Rivertowne Hala Colada

When we were in Hawaii, we did a hike to a waterfall and there was a stand about a half mile down the road that sold drinking coconuts. Val decided that she wanted one because they were supposed to be “ice cold.” They were heavy and super warm, so she took one sip and then handed me the coconut. Hopefully this beer tastes better than that coconut.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Mission…Brew quality, craft beer using the freshest ingredients, state of the art brewing processes and sustainable packaging to deliver a distinctive craft beer experience. The Rivertowne Beer Concept…The Rivertowne Beer concept was born in 2002 with the opening of Rivertowne Inn. Rivertowne Brewing Company initial production began in 2007 with the conceptualization of the Rivertowne Pour House, a local microbrewery and pub in Monroeville, PA. In 2009, we released three bottled varieties that were well received in the market. After 2 years, market demand prompted us to begin plans to open our own state of the art production facility.”

Random: I had this on tap at The Pour House in Pennsylvania.

The beer poured with a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and lemon-juice yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pineapple, coconut and citrus as well. There was wheat too. The taste was very tropical and had a lot of pineapple and coconut. The wheat came through next. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pineapple. This was a great beer that I’m going to look for this Summer. Unfortunately, this was the only time that I’ve ever seen this beer out, so hopefully I find it again this year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Rivertowne Headless Wylie

Happy New Year’s! I’m not a big fan of this holiday, but at least I don’t have to go to work. Hopefully I won’t be stuck responding to emails all day. This beer is a pumpkin beer that I picked up in Pennsylvania. I haven’t heard much about it, so let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If Mr. Crane had this brew with him, Sleepy Hollow would have never been the same! Full bodied HIGH GRAVITY spiced ale is perfect to calm a scary situation! Cheers!”

Random: This beer comes out in August. I popped it open in October (I post things awhile in advance).

This beer poured with less than a finger of cream colored head. It left no lacing on the glass and a very slight crown. The body was cloudy and light orange in color. It had minimal carbonation visible. The nose was strong with graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It also had a vegetal pumpkin note. The taste was very creamy with vanilla. It then went into graham cracker and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg came through will allspice and clove. After a few sips, I picked out honey as well. There was also the same vegetal pumpkin note that was in the nose. The body was thick and creamy and there was very little carbonation. It had a long and spicy finish. A can of this was $2.00, which came to $.17 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had a lot of pumpkin pie spice without going overboard. If you like pumpkin beer, this is worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Rivertowne Jah Mon

One of the interesting things for me personally about keeping this blog is to think about how I’ve changed since I started it. One of the things that I’ve thought about is what types of beer that I purchase now. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I used to try to find every single rare beer I could like it was some sort of pirate’s booty. Now, I pick up beers I haven’t had before regardless of hype because I want to try as many as possible. Plus, trying to find the latest super-hyped beer is time-consuming, normally expensive (I’ve heard lots of stories about stores gouging prices for popular beers) and exhausting. Plus, with more people getting into the hobby, demand is higher than ever. Now that I’ve gone off on a tangent, here’s today’s beer.


ABV: 5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At Rivertowne Brewing our mission is to brew quality, craft beer that embodies our commitment to using the freshest ingredients, state of the art brewing processes and sustainable packaging. This enables us to focus on what matters most – preserving the integrity of the product – in every way possible. with that being said, we are dedicated to delivering to you the most enjoyable craft beer experience.”

Random: I wonder what costume we’re going to put the meows in for Halloween.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was quite dank with a lot of pine to it. There wasn’t much else. The taste was really light and had some grass and after a few sips, dank pine came through as well. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. This was $1.67 per can, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was a really simple IPA that I don’t feel the need to revisit, no matter what the price.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Rivertowne Old Wylie’s IPA

Last night, the other half and I went to see Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden last night. Our seats were really good and I was very excited to see them. The concert was really good. Christine McVie sounded amazing! We had a group of guys behind us that were absolute toolboxes though, which was very annoying. They tried to talk through the entire concert. Anyways, I had this beer last week. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Andrew Maxwell put over 1.5 decades of recipe development into this India Pale Ale, creating the fourth dimension of flavor. Combining four varieties of hops produces a unique beer that has an aggressive hop flavor, bite and aroma without denying the presence of malt which I.P.A.s often lack.”

Random: Stevie Nicks didn’t sound so great, which was very disappointing.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with light grapefruit and then sweet malt with caramel and brown sugar. The taste was a bit off. There was significant bitterness with cloyingly sweet caramel malt right after. The transition was off and the flavors didn’t mesh well. The body was on the thick side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the same sweetness that was in the taste. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Rivertowne Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer

This was the beer that Val had yesterday. She was nice enough to let me review it. One thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the glass that it was served in. I think that they were serving it in a tulip glass so that they could make more money off of it. Anyways, I had this beer before during Philly Beer Week. I bought one during the South Philly Italian Festival and drank it while walking around the stands. Needless to say, I didn’t have a chance to review (and in Val’s opinion, it was way too warm then). Let’s see how it went this time.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A beer so enticing you may think it’s nectar from the gods. The name ‘Hala Kahiki’ (hahlah-kah-hee-kee), originates from the Hawaiian words for pineapple. Feel the way it rolls off your tongue? Our sweet and refreshing beer will take you away …have a sip …grab a lei!”

Random: Pineapple anything sounds really good right now. I seriously need a vacation.

This brew poured with a one finger, thin white head that left some lacing on the glass. The head dissipated quickly.The body was a clear, light yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was all pineapple with a touch of light malt. The taste had pineapple and honey sweetness. It had a thin body and high carbonation to go with it. The finish was quick with the expected pineapple. We both thought that this beer was really good, especially nice and cold.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0