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Tuesday, April 2nd 2013

Mr. Pineapple
(SanTan Brewing Company)

Mr. Pineapple is SanTan Brewing Company's most recent canned seasonal release. Just in time for the long hot days of summer in Arizona is a beer which was built to quench your thirst. Although there are still a few small patches of snow on the ground where we are we're excited to crack open our first can of Mr. Pineapple and think of the warmer days ahead.

From the SanTan Brewing site:

"Winner of a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition, Mr. Pineapple was originally conceived for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau Day. Hazy straw gold in color, we add natural pineapple juice to a traditional wheat beer creating a refreshing tropical flavor. The pineapple is balanced with a firm malt character and a slight hint of clove. Mr. Pineapple is the perfect way to beat the heat on a warm summer day!"

Here we go...

Pour - golden in appearance with a haziness that is expected from the wheat. Very nice looking head on top. This looks soft and inviting in the glass, and also very refreshing. Where is my garnish...


Aroma - a lot of the aroma I get from this beer is from the wheat and the year. Its a little spicy with some clove or cinnamon with a bit of sweetness and tropical aroma after it settles and warms a bit.


Taste - again the yeast seems to stand out at first with the clove and bubble gum flavors which soon combine with the tropical sweetness of the pineapple. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with a slightly dry and tangy finish. What more can we say here? This is a very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus of sporting a great pineapple flavor. Happy to see this one in cans!

 

Overall - tangy sweet but not too sweet with a refreshing and crisp quality that makes this a great option all summer long. The pineapple flavor really comes out in this beer and tastes delicious...oh,  and the can design makes us smile. 


Can Design - Michal Mason

 

Note - Next month SanTan will once again be playing host to the Ameri"CAN" Canned Craft Beer Festival which will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, May 18th. This is an awesome beer festival in a fantastic location. Tons of great beer and friendly people. Check it out!



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Mr. Pineapple
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
City: 
Chandler, Arizona  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: White Wheat, 2-Row, and Munich malt
Hops: Columbus and CTZ
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
Date: April 2nd, 2013

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Tuesday, April 2nd 2013

Canned Fruit:
A Guide to Fruit Beers in Cans

Sure, you might make fun of fruit beers from time to time but chances are you've probably had a few that had you grinning and saying to yourself that they weren't half bad. As warmer weather spreads across the country we begin to see a lot more breweries release seasonal beers laden with all sorts of fruits. As summer is a time to get outside and pack a cooler for all kinds of adventures we figured we'd give you the run down of the many fruit beers now available in cans. Hopefully you can find one (or two) that please your palate. Cheers!

 

              
APRICOT

One of the more subtle fruit flavors that has found its way into beer. Apricot provides a bit of tanginess and a little tartness that goes well with a lighter style. Examples include...

Dry Dock Brewing Company's Apricot Blonde (Aurora, Colorado) 
Magic Hat Brewing Company's #9 (S. Burlington, Vermont) 

 


BLACKBERRY

A departure from the far more popular raspberry, is the blackberry. Suprisingly there is only one brewery that cans a beer brewed with the fruit. Examples include...
 

Long Trail Brewing Company's Blackbeary Wheat (Bridgewater Corners, VT) 


      

BLUEBERRY

Blueberries are a great addition to many different styles of beer. People can't seem to get enough blueberry beer. In fact, Wachusett's Blueberry Ale is their most popular seller...year round! Examples include...


Sea Dog Brewing Company's Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale (Portland, Maine)

Wachusett Brewing Company's Blueberry Ale (Westminster, Massachusetts)

Matt Brewing Company's Blueberry Blonde Ale (Utica, New York)

 

 

COCONUT

The more creamy and nutty flavors of coconut are definitely more inline with darker more full-bodied brew. Not exactly the best beer for a sweltering hot day but perhaps for a cool summer evening on the beach. Examples include...


Maui Brewing Company's CoCoNut PorTeR (Lahaina, Hawaii)

Great Crescent Brewery's Coconut Porter (Aurora, Indiana)

 

 

ORANGE

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery recently released their first two canned offerings. One of those two is their Orange Wheat which is brewed with locally grown California oranges.  Examples include...


Hangar 24 Craft Brewery's Orange Wheat (Redlands, California)

 



PEACH

Ahhh...the fuzzy sweet goodness of a peach. A very delicate and light flavor that needs to be balanced just right or it tastes like gummy candy peaches. So far only O'Fallon in Missouri has canned a beer that is brewed with peaches. It's a wheat beer hence the name. Examples include..


