DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 (12 oz bottle) A balanced, but generic pale ale from start to finish, with a mildly sweet maltiness, a hint of woodiness, and a moderate hoppiness that takes on a light grapefruit character in the finish. The finish is pretty smooth. The nose is lightly malty, perhaps a bit of orange citrus. Orange golden in color and quite murky. Sizeable off-white head has very good head retention and leaves a haphazard pattern of lacing. When it comes right down to it, this is just an average tasting pale ale, easy to drink, pleasant enough, but not something I’d likely buy again.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Memories of a Hawaiian honeymoon. Deep hazed gold, disappearing tan head. Citric hops, caramel and light toffee in the nose. Flavor is more roasted malt then hoppy with a touch of graininess to boot. Medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation, bitter, semi-dry finish. Good session beer when on the islands, but don’t go out of your way in the lower 48.
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Bottle... Clear, deep, golden ale. The aroma is full of juicy citrus fruit and toffee. The flavor almost mirrors the aroma... citrus fruit rind and a more pronounced caramel taste instead of toffee. Malty, but generously bittered. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, dry finish. Thanks to Rich McCauley for bringing this bottle back from his trip to Hawaii!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lightly hazy gold color with a tan head that disappears after a bit. There is a hoppy aroma of candid citrus fruit, malt, and a hint of alcohol. Sweetish with a nice toasted biscuits and malt flavor up front. This beer finishes with a solid hop flavor and a nice sharp bitterness. I get notes of toffee, orange, hay, tropical fruit, and herbs. This is a pretty good pale, light bodied, and easy drinking.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 On tap. Amber/copper in color. Musty citris aroma and tastes. Did not strike me as anything special.
5 4 5 3 9
Rerate. Tried again on tap. Citrus with some caramel. Not as bad as originally rated. Increased the #s some.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clean golden orange body with a white head and some decent lacing. Aroma and flavors are citrusy with carmel and nuts. Not a bad brew.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-copper body with medium carbonation. Fruity malt aroma plus orange citrus and light caramel. Similar character in the flavor but a bit more hoppy. Balance is decent.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a nice orange hue with minimal head. lots of little yeast floaties. floral hops, akin to SNPA. weak palate and flavors, mostly of hops with an orange twist. This company tried an SNPA clone and failed. sorry Hawaii!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This one has a very disgusting public restroom aroma, almost like walking into a rest area, or a truck stop perhaps. Also lingering aroma of grass clippings and wet cardboard. Absolutely no legs or lacing, and a quicklyh diminishing head. A very golden pale appearance. The malts give this one a terrible tasting thin mouthfeel, and a toasted breakfast cereal aftgertaste.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. Grainy, toasted cereal malt (M); flowery hops (L); touch of gas station bathroom in the aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic, husky finish. Aftertaste of toasted cheerios. Medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: was it worth getting my Hawaii rating? Sure, why not.