Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 997
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 359 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe O'Lei in Kihei, HI.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid citrus flavors but the smell is a bit muddled in my opinion. (578 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruits seem to stand out in particular.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has light to moderate aromas of grapefruit. No malts are noticeable, although there are enough to balance things off so that there's only a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The citrusy aromas and flavors of this beer seem to be muted. I'm not sure if the trip across the Pacific has taken its toll and this beer would have more in the way of smell and taste if it was fresher.

Serving type: bottle (919 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle: Poured an amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light floral undertones is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with light bitterness and some dry caramel malt. Dry hops notes are not as dominant as I would have expected based on the product description. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable IPA but nothing I would seek again necessarily. (472 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull brass color with a tightly formed full one finger bone white head atop that left nice lacing as it settled slowly.Muted citrusy hop aromas with even lighter caramel/biscuit notes as well.citrusy with a little bit of sweet onion lingering on the palate,not overly bitter more of sweet fruity hoppiness,biscuit malt holds underneath.Not a bad IPA with it's fruitiness instead of bitterness,I could see myself drinking this on a beach in Maui. (453 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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? (628 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Kona Castaway IPA
12 oz. custom-molded brown glass bottle, dated "12:16 3 JUL 11 14"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful packaging all-around. Beautiful looking beer: frothy off-white head, excellent head retention and lacing, slightly hazy golden amber body. Welcoming, brightly pungent and citrusy aroma. The hop flavors (resinous, citrusy, floral) are balanced against the malt, and backed by a solid bitterness. The grainy, biscuity malt is clear up front, but becomes even fuller in the finish - kind of the opposite of many IPA's these days. The malt is the base that the hop flavors bounce around on. Medium body/crisp, median carbonation. It's a fairly straightforward beer, but it's full flavored and rich in character. It's balanced, and neither the bitterness or the hop flavors build on the palate. Drinkable. Great hop character. (869 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is there but it’s on the weak side for the style. However, it is strong enough to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for a less-hoppy IPA. (837 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%

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. (488 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is 7 weeks old, but the freshest bottle I've found to date, This can be my placeholder review...

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with a finger of pearl white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Crackery notes, lemons, pineapple & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit & pineapple dominate, a little mango as well up front. Faint caramel notes, grapefruit pith & pine as this warms. Finishes with a flourish of tropical fruit, a little mineral dryness & some biscuitty malt notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, I have no complaints on this one. I would buy this again unless something bordering on world-class pushed this out of the sight-picture; a damn good deal to be sure

I sure seem to be swimming against the tide of recent reviewers, but that's just how it goes, some times (840 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 woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,790 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear ornage in color with a nice 2" head. Some mild lacing develops during the session. Mild carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and orange citrus is mild but detectable.

Taste: a milder malt base than some other IPAs, but still quite flavorful with a pleasant floral bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a bit of orange twang. Well balanced and somewhat refreshing for the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Bitterness and orange citrus tones linger softly on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking IPA. Several of these can be enjoyed in a session. This IPA does not blow you away, but it is a solid offering. (670 characters)

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

Castaway IPA "a favorite of the locals"

Pours a hazed bright orange, nice froth and lace stickage. Aroma of bright citrus hops, some grapefruit orange and mango. Citrus hops in the flavor profile, alittle piney and quite bitter. Hint of tropical fruit. Rind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good sharp bite. Overall a damn solid IPA and the best hoppy beer made by Kona. (373 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, hops, hint of sweet malt, and some floral notes. Overall, good appearance, and blend, but the strong earthiness is odd for an IPA. (443 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 tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is hoppy, pine, some citrus, a touch of malts, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (245 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a bright 14K gold with a 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts.

The smell is loaded with grassy hops, some pine and citrus, with just a hint of some kind of sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a bit more balanced; grass is big and bold, milder citrus and pine, underlining malt throughout gives it a somewhat sweet and earthy note. It's pleasing to my palate.

Nice smooth mouthfeel and overall, a very easy drinking, solid IPA. (448 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 15:26-3-APR2514. Sampled on May 23, 2014.

The pour is mostly golden with a big, fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves a coating of lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma has a variety of characteristics including toasted grain, light caramel malts, pine, resin, and grapefruit. Smells like a well developed IPA.

Light to medium body but it does not hold up well as it breaks down to carbonation bubbles quickly.

Mild to moderately sweet flavor overall with an emphasis on the toasted grains and the pine bitterness hailing me from the rear. Quite easy to drink. (610 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper/gold color; and orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention to a ring around the edges. Laced in thin rings.

S: Big citrus, grapefruit and pine hops. Sweet caramel malt and wet bread in the foundation.

T: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit up front. Sweet caramel and bread in the middle with resiny hop feel. Flavor and bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry.

D: Nicely balanced for the style. Moderate ABV makes it a sessionable IPA. (513 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Koko Marina brewpub on Oahu. The beer was dark copper color with a thin foam which laced nice. The aroma and flavor were much better than I expected, hops dominated but there was a good malt component to it. I think this could actually be compared with some DIPA's, it was assertive and tasty.

Just a little thicker than average mouthfeel, and completely drinkable. I wanted more, this competes with Da Grind for the best beer Kona makes. (459 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated May 01 14
L 3.75 - slightly hazed, golden body with a frothy white head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S 3.25 - faint nose with floral hop, citric orange and grapefruit pith, pine, biscuity malt, but it's pretty muted
T 3.5 - fruity, juicy, somewhat tropical, piny, grapefruit pith, biscuity grain, floral hop, fairly refreshing
F 3.75 - medium body, moderately bitter with some pine lingering on the dry finish
O 3.5 - nice, refreshing American IPA, good for summer days. I was hoping for a bigger aroma and tropical burst perhaps. I may revisit this if the chance arises. (609 characters)

Photo of Brenden
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. (916 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%

Resiny, light citrus aroma. Pine and grapefruit notes, with dank cannabis. Flavor is pine dominant, with grapefruit underpinnings that linger throughout, and a moderately bitter, dry finish. There's a hint of caramel malt sweetness, but hops dominate. Fairly balanced in hop flavoring and bittering, and a decent flavor range. Floral notes surface late. (353 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Sep 24 14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Pungent, earthy hop aroma. Quite unique actually. Definitely more on the grassy, resinous side of things.

T- Wow, that's different. The bitterness comes on and there's a hint of what's found in the aroma but it abruptly takes a left turn towards a boozy aftertaste. Yeah, that's just strange. It's like they took all that the flavor could be and flushed it down the toilet with unnecessary bitterness and alcohol. A shame.

M- Sharp and bitey with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I have no idea what they were going for with this. What a weird IPA, and it actually seemed like it was going to be good at first. (945 characters)

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.