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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,099
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.83%
Wants: 43
Gots: 434 | FT: 1
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.

50 IBU
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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 1,099
Photo of Ryan_Graham
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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...

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Photo of matjack85
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67.

The beer poured a clear golden color with a ½-finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half and left some decent acing.

Smelled like citrus hops.

Big grapefruit hop flavor with some mango underneath. There's also some caramely malt, but not enough to say it's balanced. This is a big hop forward beer despite the fact that it only garnishess a 50 IBU score.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

If you like frapefruit you'll probably like this. For me, it's a sub par IPA.

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Photo of Tank880
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -22%

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.

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Photo of EQSATUB
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of silverking
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of rolanduzer
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent enough IPA. There was some semblance of a hop presence in here. Dry finish. I only had one. Don’t plan on ever having another. Can’t win them all.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of regspeir
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Miller Ale House in Langhorne. For an IPA, the drink had a surprising straw yellow and clear appearance with creamy lacing on the sides. Aromas included some light citrus with hints of grassy flavors. The taste was not too bad. The beer had a good mix of hops and a citrus-grapefruit giving it a sweet flavor. The body really helped to make the drink refreshing and crisp. Overall, I found the drink refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Daktah
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: playoff football--lose, Ravens!... APPEARANCE: mildly hazy orange amber body that holds steady effervescence; promising, pillowy, creamy white head that looks like sea foam; beautiful, stratifying lacing ... AROMA: light oats suggest the much-understated hops; tough to distinguish either the citrus or pine here... PALATE: rather creamy, soft and mild-mannered; plays slightly on the teeth, but also hides some cough syrup tendencies in it ...TASTE: hop are crunchy pine but easily sessionable; mango and pear are present too, but as IPAs go, apologetic in its exit--not substantial, though that may be the target of Kona, as they have a half-dozen IPAs in their portfolio, it seems... OVERALL: first, thanks to Dave for the New Year's Day beer visit...points are scored for the Hawaiian island chain impressed upon the bottle, too; the beer is solid, not spectacular, and sessionable too...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a muddled amber color. The head is around a finger high, and white in shade. I'm not too impressed with the retention, but at least it leaves a thin ring of lacing on the glass.

S: This seems to be quite herbaceous, more than the standard IPA. There's also a fair bit of mint, a feature only in a small handful of IPAs (Dogfish Head's IPAs come to mind). If I really concentrate, I can pick up a few tropical fruit notes here and there. Malts are just prevalent enough as well. A solid aroma, but one that doesn't set the world on fire.

T: The flavor profile is much the same way, but one difference is how earthy the taste comes across. There's a vague hint of tropical fruit to start (in my opinion, this facet needs to be jumped up a few notches), and a healthy minty-yet-herbal finish. The malts are well intertwined with the hop flavor/bitterness. It's relatively sweet, but since it doesn't overly rely on crystal malt, the sweetness level doesn't annoy me. I could always use more hop flavor; whatever, I'll deal.

M: Crisp yet just sweet enough. When I say "just sweet enough", I mean it's not bone dry, it's not ridiculously sugary, it has enough malt to make it refreshing. This would be panacea if I were sweating in 100 degree heat. My only complaint is that it seems a bit full-bodied for a 6% IPA. Carbonation is middling.

O: This is a solid hot weather IPA. Rather than impressing with its flavor profile, it focuses on being refreshing - and it certainly is that. If it had a "bigger" flavor, it would become great. Or maybe it just needs to be in cans. Seriously, this one would be so good in cans.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

[Insert Gilligan's Island reference here.] This stuff pours a partly-hazy sunset brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grapefruit zest, mild pine, light grass, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, unwilling to deviate even in the slightest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this is the epitome of your slightly-above-average IPA, something that's not bland but is so just-so that I don't care about it afterward. Can we please get some interesting IPAs sometime, brewers?

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Photo of sammorito
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy yellow orange color with a white head about a finger and a half big that dissipated moderately slow. left light lacing that went away quick.

S: pine and orange notes

T: slightly malty with very light bitterness. Not too hoppy. citrus and pineapple notes towards the end.

Mouth feel: medium body with good carbonation. sticks on the tongue a bit.

Overall: pretty easy beer to drink. Would drink this again if i wanted something not too hoppy. not a big fan of the mouth feel but overall a decent beer

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is almost decent once the brew is poured in my glass. Castaway redeems itself when I take a whiff. Smells like a wonderful IPA. I'm disappointed when I take a sip, but then again, what did I expect from a sub par appearance. It is not incredibly hoppy which is why I go for the IPAs so that trait definitely brings Castaway down a quarter point when I rate the overall.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Golden straw color pour. The beer forms a 1/2 finger of white head. The beer leaves nice lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (6.0 %) and the born on date (02/26/15). Both are on the label and easy to read!

S: [2.75] Pine and a bit of a skunky scent. The skunky scent is most prominent but not offensive.

T: [3.50] No skunk on the taste. There is some light citrus/orange at the front. The middle is mostly a bitter sense. I am also getting lemon rind. The beer is balanced and there is sweetness in there too.

M: [3.75] The carbonation level is normal. Medium to light body (while not watery). The finish is crisp and refreshing there is a slight bitter at the end but it is mild.

O: [3.50] This is my first beer from Hawaii. It is a decent offering. I don't think I would seek it out nor would I turn it down. It is a nice middle of the road IPA. Highlights are the labeling (dates and ABV) along with the lacing which is great. Lowlights the slight skunk scent. The rest is in the middle, flavor, mouthfeel etc.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, nice head, smells of pineapple and apricot. The initial taste is the same then becomes hoppy bitter and an aftertaste of nails. Mouthfeel is fine. I never go for the IPA, but this was in a sampler pack. Just not my taste.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.