The story

King Nalu Koa’e – circa 780 – 840 CE

One of the earliest Hawaiian kings, Koa’e purportedly came to power on the island near 800 C.E. and was reputed as one of the best wave sliders on the island. His ascendency, in part, was due to his ability to surf – much of Hawaiian society viewed the activity as culturally crucial and was an important form of artistic expression. In his search for new breaks to slide, or “he’e,” he discovered an already ancient Phoenician ship wreck, complete with sealed and preserved amphora. Upon investigation, many amphora yielded viable grain while others contained records and illustrations on beer making. Koa’e, being ever inquisitive, learned the art of propagating the grain and making beer, scaling it to supply his soon-to- be kingdom. Gaining fame, the brew made its way back through the Polynesian trade network, finally reaching Chinese agents of Society. It is thought that Koa’e was made Society and acted as an agent throughout his reign.

Sensory

Appearance: Golden color, lasting-light white head
Aroma: Tropical, citrus, light pine, pleasant spice; many variations due to rotating hop, melon, berry, herbal, skunky can be found in different batches
Flavor: Tropical, citrus, light pine, pleasant spice; many variations due to rotating hop, melon, berry, herbal, skunky can be found in different batches. Light malt character to balance the explosive hop boquet.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not overwhelming for an imperial
Overall: Excellent show of hop character in this IPA that always changes to give the drinker a chance to see the variety of flavors that abound in hops.

Pairings

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