Hanalei Island IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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Hanalei Island IPAHanalei Island IPA
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3.6/5
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308 Ratings
Hanalei Island IPAHanalei Island IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This easy-drinking island-inspired IPA is Kona Brewing Co.’s homage to Kauai, “the most beautiful place on earth.” Passionfruit, orange and guava balance the subtle bitterness of aromatic Azacca and Galaxy hops to deliver a coppery laidback, session-style ale bright with tropical flavors.

Added by ConradKenney on 07-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,844
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
308
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
107
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomasbeerus
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cardfan212
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - A bright crisp clear gold with a light fluffy white head. Tampers down to some strong lacing that hangs around a while.

Smell - Light piney, mildly citrusy hoppy scent. Maybe some spicy rye cracker notes buried deep down.

Taste - Like the smell, but the rye cracker is much more pronounced. Simple but refreshing.

Feel - The carbonation is just right, but the body is far too thin I feel.

Overall - I'm usually not that big on session IPAs, but this one isn't too bad. Not much to say about it, pretty basic.

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Photo of avisong
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinmundy77
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and purchased at some point over The festivities from Mark!s and Spencer’s store in Manchester City centre
Pours golden body with good white head
Syrup and sauce aroma
Orange juice and gin flavour
Aloha

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Photo of BigMike390
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just ok. A little too bitter with just a hint of fruit (mostly orange peel flavor). Long lasting after taste.

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Photo of jguzman718
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

of the advertised flavors (passion fruit, guava and orange) the one that wafts up the glass is passion fruit. The flavors are all detectable, but passion fruit is ever present, without it having the sourness of passion fruit.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenTardiff
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice light golden color, slightly hazy, with lots of tiny bubbles. Small head that quickly dissipated. Fruity, hoppy smell that also didn't last too long. Tropical, sweet, citrus fruit notes in the taste followed by bitter hops. The hops linger and overpower the fruit notes. Nice very bubbly mouth feel that scrubs your mouth. Overall enjoyable beer, but wouldn't be my first choice for IPA's. I wish the fruit notes came through a bit stronger.

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Photo of Wookieboy1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L- Pale gold, pours with 3mm white head of super-fine bubbles. Slightly hazy.
S- Full-on tropical fruits - lychee, mango.
T- Dry immediately, high hopping creates an immediate bitter front. The fruits briefly re-appear, their taste more subtle than their smell. The bitter zing lingers on the tongue after swallowing.
F- It's certainly refreshing, but you need to tolerate hopping at the higher end of the scale to enjoy this one.
O- It has the profile of a 'hipster hop-bomb'. Most of the writing is so small, the smallest I've likely seen, that I cannot read most of it. What I now notice on the front is that it states it is brewed using passion-fruit, orange and guava. Interesting to try, but it's not a bit too much going on for me to choose to buy this again.
Despite chilling untouched in the fridge for a week, when I popped the cap it over-flowed onto the table. Not hugely, but still quite an irritating start for this beer: I suggest maybe levering off the cap s-l-o-w-l-y just in case that was what this beer is always like...
BB: 22/05/2019. Bought from Waitrose in Windsor [very near the station].

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Photo of Pens1967
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a tan-golden with some decent foaming. I get the aroma of guava and passionfruit. It’s more on the sweet side, with a subdued bitterness. Approachable.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light honey amber with a thin white cap that falls away quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma is faint tropical fruit. Flavor has almost a noble or European hop taste overpowering the passionfruit and pineapple. Feel is crisp enough, best part of the beer actually. Overall not one I'd pay to revisit.

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Photo of CobraDC23
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DarrellK
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost zero head. Golden and well-carbonated. Mildly fruity aromas, generally mild aromas overall. Packs a surprising punch all things considered, but the hops are one-dimensional.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weird one. No look to speak of as there was really no head to speak of. Smell is a bit fruity and pleasant. Taste is a combination of fruit, hops and lager-y wheat. Feel is a little on the harsh side that left me a little cold. The aftertaste is also metallic. Not the best Kona offering.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not great, not bad, just a nice try.

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Photo of moranm58
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The tropical hints of island fruit are an excellent highlight to this IPA. Not an overpowering taste of these island flavors, just enough to distinguish this beer from other IPAs.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 308 ratings