New Brew Friday Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale

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It’s my first official new brew Friday from the East and I have stockpiled enough new (to me) beer to keep me in ‘new brews’ for quite some time to come!

Hawaiian Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company pours cloudy pale orange with tons of thick white head that clings to the glass. Lots of big citrus hops on the nose. First few sips are a bit jarring, it is like a citrus forward IPA with an almost sour like taste from the pineapple. As you drink the pineapple presence becomes less distracting the sweeter malts emerge, tropical fruit tastes come through in better balance but there is still a slight soured quality that lingers on the finish and it feels out of place. Overall, This beer is smooth to drink, light in body and dry on the finish but while it sounds great on paper -who doesn’t love pineapple- it did not quite come together for me.

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One response to “New Brew Friday Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale

  • Paul Hodgson

    Hmmm, I’ll admit that I wouldn’t mind trying it, but can’t help but wonder. Is this a Saison of some kind? Because if so, it isn’t a Pale Ale.

    As for Hawaiian beer, well all that I’ve come across from annual visits to that particular paradise has been disappointing. I even have a book on Hawaiian beer (listen, I have fourteen books about beer, and Lahaina has a used book store) and haven’t found anything noteworthy there ….

    … except! You can purchase most of the classic brands – Mill Pond from Oregon, Sierra Nevada, Red Hawk and others from Mendocino – at less than half the price you pay here in Canada.

    I must also say, though, that they have the most excellent pineapple in the world. And lots of Spam … I even have a Spam recipe book I got in the same bookstore, come to think of it …

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