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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 34
Gots: 266 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 02-21-2004

A full-bodied, American-Style I.P.A. that is bronze in color, Castaway IPA is "dry hopped" (aged with liberal amounts of whole hop flowers after fermentation) for assertive hop flavor and aroma. The bitterness is balanced by the malty body of the beer.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 128
Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wife picked me up sixer thinking I'll like it. I did. It's an easy sessionable IPA.
A: Slightly hazy honey golden coloring with lots of sprites and a thin but clingy and surprsingly lacy head. The thin head persists with lacy rings.
S: Tropical, orange, grapefruit
T: Bright. Citrus, orange, slight grapfruit, but with not much force. Clean in the front, with a trailing bitterness on the finish
M: On the thinner side with a dry finish
O: Easy and palatable. Doesn't overwhelm, but it does satisfy. A solid offering. Closer to a 4 than a 3.75.

Photo of Daktah
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent IPA, though a toned down version compared to what the style has become. Mostly floral and a little sweet, not a lot of hop bite but very refreshing. Wouldn't seek it out but would definitely drink again.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep gold with white head. Grapefruit and grass nose. Grassy with a little lemon. Lite mouthfeel. Nice west coast style.

Photo of joe12pk
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's light and crackery. Too bitter with no malt backbone. Try some when it's on sale perhaps.

Photo of Bierleichen
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An overabundance of Hops equals only bitterness a good balance between malts and hops is perfectly fine IPAs have entirely too much bitterness

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle depicted here poured into a tulip. Description says bronze. My eyes say a golden amber color with a small amount of creamy off-white foam, mostly along the edge of the glass.

Aroma is pleasing enough, rather low key but fresh and vibrant ... Some tropical fruit and citrus notes along with some pine resin and herbal elements. Pineapple, grapefruit, some mango. Palate reveals some bright lemon and grapefruit notes, more assertive than on the nose. Reminds me a little of Anchor Liberty Ale, an old school Cascade flavor albeit less robust. More pine needles, menthol cough drop, and forest floor detritus as the brew warms. A whiff of cattiness. Like this beer better late. Quite aggressive carbonation and a body on the thin side. Malts in the background so the hops can shine, more soda cracker than toffee. Finish is the aforementioned resinous, catty hops with some lingering lemon rind.

Not bad. Hits all the right notes with a leaning towards the old fashioned gooseberry notes, lightly seasoned with tropical fruit. Could stand to be bolder, but then again, there are so many IPAs around that there's a whole shit ton of room to do something different.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is 7 weeks old, but the freshest bottle I've found to date, This can be my placeholder review...

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with a finger of pearl white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Crackery notes, lemons, pineapple & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit & pineapple dominate, a little mango as well up front. Faint caramel notes, grapefruit pith & pine as this warms. Finishes with a flourish of tropical fruit, a little mineral dryness & some biscuitty malt notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, I have no complaints on this one. I would buy this again unless something bordering on world-class pushed this out of the sight-picture; a damn good deal to be sure

I sure seem to be swimming against the tide of recent reviewers, but that's just how it goes, some times

Photo of EQSATUB
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I felt this IPA had little character. Typically, I'm good about picking up subtle notes and aromas, but I found little nose to this beer whatsoever. Nothing offensive, of course....just neutral. Taste-wise, this was probably the least pronounced of any IPA I've had so far. Looks fine, goes down fairly smoothly, I'd say about the right amount of carbonation and bite on the tongue...it just doesn't reach out and grab you.

Photo of MickeyHops
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly below average IPA with a faint metallic flavor.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/3 Bottle - Very nice dark orange pour, with white head. Citrus and hops smells were strong and pleasant. Nice malty and hop filled taste, somewhat bitter without a bitter aftertaste. Very impressive beer and I will look out for this offering in the future.

Photo of gar1974
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a hidden gem. A little more in the floral side than citrus. But a very drinkable brew. Top shelf in my opinion. I was very surprised.

Photo of bennykroeks
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very easy to drink and very full bodied.

Photo of InkedinRi
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on October 14 2014, so it's about 4 months old. Very bland. Even the malt kick to this beer has faded. If fresh id try it again but was not impressed.

Photo of comm0dore
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light and hoppy at the same time, exactly what I'd expect from an IPA out of Hawaii. Looks great with very well balanced flavors and a unique island charm. Aloha!

Photo of DoctorEvil
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

too floral overly malty aftertaste was negative for me... almost too sweet as well...distracting... smell was consistent with taste... had right after a much better balanced IPA, so pale-d (sorry for pun) by comparison...

Photo of Matty-McBier
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A nice IPA best suited for summertime.

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I find this to just be a AVERAGE IPA.. Buy again? Maybe Not.

Photo of tyleeis
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really good ipa, very drinkable, good hop flavor slight bitterness with a nice malt balance. To me this is more comparable to some of the popular pale ales out now, this has a session ipa feel to it. Low carbonation and light aftertaste leaves a little to be desired but an overall great beer

Photo of DukeofAle
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good, but not great IPA. There are other IPA's with more character, and this one seems a little too light in body for an IPA. Not much head, not much lacing. Drinks fine, but a little too mild for the style, in my opinion.

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of Gjadey
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA of the islands

Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: playoff football--lose, Ravens!... APPEARANCE: mildly hazy orange amber body that holds steady effervescence; promising, pillowy, creamy white head that looks like sea foam; beautiful, stratifying lacing ... AROMA: light oats suggest the much-understated hops; tough to distinguish either the citrus or pine here... PALATE: rather creamy, soft and mild-mannered; plays slightly on the teeth, but also hides some cough syrup tendencies in it ...TASTE: hop are crunchy pine but easily sessionable; mango and pear are present too, but as IPAs go, apologetic in its exit--not substantial, though that may be the target of Kona, as they have a half-dozen IPAs in their portfolio, it seems... OVERALL: first, thanks to Dave for the New Year's Day beer visit...points are scored for the Hawaiian island chain impressed upon the bottle, too; the beer is solid, not spectacular, and sessionable too...

Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; golden colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: tropical - pineapple, grapfruit, a little apricot;

T: muted; grapefruit up front; ripe pineapple from mid-palate through the low to moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O; pleasant; nothing exceptional, but easy to drink;

Photo of ZBowden
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold orange, smells of hoppy citrus and malts, tastes of malty undertones with hoppy citrus characteristics, creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of jooler
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice sweet taste with subtle hop notes

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.