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Old 03-01-2013, 06:42 AM   #31
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From what I've heard, kona has an ipa at there restaurant in Hawaii Kai. You can only get it on the island. Also, I was told there is a new brew pub near wakiki on Nimitz near lowes.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:43 AM   #32
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And I'm also on the island. Will be deploying in April, but will be back around sep Oct time frame.

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I'm headed to Oahu on Saturday with my family. Not planning much in advance other than relaxing. My daughter just turned 1. I'm sure she'll eat sand and have a good time. We're staying within walking distance of the zoo so will probably go there too.

Thanks for the tip on PH and no bags. I hope to be able to go there on this trip.

I'll post again about any good beers I find.
Another Tip. You may be in Paradise, but we still have crooks. Don't leave ANYTHING of value in y our car as you drive around the island and stop to look at the sights or go in for a swim.
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Another Tip. You may be in Paradise, but we still have crooks. Don't leave ANYTHING of value in y our car as you drive around the island and stop to look at the sights or go in for a swim.
Yeah, no joke. My rental I had was broken into when I first got here. Wasn't even a week. I thought my stuff would be ok in the trunk since it was out of sight. Nope, them meth heads target rental cars. From what I was told by HPD, the dodge charger is the most broken into car here.
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Ok just bought a 6 pack of Kona's Coconut Porter and I don't like it. It's not bad, just not my type of porter.

I has lots of mouth feel, almost "thick". Color is reddish. My taste buds are shot so I only know if I like something or not. Can't describe it at all. But what the heck do I know? I'm just an almost 70 year old. LOL..

After getting deeper into the glass I decided I don't like it at all. Poured the last half down the drain. What can I say?

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Note: I haven't read the thread through... yet. I've spent a lot of time in Hawai'i recently.

My absolute favorite island beer is Maui Mana Wheat. Light pineapple flavor makes it taste really Hawaiian. All the Maui offerings are pretty good, and they do a lot of great collaborations. Hawai'i doesn't seem to have a great IPA, IMO, but some are pretty good.

Mehana is meh. They're OK, but that's about it. I had one . . . interesting . . . beer that tasted like Tomato: Mehana / Hawai'i Nui Sunset Amber.

Bottles of Kona are not Hawaiian. On tap, it is local. They're pretty good, better than Mehana, but not too exciting. Maui's where it's at.

Primo? Ha!

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Yea Primo has not been a Hawaiian beer for decades. On tap at the brewery on the shore of Pearl Harbor it was pretty good.

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The best I've had so far is Maui brewing's Big Swell IPA. I may try to find their wheat ... Sounds interesting. The Kona I've tried were ok, but not great.

Big Swell kind of reminds me of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.

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Big swell isn't too bad. Tried the golden alw and the lager as well.

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The best I've had so far is Maui brewing's Big Swell IPA. I may try to find their wheat ... Sounds interesting. The Kona I've tried were ok, but not great.

Big Swell kind of reminds me of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.
Of all the breweries in the islands I'd have to say Maui is the best. While Kona may have the farthest reach with "good" beer, Maui dominates them in every category.

The big issue I see here in Hawaii is that many, if not all breweries try to capitalize on "Hawaii" by adding a taste of the islands to their beers. Even Maui is guilty of this.

I have to agree though, the big swell is quite possibly the BEST commercial beer in Hawaii. I am a huge huge fan of Ninkasi's Total Domination and Tricerahops. Big Swell is vary similar to Total Domination and stands beside it in awesomeness as an IPA.
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