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Aloha Beer Co.
(Closed)
580 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu HI 96817
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Notes

Visited: August 8, 1997

Opened: 1997

Closed: 2013

Contributors: John Lovegrove, Michael Bauer, Siegfried Binge

The place is kinda...well, ugly, and maybe not laid out very well, and the brewhouse is packed into a very small corner and cramped by tables in front of the tanks...but never mind all that, because the beers are OUTSTANDING. I didn't have time for lunch on this trip, but next time, I'll be sure to eat, too...Sam Choy's restaurants are famous for serving huge piles of local grinds. Reservations are strongly advised for lunch and dinner. According to Dave, the beers I tasted were all "Batch #1".

Formerly known as Big Aloha Brewing, it may or may not still be associated with Sam Choy's.

Updated: January 15, 2014

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  • 4.50% abv.

    • Date: August 8, 1997 (#2105)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, low carbonation, big dense head. Malty, slightly citric aroma. Light body, moderate carbonation. Lots of wheat flavor. Good hop flavor at the end.

    • Date: August 8, 1997 (#2108)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Black, OK tan head. Strong sweet coffee aroma. Thich, bitter, roasty, sweet, but not sticky. Lots of burnt malt-coffee-chocolate flavors that last forever. Maybe just a little too long.

  • European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
    4.60% abv.

  • English-Style Brown Ale
    • Date: August 8, 1997 (#2104)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Brown, moderate carbonation, low head. Smells brown, a little roasty, with a hint of spicy hops. Just sweet enough, good brown malty flavor and finish. Very well-balanced beer.

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • Specialty Honey Beer

  • European-Style Pilsener
    4.80% abv.

  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    4.60% abv.

  • California Common Beer
    • Date: August 8, 1997 (#2106)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 20 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Light brown, good carbonation and head. Grapefruit aroma. Big citrusy hop flavor. Good body...real close to being a you-know-who clone.

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Steamship Lager
    California Common Beer

  • White Ryeno
    American-Style Rye Beer