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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

Castaway IPA
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-21-2004)
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Photo of nickapalooza86


4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tangerine, half finger of head, spotty lacing

Smell is a ton of bright orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango a little pineapple, maybe a little strawberry with a hint pine and caramel. Really bright and citrusy smelling.

Tastes is more of the same, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, citrus peel, bittering pine, bitter grapefruit, finishes with a light and I mean light sweet malt bite

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, medium carbonation light drying but still rather refreshing

Well now, this is exactly the kind of beer I would want if I was on a beach or something! Really refreshing, really, really easy drinking, almost a little to easy. Very tasty, give it a shot if fruity ipas are your thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:16:34 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Tone


3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, hops, hint of sweet malt, and some floral notes. Overall, good appearance, and blend, but the strong earthiness is odd for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 14:10:45 | More by Tone
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe O'Lei in Kihei, HI.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid citrus flavors but the smell is a bit muddled in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 03:48:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint at the brewpub in Kona.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden amber hue, with one fat finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice layered tree branch lace around the glass as it sinks away.

It smells of reserved grapefruit and orange citrus, a bit of lemon, and mild bready caramel malt. The taste is white grapefruit peel, pine tips, semi-sweet caramel, and a further, somewhat interloping herbal/floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit snappy, the body a medium-light weight, and with a not-so-subtle metallic edge, one which messes heavily with any latent smoothness aspirations. It finishes hoppy, and mostly dry, with the citrus and pine notes having a hard time rising above that invasive herbal character.

While this feels, and looks like a proper west coast IPA, there is just too much musty, zippiness-flattening essence to earn my seal of hoppitude goodness. Maybe the next of Kona's many other IPAs will fit the bill.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 03:30:13 | More by biboergosum
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

found this at Lahaina yacht club on tap and was very happy with the hop levels and the balance. I found the Maui brewing IPA a little unbalanced this time around and actually enjoyed this IPA from Kona more as it hit all the marks. They should can this as it would sell well in the mainland market.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 23:56:49 | More by canucklehead
Photo of mastodonj


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Kona brewpub in Koko Marina, Oahu.

Real creamy head but lacking in lacing. Typical dark amber color for an IPA.

Excellent fresh hop nose, something that I always am looking for!

The hops really come through in the bitterness but almost no aftertaste. Smallish citrus and nice malty balance.

A real clean feel.

Overall, a really good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 01:28:01 | More by mastodonj
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Castaway IPA "a favorite of the locals"

Pours a hazed bright orange, nice froth and lace stickage. Aroma of bright citrus hops, some grapefruit orange and mango. Citrus hops in the flavor profile, alittle piney and quite bitter. Hint of tropical fruit. Rind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good sharp bite. Overall a damn solid IPA and the best hoppy beer made by Kona.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 05:05:26 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Strix


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived a clear light orange, decent lacing.

Smells piney, some floral hops.

Big initial burst of pine, then some malt, floral hops, and even sort of a nutty flavor in the finish.

Smooth crisp mouthfeel.

This was solidly done, very flavorful and I was pretty impressed, I'll have to try some more Kona.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 07:01:49 | More by Strix
Photo of birddogg66


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just came back from the brewery. Poured into a 16 oz. KBC shaker pint.

A- Deep gold or orange in color, slightly cloudy, with about a 1" white head, with small to medium bubbles. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S- Floral hops with a bit of citrus in the beginning. Slight malt and more citrus emerge as the beer warms, and more malt towards the finish.

T- Big crisp bitter flavor, very floral with definite citrus tastes. Has a nice balance of the maltiness and the floral/citrus hops with the bitterness taking over. Some alcohol is in there with a very good lingering bitterness

M- Medium effervescence with a dry crisp finish.

D- Very well balanced IPA, fruit and floral forward with the bitterness coming at you in the end. Great light color, but full of flavor and body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 23:35:52 | More by birddogg66
Photo of Haybeerman


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper/gold color; and orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention to a ring around the edges. Laced in thin rings.

S: Big citrus, grapefruit and pine hops. Sweet caramel malt and wet bread in the foundation.

T: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit up front. Sweet caramel and bread in the middle with resiny hop feel. Flavor and bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry.

D: Nicely balanced for the style. Moderate ABV makes it a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 15:29:58 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of vandenbochi


4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance -golden yellow with a fair head.

Smell - Great aroma similar to fresh bread and citrus.

Taste - Wonderful full bodied taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth, perfectly carbonated

Drinkability- Very drinkable willing to drive to Kona to get another.

I visited the Kona Brewery a few weeks ago and this particular beer is still fresh in my memory. So if you are hanging out in Kona it's worth it to visit the brewery and the pub next door.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 05:01:33 | More by vandenbochi
Photo of houstoncarl


4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to live in Kona, 25 years of drinking & brewing IPA and this was my all time favorite, until last year it was knocked into 2nd place by Sweetwater's IPA (Atlanta, GA).

Smells great, exceptional hopping and a stellar taste. If you are ever in Kona, get a pitcher of this and the brewery also makes some of the best food on the island (under $100 a person - LOL)

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 16:23:20 | More by houstoncarl
Photo of arizcards


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Kona brewpub while vacationing there last week.

Beer pours orange with a nice two finger head. A nice lacing is left behind as the pint is consumed. Nose is of floral hops and tropical fruit. Taste is somewhat sweet blending into with a pleasant floral hop bitterness. Well balanced and somewhat refreshing for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp at the start. Drinkability is good. It was a nice offering that I would recommend be tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 00:50:03 | More by arizcards
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Kyle at the brewery for specially bottling this for me.

A: Copper in color with soft orange hues. Micro bubble white head dissapates into a ring around the glass. Thin lacing.

S: Big smell of citrus and pine hop. Sweetness of caramel malts. Faint smell of fresh bread.

T: Citrus and tropical juice are followed by a slight pine hop flavor. Soft yet balancing sweet caramel malts are follwed by a bread like taste. Hops chime in for one last chorus from obvious dry hopping.

M: Medium carbination. Slightly slick and dry.

D: Of the Hawaiian beer products that I have tried from Kona and Maui Brewing Company's this is the best yet. A quality IPA that is an easy session drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:59:08 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of dippy


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewpub on the big island.

Poured a light copper color with a thin white head of tightly knit bubbles. Left some decent lacing on the glass.

Not much of a hop smell. I must be crazy or stuffed up.

This was all hops up front. It started off with a kind of piney/grapefruit sort of bite, but that morpheused into a pint of potpouri. It became all floral.

This stood out from other ipas I have tried. It was good, but not fantastic. I would stick with the porters,

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 19:45:23 | More by dippy
Photo of Bierguy5


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kona Brewpub in Koko Marina. Fairly clear copper in color. Thin white head disappeared rather quickly, but I suspect a faulty pour, as there was a great amount of lace left on the glass.

Big citrusy aroma. Very nice. The hoppies beer I had while on the island.

Good malt backbone, with a good amount of citrusy bitterness.

Good body and carbonation. Not overly bitter. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 17:17:55 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Jedimaster1


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one while I was living in Hawaii. This is one fine IPA -- as well as the best brew offered by Kona. The appearance is is amber with a cloudy look to it. The smell is of malt and hops. The taste is the perfect balance of malt and bitterness from the hops. The hops never overpower this brew while the malt is definitely there to make it a tasty IPA.

If it wasn't for the ABV, this would be a very sessionable brew. Did I mention that this is my favorite brew from Kona? :)

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 02:38:47 | More by Jedimaster1
Photo of flexabull


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark clear gold color, with a faint head.

Aromas are of piney hops and a bit of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick and pretty full up front. Beer has a subtle caramel malt flavor, and a nice slightly sweet grapefruit hop finish. There is a very resiny hop flavor as well.

Best beer I have had in Hawaii. Very nice IPA, good flavors, easy to drink, and not to overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2007 04:32:56 | More by flexabull
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Kona Brewpub, Kona HI 5-5-07. Pours a beautiful dark gold color but has no head and no retention. The appearance was the only detracting part of the beer. Not much carbonation which is okay I suppose.

Aroma is hops and caramel. Smells like a true IPA. Not a whole lot of the grass and hay but more the citrus type. Wonderful aromas.

Crisp, clean, smooth taste with plenty of hops power to bring out that bitterness. Very well balanced with some smooth caramel malts and even a bit of wheat flavors.

This was probably my favorite of the Kona Brewpub beers. Pipeline is good but this was my fave. Certainly have this one when at the pub in either Hawaii or Oahu.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2007 21:38:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. This is light amber in color with a slightly off-white head. It has a very strong hop aroma with heavy grapefruit aromas. The flavor is surprisingly malty, but the hops do dominate. This beer has a high level of bitterness, as is expected. The hop flavor makes apparent the use of dry hopping. This medium bodied beer has decent drinkability, but I would have rated it higher if I was a bigger fan of double IPA's in general.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 04:01:36 | More by drseamus
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Koko Marina brewpub on Oahu. The beer was dark copper color with a thin foam which laced nice. The aroma and flavor were much better than I expected, hops dominated but there was a good malt component to it. I think this could actually be compared with some DIPA's, it was assertive and tasty.

Just a little thicker than average mouthfeel, and completely drinkable. I wanted more, this competes with Da Grind for the best beer Kona makes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 14:40:44 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear ornage in color with a nice 2" head. Some mild lacing develops during the session. Mild carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and orange citrus is mild but detectable.

Taste: a milder malt base than some other IPAs, but still quite flavorful with a pleasant floral bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a bit of orange twang. Well balanced and somewhat refreshing for the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Bitterness and orange citrus tones linger softly on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking IPA. Several of these can be enjoyed in a session. This IPA does not blow you away, but it is a solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 13:51:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of atigerlife


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll preface this review by saying that I am not a huge IPA fan [yet...but I'm working on it!]. But, I'll try and judge this in the style.

I had this at Kona's Hawaii Kai restaurant.

The appearance is golden with slight a slightly reddish hue. Decent head.

The smell is hops, which you would expect from an IPA. Taste of malt with some spiciness. Of course, the hops then take over and hit pretty strong.
Quite cleansing on the palate. Fit very nice with the spicy food I was eating.
Overall, a decent IPA, but not something I would stick with [see preface]. But, for hopheads, this might seem better than it did for me.

9/06 Just got back from another visit to the brewpub. Tried this again and liked it much better than my previous visit. Thought it was very drinkable. Perfect for the food they were serving [pizza, sandwhiches]. Didn't seem as hoppy as my first review. Strange, but seems like a completely different beer. Anyway, the ratings have gone up across the board.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 19:53:06 | More by atigerlife
Photo of baiser


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful IPA from Kona in Hawaii. Glad to see some quality craft brew there. Pours a clear copper colour, pillowy white head, good retention. Hoppy aroma, fruity, sweet and pleasant. In addition to the hops, it has quite a nice malt character. Sweet caramel. Overall, a wonderful IPA with a tonne of flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2005 04:17:02 | More by baiser
Photo of slyke


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried Castaway IPA at the Kailua-Kona brewpub on three occasions in the space of five days. Tasty-tasty stuff.

Appearance: The IPA pours a healthy copper colour with an off-white head of about 1/2 inch.

Smell: Hoppy - nice and inviting. I haven't mastered my senses enough yet to isolate which kinds, but if you are a hop-head you will want to try this one.

Taste: The taste has a quick hop bite, followed by a nice malty bulk of the taste. It finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. The kind of taste I tend to crave.

Mouthfeel: Very nice on the tongue. Fills the palate, very much as you'd expect with the American IPA style.

Drinkability: Clocking in at 6.8% abv, I wouldn't call this beer sessionable, but it is a very tasty brew. It is very tempting to accept a second when offered one by the bartenders at Kona Brewing.

I would put this American IPA on a level close to the best of the style. This one isn't bottled so if you get to one of the KBC pubs, I'd highly recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2005 03:39:12 | More by slyke
Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.