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 pezoids on 02-21-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,271
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
29.97%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
555
For Trade:
1
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -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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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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 mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -22%

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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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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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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 TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is 7 weeks old, but the freshest bottle I've found to date, This can be my placeholder review...

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with a finger of pearl white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Crackery notes, lemons, pineapple & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, grapefruit & pineapple dominate, a little mango as well up front. Faint caramel notes, grapefruit pith & pine as this warms. Finishes with a flourish of tropical fruit, a little mineral dryness & some biscuitty malt notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, I have no complaints on this one. I would buy this again unless something bordering on world-class pushed this out of the sight-picture; a damn good deal to be sure

I sure seem to be swimming against the tide of recent reviewers, but that's just how it goes, some times

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

[Insert Gilligan's Island reference here.] This stuff pours a partly-hazy sunset brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grapefruit zest, mild pine, light grass, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, unwilling to deviate even in the slightest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this is the epitome of your slightly-above-average IPA, something that's not bland but is so just-so that I don't care about it afterward. Can we please get some interesting IPAs sometime, brewers?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was over at The Fridge earlier today and I acquired a few more bottles, this being among them. I was going to hold this in abeyance until a little while ago, when I got word that a dear friend, former shipmate and fellow member of the USS Normandy's SDBG passed away. Ken Longshore and I had just met up at a 25-year reunion a couple of weekends ago and like me, he was a hophead. I raise this AIPA (and all subsequent ones) in his memory!

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Set Sail for Adventure! Hawaiians crossing the channel between Oahu and Molokai face a perilous journey. Our Castaway IPA is inspired by these brave island explorers. A smooth yet spirited brew, it's as refreshing as the wind in your face when you set sail for adventure."

I was pressed for time and so I used a heavy-handed pour to get things started. Following a quick mini pseudo-cascade, I was left with two dense fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a tropical fruit hoppiness, fitting for this company and including notes of pineapple, mango and guava. As the head finally fell, I was left with lots of nice, sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was fruity, but kind of bland at the same time. I do not know how to precisely quantify it, but it just seemed to be lacking any Ooomph! It was passable as far as the style is concerned, but there are so many better examples that this one pales in comparison. Finish was slightly bitter, kind of fruity, but just lacking in depth and cohesiveness.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6-27-15 on the label

Pours damn near clear, lighter amber, moderate lite khaki head, leaving a fine film and some nice looking low sheeting.

Dank and weed like nose, with some ripe grapefruit going on. Nice smelling brew.

More of the same on the palate, with some smoke infused pinapple blending in with the grapefruit, a better then average and quite tropical in character IPA...I like....go get some

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, hops, hint of sweet malt, and some floral notes. Overall, good appearance, and blend, but the strong earthiness is odd for an IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear ornage in color with a nice 2" head. Some mild lacing develops during the session. Mild carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and orange citrus is mild but detectable.

Taste: a milder malt base than some other IPAs, but still quite flavorful with a pleasant floral bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a bit of orange twang. Well balanced and somewhat refreshing for the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Bitterness and orange citrus tones linger softly on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking IPA. Several of these can be enjoyed in a session. This IPA does not blow you away, but it is a solid offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the co-op. Aroma comes off just a little hoppy. Seems kind of pale for an IPA, Medium golden body, small, tight white head. Taste brings in more hops, but not in the NW way, more subdued like an East Coast IPA. Hoppy but flat finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is hoppy, pine, some citrus, a touch of malts, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Castaway IPA "a favorite of the locals"

Pours a hazed bright orange, nice froth and lace stickage. Aroma of bright citrus hops, some grapefruit orange and mango. Citrus hops in the flavor profile, alittle piney and quite bitter. Hint of tropical fruit. Rind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good sharp bite. Overall a damn solid IPA and the best hoppy beer made by Kona.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 1, 2016. Look is bronze with a thin head and little lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, honey and sweet malt aromas. Taste is sweet mango, bitter citrus, pine resin and sticky sweet malt flavors. Feel is medium to full in body with a bitter finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Quite nice, in my book.

Smell: a little bit of sweet malt with a fruity, tropical hop character. This is among my favorite hop aromas, so I'm rather smitten with this beer.

Taste: sweet malt with those same tropical hops from the aroma. I really dig this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess for the style. Not bad, but not the best thing in the world.

Overall: OK, so the texture's nothing to write home about, but the flavors are right in my butter zone. Great stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 15:26-3-APR2514. Sampled on May 23, 2014.

The pour is mostly golden with a big, fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves a coating of lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma has a variety of characteristics including toasted grain, light caramel malts, pine, resin, and grapefruit. Smells like a well developed IPA.

Light to medium body but it does not hold up well as it breaks down to carbonation bubbles quickly.

Mild to moderately sweet flavor overall with an emphasis on the toasted grains and the pine bitterness hailing me from the rear. Quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a bright 14K gold with a 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts.

The smell is loaded with grassy hops, some pine and citrus, with just a hint of some kind of sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a bit more balanced; grass is big and bold, milder citrus and pine, underlining malt throughout gives it a somewhat sweet and earthy note. It's pleasing to my palate.

Nice smooth mouthfeel and overall, a very easy drinking, solid IPA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper/gold color; and orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention to a ring around the edges. Laced in thin rings.

S: Big citrus, grapefruit and pine hops. Sweet caramel malt and wet bread in the foundation.

T: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit up front. Sweet caramel and bread in the middle with resiny hop feel. Flavor and bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry.

D: Nicely balanced for the style. Moderate ABV makes it a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev 0%

Resiny, light citrus aroma. Pine and grapefruit notes, with dank cannabis. Flavor is pine dominant, with grapefruit underpinnings that linger throughout, and a moderately bitter, dry finish. There's a hint of caramel malt sweetness, but hops dominate. Fairly balanced in hop flavoring and bittering, and a decent flavor range. Floral notes surface late.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,271 ratings.
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