O'Fallon Brewery's Wheach (O'Fallon, Missouri)

 

 

               

PINEAPPLE

Who doesn't love pineapple?  Did you know that despite being a symbol for Hawaii that the pineapple is not actually native to the islands? It is in fact indigenous to South America. Regardless of where it came from it has certainly become a commodity for Hawaii and a popular addition to summertime beers. Examples include...


SanTan Brewing Company's Mr. Pineapple (Chandler, Arizona)

Maui Brewing Company's Mana Wheat (Lahaina, Hawaii)

Rivertowne Brewing Company's Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer (Export, PA)


 

RASPBERRY

Another popular addition to summertime beers is raspberry. Those little berries pack a big tart and sweet punch which is perfect for a wheat beer. One of Abita's biggest sellers is their Purple Haze in fact. Examples include...


Abita Brewing Company's Purple Haze (Abita Springs, Louisiana)

Eddyline Brewing's Mountain Fairy Raspberry Wheat (Buena Vista, CO)

High Noon Saloon's Oregon Trail Unfiltered Raspberry Wheat (Leavenworth, KS)

  

 


WATERMELON

Did you know that 21st Amendment has been canning their Hell or High Watermelon Weat since 2006? If you're looking for an easy drinking, refreshing, and somewhat unique offering than look no further. This is a great option while mowing the lawn or to bring along on a hike. Examples include...


21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (San Francisco, CA)

 


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Saturday, January 26th 2013

Orange Wheat
(Hangar 24 Craft Brewery)

Southern California's Hangar 24 Craft Brewery recently began canning their Orange Wheat and Helles Lager beers. Around the same time they expanded their distribution to select parts of the northern part of the Golden State. Their Orange Wheat is a special beer as it is brewed with 100% locally grown oranges that are pureed and added during the brewing process. Despite the snow outside here in New England, I'm looking forward to a taste of a warmer climate.

From the Hangar 24 site:

"Crisp, Tangy, and Refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel, and tangy finish are this unfiltered beer’s trademarks. This is accomplished by adding whole locally grown oranges throughout the brewing process, which perfectly coalesce with the wheat and barley base."

Here we go...

Pour - hazy, light straw or golden in appearance with a half inch or so of snow white head on top. 


Aroma - sweet citrus with a definite aroma of oranges combined with a yeasty, zesty, spiciness. Subtle yet aromatic. Smells refreshing, if that is possible.


Taste - one sip of this orange infused wheat beer will make you realize just how easy drinking it is. Light orange flavors combine very well with the tanginess of the wheat and the spicy yeast notes. Clean and extremely smooth. Slightly effervescent on the palate with a very crisp finish. 

 

Overall - an absolute great candidate for year-round drinking in the warmer climes of the US. As for us in the snow-covered areas, this is a beer that has all the flavors of summer. A tangy, citrusy, light-bodied brew that is easy on the palate and very refreshing. 

 

Note - Hangar 24 Craft Brewery takes its name from the location that Master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet "after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home." Many of Hangar 24's labels have aviation-based images and/or names including both of their recently relased cans.


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Orange Wheat
Style: Fruit Beer
Brewery: Hangar 24 Brewing Company
City: 
Redlands, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.6%
IBUs: 17
Date: January 26th, 2013

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Tuesday, October 30th 2012

Blueberry Ale
(Wachusett Brewing Company)

America’s first ever canned blueberry ale hit the shelves in mid-2012 and is now one of three Wachusett beers now on the market in our favorite containers (the others are Green Monsta IPA and Pumpkan). Early word is the folks at Wachusett hope to help other brewers in the area can their beers using their new multi-head high speed line.  We’ve said it before and we’ll continue to say it:  we love the collaborative spirit of today’s craft brewing community.  

From the Wachusett site: 


"First brewed in 2001 and named the #9 Best Beer in America by Stuff Magazine in 2005. Nice aroma of blueberry is balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious brew. Available year round."


Here we go...

(In the interest of full disclosure, I admit up front that I’ve grown to like fruit beers. Fresh fruit flavor that complements – not overpowers – a solid base beer is high on my list of favorite warm weather beverages. This brew was sampled on a warmer fall Sunday to set the appropriate mood. - Trent)

Pour - Pale yellow tinted with a little pink to make it look almost tan.  Most importantly, it is not purple, which could suggest a colored concentrate or cooked berries were used.  Moderately-sized white head on top.


