Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

958 Ratings
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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 39
Gots: 327 | 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: 958 | Reviews: 152
Photo of WestHam973
1/5  rDev -73.3%

dreadful

Photo of ChuckZ77
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not s huge fan of ipa

Photo of PaulBater
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Almost has an aftertaste of cat pee...

Photo of BcCraft710
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My least favourite from kona thus far

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 Ryan_Graham
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with a quarter finger head and decent lacing. Smells like dirty socks. Thankfully, the taste doesn't reflect the smell. Starts smooth and ends hoppy. It's pretty weak as far as IPA's go. This is barely an IPA. It's below average at best. Stick to island beer, Kona.

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 KarmicSkrambl8
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thin, flat flavor, flat nose, nothing remarkable to me

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 Tank880
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy this Brewers beers a bunch. Really good stuff. With so many ipa they put out one that's good to sip on the dock. I suggest getting their golden ale- I really like that beer.

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 mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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

Ebbs djdn did did djd

Photo of silverking
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- clear golden with a thin tan head, fast rising bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S- light, fruity, pine. There is a decent amount of toasted malt as well.

T- dismal... It tastes like a mediocre pale ale. Almost no bitterness, but there is a decent amount of fresh citrus.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation.

O- it's alright, but not great.

Photo of rolanduzer
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with very little head. Immediate pine and citrus smell. The taste is the same. The citrus bitterness overtakes the pine bitterness, and is not too bad if you like that sort of thing. Personally, if I am drinking a bitter beer, it should have more alcohol. At 6%, this is barely over any craft beer. The hops stay on your tongue for quite some time after the beer is gone.
Overall I would give this a 3.0, and probably won't drink it again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. The Castaway is deep golden in color and sports a half inch cap of foam. Light retention yet showing a thin cap through the pint.

Nose of bright citric hops and a touch of grain. A dead ringer for one of Widmer's Rotator beers but I can't put my finger on it right now. Taste follows with a citric flavor yet offers only a light bitterness as for balance.

Easy drinking yet uneventful in nature, so so as we say.

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 regspeir
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle from the Beer Shoppe in Bryn Mawr
Poured a gold-orange with a 2-finger head that disappears quickly. Lacing is light and not long lasting. The nose is faint grass and citrus. Taste is well-balanced between some citrus hops and biscuity malt with healthy carbonation. Pepper is there, especially in the aftertaste. Not a lot to distinguish this beer and similarly it’s not awful and also not great.

Photo of mr-jj
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass. Review from 8/17/14.

Pours a light amber color with a thin white head.
Nose is tropical with some caramel sweetness.
Flavor is more pine than citrus with some malt sweetness. Not bad, but nothing special.
Body is medium, good carbonation.

Overall, an easy to drink IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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 Rammed96
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They should have stuck with the Lager. They missed the mark on the IPA

Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with medium sized head of white bubbles, and average lacing. Nose was surprisingly average as it wasn't very assertive, though I was able to get some nice tropical aromas. Palate had more of the tropical character, plenty of malt for an American IPA, and very citrusy, sharp hop qualities that rounded it out. Yes, sharp. Lacking in drinkability for me compared to many American IPA examples out there.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
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