Castaway IPA
Kona Brewing Co.

Castaway IPACastaway IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,981
Ranked #34,915
3.75 | pDev: 11.2%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Very Good
Castaway IPACastaway IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 1,494 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a dark goldenrod with a good head. It smells sweet and very floral with tropical fruit hops mixed in. There are notes of hibiscus and pineapple. In contrast to the sweet smell, it tastes bitter. That is a nice surprise a good way to balance a beer. On the palate the hops take more of a dark stone fruit character with he bitter aftertaste having faint leather notes. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick and the carbonation is good. The mouthfeel isn't spectacular though. Overall, the sweet nose and the bitter palate lead to a good beer and a concept I haven't really seen done to this scale before. It gets extra points for that.

Mar 02, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill haze, deep gold, thin white head, good retention, spotty lace
Mixed bag of citrus aromas
A lot of citrus rind hop flavor, slight caramel malt background
Medium light body, good carbonation
A throwback, for sure, but pretty good.

Aug 18, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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

Pours clear amber yellow with a thin white cap that disappears quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Aroma is a faint touch of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple. Flavor a bit more pronounced, pineapple and mango, some caramel malt. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall a nice summer beer.

Jun 17, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy medium orange gold color with a thin off white head. Aroma is soft, sweet malt and a light tropical hops. Flavor has caramel malts dominant, but well balanced in sweetness against the mild fruity hops. The finish is lightly bitter with some peppery character. Feel is medium bodied and a little soft. Nothing jumps out with this beer but that may be what saves it. It is a mellow malty ale like old speckled hen - but if it was dry hopped.

May 25, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange color with a mild white head. Sort of looks like a lager rather than an IPA. SRM of 9-11. (3.50)

Aroma: Mild aromas of juicy, ripe orange, peach, nectarine, and ripe pineapple. Mild and tame, but nice and juicy. Lots of mild tropical and nectarine juice. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavors of yeast and suds with tamed fruity flavors of clean honeydew, orange, grapefruit, melon, and more citrusy juice. Mild flavors, yet mild malts too. Smooth and balanced. Minimal bitterness. Drinks more like a pale ale. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes clean and relatively dry. (3.50)

Overall: A very tame IPA as I've come to expect from Kona Brewing. Not the best brewery out there and I'm often underwhelmed by their IPAs. Lacking the bite as well as flavor. Tame and simple, drinks more like a pale ale. Couldn't complain drinking this on a beach though, but compared to other craft IPAs, this beer and brewery sort of underwhelm. (Final Rating: 3.35. Not that bad but definitely not impressive).

Mar 12, 2020
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DrOfGolf from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12 pack.
Golden and a light hazy color with a nice mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Slightly sweet taste with a slightly bitter from the hops. Overall a great beer to drink after working in the yard or while on the golf course.

Jan 22, 2020
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Ki_H_nakai from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw color. Reminiscent of a lager. Good lace around the glass. Has a nice piney, bready smell with a nice citrus pop. The citrus lingers on the tongue long after sipping. A very nice beer.

Nov 14, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on May 18 19:

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is mild - a dash of citrus, some spiciness.

The taste is of some pine, some citrus. Balancing sweet malt backbone. Somewhat abrupt, bitter-leaning, finish.

It isn't the hardiest, but it hits medium-bodied and it is very smooth.

It's a more balanced IPA. A pleasant, easy-drinking basic American IPA.

Aug 30, 2019
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 08, 2019
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Jkropp30 from Florida

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

Apr 04, 2019
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JohnCal from California

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.

Feb 18, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 08, 2019
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MKV from Belgium

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.

Jan 02, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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.,

Nov 23, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

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

Oct 15, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 09, 2018
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sjrider from California

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.

Aug 29, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

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.

Jul 25, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

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.

Jun 23, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

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.

Jun 14, 2018
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dethomp from Illinois

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.

Apr 18, 2018
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mooseisloose from Florida

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.

Apr 07, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

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.

Apr 07, 2018
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ThePold from Virginia

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.

Oct 28, 2017
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