It did indeed pour golden as advertised, always a good sign, with healthy carbonation and a small white head. It certainly looks the part. The aroma was more pungent than I was expecting; a pleasing blast of pineapple and sweet malt with a touch of herbal pine. The beer was slightly thin-again by American standards-but erred just on the right side of good mouthfeel.
Taste wise we had a prickly well-balanced juggling act. There’s an undercurrent of soft grains and breadiness that peeks just under the sizeable shot of pineapple and grapefruit that this delivers. Mix that in with a little pine to keep things even and the finish is a refreshing, if not overtly bitter, hop cleanser. You can see why this has gained a reputation for a very sessionable beer.
Tyson says: Another winner from Kona. Does what it sets out to and sets a high standard for this style at this strength.