Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA
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3.75/5
Very Good
Castaway IPACastaway IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full-bodied, American-Style I.P.A. that is bronze in color, Castaway IPA is "dry hopped" (aged with liberal amounts of whole hop flowers after fermentation) for assertive hop flavor and aroma. The bitterness is balanced by the malty body of the beer.

50 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,825
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,445
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
646
Trade:
1
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 1,445
Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a little head. Finishes smoothly almost too smoothly and feels a little weak on the back end. Flavor profile is muddled and totally not distinct. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Jkropp30
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best warm weather IPA I’ve had. Not heavy but a decent amount of hops. With a seemingly lower than usual APV of 6% for a good IPA, I can tip back a few more of these than I can with some others. Really nice out by the pool when it’s a hot summer day in Florida

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Photo of JohnCal
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks, pours, feels good. My problem with this is that it doesn't have much of a taste, certainly not what I would expect of an IPA. For what it's worth, I drank it in mid-February 2019; the date on the bottle is early December 2018.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into ipa glass.
Look is little cloudy dark yellow. Smell is light hops. Taste is light hops and malt at end. Feel is light. Overall an easy drink and would drink again.

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Photo of MKV
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notable hops on the nose and through the body, but not overpowering and pretty well balanced. Full bodied taste but not a full mouthfeel, which is a bit thin.

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Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden orange in color with very good clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy white foam with medium retention. Medium spicy and herbal hop aromas with light tropical fruit notes. Medium malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light creamy feel followed by light warmth near the finish. Malty and bready flavors up front followed by herbal and light tropical citrus flavor. Medium high, biting hop bitterness in the middle followed by herbal and piney hop flavors. Finished with light bready malty notes and pine hop bitterness. Hop aromas were pretty evenly balanced, more in line with a pale ale. Body and feel were a bit on the light side. Flavors and balance were pretty well balanced with assertive bitterness. An easy drinking IPA that would score much higher if I was sitting on a beach in Hawaii.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a nice thick small head that lasts a bit. Lacing. Some hop scent in the nose. The mouth gets some pine and citrus and is very nice overall.,

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into duvel tulip. AUG2418 printed on bottom right corner of front label.

Appearance - Pours soapy white head with sheets of lacing with powerful stick and low-moderate retention. Hazy deep gold yellow body. Some large floating flake particulates. 4.5

Smell - Wet grassy hop. A little honey sweet. 3

Taste - Strong bitterness up front. Some strong citrus rind bitterness that cmoes across as metallic off tones. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. 4

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Astringent sharpness, but finishes clean. 4

Overall - Pretty decent. Finishes cleaner than a lot of IPAs, but the faint metallic off characters take away from its drinkability. 3

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy amber color. It took an aggressive pour to get a decent head. The head faded quickly, but left very good lacing.

S---I actually smelled the pine as I was pouring. Strong pine. Tropical fruits (grapefruit, orange).

T---Very mild compared to the nose. Almost like something is missing. Pine & grapefruit are there, but much paler than the smell.

F---Not very well carbonated. Still feels juicy & wet. Nowhere near as sticky/resinous as expected.

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Photo of sjrider
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the Honolulu Airport. Looks like ipa , smells and tastes like a middle of the road ipa. Will do if you are not too particular and there aren’t any other choices.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Moose McGillycuddy's

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces nicely.

S: Spicy pine, citrus, fruity notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, fruity, tropical, peach, mango, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, light spicy herbal notes, bready malt, and almost toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Serviceable IPA, but there are better available on the islands.

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Photo of teromous
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the label: "04:25 01 APR2618"

Appearance: The body is a gold-to-amber color with a light bit of haze. It has a short fluffy white head with decent retention.

Aroma: There isn't much of an aroma here. Strongly inhaling gives just a tad of flowers. The longer the beer sits the more it gives off a onion and garlic scent.

Taste: Throughout the beer there is this fairly strong mix of mint and pine. It is mostly back-heavy relying on bitterness to cover the lack of "front-to-mid palate flavor."

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit smooth and thick with a medium body and a wet finish. Bitter finish with a light bit of tartness which is strange.

Overall: It's a pretty messy beer without any focus towards aroma or flavor. It has decent bitterness but it's missing a lot of the overall hop experience by depriving the drinker of aroma and flavor that jumps into the forefront of the palate. I would probably drink a single if somebody gave it to me but I wouldn't drink a second. There isn't enough flavor or aroma here to make me want to buy this again.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, from dutyfree inflightservice. ABV is 6%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of orange marmalade, slightly stale. Some piney hops. Soft mouthfeel. The flavour is first zesty and citrussy, and ends in a distinct and resinous bitterness. Refreshing.

