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Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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Castaway IPACastaway IPA

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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

Added by pezoids on 02-21-2004

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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 1,278
Photo of Ghrymm
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Bottled on July 25/2016.
A: Pours a Hazy Golden with a thin white head and minor lacing.
S: A nice floral citrus nose.
T: Kind of disappointing not much on the hop end at all more of a pale Ale. Minor hop bitterness.
F: medium body and carbonation clean finish.
O: An ok IPA but so many are better than this one,pretty weak for a IPA.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a bit of haze. One finger of froth. Good bit of piney hops on the nose. Unfortunately the taste doesnt follow the nose. The hops kinda fall flat and a lot of grain comes through on the taste...especially the back end. It's not a bad beer but doesn't compare to the better IPAs out there.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "production date" 5-1-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, brown sugar, flowers and citrus, there is a faint metallic note.

TASTE: initially sweet brown sugar and bread then a nice grapefruit citrus hop profile, there is also an earthy metallic note at the end.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good IPA, it's balanced, I enjoyed it but there are better options available so I would probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Castaway IPA brewed by Kona Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Castaway IPA is rich with grains and malts. There is also a nice amount of hops in the smell of this brew. This brew has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on hoppy flavors , fallowed by grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Castaway IPA, this IPA has a real nice flow to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. I can't get over how smooth this IPA goes down. Castaway IPA , has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Castaway IPA is Bold, rich, clean, smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Castaway IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Kona Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this IPA.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color light amber, golden, hazy. White and yellow head, not too high, is reduced to a larger rim.
The aroma of delicate fruit with a leading resin, caramel.
Taste: Again fruit, mainly oranges and lemons in the background mango and resin.
Gentian long, clear, grapefruit. The loading medium toward high.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay golden bronze appear race with little head a wimpy residual despite carbonation level. Smells of robust citrus as one would expect of an IPA hailing from Hawaii. Grapefruit seems to be the dominate aroma. Tastes full-bodied as the citrus and citric hops shine through. Finishes nicely with grapefruit/citrus and a bitter hop flavor linger on the pallatte. This is a decent IPA that I'd drink again although it's not a typical one. It's a bit softer and more akin to a saison. The flavor profile is not as complex as I hoped for but still a fair choice for the summer-time outdoors.

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Photo of Iowaplow
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My current favorite beer. This is the 1st beer over last 30 years I litterly crave in the evening after work.
The wonderful aftertaste last for a good 5-10 minutes.
Color is very bold and sharp. Smell is sharp but it is an appealing sharp fruity
aroma. This will be my go to spring and summer beer.

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Photo of Zet
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #250, which is a nice occasion to drink a beer from a tropical island in the Pacific. Copper colour with little to no haze and a decent head of foam. Gentle smell of pine, fruits and flowers. The taste is also quite fruity, with grapefruit being prominent here, and a piny finish. Nice balance, though a bit more complexity in taste would have been nice. Mouth feel is medium with light carbonation. Not an IPA that will blow you away, but all in all a very enjoyable drink. Wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of Thorg_The_Invincible
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It starts off with a kick and strong hoppy flavor but isn't bitter and has a clean finish. It reminds me of Great Lakes Brewing Chillwave. Not quite as good but also a better bargain. I'd say this is a goto IPA for me, or one that I would drink often.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The fizzy and full off-white froth goes big and doesn't go home. Color is clear and brassy. Has pine, perfume and subtle light fruits in the aroma. More fruits (mango, orange, peach) to the tongue before a wave of pine and florals come into play. Light to medium and goes down way easy.

A very approachable yet tasty IPA that proves corporate rock doesn't always suck.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with laterl lacing, and a hazy golden body.

Smells like fairly light hop notes and and "biscuit" malts.

I taste a well-established biscuit/cracker malt backbone among tamer citrus and "tropical" hop notes. I'll have to agree with @Kendo that this is coming off as more as a session IPA or just an APA, rather.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll give Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co. an overall rating of a 4.25. Again, nothing that will wow, but it goes down perfect;y on a stifling day.

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Photo of Kendo
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear golden- orangey with a half-finger of whitish head on top, which settles to leave a little bit of lace.

S: Some honey-sweet malt, florally hops and citrus peel bitterness, with a touch of cat pee.

T: Overall impression: light. Wee bit of crackery malt foundation is followed by citrus - some grapefruit, lime zest and lemon. Finishes fairly clean, with a lingering hint of lemony bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium in heft with pretty active carbonation which is not at all sharp or offensive, but rather ticklish on the palate - in a good way.

