Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 Deep amber in color. Frothy head lasted a good bit of time. Fresh aromas (bottle purchased in Hawaii). Lively carbonation; fairly easy to quaff. Flowery hops. Malt forward with notes of toffee and toasted dark bread. Some burnt / smoky aromas. Aftertaste provided some bitterness, as well as a nip of coffee. Lesser notes of nuts and candied sugar in the aftertaste.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great copper color with a big white head. Floral and bitter hops, but only lightly hopped. Good mouthfeel. Toffee and sweet malts. Easy to drink. Bitter finish. Not great, but, once again, better than the rest of the ratings would suggest. Interesting question ó my beer says Keoki Sunset, not Kauai Sunset from Keoki. Something may have changed other than the label. The most favorable reviews, like mine, are all from 2005 and late 2004. The worst reviews are all from 2002 and 2003. Did they change something other than the label? I bet they did.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice integration of malt and hop flavors. Enjoyed on our lanai in Kauai, so its hard to not like this beer and really, its pretty good. From a bomber bottle.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at a luau on Kauai. Malty, caramel aroma. Dark amber with a thin head. Good flavor of roasted caramel with a nice grassy hop finish. Thin body, but not without substance. Went well with the food.
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 (5362) - 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 (1972) - Nolanville, 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