mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Amber, very little head. Roma comes out w/ carmel malt, then shows some roast, maybe some toffee...nutty doughy carmel...Fair overall. Like the Mehana, the finish seems tainted...slighty papery or earthy...maybe it is the water???I warm up to it as it warms...its alright! offering a fairly deep malt base. So far the best & maltiest HI beer iíve had. Body is done right as well...Forget my questions...this is a nice maltster!
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
"With all-natural ingredients, the Kauai Sunsetís mahogany color hints at itís subtle balance of delicious, rich flavors. A slight roasted malt taste and good hop aroma gives this beer a bittersweet chocolate complexity and a velvet-like body with a quaffable character." Is that the right commercial decription? What Iím drinking is a fairly decent APA, bright orange (mahogany?) in color with a quickly collapsing white head. The aroma is a caramel malt with citric hopping, mainly orange and orange rind. The flavor is fairly well balanced between malt & hop, and it finishes on an earthy, bitter note. Not bad.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is doughy and grainy; heavy caramel background; citric hopping with a well balanced palate; not bad at all.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear sparkling dark orange, thin white head. Inviting nose of fresh grains, toast, toffee, a hint of butter, with a slight nutty earthiness to it. Very nice balance with the caramel malt intertwining with the light floral hop character. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, crisp, yet malty drying finish. Brings me right back to sunset on the Na Pali coast. Very nice.....
MrRomero (1966) - Nolanville, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Honolulu Intíl airport. Poured a clear light amber with a medium tan head. Mild hop aroma. Quite a hoppy little pale with a light citrus flavor. Finishes crisp and clean with light dryness. Very nice.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden amber, with small head. Nose has some hops and nuttiness. Nice mouthfeel with some sparkle. Flavors are muted though a hazelnut flavor melds with the hop profile nicely. Finish is short but nice ...Iíd say not a bad session and one of the better Hawaiin beers Iíve had
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OBF 2004. Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly floral. An English style Pale Ale. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Lively carbonation. Might make a nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
carboloader (615) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I seem to like this better than other raters do. Pours dark amber, transparent, with medium-sized head that lasts awhile. Strong hop aroma for an otherwise nondescript brew. Falvor is smooth hops with some malt and sweeter than expected (but I had just finished an intense IPA). Not very bitter. In fact, pretty watery mouthfeel. Still, a surprisingly decent offering from Hawaii, which I definitely donít view as any origin of seriously good brews.
Better than expected. Friends brought this back from a recent trip.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was a very poor offering. Was very deep yellow, slightly hazy, with little head retention. Smell was a very high citrus hop almost lemony to the point of floor cleaner. But was light and somewhat yeasty as well. Just take away the amonia and there ya go. Taste was very watered down hop. No real taste, slightly of lemon peel, plastic, and cardboard. Gritty, grimey feel and watery.
Was flavored water.
I was glad to share and compare with the person responsible for getting me this and the Gold. We both agreed on the Gold being better and this Sunset was over before it hit the horizon.
GregClow (2736) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a nice, bright red colour, but there's not much head, and it looks pretty lifeless in the glass. A bit of malt in the aroma, and something vaguely unpleasant in the background. Very little body, and the flavour is equally weak - a touch of malt in the opening, a hint of hops in the finish if you strain to find them. Boooooring.