3rd Wave Shorebreak

I had this beer when we stopped at Fins, which was on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach. I had previously been to the location in town in Rehoboth and loved it. I was really excited to stop there for dinner during our trip. I thought the fish was amazing and their beer list wasn’t half bad. The side dishes could have used a bit more flavor, but they were decent. This was the beer that I reviewed with my dinner and my second 3rd Wave beer of the trip. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our take on the classic American Pale Ale style: A clean, crisp, light bodied beer, with a mild hop flavor.”

Random: I was not digging the pint glass they gave me for this one.

This beer poured with a one finger head that dissipated immediately. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, cooper color with no carbonation visible. The nose was all malt with some sweet bready notes. There were very little hops and what came through was just grass. The taste was also overly malty with very little hops. It was a lot of bread and caramel. They weren’t kidding about a mild hop flavor on this one. The body was on the lighter side with equally light carbonation. It had a long finish with cracker and caramel. This beer was only alright and definitely not what I’m looking for when I pick up a pale ale.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

3rd Wave Hala Kahiki

Pineapple beers really seem to be making an appearance this summer. I always wondered why more breweries didn’t embrace using pineapple as an adjunct and I guess everyone is finally getting onboard. Anyways, this was the first beer that I had while on vacation. I had never heard of this brewery prior to “Brewdogs,” but I’m always down for trying new breweries. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshing, highly carbonated ale with great fruit flavor and aroma. Slightly tart with a dry finish. This beer was brewed with lots of fresh pineapple and pineapple juice. (Hala Kahiki is Hawaiian for pineapple).”

Random: I should have stayed on vacation another week. I’m still seriously exhausted.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with shockingly light carbonation visible. The nose had a bit of yeast with pineapple and light citrus presence as well, specifically mandarin oranges. The taste had some yeast, but lighter than the nose and a little pineapple and coriander and clove. The body was thick, especially for the style with light carbonation that needed to be a bit more present. It had a long finish where the pineapple really came out. This beer had all of the aspects for a really successful summer beer, but the flavors were a bit disjointed and just didn’t work. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0