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Hanalei Island IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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Hanalei Island IPAHanalei Island IPA

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with short white head that died down, leaving a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose. 
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of tropical fruits such as passionfruit. There is only a slight amount of bitterness. 
M: It feels light to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. 
O: This IPA isn't that heavy on the palate so it is easy to drink, particularly on a hot summer day. 

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - when they specify the fruit additions, and then have to say 'with natural flavor added', I get nervous.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some random splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of fleshy tropical fruit (guava, blood orange, peach, and passionfruit), grainy and bready caramel malt, and very subtle grassy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness, some much reduced exotic fruity notes (pineapple core, dried orange peel, and peach pits), a bit of earthy yeastiness, and more tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really a threat to the status quo here. It finishes trending dry, the malt going all crackery, and the fruit gasping its last breath.

Overall - well, this one started off oh so promisingly, but blew its load a little too prematurely. Yeah, the big tropical fruit aroma really pulled me in, and then BAM! It nearly disappeared - kind of underwhelming to say the least, so I'm not going to say more.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. Tropical aromas galore! It tasted of tropical fruits. Fairly sweet for an IPA, even a session IPA. It was good. I could see it being great at the beach instead of a rainy March day in Missouri.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, passion fruit, guava, orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruits, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of peach, passion fruit, guava, orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, passion fruit, guava, orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruits, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; with zero astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Very slight resin/rinds. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice fruited session IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruits, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the mellow drying/bitter finish. Nice hop/fruit vibrancy, with a solid malt backbone. Flavorful and never watery feeling for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Hanalei Island IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "09:12 1 DEC0116" so assuming 109 days/3 months old
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hazy deep gold body beneath a frothy head of white that's died down while I was entering the information above. Just a wide collar and whispy surface covering now. Aroma of pungent hop, citrus rind, and tropical fruit. Really nice if you like that pungent, almost catty note. The flavor, unfortunately, isn't as big. The tropical fruitiness isn't that clear in the aroma, nor is it that clear in the flavor. The label lists "Passionfruit, Orange and Guava" but I'm not really finding any of those notes distinctly except for the orange. Setting that aside and just looking at it as an IPA with a great aroma and moving beyond that, it's decent enough with a nice balance - oh, I just realized this is a kind of "session IPA" at just 4.5% ABV, that makes a difference, and is really kind of where I was just about to go with this. It's really more like a pale ale with a great aroma. The hop flavors aren't intense like they are in some other session IPA's, and to be honest, I think it could use a little more malt - but then again, you'd need more hop flavor as well. It's OK. The tropical fruit is refreshing, both in actual taste and as a change, and it's nicely balanced and easy to drink. Light bodied and moderately crisp, it should make a great summer beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + copper colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/guava, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/orange over light to moderate aromas of biscuit + toasted malts. Hints of citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit + toasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tropical/guava, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/orange. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange zest hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable at the 4.5% ABV, it is a nice beer for a hot spring/summer late afternoon/early evening here in NC (would be a good choice for while I'm standing out by my grill). Refreshing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Leinenkugel glass.

This IPA has a slightly hazy amber body with tiny but visible suspended sediment, presumably from the fruits. Some carbonation is evident. The off-white head is moderate in size, durable, and leaves a temporary full coat of lacing on the glass upon tipping the glass.

The fruity and floral aroma carries way more tropical fruits than hops, but the flavor has more hop presence - to the level expected in an APA rather than an IPA. While the aroma has a particularly strong note of guava, the flavor features a more balanced blend of passion-fruit, orange and guava, with hints of grapefruit. Medium bitterness, at least by the finish.

Lively medium carbonation in a near medium body.

Overall: an easy-drinking, bright and fruity IPA is readily recommended to fans of hoppy ales with tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/18/2017 at A1 Pub & Pizza in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tropical fruit, light caramelized malts and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of tropical fruits. Then a mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is just a mediocre IPA.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darker gold and near clear. Starts with a single finger head which settles to rim bubbles. Lots of small spots for lace.

Pineapple and other tropical aromas.

Starts with a toasted malt. The hop is strong in a white pepper way. Decent body with an elevated carbonation level. Overall, a pretty well balanced IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another recent major score at the FGBS in Lancaster, PA! You may get as excited as you like, chasing down your whales & standing in line for CANs, but I dig new beers to drink & review, even if it is from a bottle.

From the bottle: "Kayak the stunning Hanalei Bay and ease your way through the tropical paradise of northern Kauai. Refresh your senses with this crisp Island IPA - the subtle bitterness of hops is balanced by passionfruit, orange and guava. Easy does it."; "Passionfruit*Orange*Guava"; "Ale brewed with Passionfruit, Orange and Guava with natural flavor added"; "Liquid Aloha".

A Hawaiian Eye PA, starring Robert Conrad, Connie Stevens & on ukulele, Bro. Woody! Man, if you get that allusion, you are much older than you seem on here. I plan to investigate this beer in great detail. Daddy-O, I Pop!ped that cap & ran my comb through what's left of my kookie hair before stripping down in the 77 degree sunset. I had heard that there was combat! on Kona, but nothing happens without a pour. I gave it a heavy-handed pour, raising a finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention. Hold on, a fugitive is knocking at my door! I just called LT Girard and let him know that Dr. Kimble is headed to Route 66, so back to my beer. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit, no surprise, from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Dang! I wanted it all to myself, but they have been very good to me, protecting me from the evil Minhas family, so I relented. Nose was riotous with fruit & I would have gotten guava & orange without question, but it has been a while since I last tasted passionfruit. Mmm. The taste was very reminiscent of the tropical fruit drinks that I was exposed to during my stint as a west coast sailor. I had a "girlfriend" in the P.I. with whom I routinely had public sex. One special evening, Mama-san & she fashioned a complete head-to-toe outfit from fruit! I ate as much as I could before we, ahem, started. We were so sticky, it was like we were glued together until the SPs arrived & I had to quickly extricate myself. This kind of tropical fruit combo always takes me back to those salad days. Honey West just called. She wants me to meet her & Peter Gunn at Surfside 6, so I need to begin wrapping this up. I am surprised to hear myself saying this, but it could have used more malt sweetness. It was very fruity and pretty bitter with citrus flavors, but it left it lopsided. 8=( Finish was dry and citrusy, but I felt like I needed a glass of water or to turn the channel afterwards. It just needs some minor tweaking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this off the Binny's single shelf. It poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that isn't leaving much lace. The scent had hints of pineapple. The taste had sweet citrus flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid offering.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
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