Longboard Island Lager | Kona Brewing Co.

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77
okay
2,751 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Longboard Island LagerLongboard Island Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,751
Reviews:
708
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
781
For Trade:
3
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of dnmyrick
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose-a little grainy

Mouthfeel-refreshing and light, but not too light.

Taste-the best way I can describe this is that it tastes somewhat like Michelob did back in the late 70s and early 80s (and that is a real compliment) before the ingredients and recipe got altered in the late 90s. That means smooth with a light to medium weight.

Bottom line: It's an all-around damn good session beer on a friday night after a hard week!

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Photo of sammy1185
4.76/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A: Gorgeous dark straw, bright white head

S: Yeast, malt and a hint of hop

T: WHOA! This is in the same category as Bud LIght? Absolutely no comparison. So much flavor and richness out of a lager. The best lager I've had, by a long shot. A bit of yeast, a bit of pale malt, super crisp with a nice hint of floral sweet. I could drink this for breakfast.

M: Nice, crisp carb, with a smooth finish

O: I'm so glad this made it to Missouri. Definitely a go-to poolside beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Very clear golden yellow body with a fizzy white head of 2 fingers. Weak lacing, but respectable retention.

Smells grainy and sweet with a big spicy hop note. The flavor is much more bold and assertive than the average pale lager, but the profile isn't very impressive-- it's like listening to a crappy record but hoping it will be better if you turn the volume up a lot. This beer didn't start out with a good flavor, it simply turned up the volume and made the mediocrity louder.

A few points are awarded for the effort-- there aren't many pale lagers with this much flavor... But that grainy malt melds with the spicy floral bitterness to create a very unpleasant off-taste as I swallow. Fortunately, the beer has a dry crisp finish.

Light, well-carbonated body is easy drinking.

Overall-- this might serve as an "intro to craft" for some, but does not impress me as some one drinking 'better beer' for several years.

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3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has the perfect lager smell. Drinks pretty smooth.

Pours pale light in color. Some bubbles.

Grains are abundant in the nose. Very much like a normal pale lager. Seems adjunct free.

Light bodied feel. Lager like refreshing taste. Very light and moderate carbonation.

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,751 ratings.
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