Review: Liquid Breadfruit, Maui Brewing

Liquid Breadfruit
Maui Brewing Co. — Lahaina, Maui, HI

  • Style:  Imperial Golden Ale
  • Bitterness:   Not specified
  • ABV:  8.2%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Calypso
  • Special Ingredients:  Breadfruit and Toasted Papaya Seeds
  • Sampled:   12 oz.can

Description:  "To celebrate the cornucopia of a Maui-grown harvest, we will ingeniously combine local breadfruit (or ulu) & toasted papaya seeds into the recipe of an imperial golden ale fermented using Dogfish Head’s DNA ( Delaware-Native-Ale) yeast." — Maui Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Liquid Breadfruit is a collaboration between Maui Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. I'm drinking it as part of my series on limited release beers. I've never tasted Breadfruit before, so I looked it up. Here's a good article that explains the joys of breadfruit. It's starchy, tastes like undercooked potatoes, and is often fed to pigs. This should be interesting...  


The tasting: Light golden in color, hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, mild alcohol, and a tropical fruit sweetness. In taste, it has a bready malt backbone, which dominates the flavor. Some earthy and mild fruity flavors are noticeable in the background. Alcohol is heavy in taste and overall hop bitterness is low. It's light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes with bready malt and alcohol. 

Rating: 2 star. Drinkable, but I don't want to drink it.  I enjoy sampling beers that use unusual ingredients. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't. For me, the flavor in Liquid Breadfruit was one dimensional and lacking, in general. I didn't finish the drink. This beer does have its share of fans, so check out RateBeer and Beer Advocate for a different point of view. In the future, if I want starch, I'll eat french fries. 

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  1. Sounds like a drain pour to me!

  2. Here's a much more accurate article about breadfruit than the one in the Wall Street Journal:

  3. Anon, not a drain pour. It wasn't a poorly made beer, just wasn't my cup of tea.

    Thanks BFI! That's a good article!


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