Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.

18 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 08-07-2002

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color in a 16oz pub glass with a one finger white head that takes it time to dissipate leaving some nice lacing.

I had a hard time getting the smell. Maybe it was me. I smell a little bit of a floral essence.

Taste was there. I got some maltiness that was balanced well with some hops.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbonation.

Overall I really like this one. Has a nice hoppiness that balances the maltiness well. I am sure to get this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kona Longboard Island Lager

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chilled copper mule. Served cold...

A) This is a light golden brew. Had a good finger of soapy head.

S) Sweet corn, white bread, grass, and light floral hops.

T) Refreshing flavor that follows the nose pretty closely. Decent malt sweetness, balanced with a little grassy/herbal hop bite. Pretty straight forward.

M) Lighter body with ample carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O) Decent brew... Good lawn mower, warm weather type beer.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a lingering, thin white head.

S: Very mild aromas of grain, crackers, minerals, and grass take some time to reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of grain, grass, beeswax, crackers, biscuits, minerals, and lemon are present in the mouth. The finish is very short and dry, providing the reviewer with fleeting impressions of grass, lemon, biscuits, and minerals.

M: Medium in body, smooth, and somewhat dry. Carbonation is firm and prickly on the entry, but quickly fades. This lager needs a little more heft to even out the texture a bit.

O: Not bad, but also not all that good. The best thing I can say about this lager is that it does not offend in any way. Still, it is just sort of lacking all around. Try this one at least once, but pick up a better lager when you're craving something bottom fermented and just about anything else is available.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank one from the bottle and didn't pour it out into a glass. I enjoyed the first one so I poured the second one into a Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pale, slightly golden straw color. Lighter than I was expecting. Little to no head retention which was kinda disappointing.

S: Almost piney, some citrus and then some dry breads or grains at the end. Smells refreshing.

T: Heartier than I was expecting, not as much citrus comes through as I expected. Slight spiciness from the hops which I enjoyed and it left a very smooth, albeit slightly boring aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation. Easy to drink, could easily drink the whole six-pack.

Overall: Good, solid beach beer. Hawaiian beer = beach beer. Smooth, unoffensive but at the same time nothing revolutionary. Not nearly as good as Fire Rock (I highly recommend) but pleasant. I'll buy this again in this summer.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head that retains badly. Small streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: It's about what I expect from a pale lager: noble hops and sweet, crackery malt. But there's a really pleasant lime note in there that helps to set it apart from the norm. Aromatically it doesn't wow me - still, it seems to indicate this will be a good lager.

T: Again, the flavor is rather limey (especially to start), with touches of sulfur, butterscotch, and sugar cookie on the back end. The hops do just enough to ballast the sweetness, as it should (but hey, a bit more hoppiness wouldn't hurt ;)) For what it is, it hits the spot beautifully.

M: I think it could be a little drier on the finish - there's just a bit too much lingering sweetness around for me. But it's not oppressive like the pale lager I had yesterday (Full Sail Session Lager, FYI). I also think it's a bit too full bodied, but it's still really thirst quenching.

O: When I reviewed Full Sail's Session Lager, I said that a pale lager (when done right) can be one of life's simple pleasures. This is such a beer: nothing to wow the senses, but a spectacular thirst quencher after doing some menial labor. I'll keep this one around occasionally for that reason.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,720 ratings.
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