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Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Introducing the Hawaiian Style Pale Ale™ Aloha from Hawaii! As the name suggests, this bold, hoppy West Coast pale ale is brewed Hawaiian style—with pineapple. We stopped at nothing to create this perfectly "imbalanced" and supremely delicious pale ale. The Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is naturally carbonated, unfiltered and dry-hopped to provide a delicate carbonation and complex flavour and bouquet. Hints of caramel, honey and biscuit give way to notes of fresh citrus, zest and pine and a refreshingly tropical finish. Serving Suggestion The Hawaiian Style Pale Ale should be served cool (5-10°C) from a tulip style glass. Food Pairings Hawaiian Style Pale Ale’s citrusy, fresh character makes it a versatile beer for food pairings. Enjoy a glass with spicy Indian and South-East Asian dishes. Pair with hearty pub fare and allow its zesty hoppiness to refresh your palate. Indulge in rich, creamy cheeses, some decadent chocolate or a thick slice of cheesecake to bring out the beer’s caramel and tropical sweetness. On its own it is dry, refreshing and perfectly quenching. Ingredients •Malts: Pale Malt, Caramel 10, Caramel 45, Light Munich, Caramel Malt-Pils •Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Northern Brewer •Yeast: California Ale •Additional: pineapple juice •Water: pure water


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregorymconway (127) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
355ml bottle from the LCBO. Hazy gold body which is subtlety tinted brown. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit on the nose. It is also malty with some caramel coming through a little bit. A nice dryness on the palate, however it doesn’t take away from the overall sessionable quality of this beer. Quite hoppy, medium to elevated perceived bitterness that finishes long with some grapefruit zest, predominantly. Some floral qualities as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8030) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Silky tropical fruit dominate this smooth New World Pale Ale, ending up in earthy hop resins and their just bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty amber.
-Malts offer but light caramel, without much definition.
-Drinkability is quite high.
-This is well-made, but it lacks depth and subtleties.

On tap at The Black Tomato.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Poured a hazy amber with fun yeasty swirls floating around and had a big frothy off white head, very good lacing on this brew. Aroma was of pineapple, tropical hops and pine. Tastes of sugar, pine, and the pineapple hits you at the end. Had a light body with a refreshing amount of bitterness at the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewGoblin (448) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Quite an enjoyable lil affair to down. A mellow, hazy copper with a frothy head that left a lace legacy behind. Light pine, citrus and caramel comprised the enjoyable aromatics. Sweeter than expected, a white grapefruit flavour was prominent here, a low bitterness trailing. The mouthfeel was softer than expected but a bittersweet aftertaste made this a solid serious session sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2036) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy, orange-amber with a 3-finger off-white head that leaves random blotches of lacing. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pineapple and a touch of floral hops. Taste of citrus, pineapple, caramel, tropical fruit, pine resin and a touch of floral hops. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
worldbeertaste (1678) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Orange with a thin white lacy head. Smells of tropical fruit, juicy melon, honey, and caramel. Tastes more citrus with pineapple and a sharp peppery finish with a lingering sweetness. A bit our sourness in the finish is a bit off. I want to drink it. Delicious

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
GRM (3058) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 13 2014; eye: caramel with an orangey hue, lightly hazy, tiny ring of tan head, no lacing; nose: sour, infected; mouth: sour, infected; overall: why serve infected beer? FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 13 juin 2014; œil : caramel avec une teinte orangée, légèrement voilée, petit anneau de mousse fauve, pas de dentelle; nez : aigre, infection; bouche : aigre, infection; en résumé : à quoi ça sert de servir une bière infectée?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1323) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Elle est plutôt ambrée et une mousse franche la recouvre en s’y installant confortablement. Un nez très fruité au travers une couche maltée et houblonnée. Ça sent le jus. Le goût du fruit n’est pas exagéré. On a même une pale ale assez digne. Une amertume soignée et bien sentie nous passe sur la langue, tandis que le malt donne une certaine corpulence en bouche. Agréablement surpris. (1176-070814)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2281) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2014
On tap at the Ottawa Beerfest. Hawaiian Style Pale Ale served in my 5$ Spearhead tasting snifter. Their flagship beer pours an opaque copper-orange. The nose is a burst of  piney orange citrus hops. Not sure what they mean by Hawaiian but this is quite good. It has a crisp mouthfeel of palate cleansing bitterness, It’s  a clean bitter hoppy pale ale with a solid malt backbone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
guil0000 (275) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Pours avhazy golden red colour with a small long lasting white head. Nose of citrus hop. Mainly grapefruit. Not overly hoppy finish it has the nose of a ipa but no lingering hop. Sweet medium mouthfeel. Very good!


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