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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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very good

148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 1,101
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.48%
Wants: 43
Gots: 432 | 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: 148 | Hads: 1,101
Photo of 12packnight
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of KD0G
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Tank880
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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~

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Daktah
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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 drmeto
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-smells like straight-up Pine forest
-Follows the nose
-medium hop bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-super drinkable

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle depicted here poured into a tulip. Description says bronze. My eyes say a golden amber color with a small amount of creamy off-white foam, mostly along the edge of the glass.

Aroma is pleasing enough, rather low key but fresh and vibrant ... Some tropical fruit and citrus notes along with some pine resin and herbal elements. Pineapple, grapefruit, some mango. Palate reveals some bright lemon and grapefruit notes, more assertive than on the nose. Reminds me a little of Anchor Liberty Ale, an old school Cascade flavor albeit less robust. More pine needles, menthol cough drop, and forest floor detritus as the brew warms. A whiff of cattiness. Like this beer better late. Quite aggressive carbonation and a body on the thin side. Malts in the background so the hops can shine, more soda cracker than toffee. Finish is the aforementioned resinous, catty hops with some lingering lemon rind.

Not bad. Hits all the right notes with a leaning towards the old fashioned gooseberry notes, lightly seasoned with tropical fruit. Could stand to be bolder, but then again, there are so many IPAs around that there's a whole shit ton of room to do something different.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +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

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Photo of EQSATUB
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
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 dukeandduke
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/3 Bottle - Very nice dark orange pour, with white head. Citrus and hops smells were strong and pleasant. Nice malty and hop filled taste, somewhat bitter without a bitter aftertaste. Very impressive beer and I will look out for this offering in the future.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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 comm0dore
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light and hoppy at the same time, exactly what I'd expect from an IPA out of Hawaii. Looks great with very well balanced flavors and a unique island charm. Aloha!

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Photo of DoctorEvil
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
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 tyleeis
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really good ipa, very drinkable, good hop flavor slight bitterness with a nice malt balance. To me this is more comparable to some of the popular pale ales out now, this has a session ipa feel to it. Low carbonation and light aftertaste leaves a little to be desired but an overall great beer

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good, but not great IPA. There are other IPA's with more character, and this one seems a little too light in body for an IPA. Not much head, not much lacing. Drinks fine, but a little too mild for the style, in my opinion.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.