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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,036
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 391 | 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: 137 | Hads: 1,036
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)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Kona Castaway IPA
12 oz. custom-molded brown glass bottle, dated "12:16 3 JUL 11 14"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful packaging all-around. Beautiful looking beer: frothy off-white head, excellent head retention and lacing, slightly hazy golden amber body. Welcoming, brightly pungent and citrusy aroma. The hop flavors (resinous, citrusy, floral) are balanced against the malt, and backed by a solid bitterness. The grainy, biscuity malt is clear up front, but becomes even fuller in the finish - kind of the opposite of many IPA's these days. The malt is the base that the hop flavors bounce around on. Medium body/crisp, median carbonation. It's a fairly straightforward beer, but it's full flavored and rich in character. It's balanced, and neither the bitterness or the hop flavors build on the palate. Drinkable. Great hop character. (869 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft pint tumbler.

A- Golden bronze, clear. Nice pad of off white head, retaining at about a half inch.

S- Citrus, pineapple. Sweet bread malt background.

T- Caramel malty background, some pineapple. A little bready, and a bit of pine.

M- Smooth, slightly dry finish. Bittersweet.

O- I was impressed with this one. Fairly juicy, citrus and pineapple notes are nice. (399 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Transparent gold body with lots of finely bubbled carbonation rising and producing a thick, creamy, white head; sheets and globs of sticky foam adhering to the glass (4.25). Nice pine and citrus hop aroma; tangerine and grapefruit (3.75). Gentle malt sweetness; very mellow fruitiness; smooth and gentle hop bitterness (3.75). Medium body; slick and smooth; semi-dry finish (3.75).

A smooth, almost gentle IPA that still packs plenty of flavor. Nice balance across the malts and hops. The flavor has a mild fruitiness with a tender hop bitterness with everything meshing nicely. Enjoyable, playful, easy drinking... (617 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Shocked in a great way as I've had another Kona beer that just wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be but this one really shocked me in such a great way that after having one, I didn't have a 2nd thought about ordering another. Great IPA. (244 characters)

Photo of MrJoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nice taste but not as hoppy as I expected for an IPA. But it does go down smooth. My wife is not a beer drinker but I think she would enjoy this beer. Aloha. (157 characters)

Photo of ColdCalc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Almost like a hoppy, light porter. Tasted a dank, resiny, caramel/toffee wafer kind of flavor. Like a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar. Surprising and pretty nice. (157 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Fairly light for an IPA, which is funny in and of itself. Two fingers of bleached head. Dissipation is fairly rapid, but the lacing is decent. Carbonation is subdued, with lonely bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Fairly substantial grapefruit. Definitely some pine qualities here as well. Dankness, some tropical fruits. Little bit of that ammonia/cat piss smell.

T: Grain forward up front. Not a lot of malt sweetness. Retains the onion/garlic/catpiss dynamic. Picks up some candied tropical sweetness towards the finish. Finish is dry, with the candied elements holding on for a bit.

M: Light to medium/light. Carbonation is minimal, but so is the malt for an IPA clocking in at 6% abv. Light all around, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

O: I think I've found the session IPA that works for me. This is a good beer. It's just a bit light for the style. (895 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%

Once again a beer incorrectly rated by its BA score based off the brewery in question IMO, but I should stop caring about such things. Not that I'm rating this super high or anything, just think it's a little better than its score is all.. I digress.

The nose features a sweet malt complimented by piney citrus hoppiness.

The taste is similar but expands upon the nose .as it should. Grapefruit and pineapple bitter hops are met by a sweet bready malt which give this IPA a balanced tone. Might be too sweet for hop heads, though. Might be too bitter for the lager drinkers out there.

Overall, it's not shattering worlds, but it's good. It's not like I'm going to keep going after it because the market is saturated with similar IPAs but Kona does their job here offering a very drinkable beer here. (805 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated May 01 14
L 3.75 - slightly hazed, golden body with a frothy white head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S 3.25 - faint nose with floral hop, citric orange and grapefruit pith, pine, biscuity malt, but it's pretty muted
T 3.5 - fruity, juicy, somewhat tropical, piny, grapefruit pith, biscuity grain, floral hop, fairly refreshing
F 3.75 - medium body, moderately bitter with some pine lingering on the dry finish
O 3.5 - nice, refreshing American IPA, good for summer days. I was hoping for a bigger aroma and tropical burst perhaps. I may revisit this if the chance arises. (609 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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. (472 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%

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. (488 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottled on 5/1/14: Pours hazy yellow color with 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good foamy spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, tangerine and citrus up front, with biscuit, piney hops, herbs, grass and some more citrus hops. Not a strong fresh hop smell, but a nice aroma that was full of citrus zest.

