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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
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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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Transparent gold body with lots of finely bubbled carbonation rising and producing a thick, creamy, white head; sheets and globs of sticky foam adhering to the glass (4.25). Nice pine and citrus hop aroma; tangerine and grapefruit (3.75). Gentle malt sweetness; very mellow fruitiness; smooth and gentle hop bitterness (3.75). Medium body; slick and smooth; semi-dry finish (3.75).

A smooth, almost gentle IPA that still packs plenty of flavor. Nice balance across the malts and hops. The flavor has a mild fruitiness with a tender hop bitterness with everything meshing nicely. Enjoyable, playful, easy drinking...

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.