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Overboard IPA - Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria

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Overboard IPAOverboard IPA

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very good

80 Ratings

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdaelhousen on 07-09-2011

I.P.A. was developed in England around 1800; the extra strength in alcohol and hops helped preserve the beer on its long export journeys to India and beyond. The style has developed a following worldwide. Ours begins with smooth, malty creaminess and a big burst of dry-hop flavor and aroma from a variety of American hops. It finishes with a lingering yet pleasant bitterness. Is it Overboard? You decide.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by jdaelhousen:
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colored body with thick, foamy off-white head. Rapid carbonation through the appearance of the pint glass. Aroma contains notes of passion fruit, with scents of orange citris and grapefruit. Flavor contains a caramel malt center, with notes of orange, mango and some mild spice at the finish. Aftertaste leaves a large amount of pineapple flavors on the palate. Big and bold on the bitterness, this is a great IPA.

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3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

A very balanced IPA—a good amount of hop flavor, but we were hoping for a bit more umph for a slightly bigger brew. Still an enjoyable IPA, but it is a tough style to tackle and be able to outshine the others. Maybe it’s the name that confused us ... go figure.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.7%

LOOK: Sticky sudsy, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Orangey, oily, faintly catty, mango, dough biscuits, minty, piney, faint yeast, esters

TASTE: Smooth, orange peel, spice, semi-dank, ample bitterness, hint of booziness, pineapple, earthy, warming, dried grass, grainy, hop oil, apple skin, bread, leafy; hoppy, semidry finish

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with large white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical notes and some spiciness. Good West Coast aroma.

Taste: A cornucopia of hop flavors. Tart grapefruit, juicy orange, and tropical fruits override the base malts. Spicy and piney finish with some lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dripping with hop oils. Dry, refreshing finish.

Overall: A stellar IPA and the best Hawaii beer I have had.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint at Humpy's in Kailua-Kona, and on special all-day at that.

This beer appears a clear pale golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy, puffy white head, which settles at due pace, leaving a very sparse array of pebbled curling sheet lace around the glass.

It smells somewhat strongly of bitter citrus rind, mild pine branch, understated bready caramel malt, and soft, warm toffee. The taste is pleasantly sweet caramelized malt, moderated pine/citrus hops, and a mild, inoffensive booze warming.

The bubbles are average in their bearing, the body medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee bit of hop interference. It finishes quite hoppy and bitter, amongst an overshadowed, but not beaten, lingering toffee sweetness.

A decent, seemingly malt-forward IPA, sweet upfront, with a slow, but surely growing bitter hop offset. Agreeable feature pint fare, and as such, I wish I had room for more.

Photo of pod4ski
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely carbonated with finger width head. Fruity passion fruit overtones made me ask if it was infused with anything. It was not. Bitter taste nicely highlighted by the fruitiness first and last. Went well with the baja fresh fish taco. and left my palate clean and ready for more

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewpub into a sampler glass.

Clean and very clear body. Thin off cream white head presented. Body color lends to bright and dark orange.

Great solid hop aroma, real inviting notes of soft tropical fruit and juicy quality. Not mich malt and virtually no sweetness.

Palate is very tangy. Orange fruit, soft fleshy grapefruit and some mellow sweet malt dough but small and with a husky grain quality. Not much aftertaste that lingers but repeated sips bring it back. Mouthfeel is soft bodied but also seems a little grainy unlike its flavor.

Overall its a very enjoyable ipa, great flagship beer for sure or at least should be.

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual IPA but unusual in a good way. Fruity IPAs can work well (eg 21st Amendment) and this IPA was mega fruity. Fruit hint to yeast might just be a byproduct of brewing in Hawaii, everything is alive and growing and sorty jungly, and if so I like what they did to adapt. Definite pineapple hint in the flavor. Attention was paid to giving this a finishing hop bite. Big Island Brewhaus is an obscure little place but worth the stop for the beer, I wish them well.

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no bottle dating that I can seem to find on the label or bottle. Not expecting to find much in the way of beer on my Hawaiian vacation, I was pleasantly surprised to find a trio of beers from Big Island Brewhaus that I don't believe distribute off the islands. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a brassy orange hue that is completely translucent--no haze or cloudiness whatsoever. Atop the body sits a generous two-and-a-half finger layer of soapy looking foam that retains for quite a bit, with the small bubbles expanding and bursting, leaving a honeycomb of head until it dissipates to leave an uneven layering of foam and film across the surface of the liquid and a line of lace around the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - Quite nice, with a healthy blending of gentle tropical fruit with some complementary citric notes. I get mango and light passionfruit, with just a hint of grapefruit zest to add a bit of pinch to the sweeter-smelling tropical fruits. There isn't much malt presence to be found, save for a slight bit of unobtrusive grain--based on the aroma, this is very much leaning towards the "West Coast IPA" sub-style.

Taste (4.25) - Picking up right where the aroma left off, with juicy notes of mango and now some pineapple that I don't remember in the smell. There is still some faint grapefruit pith providing a nice light bitterness to complement the fruit, and the finish includes some earthy pine components that adds another layer. The malt is similarly absent, with just some pale malt cracker characteristics that are almost nonexistent.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Body is on the light side of medium, with the malt clearly doing most of it's work in giving this one some body, rather than much in the way of flavor. Carbonation is moderate to high, and just a bit on the prickly side--that would be my only complaint. The tropical fruit notes also give a nice juicy impression to the feel.

Overall (4.0), a very nice take on the style. I've never been terribly impressed by other Hawaiian-based hop-forward beers, but after this one, I think it's entirely realistic that the problem is time and distance. This one is a dry-hopped beer and really exhibits those bright, pungent hop aromas and flavors with no maltiness, so I'm inclined to believe that it is relatively fresh, even without a bottling date. And as is the case with many IPAs, the freshness really allows it to shine through with it's true characteristics.

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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint on the shores of Kailua.

A- cloudy gold. 2 fingers of coarse off-white head dissipates too quickly.

S- grapefruit. Some light herbal notes. Not the most forthcoming, but neither too closed.

T- nice malty sweetness. Grapefruit and astringent herbal notes come through. Not too bitter for a western ipa. Nice balance

M- medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation, which cleans up the bitterness nicely.

O- a solid ipa. Above average, but nothing amazing. I think Kona's "castaway" is the better ipa from the big island.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of juicy citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with lot of fantastic citrus flavors that make this one super easy to drink.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid IPA from a local brewery in Hawaii. Has a good hint of hops followed with a nice undertone of fruit. Not nearly as hoppy as many other other IPA's but has a very smooth finish. Can definitely see myself having a couple of these while sitting beach side.

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Overboard IPA from Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria
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