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: 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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellow in color, pleasantly carbonated. nice finger of fizzy fluffy white head. Head leaves quickly, leaving a film across the top of the beer. Aroma is skunky? with touches of peach, orange and grapefruit. Taste is, once again, a touch skunky. Not really offputting, just did not expect it to be the dominant flavor. I also get touches of fruity hops, peach and other assorted citrus. Mouthfeel and finish are both light, very light, not leaving much after you swallow. Slightly weak and bitter after finishing, decent IPA

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body, white fizzy head, no lace, weak streams of fine carbonation. The nose offers mango, apricot, light malt, a bit of tangerine and other tropical flavors. Papaya? (Ah, guava!) The flavor introduces the hops, which offer sterner fruity flavors, but the adjunct fruit matches it to make for a mostly refreshing, highly tropical IPA. That added fruitiness approaches a dry, chemical, chalky notes, but is quickly swept away by the more desirable flavors. Body is light-medium, very fine carbonation, juicy yet slightly bitter.
Easy does it it does. The 'IPA' part of the beer was mostly an afterthought, which sits fine with me. The part that does not was the slightly artificial quality of the other fruity segment. This isn't a sweet beer, but the fruitiness and very shallow bitterness make it perceivable as such. I'm normally receptive to highly fruity beers, but I couldn't see truly enjoying more than a couple of these, even on a hot day- bring on the real PA/IPA's.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spikester
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with one finger of white head that lasts about five minutes. Some rings of lace.
Smell is tropical fruit with a hint of pine.
Taste is sweet tropical fruit with resinous hop oil in the middle. Some dankness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. The finish is lightly sweet with a light dry bitter ending.
Overall refreshing and a fine warm weather choice.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lorgeous
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a foggy honey color. The smell is funky. The best I can describe it is pine mixed with cannibis. Very citrusy tasting with loads of grapefruit. Feels unsubstantial and more like a hoppy Bud Light Lime.

= These kind of low alcohol IPAs bother me since I feel like they are trying to be something they aren't. An average beer at best.

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Photo of PianoManKD
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a beautiful color and you're instantly hit with a lovely tropical scent. It's not overpowering and greatly enhances the atmosphere of this beer. You feel like you're on vacation with this one. The taste isn't too citrusy, even though the fruits are blended big time in this one. The feel is a standard IPA feel without being too hoppy. A great spring/summer beer to hang with. Awesome!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of probert
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoaneLoc
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Taste: Crisp hop mixes with the big fruit of orange, passion fruit, guava, tangy, and slight sweet. Fermented grains and bold tropical fruit aroma. Gold, slight haze, large foamy head with some ringed lattice. Medium body, balanced IPA.

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Photo of emtag
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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 valkyre65
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 Dodo2step
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy golden amber color with 1 finger foamy head. hilly lacing on the pint.

S- orange, passionfruit and island fruitness.

F- dry orange citrus with hints of passionfruit. subtle earthy and grassy malt tones as well.

M- malt and not as dry as i would think for an ipa. light bodied though.

O- average but could be better. it is a good beer to pick up in when heading to a picnic.

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Hanalei Island IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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