Aroma - Big time berries in the nose of this one.  Reminds me of the aroma of true blueberry syrup on my morning pancakes without sticky sweetness.


Taste - Moderately carbonated brew with a lighter (read: not syrupy) blueberry flavor that is especially sharp and tart in the middle just like fresh berries off the bush.  Finishes with an enjoyable fresh fruit flavor and a nice blueberry aroma that floods the sinuses.  Underneath the fruitiness lies a base ale has qualities that seem similar to a blonde, and is reminiscent of a kolsch now and then.      

 

Overall - A very good blueberry for fruit beer lovers.  There is a delicate balance between the wheat and malt that seems to be necessary to allow the berry flavor to cut through as well as it does in this beer.  The hop bill is very complementary and the Tettnang and wheat likely contribute to the sharp middle.  Nicely crafted, and a good one to represent the first American blueberry ale in a can! 


Note - The CraftCans.com database currently lists 14 canned, or soon-to-be canned, fruit beers made with produce ranging from apricot to raspberry to pomegranate to breadfruit.  Check ‘em out and let us know which ones are your favorites. Cheers!

 


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Blueberry Ale
Style: Fruit Beer
Brewery: Wachusett Brewing Company
City: 
Westminster, Massachusetts  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: American Two Row, White Wheat
Hops: Perle, Tettnang, Liberty
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 10
Date: October 30th, 2012

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Tuesday, June 4th 2012

Sobrehumano Palena'ole
(Maui Brewing Company)

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole, is a "blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning "superhuman" and "without limits". This is a collaboration brew produced by Maui Brewing and Michigan's Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and is the first canned collaboration to feature the logos of both breweries involved. This is Maui's first canned collaboration, but certainly not their last as they've recently had Sam from Dogfish Head over to the islands to brew another upcoming canned release. Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is set to make its debut at Savor in a few weeks. The artwork is a nod to a shared affinity for paddleboading by both Maui Brewing Founder, Garrett Marrero, and Head Brewer, and Michigan native, John Walsh. 

From the Maui Brewing site:

"Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries. Maui Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will both brew this beer; however Maui will use standard fermentation while the Jolly Pumpkin version is a barrel aged sour. The beers will be packaged both by Maui Brewing (in cans) and Jolly Pumpkin (in bottles). Maui Brewing will produce approximately 4000 cases and 80 barrels in draft of the Maui version."

Here we go...

Pour - cloudy, reddish-brown in appearance with a subtle white head on top. Looks a little mysterious and we're very intrigued.

 

Aroma - the very first whiff is French roast coffee or roasty malts, but that quickly becomes more of a tropical fruit aroma. Very unique aroma that has us shoving our faces into the glass over and over again. As it warms the aroma really takes shape and becomes something very special.


Taste - tart and tangy with some nice roasted malt flavors in the back. It all blends extremely well together. You can pick out the cherries and the passionfruit as this gets warmer which is when this beer really takes shape. The almost mouth puckering flavors from the fruits used in this beer really make this beer great and leave your tongue a little dry and thirsting for more. All we can say is try and appreciate all of the subtle nuances this ale has to offer. There aare many.

 

Overall - Hawai'i and Michigan may be thousands of miles away from eachother but they come together very nicely in every can of Sobrehumano Palena'ole. This is a great beer for summer as its got a very refreshing flavor profile and a sharp, almost sour, finish. We can't wait to see, and taste, the next Maui collaboration brew that comes out in the fall. Mahalo.


Note - Want to support Maui Brewing Company and their efforts to win a $250,000 small business loan? See below...

Maui Brewing Co. can be considered to win a small business grant sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called "Mission: Small Business". Your support could translate into a $250,000 grant so please take a minute to visit www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Go to the "Log in & Support" button on the right, then login to your Facebook account. You will be directed to a page where you can vote. Just search for Business Name = Maui Brewing Co., State = Hawaii, City = Lahaina - and place your vote!


