Oceanic Organic | Kona Brewing Co.

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Oceanic OrganicOceanic Organic

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pwoody11 on 06-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to tOrinO for sharing this on a recent trip to Cali. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and slight spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Good aroma and flavor going on here. For a guy who usually doesn't like Saisons at all, this is saying a lot. It was really heavy on the banana aspect which might have helped me out quite a bit. This is a must try.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day Tasting!). Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is citrusy, pepper and spice. Taste is sweet with a slight hop bitterness evident. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Pretty smooth finish. This isn’t a great saison, but it is super easy to drink. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of deweese
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrandonZp5
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My inlaws picked this up on their anniversary in Hawaii. 6% abv.

A: Hazy, dirty straw with a white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Phenolic spicing, marmalade, candied pineapple, leather.

T: I'm not usually a fan of added spicing, but this is fairly subtle and definitely adds to the saison flavour. Phenolic spicing, grains of paradise, corriander, marmalade, candied pineapple, leather, vanilla, hints of fruity bubblegum esters, modest bitterness, hints of alcohol as it warms.

M: Light to moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable. Seems WAY lower than 6%.

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to tOrinO for opening a bottle of this at the post RS party tasting. Poured into a tasting glass.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a light film of head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Some clove, oranges, banana, and some floral hops mix well with the light saison funk. This one smells more like a wit than a saison.

T - Flavors are quite similar to the nose with a bit more funk. Some more clove spice, oranges, banana, and floral hops mix well with the light saison funk. A bit more balanced than the nose but still nothing mind blowing. If this wasn't funky I would swear this is a wit.

M - Light body and medium flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is a mix of hop bitterness and light funk with neither lingering for very long.

D - Pretty good. I thought this one was ok. It wasn't really anything ming blowing but it was still pretty good stuff. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Koko Head Marina while on vacation. I'm not sure if this is one that's special to that brewpub, or if it's at both. Appearance was lacking, because it didn't have much of a head to it at all. It was a nice cloudy straw color, wihch is pretty much the norm for this style. Taste was nice though. Had a malty/tropical fruit with a slight hop finish. It worked well together, neither really overpowered the other. Very refreshing and went well with the surrounding area at the marina. $6 was a little high for it, but it's worth the try.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pale banana gold, nearly opaque, jello-like murkyness to it. Massively thick and tall dusty white foam sits like a slow tidal wave of sea foam. The foam sits well and with great length. In fact it hardly ever went down. Only after a few sips did it finally reach about a pencil thick skim always present. Whispy, tattered sheets of lacing is splashed about the glass.

Bubble gum esters, phenolic tinted, and white wine soaked white cheese tangyness for a beefy, booming nose to start. More emerges as it sits with fresh hay and grasses, Belgian sugar, and weizen spiceyness of corriander adding fleshy goo of lemon, lime, and white grapefruit.

Taste has some slight tangy white cheesy tangyness mixing with some phenolic stuff, Belgian spice of coriander, pepper, and yeast. Bits of the bubble gum play underneath. Grassy tones come out as it warms and as it finishes, as does some duller citrusy marmalade. Pretty peppy stuff overall. Pushing the envelope, or riding the wave high, as it were, to a Belgian Golden Pale then really hitting the zone of a Saison. Like a good blend of the two.

Bold medium body, peppy, spicy, tangy, with a slight bite to it in carbonation at first but mellows off well as it sits. Zesty, grassy, and cheesy-ish leftovers on the palate and lips.

A fairly solid brew by Kona on this one! Not quite Saison, but damn close. Take a spicy Belgian Pale, a spicy weizen, and a Saison and throw them in the Sea and surf to your palate's content Bro. This is what you'd get...?

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Photo of BillRoth
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Retro review from notes taken at Kailua-Kona brew pub @ 2/2010. Sampling beers with family, and waitress asked if I wanted to try their special that night. According to her it was the release of their new "organic" beer. Had a sign over the outside seating area that just said "Oceanic Organic". When pressed she checked at the bar and came back/ said she thought it was a Saison. Had to admit that much as I liked drinking beers at Kona, I was pretty surprised that they were heading into farm house territory. Pleasantly surprised. The beer was poured with a notable big head, and easily gave off a nice botanical yeasty fragrance characteristic of the style. It was a very good example for both taste and mouth feel. It held up to other Saisons I'd tasted from American brewers, and ordered another. Overall, a very nice Saison.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two bombers from the growler stand outside the brewpub in Kona.

Poured a hazy golden color. Average white head.

Aroma was of lemon peels, grains, peppers and coriander. Very close to your typical Belgian aromas, but with a tropical twist.

Taste was Belgian-like as well. Spice, cloves, bananas, a somewhat heavier hop profile than what one would expect as well.

Good brew. I'd love to get it again, but as far as I can tell, the only place I'm getting another bottle is by flying to Kona.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on vacation there a few weeks back, but couldn't read the name in my tasting notes.

A: Pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a thin skim; thicker on the edges. Decanted continually to feed the head. Laced in thin, wavy rings.

S: Orange rind and cloves. Faint malt character. Sort of like sweet and spicy without the sour I expected.

T: Very much like the nose. Lots of spices (pepper and clove) and some floral hops. Slight funk as the beer warmed. Spices linger through the bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Fizzy and dry with lingering spice flavors.

D: Masks the abv well. Expected more of a funky character and less spice.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the Kailua-Kona brewpub on Thursday night (July 22nd). Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in high-walled tulip.

Appearance: Arrived at the table with a thin, compressed, undulating, white head perched on top. Body was opaque and golden-orange - looked exactly as it should (in my opinion, anyway). Active carbonation allowed the head to sustain itself for the entire session. Long, leggy lacing stretched the entire length of the glass.

Smell: Clove, orange peel, banana, and floral hops. Smelled a lot more like a wit than a saison. I realize the two styles (wit and saison) are similar, but I wasn't getting any funk out of this one, which is a huge thing to be missing! Not a whole lot of complexity either. Smelled nice overall, but it could still use some work.

Taste: Clove, citrus, white pepper, wheat, alfredo sauce?, and tons and tons of spices. I felt like my tongue was under attack. Floral hops were also apparent. Would probably be pretty good if it weren't so heavily spiced.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly; poignant. This light(er) bodied ale finished dry and left the numb from spiciness. Carbonation may have been adding some of the prickliness; it was hard to say.

Drinkability: Oceanic Organic was far more of an over-spiced wit than saison IMO. It lacks the hay and horse blanket components found in most saisons, and the heavy spicing makes it slow-going and difficult at times. I wasn't a fan.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a plastic compostable cup at NAOBF in Portland, OR.

appearance - straw/gold, fluffy head, good retention

smell - spice, yeast, grain

taste - smooth smith and hops, backed with coriander and yeast

mouthfeel - medium/light bodied, high carbonation, some bite, slightly dry

drinkability - excellent for the style, flavorful, crisp

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Oceanic Organic from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 16 ratings