Off the Wall: Hawaii 90/- Wee Heavy

Hawaii 90 Wee HeavyName: Hawaii 90/Wee Heavy
Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Napili-Honokowai, Hawaii
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.00%
First Brewed: NA
Price: $4 (on happy hour)

Ricky’s Thoughts

While reviewing this beer on BeerAdvocate, I read that it was a limited release and only brewed once. That’s too bad. Or… Not at all! I also found the first review of this funny. The reviewer said he tried this on tap at the brewery. Duh! They don’t can this, either.

Maui Brewing Co. is going to be increasing their production soon with a new brewing facility. Not sure if they will can more or just distribute more of what they are already sending, but they are growing and that is good to see. I heard a bartender say they are already in several states and countries around the world. The sky is the limit if they keep brewing beer like the CoCoNut Porter.

Let’s try the wee heavy. Cheers!

In the Glass: It looks like a brown ale in the glass. A beer that I compare this to is the Kilt Lifter from Four Peaks. Before we moved to Arizona, that was one of the best beers I had ever had. Now that I can get it, while it’s still good, it’s not the same. I am sure if Sheryl moved to Hawaii the CoCoNut Porter would have a similar effect.

I didn’t say much about the beer, but it is dark, looks malty and sweet. I’m ready to drink. Cheers!

Nose: It smells sweet… To be honest, it smells like a fresh Kilt Lifter. I will say, most beers do taste better as they warm up. That is the ONLY think I dislike about the ice bar here at Maui Brewing. Regardless, it’s cool.

I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells. Cheers!

Flavor: That is sweet, but it smells better than it tastes. Actually, the flavor is pretty bland compared to other beers I’ve had from them. Thinking about the style, I would like to know where that came from. Maybe a college, say Arizona State University, should offer a class in beer history. Maybe I should reach out to the Cicerone program on more information on deep history of beer and beer styles.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is nice. It has a nice thickness that I like in the winter time. Of course it was 82 when we walked in. I just wanted this beer to have more flavor than it does.

Aftertaste: The sweetness hangs on. That is what I like about big thick malty beers. Some call them dessert in a glass. While this isn’t that sweet, it leaves a nice lingering finish that I can appreciate.

I like the name. I like the finish. But it will be VERY hard to compete with Kilt Lifter. If this place had a view of the beach, then maybe… But regardless, we are drinking this beer on Maui and tomorrow is Christmas. I hope you get everything on your list. Drink some eggnog for me. Cheers!

Hawaii 90/Wee Heavy – The bottle says: NA (served on tap at the Maui Brewing Co. pub right across for our condo!)

Rating: 3.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

On to the next beer! This is another one at Maui Brewing Company. It is the Hawaii 90 Wee Heavy. It’s another one that I already tried the other night and liked. This one looks similar to the Red Cock Dopplebock that I just wrote a review about as well. It’s a dark brown, but not too dark – not black. And not as red as the Red Cock either (makes sense, right?) This one was served in a bigger glass, though, since it’s a lower ABV. It also doesn’t have as much smell to it. Honestly, it pretty much just smells like a brown to me. But we’ll see how it tastes.

It tastes a bit like a brown, actually. Only richer and fuller, in my opinion. This one tastes less malty and spicy than the Red Cock, but they do taste a bit similar, in my opinion. I don’t know if Ricky likes these or not, as I know he doesn’t really likes browns. I like this one, but it’s not as good as the Red Cock, not to me. Depending on the mood I was in, I might order it again. But also depending on what is on tap, I might prefer something else.

Rating: 3.5/5

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