Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,071 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,071
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 44
Gots: 267 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of Huffs
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass and developed a frothy white head which laced a bit and dicipated quickly. Appearance was a light gold to straw and clear. Aroma had grainy, citrus notes with a slight sour on the back. Tasted of grain and citrus, very light. Mild aftertase, cirtus, and dry on the back. Mouthfeel had some cream notes. Not bad overall.

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1/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde and thin white film that's gone in a flash but trails a bit.
Fresh grain sack and lemongrass nose.
Sour, cut hay up front then big grassy noble hop bite.
Lemon rind finish and tight dry linger.
Light, crisp, thin.

It doesn't look like much, and the malts are fusty when they could be more bready, but the body and the bite are right on point. Warm weather quencher. Superior version of a macro lager.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of JamesMN
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date on bottle of Feb 8th, 2013. Not sure if it's a bottled on or enjoy by date.

Appearance: Neon yellow hue with superb clarity (basically water at this point) and a substantial amount of effervescence ascending towards a thin white head.

Aroma: Similar to BMC but with an edge of real malt in there. Although, that may be hard to notice under the corn water aroma. Nothing really offensive in there though which is a good sign.

Taste: Clean and crisp throughout. The flavor consists of corn water and a slight bitterness. The description states 18 IBUs but it feels like that might be a bit of an inflated number since there really isn't any hop character. Which such a plain taste I'd expect any hop flavor to stick out but none does. Crisp finish and not much of an aftertaste besides the corn. At 4.6% ABV it's not too shabby for what it delivers.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body but has a certain thickness to it that is uncommon in this type of lager. Lots of effervescence but somehow remains smooth and easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: Even though the flavor is nothing to get excited about, Longboard Island Lager isn't bad. It's just another example of brewing prowess being used for the wrong ends. Because the flavor is so naked there is nowhere for off-flavors to hide. And there are no off-flavors in this beer which is quite the accomplishment in my opinion. Would I drink it again? I suppose if I was looking for a beer to session and was boycotting BMC.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of neenerzig
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass. This beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium pale golden color with lots of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. White head is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and some clusters of foam here and there on the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Mild aromas of sweet malt and a hint of citrus hops along with a bit of a grassy herbal smell as well. Tastewise it is pretty much the same, A mildly sweet malt flavor upfront followed with hints of citrus hops and a bit of an herbal quality. Spot on for this style of beer I suppose, this is just not my favorite style of beer or a style I'll go out of my way to drink very often. The flavors just seem a bit bland overall, I wish they were stronger all around and more in your face. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I would enjoy drinking this outside on a hot summer day, but otherwise it is not something I'd go out of my way to drink again.


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3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my friend neal for this sample. pours extremely pale yellow with a rocky head that hangs around for nearly the entire glass. smell is sweet and "beery" with lots of malt and a bit of lemon. taste is extremely smooth...tasty sourdough bread with a hint of lemon hops. this beer practically drinks itself. i had it with a bag of barbeque chips, and it was a great midnight snack. mouthfeel is on the thick side, and i totally enjoyed this beer. could not find a freshness date, but it was well-made and made me want to find it in my area this summer....excellent grillin and chillin beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of FlyingBull
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this beer in a variety 12 pack. I started with this one, had the pale ale next, and finished with the Koko Brown. I've had their Pipeline porter and I really enjoyed it.

Into a Pilsner glass, this brew poured a nice clear golden color with a 1/2" white head that held to some degree for the whole serving. There was nice lacing down the glass as I enjoyed. The aroma was sweet malt with mild hops that were a little fruity and herbal. The initial taste was sweet malt, followed by herbal hops and some bitterness. This beer seemed on the full body side and was balanced nicely by the carbonation. All in all, I enjoyed this beer and wish more American lagers were like it.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.