Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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85
very good

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 991
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 358 | 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.

50 IBU
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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 991
Photo of hopphead31415
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried Kona Brewing a year ago, but that was before I was into reviewing. I picked up a fresh batch, chilled it, and poured into a nice tall glass. It has 6.0% ABV and 50 IBUs and lots to offer so let’s take a gulp!

Look-It poured a surprisingly light golden color for an IPA. It almost looks like a lager! The clarity was true and persistent. The head was like a lemon-merengue pie, but with some larger bubbles frothing on the side. It started out at two fingers thick and slowly settled down to just under a finger all the way down.

Smell-It had a dank and pungent smell that reminded me of—dare I say—cannabis. I smelled it very clearly every time so I was forced to review the true aroma of this unique brew. On top of that, I get honey-malts and floral, mango hops that beg one to take a sip.

Taste-It has a noticeable mango and floral hop part superposed on the honey-suckle malt base. There are also some overtones of pineapple and maybe some coconut which makes for a truly Hawaiian experience lending to the name.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied but just slightly underbalanced to let the hops shine through stronger than the malts.

Overall- The hops are the champions of this beer and are not too bitter, but instead serve up an explosion on the palate of typical Hawaiian fruits and flavors. The malts are shy, but fine-tuned and honey-suckle based which plays well with the tropical and herbal hops. A must try for all! (1,444 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent enough IPA - brings some tropical fruits impressions and a little citrus to the fore - modest malt base, typical carbonation levels - respectable enough beer but nothing exceptional (188 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a beer I would ever go out of my way to acquire given how many fantastic IPAs and pales there are to be had out there, but still good and worth trying. I had it on tap at Bar Coastal in NYC, which is by no means known for having a good craft beer selection. Probably the only passable beer on menu, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Light golden color and very drinkable; tastes like a session IPA or a pale. Hoppy taste that I love though. If there are no standouts on tap somewhere, definitely give this a try. (524 characters)

Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of Kelz87
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good intro to IPAs, I think I rated this one lower due to the amount of premium beers I've been drinking lately. I remember it having a strong tropical fruit nose and flavor with a hint of pine. If you have a chance to try it go for it, but I'm not sure it'll be a regular for me. (282 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the bottle, it makes me happy and prepared for a happy brew. Yellow-amber color, decent head and good lace. Good citrusy nose and floral notes. Great hop flavor, a mix of pine and flower and citrus. Malt flavor on the finish. Bitterness is for real, malt doesn't provide any outright sweetness. The "aloha" is very pronounced. Crisp finish. All around yummy, happy to see some serious hops coming out of a remote, even written-off, brewery. (445 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice looking gold/copper color. Not much head, but enough to tell it was a lighter colored white.
S (4) - A little bit of hop aroma. Fairly one-dimensional, but smells good enough.
T (3.75) - Ok flavor. I get the hop flavors, but they're just not all that impressive. I can tell it's an IPA, but it's fairly ho-hum.
F (3.75) - OK drinkability. Decent carb level, kinda smooth.
O (3.75) - All in all, a fairly average IPA. Not going to run out and buy it again, but I won't avoid it either. Would probably rank a notch higher in the right environment, and if it were really really fresh. (603 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Danky and citrusy - I was shocked at how good this was. Maybe I had too low of expectations going in. If you've been passing this over for other 6-packs you definitely need to give this one a chance. (199 characters)

Photo of sammorito
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (513 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft. Very easy drinking IPA. Nothing stands out but great balance. Light floral, fruity notes with low bitterness. Subtle pine and hops. Could drink this all day long. (176 characters)

Photo of 12packnight
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Fresh even though it is from Hawaii! They do a nicwe job getting it to Chicago fresh. Good for Golfing and Pizza. Light Bodied IPA Not too heavy. (162 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a golden bronze color.

Overall: Tastes of a sweet malt balanced by tropical hops. Only slightly bitter. Very tasty beer with good balance. Highly recommend but not for pure hop heads. You won't find the bitterness you like. (246 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at honolulu int'l airport

a: slightly hazy bright orange with 1.5 fingers of bone-hued head

s: dank pine, caramel, and a touch of orangey mango

t: very well-rounded, lots of malt backbone but good enough piney-fruity hop presence. moderately bitter finish

m: medium-plus, plenty carbonation, slightly sticky

o: impressed with this beer. not too assertive but still packs a good flavour punch (403 characters)

Photo of KD0G
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lacing
Lovely hops aroma
Taste matches aroma and well balanced
Good mouth feel
Overall a very good IPA if you like the distinct Galaxy hops
The Galaxy hops really shines through in this IPA and it's one of my favorite. This will definitely be in my rotation! (263 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Valiant gold color with a lot of carbonation and a thin head that refuses to dissipate. Excellent sweet malty smell. Very hoppy taste with the bitter pale ale kick back. But the kick back is not a terrible taste as with a lot of pale ales. (241 characters)

Photo of Tank880
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Quite nice, in my book.

Smell: a little bit of sweet malt with a fruity, tropical hop character. This is among my favorite hop aromas, so I'm rather smitten with this beer.

Taste: sweet malt with those same tropical hops from the aroma. I really dig this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess for the style. Not bad, but not the best thing in the world.

