Maui Pueo Pale Ale

I’ve started watching “American Horror Story: Cult.” I’m not a huge fan of this season, but I’m only two episodes in. I think it has to do with the prevalence of clowns in this season. I’ve never been a huge fan of clowns, especially not creepy clowns. I always appreciate how they tie things from previous seasons into the storyline though. I still believe that the first season was the best of all of the seasons. Let’s talk about something slightly more pleasant, like beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A West-coast style Pale Ale with balanced malt profile, kettle and dry-hopped for hop intensity.”

Random: This beer comes in at a relatively high 62 IBUs.

The body poured with a huge, four finger head that was cream-colored. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was lemon yellow in color and very hazy. On the nose, I picked up a lot of grass and lemon grass. It was intensely herbal. There was citrus to it as well. The taste had a lot of lemon grass. It transitioned into rosemary and cilantro with lemon flesh and lemon zest. The body was light and refreshing with high carbonation. The finish had a lot of cilantro and other green herbal notes. A can of this ran me $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and it paired perfectly with food. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maui Pineapple Mana

As a child, my parents like to vacation in Hawaii. I enjoyed all of the surfing and beach time, but there was also a lot of great hiking in the area. The stars out there were unlike anything I have ever seen stateside. One of the other things that was different was the pineapple. I have never tasted pineapple as sweet or fresh as in Hawaii. I hope this beer delivers on that.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

Random: I think Val would enjoy Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a tiny crown on top of the dirty yellow body of the beer that had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose presented with wheat and a lot of fresh pineapple. The pineapple was fresh and really strong. The taste was also filled with pineapple juice and chunks with wheat. I kept trying to find other notes in the beer, but I struggled. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pineapple rings and pineapple juice. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. I assume that they slightly changed the recipe of this from the original and in a world of fruit flavored beers, this one actually delivered for me. I would get this again and pair it with pork.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter

I can’t wait until tomorrow night. I should have at least a couple of hours off on Saturday since I have someone to close for me. I have no idea what I’m going to do with that time. Actually, that’s not true. I am probably going to sleep. Our central air isn’t working up to capacity and I cannot sleep in the heat. I’ve been waking up every few hours dripping sweat and then I cool myself off and go back to sleep. Or, the cat wakes me to feed him and I get up and do that and then go back to sleep. I definitely need to catch up on that. Now, here’s a brew that I’ve been waiting forever to try.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our CoCoNut PorTeR is a fresh handcrafted robust Porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand-toasted 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.”

Random: I’m having a serious craving for Mexican food.

This brew poured with a four finger, light brown head that took forever to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing behind on the glass and a crown on top of the body. The body of the brew was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of dark coffee and roasted malts. I was a little surprised that I didn’t get any coconut on the nose. The taste was way more up my alley. I got roasted malts, Kona coffee and lots of coconut, which really paired well with the roasted malts. It had a touch of bitterness at the end of the sip, which was very nice as well. The body was thick with generous carbonation. The finish was long with dark chocolate. I could find absolutely no fault with this brew and would have it again in a second. This is a must try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maui Brewing Co. Mana Wheat

I completely overlooked that at some point in June, the blog hit three years old. It always amazed me that I’ve stayed relatively consistent in logging beers and have hit some real milestones. I started this blog for myself. Basically I was just using it as a reference tool to track what beers I tried and if I should buy them again. Even though that’s still the reason that I do this, it’s been a lot of fun. It gives me an excuse not to stick with an old faithful beer and to seek out places that have ones that are different. So, let’s hope I have at least another 3 years of blogging in me.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: This brew comes in at 18 IBUs.

Random: Bruno Mars is another one of those artists that I manage to dislike every single song that he puts out.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated very slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was orange with wheat and a touch of yeast. The taste started with orange and then a pronounced note of pineapple juice. It added some sweetness to the brew that quickly followed up by wheat. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It had a long fruity finish. This beer was really enjoyable from first sip to last and would easily be a go-to summer beer for me if it was distributed in New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maui Brewing Co. Big Swell IPA

I love Hawaii. I’ve been there three times. One of the three times, I spent a month there, filled with surfing, hiking and great food. I was unfortunately, not of drinking age during my time there, so I didn’t get to try any beers. But, when I saw a bunch on the shelf in Virginia, I knew they were coming home with me.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer uses 6 different types of hops.

Random: I would love to be in the water in Hawaii. It is way too freaking hot in New Jersey.

This brew poured with a thick and fluffy two finger white head. It left some lacing behind on the pint glass. The head also dissipated quite slowly. The body was a clear, light orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose presented with grapefruit, mango and pineapple which was really, really nice. The taste was grapefruit dominant with some lemon and a touch of malt. There was tropical fruit present as well. As the beer warmed, the malt became more apparent as well. The body was medium to heavy with light carbonation. Honestly, this was my biggest qualm about this beer. It could have definitely used more carbonation. The finish was long with grapefruit pith. This was a really enjoyable beer and one that I would definitely have again. If it could have a touch more carbonation, it would be an outstanding beer. If you see this one (in the very attractive can, no less), go grab this one. It’s not distributed to New Jersey, so try to find it out of state.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0