Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy, bright pencil yellow colour with ample frothy white foam. The head has good retention and leaves a thick lace behind. This pineapple infused American IPA has a very hop-forward aroma with bright floral and citrus tones, along with a sweet, syrupy note and a subtle hint of pineapple juice.
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale has a crisp, bitter taste with a grapefruit citrus tone and a mild caramel backing. It’s a bit unbalanced, but is also very drinkable and has a crisp, dry finish. The ale is medium-bodied with a relatively mild carbonation level. There is a solid bitterness on the tongue with a slight oiliness. The aftertaste is tart, with orange peel and pineapple notes.
The packaging of Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is predominantly a pencil yellow colour and features the image of a tiki mask with its tongue sticking out. Custom bottles sport an embossed brewery logo. The back label has a description of the beer and vital brewing statistics, such as IBU and original gravity. The six pack sleeve has a description of the brewery and houses a sticker featuring a quote from another beer reviewer.
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is a very good, but not-quite-great American IPA that could use a bit more of a malt backing to help balance the pronounced bitterness. I was expecting more of a pineapple punch as well, but can I also appreciate its subtleness.
The ale has paired well with sushi, grilled pork, pasta and steak fajitas in my experience. I will definitely visit Hawaiian Style Pale Ale again, but at $13.95 a six pack, it’ll have to serve as a rare treat. I would love to try this from a freshly tapped keg or cask, especially in an even less filtered state.
Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is currently listed at over 100 LCBO stores and is available on tap at pubs and restaurants throughout Ontario and beyond.
Type: American IPA / Flavoured Beer
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Spearhead Brewing Company Limited
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.0%