Hanalei Island IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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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:
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 Pro_Magnon
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinggimp
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with some off-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some honey notes and grainy malts in the background. Taste follows with sweet, fruity notes, some citrusy hops and medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent IPA but the fruit juice is not very well integrated.

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Photo of JosephKiley
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A bright, bitter IPA with not a lot of malt balance. Aroma and flavor are citrusy and slightly piney, reminiscent of a classic west coast IPA. Mouth feel is light and refreshing. Really not the most pleasant or drinkable beer. Tolerable but I wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of Aj21
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Acquired recently from the Beer Merchants webstore. The label mentions that this beer is brewed with passion fruit, orange and guava.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. A bright golden colour with faint sediment and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of almost perfumed fruitiness with distinct passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, peel, tropical fruit, subtle herbs, ale yeast and mild pale malt. Well balanced and rather nice.

T: Tastes of fruit juice and hops with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, citrus, peel, tropical fruit, white grape, grass, faint herbs, ale yeast and pale malt. Pretty dry, followed by a crisp bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity notes, passion fruit, citrus, ale yeast and a faint harshness in the background.

O: A decent fruity IPA, though the malt doesn't quite match the hop character. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are seriously fruity with good hop bitterness. Body is a tad thin. Slightly too harsh on the finish. Goes down easily enough; that said it's not a world-beating IPA. Worth sampling.

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

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sbuck
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of khargro2
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Tschude
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewsome
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More like a lite pale ale than a IPA. Some bitter orange zest thing going on the aroma and pallet that doesn't work for me. Prefer the Citra peach notes of Kona Big Wave. Ok beer but not for $10.99 a sixer. Kona likes pumping out Lite beers.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed out of curiosity, because I love Longboard Lager, and the cool packaging look of Kona products. Poured a cold bottle into an ipa glass. Nice head, great fresh aromas, tropical, and a nice color. Light crisp ale that refreshes the palate.
A really good, EASY drinking session IPA that won't knock you out after 3 or 4. Well done.

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Photo of uberabr
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to write this one up....This is the worst IPA I've ever had. I thought it was skunked at first but upon further inspection it really seems like that's just the way this beer tastes. A musky Budweiser taste. Definitely brewed with a lager yeast...I'm totally confused by this one. I'm not detecting much fruitiness although the hops have a bit of citrus character. I hope this was skunked?

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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 BubbaGuppy
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by how much I liked this.
The smell is just a bit perfumy, but I found this ale to be well balanced, over all.
I like the bitterness, and the fruity undertones complement instead of dominating.
"Easy drinking" describes it perfectly.
It's my favorite Kona brew.
I drink it COLD.

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

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

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