Tastes very much like it smells, with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, citrus hops, biscuit, piney hops, herbs, grass, malt or wet grains, light caramel and some more citrus flavor that trails off bitter with a slight onion or herbal taste trailing. The flavor has a lot more malt than the nose and good balance, but like the nose is no hop bomb yet still a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with fizzy carbonation, a light body and a bitter citrus aftertaste. Seems more like a lager or APA than an IPA, but the lightness doesn’t mean it’s a bad feel.

Overall an above average IPA that had a nice aroma and decent flavor, but it was a little too timid in the hop department to make this a huge success. A good beer that’s like a session IPA, I would definitely have this again. (1,141 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. The Castaway is deep golden in color and sports a half inch cap of foam. Light retention yet showing a thin cap through the pint.

Nose of bright citric hops and a touch of grain. A dead ringer for one of Widmer's Rotator beers but I can't put my finger on it right now. Taste follows with a citric flavor yet offers only a light bitterness as for balance.

Easy drinking yet uneventful in nature, so so as we say. (447 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,790 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA, available as a year round beer in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Kona pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed off white head over a hazy medium amber body. Carbonation is lively and plentiful. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuity barley malt with a fruity, herbal and peppery hop profile to pair. Mellow perceived hop bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Hop forward IPA with a flavorful fruity, floral and herbaceous flavor and a moderate bitterness. The malt profile is clean and light with a soft biscuit malt body. Light and sessionable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly oily, clean. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is light/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low, off characters are minimal to none. 3.5

(Overall) It's not quite as bitter nor heavily bodied as other mainstream IPAs, but the hop flavor is very enjoyable and makes for a tasty session beer. One of the better beers I have had from Kona. 3.75

Kona Brewing Company's
Castaway India Pale Ale
3.73/5.00 (1,503 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

By far, one of the best Kona brews I have had. For an IPA it has a cloudier appearance than most, but it works. A nice thick head dissipates slowly leaving good lacing all the way down the glass. The normal IPA odor is overcome by strong scents of oranges and limes mixing to an appealing fruity aroma. But here's where the differences with most IPAs end. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and crisp, but the taste was mostly what you get from IPA - the strong, bitter, but flavorful hoppy taste, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Overall, it was better than okay, and better than most of the other Kona offerings. (608 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color, translucent and moderately bright, this IPA's sandy colored head doesn't achieve much height, but it's stronger than it looks. The foam maintains for the session, keeping strong at the edges as well as the thick layer that leaves behind some heavy spotting after a ring where it settles.
This beer shows the hops pretty well; it could be a bit hoppier, but the overall effect and the balance are good. The features are mostly dank and raw, pretty earthy overall, while demonstrating a striking similarity to ganja leaf in the middle. Just enough sweetness, including a touch of caramel, do enough to even out the bitterness and the dryness as herbal leaf goes into the finish.
The body is medium and holds up from the front of the sip to the finish, with a leafy dryness coming into the feel as well. It keeps crisp the whole way through and has the clarity and brightness despite the dank character. (916 characters)

Photo of Darhawk
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Summer IPA! First off I love this brewery and I have tried, and do try every style in their line up whenever possible, since 2011. I really enjoyed this IPA.

The assertive flavors and taste went well, with my steak dinner and complemented the meal. The aroma (I couldn't stop take inhaling deeply, ah so good) from the glass was very refreshing and the taste wasn't overtly bitter. Tasted crisp and clean with lots of flavor.

I am definitely going to have a few more this summer! As a beginner into IPA's , Kona Brewery was a great place to start. Now, I will be more willing to try another IPA brand soon. (615 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a summer sampler 12-pack. Poured in to pub glass.

Pours a bright gold color, clear, with a loose, stark white head.

Smell is fairly faint, a citrus a pine aroma.

Taste is a pink grapefruit flavor. Not sweet, but not over sour either. Maybe a cereal flavor up front, but this one is really all about the citrus.

Mouthfel is very good. Crisp and clean.

Overall a good summer IPA. I'd have it again. Probably will. (424 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bought from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $1.67 Clear orange coloured beer with a large thick, bubbly light cream coloured head.’ Very fruity hop aroma here..almost berry like in scent!, caramel fudge malts in the back..finished with papya . Again the taste is very fruity bitter sweet.Lemon zest hops.. Mouth feel is fine about average for style. Odd but OK IPA (383 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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? (628 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with a little haziness and good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, grassy, pungent, resiny, pine, lemon, herbal, tropical, and citrus hops followed by pale and toasted malts.

Taste: The hops have tamed down a bit, but are all there and balanced out with the pale and toasted malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, some tingly bitterness, smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall: Lots of flavor and punch in this island IPA. So happy to have finally grabbed a bottle of this. (731 characters)

Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.