Overall: OK, so the texture's nothing to write home about, but the flavors are right in my butter zone. Great stuff. (693 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid IPA. Light golden in color. Citric and tropical fruit aroma followed by malt. Hoppy taste with a solid bready malt backbone. Medium body and semi dry bitter hops finish. (177 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Summery: An ok IPA, I am enjoying this one 3 weeks young. It's ok. Due to a flooded market of hoppy beers/IPA's: I can't really recommend it. Not bad though, just unlikely that you wouldn't be able to find anything better on the shelves~ (410 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2 Mar and so about 2 1/2 months old. The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice clear golden amber color with a 1/2" white head that recedes fairly soon leaving patches of foam on the surface of the liquid , a ring of foam around the glass and some small bits of legging. sipping creates some nice leggy patches of lacing on the side of the glass, most of which cling to the the glass.

The aroma is very citric with some nice grapefruit zest and some tropical fruits. There also seems to be some malt in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include nice grapefruit zest along with touches of mango. There is a malt backbone in the background that plays a nice supporting role but never tries to take over the show even when the bitterness emerges.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with some moderate carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins in the grapefruit and citrus flavors which then gradually disappear, leaving some bitterness with some noticeable malt in the background to create some balance.

On the whole a nice, well made beer that I'd be willing to have again. That said there are plenty of other suitable IPAs and this one is not standing out from the pack as being exceptional in any way. So its basically a good choice but not anything worth making a special effort to find again. (1,373 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,544 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle from my Kona variety pack. Bottling date is February 16th, 2015.

Nice dark golden color, with a good bit of bubbly white foam on top. Said foam shrinks into a thin cap on top after a bit, but that thin cap hangs around for a while afterward. Pretty clear, with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom, a lot at first and then slowing down a bit. As with other Kona beers the bottle design and shape are pretty great (I notice that the labels aren't the same shape from one beer to the next -- they're shaped to fit the label art, rather than all being the same "general" label shape and the art made to fit on that), and the Hawaiian language lessons on the inside of the caps are a nice touch.

The smell on this one is pretty nice, too. Pine and tropical fruitiness (maybe something along the lines of pineapple or mango, but minus some of the sweetness?) are apparent from the moment the bottle is opened and throughout the pour (could smell some pine and fruit without even putting my nose near it!), and remain pretty strong while the foam on top shrinks down. I think I can occasionally pick up just a hint of bread-crusty malt, too, but the hops are definitely what stands out. Fades a bit as the foam shrinks to a thin layer on top, but still noticeable.

The taste is also pretty nice. Similar to the smell, but rearranged a bit. The pine is stronger here compared to the fruitiness, though the fruitiness is still present as well -- just doesn't stand out quite as much in the flavor compared to the smell. Bread-crusty malt is sometimes present, too. A leafy bitterness is present but not super strong, mostly a little bit mingled in with the piney/fruity flavors and a bit on the end that tends to blend with the bread-crust malt. Aftertaste is leafy bitterness and bread-crust malt, both fairly light though the bitterness builds just a bit toward the end of the glass. Burps bring the fruit out more than anything else (and it definitely seems a bit pineappley there), which is nice.

Feel is pretty nice as well. I'm reminded of the Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA in that it's a bit lighter (while staying in a range that's more substantial than "session IPA" ultra-light, bordering-on-watery texture) and very drinkable as IPAs go -- Eight Point was the first IPA I could easily have two of in one sitting, and this would be the second. Not really any noticeable alcohol warming, not too much bitterness even by the end of the glass, not too much fizziness (though the fizz can be felt if you let the beer hang around in your mouth a bit longer than usual), not a lot of lingering stickiness but also doesn't dry my mouth out or anything. It's balanced in the "nothing is too extreme" sense, though not in the "hops and malt are equally noticeable" sense -- it's definitely more hoppy, as expected of an IPA. And it is definitely refreshing, as the description on the bottle says.

Overall... apologies to my local brewery Devil's Backbone -- but this is basically a better version of their flagship IPA! Eight Point may be just a tad nicer in terms of mouthfeel and sheer drinkability (though not by too much, as this is in the category of "IPAs I could have two of in a row" as well), and I'm sure I'd be able to get it fresher since I can literally drive to the brewery in less than half an hour, but Castaway has a much nicer tropical-fruit-and-pine hoppy aroma to it (a vast improvement over what I felt was Eight Point's weakest aspect) and the flavor's a bit nicer, too. Glad I was able to try it via the variety pack -- I've never seen six-packs of this one in the area, though a couple of Kona's other beers do show up on the shelves. (3,694 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wife picked me up sixer thinking I'll like it. I did. It's an easy sessionable IPA.
A: Slightly hazy honey golden coloring with lots of sprites and a thin but clingy and surprsingly lacy head. The thin head persists with lacy rings.
S: Tropical, orange, grapefruit
T: Bright. Citrus, orange, slight grapfruit, but with not much force. Clean in the front, with a trailing bitterness on the finish
M: On the thinner side with a dry finish
O: Easy and palatable. Doesn't overwhelm, but it does satisfy. A solid offering. Closer to a 4 than a 3.75. (546 characters)

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.