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Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

50 IBU

Added by pezoids on 02-21-2004

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 1,210
Photo of Savan
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Revisiting this one and reviewing what i had thought a more mediocre beer...
Poured a Straw color with frothy head of white. and a prominently piney scent and undertones of citrus (though subtle). Not a strong or refined ale for being dry hopped as such. This said, does have a OK hop profile... just not as much as I would like to see from the style. Over all, a good "Intro" brew one I would suggest to a Busch light drinker that wants to get into a craft brew but probably would not appreciate a beer with true character.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Miller Ale House in Langhorne. For an IPA, the drink had a surprising straw yellow and clear appearance with creamy lacing on the sides. Aromas included some light citrus with hints of grassy flavors. The taste was not too bad. The beer had a good mix of hops and a citrus-grapefruit giving it a sweet flavor. The body really helped to make the drink refreshing and crisp. Overall, I found the drink refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold pour with a pleasant white head.
Aromas are the typical new age IPA, citrus, pine but very pungent hoppy.
Taste is a very nice IPA flavour. Again, citrus, resinous pine and some hoppy finish.
Clean, crisp mouth feel with a proper amount of bitterness.
This is a nice IPA. TRY IT!

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Photo of rjd722
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into standard pint glass. Clear golden appearance despite being an IPA, someone could easily see this beer and mistake it for a lager; however, when tasting it they would be in for a surprise because it has the deep flavors you'd except from a "west coast" born IPA. Smell is pleasant and floral. The beer is extremely crisp and drinkable, one of my steady American IPA favorites.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Kelz87
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sammorito
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of 12packnight
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +5%
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 +10.3%
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 -2.1%
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 -22.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +5%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.1%
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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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.