Waimea Brewing Company — NaPali Pale Ale — 5.4%

A Taste of the Islands #8
This beer, named for the mind-bendingly beautiful coastline just around the corner from Waimea, pours a gorgeous golden amber with a tight, white head that dissipates to some generous lacing. This pint didn’t start out throwing much of a nose, but it could have been that my own faculties are still packed with red Waimea Canyon dirt.

Upon first sip, the NaPali’s dry hopping really pays off with a really strong hop profile (48 IBUs) for a pale ale. I sense a distinct toffee note mingling at the hop party and a nice malt backbone holding the whole thing together. As the pint warms, the sweet toffee loosens up and helps produce an enticing bouquet.

If I lived here on the southern end of Kaua‘i, this would be an excellent session beer.

Grade: A-

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