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: 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:
#39,852
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
268
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
97
Trade:
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of cherche
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unless the bartender accidentally poured be a Coors light this tasted less like an IPA than anything I have ever had before. You couldn't pay me to drink this again.

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Photo of eldoctorador
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of WetCoaster
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After a recent trip to Kauai, and more specifically to the surreally beautiful Hanalei, remembered I had a gifted six of this in my basement and broke it out. Label notes that it's flavored with the ubiquitous Kauai combo of guava and passionfruit (it pops up in everything from shave ice to side dishes) and orange. OK, I'm game.

A: Very pale, a tiny bit hazy, with pure white foam that dissipated quickly and leaves very little lacing. Looks like a pilsner more than an IPA.

S: Faintly hoppy, with hints of the guava and passionfruit, but more orange peel than anything else. Very mild overall.

T/MF: Oh my. Well, it was a good idea in theory. Very thin and fizzy body. The favor is, for lack of a better term, shrill; all bitter hops and sour fruit notes, very acidic and unpleasant, with almost no malt body or flavor balance. Acid reflux in a bottle.

Well, I can't say for sure whether this is the worst IPA out there, but it is definitely my least favorite. One might be nice on a hot beach day in place of a light lager, but as a standalone drinker, hard pass. Not for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hanalei pours a copper color, with a small, barley lacing head. Cheap, grainy aroma, similar to a miller lite. Flavor is the same, cheap grainy, lots of adjuncts, corny and chemical, with hints of passion fruit. Good body and feel. Overall, tastes like a tropical adjunct lager, cheap body, nice fruit flavors though.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Somewhat enticed by the flashy label and the promise of passion fruit and guava that offsets bitter hops, but that promise simply doesn't deliver. Weak, bitter, watery; Sour Corona effectively. 2nd fail I've had from Kona.

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Photo of LarryV
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

All this fruit crap adds up to one thing, a rather nasty tasting beer. This was part of a variety pack, I would definitely not buy this on its own merits. Personally, I don't get this fruit beer trend at all - when does beer cease to be beer? If you like it, more power to you, although not a drain pour, I really don't like this beer. I expected more from Kona Brewing, they're just jumping on the fruit wagon to be trendy. If I had to describe the taste, it reminds me of sweaty armpits on a hot summer day. Not only did this beer suck, it ruined my palate for any subsequent beers.

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Photo of CJNAPS
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Haven't had a beer from Kona in awhile, so I thought I would give this a try.
A lot missing with this IPA, I got no hops on the aroma or in taste. Did taste some of
that orange they said was in there but it went away really fast. won't revisit

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like a golden, hazy lager. Nothing special. The smell is very comforting and hoppy, but the taste doesn't live up to it. It has a heavy citrus taste that overpowers everything. It's almost like drinking grapefruit juice. It would probably be a lot better if I were drinking it on the beach in Hawaii.

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Photo of Peter_M_Morris
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CoasterGuy
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of izraelc
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not good. Not at all tropical. Barely an IPA. Tastes like it was brewed in Missouri not Hawaii. Bitter with little flavor. Anything from Hawaii should taste like tropical fruit and rainbows. This does not.

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Photo of gabrielcolom
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of madelf66
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beerburns
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hopstout
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of christos166
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a market flooding with fruity IPAs this is not the one to go for. If you like Kona or want a gentle drink by the river side this may be the one for you. Over all it leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hadn’t tried this one yet so gave it a try tonight.
Color is orange/yellow, white foamy Head.
Smell is very tropical fruit.
Taste is ok, a bit tart and too sweet for me.
Feel is tangy and tart. Overly tropical.
Overall I’m not a fan, there are a lot of IPAs that are fruit centric that are better.

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Photo of ibanez2k
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BellsFan
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of flyinhawaiian
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker golden color bordering on ruby. Pretty basic mid-level ale, pleasant taste, some hops come through, but no complexity. Totally works as a sessionable beach beer, as it should.

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Photo of bark
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is white, it sinks down leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity and sweet with distinct notes of mango and oranges. Hints of peach and passion fruit.

The taste is first bitter and dry. Growing semi-sweet notes of exotic fruits (mostly mango and oranges), Medium body. The aftertaste got some harsh bitterness, lactose and unripe plums. Mango, bay leaves and artificial fruit flavours in the long finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the many small bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is light and somewhat hash.

I don’t know… IPA with exotic fruits was very much the style of the day in 2016 and this one is a bit too fruity and somewhat artificial.

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Photo of kingtusk
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KidFrosty
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 268 ratings