Thursday, June 16

Beer Review: Maui Brewing Flyin' Hi.P.Hay

Snagged up a can (yes, 12 oz. aluminum wide mouth can) of this at By The Bottle here in the couve.


Appearance: (3.5)
- Perfect copper penny amber, pretty much transparent all the way through in my cheater pint. Big fluffy finger of head which quickly chillaxed to a spotty thin blanket of white moon-like foam. Little touch of lacing.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grainy notes. Thick caramel, spicy bitter pine hop notes. Sweet grains and brown sugars. Zesty, and quite a nice pleasant floral aroma. Overall solid grain, and a very separated floral and pine hop. Lets see if the taste is balanced.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big caramel malts, smooth biscuity backbone. This IPA compared to others certainly offers a bit more in its grain and malt profile. It is finely balanced with a special bitter pine and grassy hop flare. Zesty, a light touch spicy.. and a smooth grainy and bitter finish. Overall quite nice.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit drying and parching. Touch chewy. Overall a well carbonated medium bodied and slightly creamy smooth IPA. Certainly is a good drinker.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like this IPA and find that it stands out from so many others. I am one for a lighter malt profile with more bready and biscuit notes, but this one plays the caramel malt very well without stepping into red territory. Great bitter touch and not such a citrus monster like so many others. Certainly a solid IPA from the fresh can.

B+ / 3.78

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

2 comments:

  1. I've only had one can of this, ever, and I found it to be more red than I was hoping for. But I'm hold off judgement until I crack into my second can of it. Could have just been I was in a mood for something super hopped up.

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  2. I'm glad you found the same comparison. It is certainly stomping in 'red's' territory. But yes.. very unique hops, and bitter. To me it is much a hoppy amber/red. Nice and fresh though from a can. I'm diggin' that! Distribution must be tough!

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