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Ali`i Brewing
500 Alakawa Street #220
Honolulu HI 96817

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Opened: 1994

Annual Production: 5,000 bbl

Contributor: greg

Ali`i's beer has changed significantly for the better since new management took over late in 1996. They reworked - and cleaned - the equipment, found some new suppliers, and tuned the recipes, and they are to be congratulated. Ali`i had planned to open some brewpubs in the Honolulu area before their demise.

Updated: March 6, 2009

Beer List

    • Date: April 11, 1996 (#1357)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 4½ points
      Overall Impression (1½)
      Dark amber, nearly opaque, low head. Aroma is a little smoky. EXTREMELY bitter and rather sour. Makes my skin crawl. Poured it out.

    • Date: May 21, 1997 (#2078)
      Package: bottled
      Place: KTA, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber-brown, clear, fairly high carbonation, huge head. Hoppy, chocolatey aroma. Good body, brown malty flavor. Some bitterness late, with a roasty finish. Wasn't this much hoppier on tap?
    • Date: February 11, 1997 (#2014)
      Package: draught
      Place: Island Brews, Gate 12, Honolulu International Airport
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Dark amber, good head and carbonation. Big citrus nose! Bitter, fruity hop flavor. Pretty smooth body. Nice clean finish. MAJOR improvement! Compares real favorably with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

  • American-Style Pale Ale
    • Date: August 11, 1997 (#2128)
      Package: bottled
      Place: The Liquor Collection, Honolulu HI
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, high carbonation, good head. Perfumey hop aroma. Good body, fairly high carbonation. Good malt flavor nicely balanced with fresh hops. Real good beer. A little sweet at the end.
    • Date: March 15, 1997 (#2049)
      Package: draught
      Place: Kona Brewers Festival, Kailua-Kona HI
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden, low carbonation, low head. Fruity aroma. Big carbonation bite, vegetal hops, a little too bitter for the body.

  • Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
    • Date: February 13, 1998 (#2393)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Shipley's Alehouse, Manoa HI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very dark red, OK head. Smells like coffee. Thick, smooth, cold bitter coffee. Quite a bit of hop flavor in the middle. A little sweet.

  • Specialty Beer

  • Macadamia Nut Brown Ale
    Specialty Beer

  • Pau Hana Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Waimea Wheat Ale
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast