Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
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
2.94/5 rDev -22.4%
Not the greatest hop flavors, but quite drinkable with a rather modest bitterness. Attractive tall head in the big glass.
The flavor starts off with some flowery hops. After a while, however, the resiny, herbal tea with honey taste gets rather strong. Even though this is not so bitter it's getting hard to drink. Woody, match stick finish. Fairly malty but tanted with that hoppy stew.
This is about as "average" as it gets. From the 12 oz bottle poured into the Stella Artois goblet.
08-17-2014 06:28:18 | More by mactrail
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
Bottled on 5/1/14: Pours hazy yellow color with 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good foamy spotty lacing.
Smells of grapefruit, tangerine and citrus up front, with biscuit, piney hops, herbs, grass and some more citrus hops. Not a strong fresh hop smell, but a nice aroma that was full of citrus zest.
Tastes very much like it smells, with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, citrus hops, biscuit, piney hops, herbs, grass, malt or wet grains, light caramel and some more citrus flavor that trails off bitter with a slight onion or herbal taste trailing. The flavor has a lot more malt than the nose and good balance, but like the nose is no hop bomb yet still a nice IPA.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with fizzy carbonation, a light body and a bitter citrus aftertaste. Seems more like a lager or APA than an IPA, but the lightness doesn’t mean it’s a bad feel.
Overall an above average IPA that had a nice aroma and decent flavor, but it was a little too timid in the hop department to make this a huge success. A good beer that’s like a session IPA, I would definitely have this again.
08-16-2014 01:39:05 | More by CHickman
Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.