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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268 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:
#39,884
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
268
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
98
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipMurray
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Adam1993
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Calraven
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Has that session light flavor that's there but not quite flavorful. Definitely getting the Passionfruit and guava. Orange is taking a back seat. Clean tasting. Simple malt profile. Light and refreshing. Not terrible. Would be good on a hot day.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a tap into a conical pint glass at House of Brews (46th St) in NYC. Advertises itself as brewed with guava, passionfruit, and orange.
A: Pours a clear dark golden color with a quarter inch head that rapidly dissipates to a rim. Little lacing.
S: Slightly sour/musky with floral and tropical fruit aromas more hinted at than quite present.
T: More toast, citrus, and musk. Bitterness a bit peppery. Crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate effervescence.
O: Like too many IPAs brewed with fruit, this seemed long on claims and short on delivering those aromas or flavors. A drinkable IPA without being a notable one.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chossboss
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sanitarium16
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takusan1000
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Stofko1992
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma definitely had some guava, not sure what passion fruit smells like but I detected some peachy tropical notes. The taste is tart, with some lemony accents, definitely not a big hop bomb - which is nice for a change given this is an IPA. Mouthfeel is light, carb is average, pours a golden straw color. A nice refreshing IPA with some bitter hops and bitter citrus. It does have a sour edge to be aware. Also the "malt backbone" is not exactly that strong since it is a defacto "session ipa." Regardless, it is a beer you should try if you dig Kona Brewing - my guess is this is way better on tap, served in their Kona Brewery. :)

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