Normally I wouldn’t write something about a beer I’ve only tried a couple times but this particular one has been on my mind since trying it last weekend.
I bought the beer on a whim while walking the aisles of my local liquor store. I was there for rum and wandered into the cooler. What caught my eye was the name and colourful bottle. Yes, that’s all it takes. I thought to myself… what exactly does Hawaiian Style beer taste like? I couldn’t imagine and had to find out.
A six pack of the ale went home along with a bottle of black spiced rum. The rum for a friend, the beer for me. Later in the evening, visiting some friends, I broke out the six pack. It wasn’t what any of us expected; strong but not bitter, crisp and clean with a different but pleasant after taste. I know what you’re saying… sure, every beer is ‘crisp and clean’. The difference is, this one really is.
I’m not really good at this… their explanation is much better:
It began as a homebrew on Dimitri’s kitchen stove with some pineapple that was kicking around from breakfast. Aloha from Toronto! As the name suggests, this bold, hoppy West Coast pale ale is brewed Hawaiian style—with pineapple. It is naturally carbonated, unfiltered and dry-hopped to provide a delicate carbonation and complex flavour and bouquet. This perfectly “imbalanced” pale ale has a fresh citrusy character with hints of tropical fruit, zest and pine and a refreshingly dry finish.
I started out by saying that I normally wouldn’t write something about a beer after a couple tries. Truth be told, I wouldn’t write about beer at all but in this case I really have to give credit where credit is due.
I’d recommend you take a stroll around your local liquor store, pick up a six pack and share it with some friends, you’ll be glad you did. While there, you might as well pick up some of that black spiced rum too.