Castaway IPA | Kona Brewing Co.

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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

Added by stirgy on 02-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,327
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
594
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe O'Lei in Kihei, HI.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid citrus flavors but the smell is a bit muddled in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruits seem to stand out in particular.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has light to moderate aromas of grapefruit. No malts are noticeable, although there are enough to balance things off so that there's only a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The citrusy aromas and flavors of this beer seem to be muted. I'm not sure if the trip across the Pacific has taken its toll and this beer would have more in the way of smell and taste if it was fresher.

Serving type: bottle

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz pint at the brewpub in Kona.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden amber hue, with one fat finger of tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice layered tree branch lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of reserved grapefruit and orange citrus, a bit of lemon, and mild bready caramel malt. The taste is white grapefruit peel, pine tips, semi-sweet caramel, and a further, somewhat interloping herbal/floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit snappy, the body medium-light in weight, and with a not-so-subtle metallic edge, one which messes heavily with any lingering smoothness aspirations. It finishes hoppy, and mostly dry, with the citrus and pine notes having a hard time rising above that invasive herbal character.

While this feels, and looks like a proper West Coast IPA, there is just too much musty, crispness flattening essence abounding here to earn my seal of hoppitude goodness. Perhaps the next of Kona's many other IPAs will fit the bill.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle: Poured an amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light floral undertones is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with light bitterness and some dry caramel malt. Dry hops notes are not as dominant as I would have expected based on the product description. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable IPA but nothing I would seek again necessarily.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull brass color with a tightly formed full one finger bone white head atop that left nice lacing as it settled slowly.Muted citrusy hop aromas with even lighter caramel/biscuit notes as well.citrusy with a little bit of sweet onion lingering on the palate,not overly bitter more of sweet fruity hoppiness,biscuit malt holds underneath.Not a bad IPA with it's fruitiness instead of bitterness,I could see myself drinking this on a beach in Maui.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Kona Castaway IPA
12 oz. custom-molded brown glass bottle, dated "12:16 3 JUL 11 14"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Beautiful packaging all-around. Beautiful looking beer: frothy off-white head, excellent head retention and lacing, slightly hazy golden amber body. Welcoming, brightly pungent and citrusy aroma. The hop flavors (resinous, citrusy, floral) are balanced against the malt, and backed by a solid bitterness. The grainy, biscuity malt is clear up front, but becomes even fuller in the finish - kind of the opposite of many IPA's these days. The malt is the base that the hop flavors bounce around on. Medium body/crisp, median carbonation. It's a fairly straightforward beer, but it's full flavored and rich in character. It's balanced, and neither the bitterness or the hop flavors build on the palate. Drinkable. Great hop character.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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 in the aftertaste.
Moderately bitter.

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

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is there but it’s on the weak side for the style. However, it is strong enough to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for a less-hoppy IPA.

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2.94/5  rDev -21.6%

Not the greatest hop flavors, but quite drinkable with a rather modest bitterness. Attractive tall head in the big glass.

The flavor starts off with some flowery hops. After a while, however, the resiny, herbal tea with honey taste gets rather strong. Even though this is not so bitter it's getting hard to drink. Woody, match stick finish. Fairly malty but tanted with that hoppy stew.

This is about as "average" as it gets. From the 12 oz bottle poured into the Stella Artois goblet.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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