Monday, February 4, 2019

Inu Island Ales

Inu Island Ales is located on Kahuhipa Street in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Beer thirty is my favorite time of the day, and after doing a quick Google search, Inu Island Ales popped up, a small brewery with up to six rotating taps. They will usually specialize in IPAs, sours, and stouts.

I tried three of their beers on this trip:

  • Their first hazy IPA ($3 taster) had Citra and Vic Secret hops, clocking in at 6.8% ABV. It had very fruity tropical peach and stone fruit qualities, the aftertaste possessing more stone fruit and citrus notes. Typical NE-style, tropical-forward and delicious. My style of IPA.
  • The second hazy IPA ($3 taster) had the same ABV, but had Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe. To me, it was more resiny and floral than the other hazy IPA, but retained a tropical presence. Stone fruit in there, with a more citrus aftertaste at the very end. A bit too floral for me, perhaps, but still a good beer overall.
  • Mostra in Paradise ($6.75 taster) is a 13.5% Imperial Stout brewed with Mostra coffee. Black colored with tan head, as expected. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate aura, with solid malt backbone. While there's octane at the start, I've had a number of other beers with a lower ABV that have been more assertive and potent. Mostra in Paradise was certainly easy-drinking, and I savored my 5 oz pour. It was predictably much more expensive to get this taster, but worth the buy.
Hazy IPA #1 with Citra and Vic Secret hops

Hazy IPA #2 with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra hops

Mostra in Paradise Imperial Stout

Inu Island Ales does not serve food, so outside food is welcome here. I wouldn't be surprised if food trucks park there during the peak eating times.

It's also a small space with limited parking. You would be maybe a couple of blocks from Windward Mall, so if you're willing to park there and walk to Inu, that could be an option.

Check out Inu Island Ales if you want your fix of locally crafted beers! 8/10

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