Friday, January 22, 2021

Maui Brewing S-Turns Hazy IPA

Beer Name: S-Turns
Brewery: Maui Brewing (Kihei, Maui, Hawaii)
ABV: 6.4%

How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Safeway (Honolulu, HI)
Price: $9.99 for 4-pack of 12 oz cans

Date Canned: January 30, 2020
Date Bought: September 25, 2020
Date Drank: September 26, 2020
When brewed/released? Limited-time beer. The first of four beers in their Limited Release Surf Series.
IBU: 50

What's on the Can: "Simcoe India Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe, Simcoe Cryo, El Dorado, and Huell Melon hops. Resinous with light tropical esters of pineapple, mango, lychee, and grapefruit." Read more here!

Hops: Simcoe, Simcoe Cryo, El Dorado, Huell Melon.

Where distributed: Maui Brewing distributes their beer to several states. Interestingly, some limited-release beers only get distributed to certain areas. Unknown how widespread the Surf Series is distributed.

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly hazy golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered, sediment at the bottom of the can. Frothy white head, virtually no lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Pleasing resinous aroma. Light tropical malt. The pineapple is the main star here, but I also get the lychee, grapefruit, and mango. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Resinous malty pineapple and slight octane throughout. Stone fruit and lychee try to come in, but they are clearly second-fiddle to me. Grapefruit bitterness towards the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Juicy with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome to excellent IPA. It drinks bigger than its stated 6.4% ABV tag, but that's a good thing here. I'm mainly a fan of the tropical combination and complementing resinous notes. For some reason, it feels refreshing, but maybe it's because I'm in tropical weather as I drink this. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.1/5

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