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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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1,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 1517
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%


Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2002)
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Brenden

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks typical of a light lager: a yellow-pale gold color with plenty of clarity to it and a small, wispy sort of white head. It does seem to have more substance to it than some lesser examples, as the head, though small, manages some retention and just barely moderate spotty lacing. It manages to clear average, anyway.
It's never easy to judge a beer in a relatively poor style. The problem with this sort of beer is it's one that may draw in a BMC drinker, but one that won't convince him to go any farther. He may trade his Bud in for this beer, but he won't go from this beer to another. Anyway, it's a typical light malts/grains profile but with a slightly sweeter element and some fruits as well, soft and sweet. There are no off-putting sulfuric or cereal notes. Honestly, as an "it is what it is" sort of beer, it's done well. The malts base is pale/grassy, pilsner malts most likely with little of the grassiness one might expect. The flavor offers a little more than the aroma.
The feel is as crisp as one might expect from this type of beer, with a light, refreshing body and texture. It has the cleanness that is vital to a light beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 14:02:39 | More by Brenden
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I've been drinking this stuff since the summer of 2002, I probably first saw this and Fire Rock Pale Ale at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa. At the time it was independently owned and operated in Hawaii on Oahu in Konatown. They've since teamed up with the Craft Brew Alliance, circa 2010 It's either brewed in Oregon, Washington at one of Widmer Bros locales or in New Hampshire at Redhook's facility. With that deal they also gained access to AB's distribution network so fast forward 12 years, I can now buy a beer I drank in SoCal in Steubenville, Ohio.

Pale fizzy yellow really easy to see throough, nice pocket of bright white head leaves minimal speckled lacing behind. Aromatics biscuit malt, this is as helles as it gets...what would you want on the beach in Hawaii? Probably something this thirst quenching, light herbal hops are there but this is a great all malt light lager. There's pleasant hint of pear, with the biscuit malts and a touch of powdered yeast notes.

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Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation, not overdone not residual sweetness crisp clean finish...very easy to consume and refreshing.

Overall, the type of summer beer that we all need in our beer diet no matter how much we all like extreme barrel aged imperial stouts...I'll always have a place in my heart for something this light easy going and flavorful.

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.