Mehana Brewing Company — Volcano Red Ale — 5%

A Taste of the Islands #7
Bottled in Hilo on the Big Island, the first thing noticeable about this beer is the crazy foaming head—super tight and tan, jus’ like da’ wahines out on the sand. When it finally subsides, there is still a quarter- to an eighth-of-an-inch left surfing the beautiful russet sunset-colored ale.

The Volcano is very highly carbonated, giving it an overactive mouthfeel. I found this brew to be very malt-forward which surprised me considering the aggressive head retention.

Pouring more Volcano into my glass sends up plumes of amber and golden turbulence within the red ale. My first thought was, I wish Mehana put as much thought into the taste of this beer as they did the look; it is truly something to behold. Ultimately, however, the Volcano didn’t do much for me as it leaves a metallic lager-type aftertaste. Not terrible, just not my thing.

Grade: C+

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