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Hanalei Island IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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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: Rotating

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:
#34,582
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
196
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
65
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of SillyRabbitz
4.81/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of monkist
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amaaaaazingly tropical in the nose! This overwhelming taste and smell is achieved by adding passionfruit, orange and guava to the hops. Very fruity, a bit like canned syrupy tropical fruits somewhere faintly. You might feel sometimes when smelling a rich IPA that you would wish if its taste was the same - this one quite makes it come true, its taste is very close to how richly tropical it smells.
Its taste is quite light, almost like a session IPA but halfway through the tropical fruits enter and linger on till the very end - quite the opposite of a regular IPA where you have the flavor boost first and the taste fades away.
Very nice and tropically rich, seasonable IPA, recommended for every IPA/Kona fan.

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Photo of Adam1993
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pretendeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The description reads: "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 and just 4.5 percent alcohol by volume". In my opinion this is a extremely easy drinking beer and would be a good introductory/gateway beer for non IPA drinkings since the bitterness is very low. This drinks more like a juice than a beer.

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Photo of emtag
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber. Fruity and floral aroma of POG. Extremely easy drinking beer and would be a good gateway beer for non IPA drinker. Definitely reminiscent of Hawaii.

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Photo of elprofe
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of 2 things: Why it says this beer is retired? - it's not. Why only 44.4% "like" this beer? - it's pretty solid.

Honestly the worst thing about this is the pour. It's a very light gold without much head or lacing.
Aroma is peach, passionfruit and orange.
Taste is citrus forward with a nice bread/cracker finish.
Feel is medium bodied; medium carbonation.
Overall, a crisp, fruity IPA that is is not overly sweet or fruity. The fruity nose with a crisp, semi-dry, bread-y finish keeps me coming back. Another very clean tasting beer by Kona, these guys don't disappoint.

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Photo of krowman2652
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think it very tasty!

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Photo of Luphildern
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't like this one at first sip but once I found out I was tasting passion fruit, orange, and what I didn't like guava I loved it. The guava is actually my favorite flavor in this beer. It is beautiful and I think it is clear but I'm drinking it in a dark bar so I might be wrong. I smells ok but not great. I do smell the good and citrus but it is nothing to write home about. The taste is something to write home avout because once you know what is in the beer you will love it like I do. Btw this is the first Kona beer I actually like. I atribute that to more knowledge of beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona Brewing Company Hanalei Island IPA
Live review. Poured from stubby 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a “mix sixer” from Giant Eagle in Madison, Ohio about a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. “Mix sixer“ was $10.99. Date stamped on the label says FEB 23 17 so it should be fresh.
A: Translucent golden yellow body under an inch white head after moderate to vigorous pour. Fair to good look. 3.5
S: Wow, this is interesting! The Passionfruit, Orange and Guava are right up front. It is as if I am sniffing a wonderful tropical drink in Hawaii! This is what I was hoping for when I picked up some beer from the Kona Brewing Company. Behind the awesome sweetness of those fruit smells is a distant floral hops. VERY good smell! 4.5
T: A little too fruity sweet up front but the second half of the taste reveals a nicely balanced hops bitterness and fruity goodness. Really unique and delicious taste. 4.5
M: A lot going on here. You have the fruity sweetness, the hops bitterness which makes the feel kind of a roller coaster ride. Very good feel for the style. 4.0
D/O: Drinkability is quite high (I finished the 12 ounces already, that is not common when I write a live review). I could have 4 or 5 of these without hesitation. Overall this is a really enjoyable IPA. 4.0
Notes: Glad that I tried this one. This is a good example of why it is fun to buy a “mix-sixer.”

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrostyFlower
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greedysoul
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMBecks07
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steevo24
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A light straw color with a descent head and a little lacing. Smells tropical with hints of mango and grapefruit. Citrus hits the tongue with mango and grapefruit being what I taste. Smooth and not super hoppy. Good beer.

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Photo of PhilGauthier
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great beer for a hot summer day. Fruity aroma but doesn’t taste too sweet. Solid brew.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is complex tropical fruit and spicy hops. The flavor is tropical fruit, citrus/fruit, malts, a hint of guava and a tart/slightly spicy hop finish.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the tropics in a glass. It is light and very fruity. I would rate it even higher if it could deliver the same without added (natural aromas), because this feels a bit like cheating. However, I enjoy it very much.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale lemon-yellow, leaning towards faint, transparent tan. Thin head, good lacing, lots of bubble streams rising swift.

I had my doubts about a mere 4.5% beer, but once the piercing passionfruit-guava scent struck me, I was on Eden's moonlit Summer shore!

Taste follows the nose. The creamy orange is stronger than one might expect, especially with it's floral competition. A rather light, bright and cheerful (breakfast?) brew. Crisp, tropical and (increasingly) bothersome booze-weak.

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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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