Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Neehan:
2.68/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
On-tap at Mexicali-Brews in the NC Outer Banks. Pale, straw-yellow with good active carbonation followed by excellent retention. The smell is a little stale and then it impersonates a typical macro from here, with a stale, bready taste and a heavily carbonated finish. Nothing special here.
Serving type: on-tap
05-27-2008 21:03:09 | More by Neehan
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Flavor smooth drinking beer, great biscuit malts, hints of citrus maybe lime and grassy hops just barely kiss you with a breath of bitterness...I like it. Nothing off putting, clean well brewed drinking lager, I want some of this when it gets hotter this summer. Enough herbal/grassy hops to balance out the biscuit/pale malt sweetness, this well crafted clean not off flavors.
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 22:13:43 | More by WVbeergeek
3.46/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours clear and softly golden with a flourish of bubbles and a fat white head that falls to a thin layer on top. Nose has the scent of light grain and some cut grass. Hints of flaky biscuit in the nose and a subtle noble hop presence. Taste is surprisingly smooth. It's creamy and just rolls over the palate seemingly forever and without end. A touch of herbal and hop bitterness takes this one to the finish almost dry. The biscuit is doughy and the grains start to stand out on the palate toward the end. The carbonation is ample but it does not disturb the creamy smoothness of this beer. Overall I would call it earthy and a good and tasty lager. Mild overall and with a just enough hops to keep it interesting. My only criticism is that it's a bit too soft for a lager. The doughy quality starts as smoothness but then drinks a bit heavier towards the end of the glass. It had some kind of sweetness like almonds in the very last moments after it warmed.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 20:35:03 | More by utopiajane
3.26/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: A hazy light yellow with a very thin white head.
Smell: It smells like a typical lager. Hint of hops and malt.
Taste: Taste like a light lager that it is. Slight hops, maybe some fruit, floral, sweet.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and very light. Easily drinkable, which is good to have in a lager.
Overall: A good lager, light, smooth, nice taste. Could easily be a session beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 04:36:11 | More by bgillespie
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.