not typically a style that I like, this one is worth revisiting. Hopefully it's still around this summer, because I think it it would be even more refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft last night at PreFunk Nampa.

Hazy pale golden, foamy white head... Not really any habanaro except the chili fruitiness, the light pineapple plays well with the lacto sour notes... Not spicy at all... Surprisingly drinkable. I'd buy this again. I just wish it delivered on the fruit or the chili qualities more.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Can't find any dates on the bottle.

Pours hazy golden with almost no head, and very little carbonation. Smell is very mild -- tart and tropical.

Taste is very mildly tart, very very mildly habanero, a bit more tropical, somewhat grainy.

Mouthfeel is thick, grainy, but not sticky or unpleasant. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's very, very non-descript.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this on the menu at Elysian outside Safeco Field. Described as a pineapple habanero sour.

A: hazy yellow. A pleasing thick yellow color kind of like a yellow lab. Never compared a beer to a dog before. 1/4 inch creamy head.

S: sour comes through but not too strong and in a nice pleasing manner. Some sweet tropical fruit underneath.

T: probably the most balanced sour I've ever had (which admittedly is 5). The pineapple pairs very nicely with the wild yeast and helps scale back the sourness quite a bit. It's still there and prominent but not as much "I just bit into a lemon." The habanero is also nicely balanced inside. Not much of a pepper flavor but enough lingering spiciness that you know it's there but not enough to make you want to wash your mouth out to make it stop.

M: pretty average here. Enough carbonation to keep it interesting and light on the palate.

O: super interesting summer beer and nice and refreshing for a happy hour. I would definitely drink this again.

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Hawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero Sour from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 96 ratings