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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

551 Ratings
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 109 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, May 10, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

oberon, May 28, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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?

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

zeff80, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

biboergosum, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

TheManiacalOne, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nickfl, Nov 05, 2013
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.

mactrail, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Gavage, Jul 21, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

oriolesfan4, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Apr 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

drewone, Jun 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DoubleJ, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

wrightst, Jul 06, 2014
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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.