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Sobrehumano Palena'ole
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 24
Date: June 4th, 2012

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Sunday, April 29th 2012

Great Crescent Coconut Porter
(Great Crescent Brewery)

 

I'm a huge fan of brewers using unique ingredients in their beers, despite my own failures with them as a novice homebrewer. Coconut is an example of an ingredient that has a flavor profile that can be a great addition to a dark beer. So much so that many American breweries and brewpubs have come up with their own brews using this tropical fruit. A quick search of RateBeer's entries pulls up over a hundred examples from breweries all over the US. This year-round offering hails from Indiana's Great Crescent Brewery, far from the land of coconut, and is one of only two canned options available. We're pretty happy to have the chance to give this one a try. Cheers!

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"This beer is brewed as a traditional English Style Porter. We use the best malts and hops to create a distinctive American interpretation of this classic beer style. Our Porter stands on its own as a great beer, then we add one more ingredient to make it truly unique. Coconut is added during the boil to give this beer a nutty flavor that blends perfectly with the style."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark as pitch with no light able to squeeze through. A rich, thick coffee-colored head lays on top that collapses into itself leaving just a ring and some faint lacing.

 

Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, fudge, molasses, cherries, vanilla and malted milk balls. I also pick up what I can only describe as the aroma of burnt marshmallows. Go figure. 

 

Taste - a rich, malty, roasty porter that has some milky, earthy notes along with a creamy texture and a bit of a mineral-y aftertaste. Hard to pick up a lot of coconut from this one while its cold but give it the chance to warm in the glass for a bit and you'll get a lot more. I let this warm up for about 15 minutes and some of those subtle nutty and creamy flavors are certainly present. This reminds me a bit of a local coffee-roaster's coconut coffee as it has a lot of coffee-like notes and more of a subdued coconut flavor going on.

 

Overall - great tasting beer but I wish the coconut flavor was a little more pronounced. I get the feeling that achieving a good balance and decent amount of coconut flavor is not easy to do in the brewing process - not without overdoing it anyways. Regardless, this is a solid porter and as it warms more of those subtle coconut flavors do come out. 


Note - Great Crescent cans every one of the beers that they brew, and are one of two American brewers to can a Coconut Porter. Hawai'i's Maui Brewing began canning their well known CoCoNut PoTeR in 2007 and is now one of their most popular year-round offerings. Two learn more about these two Coconut Porters beers click on the image below! Cheers! Mahalo!

 


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Great Crescent Coconut Porter
Style: English Porter
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 33
Date: April 29th, 2012

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Saturday, August 13th 2011

Wheach
(O'Fallon Brewery)

 

Who doesn't love a beer related portmanteau? O'Fallon Brewery found an obvious winner when they combined wheat and peach to make Wheach! First canned last year and now back for a second summer, Wheach is fun to say and if you're a fan of fruit beers it's also fun to drink. 

 

From the O'Fallon site:

"Imagine our smooth, clean wheat beer with a touch of peach and you get the idea behind O’Fallon Wheach, our peach wheat beer. Refreshing and crisp, it’s perfect for warm summer weather."

 

The CAN reads:

"The Riverfront Times’ Best Beer in St. Louis, 2007"


Here we go...

 

Pour - bright yellow with a very thin, white head.  Lacing is essentially non-existent and only a few lone bubbles cling to the side of the glass.    


Aroma - peaches, a little sweet wheat, peaches, some dry crackers, peaches, and more peaches.  

 

Taste - wow, this is really fruity.  It’s no surprise that the peach prevails, but there’s more than “a touch” in the can.  Thankfully it has a very fresh peach flavor, not the syrupy canned version of peach many of us had to endure in our grade school cafeterias.  The mouthfeel is dry throughout with some powdery tartness near the finish.  The fresh peach experience is reinforced by the absence of any heavy, overly sweet aftertaste.  If this isn’t made with real fruit then the folks at O’Fallon have me completely fooled.

 

Overall - these cans recently showed up in my local market in no less than 12 packs, and since I’m not the biggest fruit beer fan  I really thought I was taking one for the CraftCans team when I offered to buy a dozen to write a review.  As it turns out it Wheach is one of the best fruit beers I’ve tried, and I’m glad I have more in the chiller.  A great summer beer and a must-try if you like fruit beers.  And peaches.

 


Peach + Wheat = Wheach      

 

Note - like Schlafly’s Summer Lager, O’Fallon Wheach is brewed and canned under contract by Stevens Point Brewing in Wisconsin. It is their first canned offering, and here’s hoping more of their beers find their way into our favorite containers (may we suggest their German Alt Sticke It To the Man would be the next best candidate?)   

