Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Maui Brewing Co. Big Swell IPA

Few folks are using cans these days, but Maui Brewing is a proponent. It would be interesting to try some of their brews in a bottle and see if there is a notable difference.

That being said, Big Swell is a tasty IPA with typical west coast hopping and perhaps a hint of the island flavor where it originates. The malts are a little sweeter than you'd usually find in an IPA of this nature, but it does not hinder the hopping, which is a light grapfruit pine. The hops are present without standing out significantly. They drop off into the sweet malts that for some reason make me think of pineapple. Not necessarily my favorite hop levels, but it pulls it off well and is an amazingly drinkable beer. I could also go for some stronger aroma and head. 6.2%

Big Swell IPA: ***1/2

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