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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: 1,207
Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +4%
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 +1.6%
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 -14.3%
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 +17.2%
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 -2.4%
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 +5.3%
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 -21.2%
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 +3.2%
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 -17.8%
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 +10.3%
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 -24.4%
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 +23.6%
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

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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;

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Photo of ZBowden
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold orange, smells of hoppy citrus and malts, tastes of malty undertones with hoppy citrus characteristics, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A decently average IPA

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Photo of jbredbeard
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of fishmanpa
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of erikhovenkamp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.