Founded in 2000 by Tony and Fran Caradonna, the O’Fallon brewery was recently sold to a former Anheuser-Busch marketing executive. We’re pleased to hear the new owner has kept both the head and assistant brewers on staff, giving us hope that O’Fallon will stay the craft beer course for many years to come.    


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Wheach
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale
Brewery: O'Fallon Brewery
City: 
O'Fallon, Missouri  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat, Bonlander
Hops: Glacier
ABV: 5.1%
IBUs: 7
Date: August 13th, 2011

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Tuesday, May 17th 2011

Number 9
(Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Brand new to cans this month, and a first for the brewery, is Magic Hat's popular #9. This apricot ale has many friends and foes and has certainly played the role of gateway craft beer for more than a few of each. With a beer as ubiquitous as #9 now available in cans there is even more proof that breweries, both big and small, are seeing the benefits. Cheers!

 

From the Magic Hat site:


"A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it."


Here we go...

 

Pour - golden, amber in appearance with a bubbly, soda-like head that fizzes away rather quickly leaving a film on top. 

 

Aroma - apricot essence, orange peel and some slight malt aromas but that is about it. Not a whole lot sneaks by that sweet apricot smell.

 

Taste - sweet and tangy with a more than subtle, but less than intense, flavor of apricots. No real hop presence in this beer, not like Dogfish Head's Aprihop, as this is more of a standard ale with the defining characteristic being the apricot. Finishes rather light on the tongue with only a bit of the sweetness carrying over to the next sip. 

 

Overall - #9 tastes much better, in my opinion, from a can. The apricot flavor, which is an issue for some folks, is not overly syrupy or cloying and actually tastes like apricot. There is also a freshness in this beer that I've rarely tasted before, even on tap. Sure, its a bit sweet and it's not for everyone but it certainly goes down easy when it's nice and cold on a hot day and there are definitely moments when that's all you really want.

 

Would I buy more of it? - you know I might. A 12-pack of this would go over well at a barbecue as its a pretty approachable beer for most folks. I also think it goes extremely well with yardwork. I drank one of these straight from the can while mowing and it worked wonders.

 

Note - Magic Hat's #9 turned 16 years old earlier this month. It was first bottled back in 1995 and has been the brewery's flagship beer ever since. Not many breweries have done the marketing side of things as well as Magic Hat. It takes a lot of skill to make an apricot-flavored ale your number one selling beer year-after-year! I think these cans will serve Magic Hat well.

 


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Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale
Brewery: Magic Hat Brewing Company
City: 
South Burlington, Vermont  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale and Crystal
Hops: Cascade and Apollo
ABV: 5.1%
IBUs: 20
Date: May 17th, 2011

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Monday, August 2nd 2010

Mana Wheat
(Maui Brewing Company)

Brand new to the Maui canned lineup, Mana Wheat has just been released and is pretty much the perfect brew for a warm summer day wherever you may be. I loved their CoCoNut Porter so I am pretty excited about what they've done with pineapple juice in this brew. Aloha!

From the Maui Brewing site:

"Mana Wheat is a fresh handcrafted American hefeweizen brewed with organic wheat, malted barley and fresh local Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine."


Here we go...

 

Pour - pours a slightly cloudy orangish, reddish color with about an inch of white foam that is gone almost before I can grab the camera. It quickly fades away completely leaving what looks like tropical fruit juice in my glass. 

 

Aroma - slightly sweet and sour initially. Some wheat and malt is accompanied by a rather unique smell of pineapple juice and caramel. Its not overly sweet and actually has some citrus notes along with an unmistakeable Belgian yeastiness. Quite intriguing...

 

Taste - one gulp and swish around the tongue and I am sort of stunned by how well the idea of pineapple and wheat beer come together. Mana Wheat has a spiciness from the yeast that really comes out but its backed up nicely by the sweetness from the pineapple juice in a perfect way. Nothing really dominates and that acrid taste I am left with from some wheat ales is not present whatsoever. Pineapple does to this beer what it does for pork. It just makes it awesome. This is soft on the palate, sweet, spicy and extremely refreshing. Hells yeah. I want more.

