Tuesday, June 4th 2012
(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.
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