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Hanalei Island IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.66/5
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154 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: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
154
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of basaywhat
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 IDABEERGUY
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with white head. Passoguava for sure, passion fruit, guava, citrus, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice balance between the passion fruit and the guava.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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 bschmidt_37
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really liking the scent of this beer. It seems to be peach and passion fruit. Looking at the label I didn't notice earlier that it's 4.5%. I'm concerned that this isn't going to be a big beer. No worries it's a nice blend with good nose to flavor transfer but a bit watery and very low bitterness. Sort of a lingering peachy taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked this beer up for me to try...it is a hazy yellow color. Lightly fizzy, with a white head. The aroma is resiny, bitter, pungent, and sharp. Underneath there is a lot of fruit....meaty, fleshy fruit...peach, passion-fruit, and more. Lightly bitter and fruity in the finish. Would go well on a cool and breezy Hawaiian night.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent beer; it's got a lot of tropical fruit aroma (passionfruit, orange, & guava) that holds up pretty well in the taste. My issue stems from this being called an IPA. It is most definitely not an IPA. It's not even a particularly hoppy Pale Ale. I get that these Kona beers are light; made for drinking in the tropical Hawaiian climate. But that excuse only goes so far. This beer only has, like, 32 IBUs. If it's not an IPA, don't call it an IPA. Otherwise, this beer is totally fine. Refreshing, even.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krowman2652
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think it very tasty!

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Photo of Prost76
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 CoryR
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells great but the finish lacks

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Photo of cherche
2/5  rDev -45.4%
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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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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