Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.86/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 07:16:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.76/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Amber in color, translucent and moderately bright, this IPA's sandy colored head doesn't achieve much height, but it's stronger than it looks. The foam maintains for the session, keeping strong at the edges as well as the thick layer that leaves behind some heavy spotting after a ring where it settles.
This beer shows the hops pretty well; it could be a bit hoppier, but the overall effect and the balance are good. The features are mostly dank and raw, pretty earthy overall, while demonstrating a striking similarity to ganja leaf in the middle. Just enough sweetness, including a touch of caramel, do enough to even out the bitterness and the dryness as herbal leaf goes into the finish.
The body is medium and holds up from the front of the sip to the finish, with a leafy dryness coming into the feel as well. It keeps crisp the whole way through and has the clarity and brightness despite the dank character.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 21:29:42 | More by Brenden
Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.