Longboard Island Lager - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Bottle into dimpled mug.
Very clear golden yellow body with a fizzy white head of 2 fingers. Weak lacing, but respectable retention.
Smells grainy and sweet with a big spicy hop note. The flavor is much more bold and assertive than the average pale lager, but the profile isn't very impressive-- it's like listening to a crappy record but hoping it will be better if you turn the volume up a lot. This beer didn't start out with a good flavor, it simply turned up the volume and made the mediocrity louder.
A few points are awarded for the effort-- there aren't many pale lagers with this much flavor... But that grainy malt melds with the spicy floral bitterness to create a very unpleasant off-taste as I swallow. Fortunately, the beer has a dry crisp finish.
Light, well-carbonated body is easy drinking.
Overall-- this might serve as an "intro to craft" for some, but does not impress me as some one drinking 'better beer' for several years.
01-13-2013 17:51:19 | More by AleWatcher
3.84/5 rDev +13.9%
Has the perfect lager smell. Drinks pretty smooth.
Pours pale light in color. Some bubbles.
Grains are abundant in the nose. Very much like a normal pale lager. Seems adjunct free.
Light bodied feel. Lager like refreshing taste. Very light and moderate carbonation.
01-12-2013 00:48:49 | More by AmitC
Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.