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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 157 | 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:
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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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Wharton yesterday, not having a beer from Kona in quite some time. Although their other offerings tended to be a bit too light for me, this one hit the spot now that the warmer weather is finally here for most of the day. This seemed a bit too weak to be a true IPA but as a "strong" Pale Ale, this went down easily while standing out just enough from the not-quite-as-west coast versions of this style.

The pour to this had nice, golden hue and a good amount of head that quickly settled down. The lacing could be seen but only after the first few sips, as there weren't any rings once I made my way through the latter half of this. Nice tropical taste to it with a good amount of mango and papaya. The citrus really isn't here and the mouthfeel tended toward a grainy rye that gave this a good amount of body. Subtle hops in the back that leaned dry but didn't burn of overwhelm and this straddled the line of solid and easygoing quite nicely.

Can't recall an IPA that felt this weak in the alcohol department, even though it was clearly here and made itself known when I got down to the last of the liquid in my pint glass. There are so many better examples of this out there that it seems unfair to compare this to them but for a light beer in the summer with some oomph, I'd reach for one of these again. Easily the best beer from Kona that I've enjoyed.

JerzDevl2000, Jun 09, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

woodychandler, Aug 13, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull brass color with a tightly formed full one finger bone white head atop that left nice lacing as it settled slowly.Muted citrusy hop aromas with even lighter caramel/biscuit notes as well.citrusy with a little bit of sweet onion lingering on the palate,not overly bitter more of sweet fruity hoppiness,biscuit malt holds underneath.Not a bad IPA with it's fruitiness instead of bitterness,I could see myself drinking this on a beach in Maui.

oberon, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mojohawk21, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Floydgrey77, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

coffee84, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DWolf, May 11, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 6 %. It also has a freshness date and a short description of the beer.

Appearance: The body is cloudy and has a light golden color. It’s head was small and settles quickly. It keeps just a wispy thin film with a ring of creamy bubbles at the edge of the glass.

Smell: There is a nice hop character in the nose. It brings notes of citrusy grapefruit and tropical pineapple to the nose.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is medium bodied with nice juicy hop flavor though out. It has very nice light bready malt sweetness backing up the citrusy and tropical fruity hop flavors. It finishes with just a quick flash of very mild hop bitterness. It feel light, but not thin and it is very drinkable.

Notes: If you’re a hard core hop head this may not be for you but I love the balance and drinkability in this beer. This may also be a good IPA for craft beer newbies or people who like hop flavor with out heavy enamel stripping bitterness.

generallee, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nversobr, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Swane, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Andrew_Rios122, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

chossboss, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

GuidedByVoices, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

innominat, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

juicebox, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and crisp hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hops with upfront hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hops with some hints of grass and pine resin. Solid backing of bready malt with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty solid IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a very juicy and nicely earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hops with upfront juicy notes of mango, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, apricot, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Good background of malt with sweet notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Pretty hop forward and nicely bitter. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good West Coast style IPA. Big tropical citrus flavor with some nice pine and malt notes.

MattyG85, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

HeyYoMar, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Jsonta, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Beer21, May 29, 2012
Photo of Auraan
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded leaving lacing down the glass. Quite the nice appearance, very true to form for an IPA. Scents of citrus peel, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, pineapple mostly, and faint hints of pine. A solid IPA aroma, nothing standout, but nicely aromatic and true to style. Flavor begins with fairly bitter with notes of pine resin, citrus peel moving into higher bitterness levels with notes of pine resin, citrus peel and floral, citrus blossom. Finish is dry with pine resin and bitter citrus peel and pith notes. A slight sweet malt backbone balances the bitterness throughout. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, orange peel, grapefruit peel and floral hops. A nice flavor profile. True to style, though not standout in any real way. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a resinous feel and moderate carbonation. Quite nice, true to style and smooth. Overall a pretty good IPA that is nicely true to style, with a nice aroma and flavor. Nothing out of the ordinary but pleasant.

Auraan, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

LXIXME, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JMS1512, Aug 03, 2014
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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
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