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Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 337 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden yellow colored brew with a fair white head and weak lacing. The aroma is simple cereal grain with grassy/citrus hints of hops. The flavor brings more of a mellow malt and toffee, some caramel and even some grassy hints of chocolate. Pretty decent for a backyard sort of guzzler. It delivers a peppery effervescence in a light bodied brew. Not bad in comparison to your macro lager types. Some flavor, a bit of a pleasant surprise from the attractive can.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Longboard I was on the island of Maui. I remember it well. Waking up early to go find a bar to watch the Bears game. There was a 5 hour difference.

Anyways, since that first one I have been looking for it on the mainland. I have found it and every chance I get I pick up a 6 pack.

It pours a nice clear golden color. Very fine head in the glass. The aroma every is subtle but every time takes me back to Hawaii. It hits on the nose just right. It is a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. You can easily put back several of these without realizing it. Overall, the first one of these was one of the most memorable beers I've ever had.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists BOD but does not list ABV.

A: Clear golden with a half-a-finger sea foam white head which turns into a half-a-finger nail within thirty seconds, but the head does sit well after the initial deflation.

S: Sweet corny aroma and watery citrus hops.

T: Sweet corn followed by a tinge of bitterness from hops and carbonation zing.

M: Medium and smooth

O: If you are looking for a bracing lager rife with balancing hops and strong body, this is not the beer for you. It is a milder, smoother, and sweeter lager variety. Called an Island Lager, it is understandable why this lager might be sweeter rather than braced by strong hops: too many hops might not be as refreshing on the beach. This is pleasant and easy to drink, and it would wash down most food without taking away from the meal.

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3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Dated Dec 09 11.

I poured this Hawaiian lager into a pint glass and got about a half finger of loose, not so dense, egg shell head. The body of the beer is a standard pale amber with good clarity and plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing, but you can tell it's trying.

Subdued, not terribly unique smell of lemon and malted, bready cereal grains. Lightly hopped, grassy.

The taste is better than expected. It has a pleasing sweetness to it which is nicely complimented by a crisp, dry finish. Hints of orange zest or even mango flesh ride smoothly over a slightly overpowered malt background. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel fits the style well.

I wouldn't mind having another of these, actually. Kona does a nice job.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure gold with a half of an inch of loose, bubbly, white head that quickly dissipates. The nose is lightly malty, lemony, and grassy. The flavor is very malty up front with with a sweet, lightly bready feel followed by a smooth, grassy, lemony hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is a very refreshing lager. The malt is close to what I would expect from a pilsner, but there's a strong, lemony feel that adds a lighter, less hoppy character to this beer. It's very enjoyable.

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.