Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -14%
I was over at The Fridge earlier today and I acquired a few more bottles, this being among them. I was going to hold this in abeyance until a little while ago, when I got word that a dear friend, former shipmate and fellow member of the USS Normandy's SDBG passed away. Ken Longshore and I had just met up at a 25-year reunion a couple of weekends ago and like me, he was a hophead. I raise this AIPA (and all subsequent ones) in his memory!
From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Set Sail for Adventure! Hawaiians crossing the channel between Oahu and Molokai face a perilous journey. Our Castaway IPA is inspired by these brave island explorers. A smooth yet spirited brew, it's as refreshing as the wind in your face when you set sail for adventure."
I was pressed for time and so I used a heavy-handed pour to get things started. Following a quick mini pseudo-cascade, I was left with two dense fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a tropical fruit hoppiness, fitting for this company and including notes of pineapple, mango and guava. As the head finally fell, I was left with lots of nice, sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was fruity, but kind of bland at the same time. I do not know how to precisely quantify it, but it just seemed to be lacking any Ooomph! It was passable as far as the style is concerned, but there are so many better examples that this one pales in comparison. Finish was slightly bitter, kind of fruity, but just lacking in depth and cohesiveness.
08-13-2014 19:22:08 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Fairly light for an IPA, which is funny in and of itself. Two fingers of bleached head. Dissipation is fairly rapid, but the lacing is decent. Carbonation is subdued, with lonely bubbles rising to the surface.
S: Fairly substantial grapefruit. Definitely some pine qualities here as well. Dankness, some tropical fruits. Little bit of that ammonia/cat piss smell.
T: Grain forward up front. Not a lot of malt sweetness. Retains the onion/garlic/catpiss dynamic. Picks up some candied tropical sweetness towards the finish. Finish is dry, with the candied elements holding on for a bit.
M: Light to medium/light. Carbonation is minimal, but so is the malt for an IPA clocking in at 6% abv. Light all around, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
O: I think I've found the session IPA that works for me. This is a good beer. It's just a bit light for the style.
08-30-2014 06:16:37 | More by McStagger
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
Once again a beer incorrectly rated by its BA score based off the brewery in question IMO, but I should stop caring about such things. Not that I'm rating this super high or anything, just think it's a little better than its score is all.. I digress.
The nose features a sweet malt complimented by piney citrus hoppiness.
The taste is similar but expands upon the nose .as it should. Grapefruit and pineapple bitter hops are met by a sweet bready malt which give this IPA a balanced tone. Might be too sweet for hop heads, though. Might be too bitter for the lager drinkers out there.
Overall, it's not shattering worlds, but it's good. It's not like I'm going to keep going after it because the market is saturated with similar IPAs but Kona does their job here offering a very drinkable beer here.
08-25-2014 08:54:05 | More by samtrillo
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
12oz bottle, dated May 01 14
L 3.75 - slightly hazed, golden body with a frothy white head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S 3.25 - faint nose with floral hop, citric orange and grapefruit pith, pine, biscuity malt, but it's pretty muted
T 3.5 - fruity, juicy, somewhat tropical, piny, grapefruit pith, biscuity grain, floral hop, fairly refreshing
F 3.75 - medium body, moderately bitter with some pine lingering on the dry finish
O 3.5 - nice, refreshing American IPA, good for summer days. I was hoping for a bigger aroma and tropical burst perhaps. I may revisit this if the chance arises.
08-21-2014 23:31:03 | More by barnzy78
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Bottle: Poured an amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light floral undertones is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with light bitterness and some dry caramel malt. Dry hops notes are not as dominant as I would have expected based on the product description. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable IPA but nothing I would seek again necessarily.
08-21-2014 18:26:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.