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: 361 | 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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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 997
Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Daktah
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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. (210 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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 (150 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,171 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 EQSATUB
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
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 just doesn't reach out and grab you. (427 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of comm0dore
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (162 characters)

Photo of DoctorEvil
2.85/5  rDev -25%
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... (221 characters)

Photo of tyleeis
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of DukeofAle
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: playoff football--lose, Ravens!... APPEARANCE: mildly hazy orange amber body that holds steady effervescence; promising, pillowy, creamy white head that looks like sea foam; beautiful, stratifying lacing ... AROMA: light oats suggest the much-understated hops; tough to distinguish either the citrus or pine here... PALATE: rather creamy, soft and mild-mannered; plays slightly on the teeth, but also hides some cough syrup tendencies in it ...TASTE: hop are crunchy pine but easily sessionable; mango and pear are present too, but as IPAs go, apologetic in its exit--not substantial, though that may be the target of Kona, as they have a half-dozen IPAs in their portfolio, it seems... OVERALL: first, thanks to Dave for the New Year's Day beer visit...points are scored for the Hawaiian island chain impressed upon the bottle, too; the beer is solid, not spectacular, and sessionable too... (967 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; golden colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: tropical - pineapple, grapfruit, a little apricot;

T: muted; grapefruit up front; ripe pineapple from mid-palate through the low to moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O; pleasant; nothing exceptional, but easy to drink; (379 characters)

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

Piney, citrus aroma, spiced fruit and grass up front with a good bitter hops taste to finish. Not a fan of the Kona stuff, but this one is pretty good. (151 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)

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 fishmanpa
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow color and left little head but nice lacing. The aroma was very citrusy and hoppy with heavy grapefruit overtones. The taste was much like the aroma with a grapefruit prominence, hoppy but balanced nicely with a light bite to it. Pleasant aftertaste with a nice amount of bitterness. It has a fresh mouth feel and was quite enjoyable. One of the better IPAs in a crowded market and I’d certainly buy it again. 6.0%ABV (439 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 erikhovenkamp
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

The people giving this low ratings are either clueless or brand-snobs. This is a phenomenal IPA. I've just had my first taste of it tonight, and it's the first time in quite a while that I've been stunned (in a good way) by a beer I'd never heard of before. I highly recommend it. (283 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Bright and citrusy in the nose with a hint of tropical notes.

Malt balances nicely while letting the hops floral citrus components stay in the spotlight.

Finishes somewhat wet and crisp with more of a general hop bitterness on the finish. (240 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting herbal taste. Fresh, refreshing, coastal.

A: Apricot gold color, with a short off-white head that fades fast and leaves a modest lace.

S: The aroma is of super floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus. Grassy sea coast.

T: Follows the smell with a pronounced herbal, coast grass lands feel. This is over a hearty malt character w sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Fresh, food beer, good balance. Refreshing.

F: Crisp and smooth, medium body & carbonation. clean finish with good feel.

O: An herbal, coastal, less hoppy style. Well done. (572 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 mr-jj
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass. Review from 8/17/14.

Pours a light amber color with a thin white head.
Nose is tropical with some caramel sweetness.
Flavor is more pine than citrus with some malt sweetness. Not bad, but nothing special.
Body is medium, good carbonation.

Overall, an easy to drink IPA. (315 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Deep golden to light orange. Just a slight bit of haze. A finger of white head. Decent carbonation.
S: Very nice notes of pineapple and mandarin from the hops. Slight hint of pine. However, there is a trace smell of ammonia.
T: Nice citrus flavors with grapefruit and pine being the most prominent flavors. Nice amount of bitterness, but not too much. Strong malt base. Very nice.
M: Medium-bodied. Dry finish with not too bad of an aftertaste. Crisp.
O: A very nice IPA from the beautiful land of Hawaii. Only 7.99 a six pack too. Refreshing and would definitely get again. (622 characters)

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