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

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  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.

  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!