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Photo of dethomp
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In mug off tap. Overall quite good. Foam minimal — a few millimeters, but lasts. Taste also better than “average,”. I’d drink it again but not at every opportunity.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Kona I love it. Was there on the big island imbibing the fresh stuff Let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Pours to a bronze colour with a bold white head. Taste is thick, syrupy and bold hops up front and a serious backbone. This is a keeper. Kona is a go to brewery.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid IPA for Hawaii, with fresh-tasting hops with some herbal and citrusy qualities, medium-light body, a light bready malt background, a little lemony snap, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of ThePold
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No idea how old this was, but I'm on the East Coast. And they're in Hawaii. So take a guess. Anyways, it is a light version of an IPA, but not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, golden look with a nice thick, white, lingering head. Nice scents of pineapple, orange-peel, lemon and lime. Taste is balanced, with subtle hints of citrus and a hint of malt on the finish. Light to medium-bodied feel, not heavy at all. Very fruity on the nose, but the taste was more balanced and not a fruit bomb. Lighter than it looked. Good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Stamped May 25 17 on the bottle.

Nice honey color with soft, cream colored head.

Hints of floral and citrus in the aroma.

Floral and citrus taste, low bitterness, very refreshing.

Medium body and carbonation.

Bought this at the grocery in a variety pack while on vacation. Was at the beach and it was on sale, and seeing it was from Hawaii I though why not. Was impressed. A very good IPA. I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a nice golden colour to it. The taste is a good mixture between the bitterness of the hop and a refreshing citron like flavour. A nice IPA to try

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Photo of Dzu
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.355l bottle into chalice.
L: Transparent light amber with a soft white foam head.
S: Flowers, citrus, weak bitterness.
T: Refreshing , citrus.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Good balanced american ipa.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a nice glossy clear yellow to golden amber color. The lacing, oh yeah, spectacular, as it looks just like any other craft beer, it speckles a bit and shows a decent semi-thickness running about the glass. It absolutely looks superbly. The smell, geeze louise, uh...super nice grapefruit bitter hoppiness with some other nice citrusy aspects coming out as it warms. I will say that there is a nice light maltiness helping to balance all of this out. The taste is pretty much on par to blow one outa the water for the "above par" AIPA as it has a super nice bittersweet grapefruit flavoring leading all of the way through. There is a semi-sweet citrus-like aftertaste and a decent bitter dry finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium on the body and ends up having a fairly decent sessionable quality running about it. The carbonation does show a respectful harsh quality for a normal AIPA and tells me this is worthy. Overall, pretty good AIPA, maybe again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat hazy light golden look with an offwhite head. Scent is of citrus hops and malt mix. A tad less sweet than I was expecting but overall flavor is pretty decent, citrus and pine start moving into a a slightly bitter finish where the malts make an appearance. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Pretty decent. I've found myself going back to this a few times. The flavor is APA like but pretty decent.

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Photo of Packageguy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a mix pack on a hot Spring afternoon, backyard shindig.
The boldest of the varieties in the box, but still a little mild for the style...then again, I live in the heart of the New England IPA uprising...surrounded by big bold local ales.
As opposed to burgers and dogs, this beer goes well with steak, and shrimps...and, a serious game of cornhole or croquet. And, I'm sure it works just as well in a red Solo cup.

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Photo of adamette
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA
Live review. Poured from stubby 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a “mix sixer” from Giant Eagle in Madison, Ohio about a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. “Mix sixer“ was $10.99. Date stamped on the label says DEC 28 15. I am afraid that this is significantly past due. Keep that in mind when reading the rest of this review.
A: Basic translucent yellow body under a moderately high white head after a moderate to vigorous pour. Actually holding up nicely after what is likely about 18 months. 3.5
S: Basic floral hops, nothing remarkable. 3.0
T: Taste flows right from the smell. Basic floral hops unoffensive but safe tasting IPA. 3.0
M: Pretty basic IPA feel, thin at first, some smoothness and then a bite of hops bitterness near the end. Very distant syrupy thin layer left behind. 3.5
D/O: Drinkability is quite high but I would not likely reach for more than one of these. Overall a pretty basic IPA. 3.25
Notes: I had hoped for better but did not expect more than this.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,445 ratings