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Castaway IPA - Kona Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Castaway IPACastaway IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,099
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.83%
Wants: 43
Gots: 433 | 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: 146 | Hads: 1,099
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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Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of car2052
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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...

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Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

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Photo of MrJoe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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Photo of ColdCalc
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -22%

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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.