 

Overall - Mana Wheat definitely lived up to my expectations. Another extremely solid and Hawaii-rific offering from the folks at Maui. Unique, flavorful and thirst quenching on a whole new level! Thanks goes out to Cambria at Drink Eat Travel for sharing this with me. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - if only I could! I'd be stocking up on this and the other Maui cans on a regular basis.

 

Note - Maui now cans four of their beers. You can find their CoCoNut Porter, Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA as well as Mana Wheat canned and available for purchase in Hawaii, California, Washington, Idaho and Japan. 

 


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Mana Wheat
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Organic wheat and malted barley
Hops: Tettnanger and Liberty
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 18
Date: August 2nd, 2010

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Monday, May 17th 2010

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
(21st Amendment Brewery)

I hate reading reviews where the person dismisses the beer before they try it. I really do. However, I must admit that I am not a fan of watermelon and the idea of a wheat ale brewed with watermelon does not get me as excited as say...a ridiculous amount of hops or some sort of barrel-aging. However, for the sake of diplomacy, I am keeping an open mind.

From the 21st Amendment site:

"We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor."

Here we go...

 

Pour - well, its not pink. Its a tannish-golden color with some suspended (and not so suspended) yeast sediment. Head is a rather thin and this is all a bit cloudy.

 

Aroma - what I smell most is a sour malt aroma along with some sweetness that sort of reminds me of watermelon as well as honey and powdered sugar. So, not a lot of watermelon-y stuff going on in either the pour or the aroma. Let's move on...

 

Taste - when I really get my face in the glass and take the first sip I finally get some watermelon flavor and aroma. Its faint and it won't overwhelm you even if you hate watermelon. Its a slightly sour fruity flavor that isn't at all off-putting and it actually kind of works well, in a refreshing sort of way. Nice wheat beer with just enough watermelon flavor to give this a very subtle sour bit. 

 

Overall - The more I drink of this, the more I am enjoying it. I'll admit, its a lot better than I thought. The watermelon flavor is subtle and like I previously mentioned, this is very refreshing. If you are like me and figure you'd probably not like this beer you might be surprised. Pop open a can and remember to be open-minded.

 

Would I buy more of it? - I wouldn't totally dismiss this beer as it is exactly what it is supposed to be. However, its not a beer that I'd find myself drinking a lot of the time. It does sort of scream to be bought the night before a day of yard work.

 

Note - 21st Amendment is one of the better known, and more widely distributed, breweries that only can their beers. They also can their Brew Free! or Die IPA and recently had a limited release brew called Monk's Blood that was also canned. Look for another limited release canned offering in the near future.

 


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Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
City: 
San Francisco, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two Row Pale and American Wheat
Hops: Magnum
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 17
Date: May 17th, 2010

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Friday, February 19th 2010

CoCoNut Porter
(Maui Brewing Company)

In honor of our self-proclaimed National "Drink a Good Canned Beer" Day we've decided to crack open my last can of CoCoNut Porter and revise a review that was written quite some time ago. 

From the Maui Brewing site:

"Our CoCoNut Porter is a fresh handcrafted robust porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops, and hand-roasted coconut. It begins with a malty-toasted coconut aroma followed by a rich silky feel with tastes of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. It then finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice to balance the finish."

Here we go...

Pour - dark, dark brown almost black in color. Light really can't penetrate this dark a beer. The head is thin and coffee colored, it slowly sinks into the depths of the abyss.


Aroma - cocoa, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, malt and perhaps a smell that could be coconut but its hard to not pick it apart.


Taste - wow, the first thing you notice is how smooth this is. It really is silky as far as mouthfeel goes. Lots of dark malty flavors along with cocoa powder, vanilla, fudgesicles and plenty of coconut. The coconut flavor is very well done, its not overdone and it doesn't taste like a shot of coconut syrup. Its got a toasty quality too it, sort of like a macaroon. Lots of great flavors, absolutely delicious.  

Overall - I love the whole idea of a coconut porter and this one is done so well. I love this beer. If you have the chance to try it make sure you do.


Note - Maui also cans their Bikini Blonde and their Big Swell IPA. I need to get my hands on those and give them a shot. 


Also, Stone Brewing Company recently brewed a beer with Maui Brewing and homebrew winner Ken Schmidt called "Aloha Plenty". This was a coconut porter brewed with Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. Sounds incredible. Mahalo.

 


CoCoNut Porter
Style: American Porter
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Cascade & CTZ
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: 30
Date: February 19th, 2010

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