Beer Name: Great Lei IPA
Brewery: Belching Beaver Brewery (Vista, CA)
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Mr. K's Liquor (Placentia, CA)
Price: $6.99 for a 22 oz. bottle
Date Purchased: July 25, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: July 25, 2015
When brewed? Limited-release beer
Where distributed: Belching Beaver ships to several states. However, Great Lei has a very limited reach, found to my knowledge in California and Hawaii. See if Belching Beaver ships to your area!
What's on the Bottle: "Ivan made a cask he called Pineapple Colada IPA. I could not believe how great it was. So Troy came up with a commercial recipe and brewed it. I thought, 'Wow!' Let's call this the 'Aloha Beaver' and we came up with this cool Hawaiian label. Well Thomas didn't like that name so I had to change it. (Brewers can be a real pain) Mark had put a really cool lei on the beaver and I thought, 'That's a Great Lei!'. We're not that imaginative so 'Great Lei IPA' it is! Thomas wanted 'Good Lei' but he is not allowed to name beer anymore. Cheers, Tom"
REVIEW:Appearance (5%): Poured golden clear. Frothy white head that held up very well. Did not have a clear pint glass for this one, since I was on vacation at the time. 4.5/5
Smell (25%): Very tropical; immediate hit of pineapple and coconut with a hoppy IPA background. Unique and well-received. 4.5/5
Taste (40%): Pineapple and coconut flavors balance out the hoppiness of this IPA. Some bitterness but not as much as other IPAs. Love the tropical experience this one brings. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel (10%): Light to medium body; slightly carbonated. Slight lingering bitterness on the tongue. Refreshing. 4/5
Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. I mainly got this one because we don't get this particular beer in the Pacific NW. I'm sure I have seen it in Hawaii as well. The coconut flavor was fairly strong here, and the pineapple also got some love. If you're not one for tropical, fruity flavors, this will not be the beer for you. It's a good change of pace from the usual grapefruit or piney IPA experience. Meant for warmer weather and probably by the beach somewhere. 4/5
Final Weighted Rating: 4.35/5