O: OK. Drinks more like a Session IPA than a straight IPA, and in some ways more like an APA than any sort of IPA.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Longs Drugs
Golden, slightly hazy color
Medium-light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Slightly sweet taste, slightly bitter from hops, floral presence
Overall a great beer to drink a lot of on a hot day.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Marriott Ko Olina in a plastic 20oz snifter. I'm diggin this more than the pale ale I had earlier. It goes down just fine with the bad ass view of the lagoons and the sound of waves hitting the rocks. I'll have a few more of these before I leave, even if they are super taxed at $9 each

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Photo of maddogruss
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours hazy orange Amber body with small white head with OK retention and lacing
S: sweet, citrus runs smell with some earthiness and malt toffee notes
T: sweet, citrus notes with a sweet toffee notes
M: medium bodied and smooth
D: nice M&T combo; a refreshing IPA!

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Photo of mkjonese
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden, not much head, some lacing.

Aroma: Herbal and floral hop with a subtle malt base.

Taste: Grassy, flowery hops that don't tip into overly bitter. Maybe a slight hint of citrus (lemon). There's subtle malt, but it takes a back seat.

Feel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticks around in the mouth a bit, but not like syrup.

Overall: This is one of my go-to IPAs (my preferred style). It's not overbearing, goes well with a lot of foods and the ABV isn't so high that I can't have more than one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a. 12 oz bottle.
Good, typical appearance. Low hop and high malt/hop balance in the aroma but the flavor is hop dominated. Nonetheless, bready malts come out again I the aftertaste.
Moderately bitter.

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Photo of Roby923
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from Kona Brewing. This is a tasty IPA that doesn't overdo the hops or alcohol. Worth seeking out and grabbing a few. Liquid aloha.

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Photo of Squire123
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice gold color, decent white cap and lacing.

Aroma: Floral, melon, some earthiness, hint of pineapple, conifer, no apparent malt.

Taste: "Assertive hop flavor and aroma" is how the brewer describes this brew and that's correct. Hops front, middle and finish, a conifer hop bitterness in the aftertaste. It seems to start with floral hops and build to finish with stronger hop tones. Malt is present in the body but contributes little to the taste.

Good body and full feel, nice actually.

Overall: It will run a close race with other IPAs but not outpace the others. Nice enough but really just another hoppy pale malt. Of course, it is an IPA and will put a bitter beer face on a willing accomplice who promptly went back to her Coors Light.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden beer with excelent rocky off-white head, some laces and good retention
Smell - gentle, malty, citrusy, piney,
Taste - dry and bitter, herbal, lemon, grapefruit.
Medim body, soft carbonation, well-balanced and quaffable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a few bottles of this while in Hawaii on vacation

golden in color, white head. nice hop aroma and moderate bitterness. not a stand out, but decent beer and one of the better Kona offerings.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bronze with a half inch head. Smells of citrus. Taste of citrus with a predominance of grapefruit. Nice hops on front and back. Deliciously thirst quenching. Super easily drank. Loved it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

04/27/2014 (bottle, direct)
08/01/2015 (On tap at Blend, pint glass)
AROMA: Floral aroma. Touch of lemon.
LOOK: Clear dark yellow color.
TASTE: Flavor is pine, lemon, ash.
FEEL: Crisp, goes down easy.

Good beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the AH.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 26 January 2017

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, bright white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber in color with lower levels of carbonation. Maybe a bit too clear for the style. Head slowly fades to a full wispy cap and clings to the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of clingy lacing down the glass as it empties. Love the head and lacing, but the body is a bit too clear for my liking.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and a bit of pineapple. Citrus aromas with lemon as well. Bold and very fruity.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon and some floral notes up front. Bitterness at the swallow with caramel, toffee notes, melon and hints of pineapple lingering on the palate. Lots of floral bitterness and grassy flavors linger and linger. Bold and plenty bitter.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and crisp on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Plenty of bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The look is very, very clear, which is a little weird for the style maybe, but the feel is great and the rest of the package is good as well. The flavor might not meet the citrus and fruity tones that the nose had advertised, but it's still enjoyable.

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

35cl bottle. Clear pale yellow with a white head. Smells of lime, overripe mango, pineapple and honey. Tastes pretty much the same way, with a generic herbal bitterness thrown into the mix. Soft mouthfeel, yet kind of dry.

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