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 stirgy on 02-21-2004

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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 1,320
Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange brew, lively and transparent. Great head retention.

Aroma leans heavily toward grapefruit, both pith and peel. Slight amounts of nonspecific tropical fruit juices leak out.

Flavor is slightly drier and grainier than the aroma, still favoring grapefruit, and with a semi-sweet orange peel finish. Notes of tobacco and grass.

Dry, lively mouthfeel and finish.

Certainly a step above Longhammer, but just as certainly a step below an outstanding American IPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent enough IPA. There was some semblance of a hop presence in here. Dry finish. I only had one. Don’t plan on ever having another. Can’t win them all.

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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this brew as part of a mix-pack from a local store, mainly because of an upcoming trip to Hawaii. The beer is an exceedingly pale, straw color. The head is slim, and quickly fades. The smell is a pleasant mix of resiny hops and soft malt, with some flowery sweetness as well. The taste is fairly balanced, if not slightly dry, and the bitterness is lighter than expected for an IPA. Nice, but not exceptional, brew.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An incredibly solid IPA, with strong and pure hops flavors. This is one of those west-coast style IPAs (Hawaii is about as west-coast as it gets), which ignores any touches of citrus and pine, and gets right to the point. Fantastic.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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 Savan
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Revisiting this one and reviewing what i had thought a more mediocre beer...
Poured a Straw color with frothy head of white. and a prominently piney scent and undertones of citrus (though subtle). Not a strong or refined ale for being dry hopped as such. This said, does have a OK hop profile... just not as much as I would like to see from the style. Over all, a good "Intro" brew one I would suggest to a Busch light drinker that wants to get into a craft brew but probably would not appreciate a beer with true character.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Miller Ale House in Langhorne. For an IPA, the drink had a surprising straw yellow and clear appearance with creamy lacing on the sides. Aromas included some light citrus with hints of grassy flavors. The taste was not too bad. The beer had a good mix of hops and a citrus-grapefruit giving it a sweet flavor. The body really helped to make the drink refreshing and crisp. Overall, I found the drink refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold pour with a pleasant white head.
Aromas are the typical new age IPA, citrus, pine but very pungent hoppy.
Taste is a very nice IPA flavour. Again, citrus, resinous pine and some hoppy finish.
Clean, crisp mouth feel with a proper amount of bitterness.
This is a nice IPA. TRY IT!

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Photo of rjd722
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into standard pint glass. Clear golden appearance despite being an IPA, someone could easily see this beer and mistake it for a lager; however, when tasting it they would be in for a surprise because it has the deep flavors you'd except from a "west coast" born IPA. Smell is pleasant and floral. The beer is extremely crisp and drinkable, one of my steady American IPA favorites.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried Kona Brewing a year ago, but that was before I was into reviewing. I picked up a fresh batch, chilled it, and poured into a nice tall glass. It has 6.0% ABV and 50 IBUs and lots to offer so let’s take a gulp!

Look-It poured a surprisingly light golden color for an IPA. It almost looks like a lager! The clarity was true and persistent. The head was like a lemon-merengue pie, but with some larger bubbles frothing on the side. It started out at two fingers thick and slowly settled down to just under a finger all the way down.

Smell-It had a dank and pungent smell that reminded me of—dare I say—cannabis. I smelled it very clearly every time so I was forced to review the true aroma of this unique brew. On top of that, I get honey-malts and floral, mango hops that beg one to take a sip.

Taste-It has a noticeable mango and floral hop part superposed on the honey-suckle malt base. There are also some overtones of pineapple and maybe some coconut which makes for a truly Hawaiian experience lending to the name.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied but just slightly underbalanced to let the hops shine through stronger than the malts.

Overall- The hops are the champions of this beer and are not too bitter, but instead serve up an explosion on the palate of typical Hawaiian fruits and flavors. The malts are shy, but fine-tuned and honey-suckle based which plays well with the tropical and herbal hops. A must try for all!

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent enough IPA - brings some tropical fruits impressions and a little citrus to the fore - modest malt base, typical carbonation levels - respectable enough beer but nothing exceptional

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a beer I would ever go out of my way to acquire given how many fantastic IPAs and pales there are to be had out there, but still good and worth trying. I had it on tap at Bar Coastal in NYC, which is by no means known for having a good craft beer selection. Probably the only passable beer on menu, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Light golden color and very drinkable; tastes like a session IPA or a pale. Hoppy taste that I love though. If there are no standouts on tap somewhere, definitely give this a try.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, nice head, smells of pineapple and apricot. The initial taste is the same then becomes hoppy bitter and an aftertaste of nails. Mouthfeel is fine. I never go for the IPA, but this was in a sampler pack. Just not my taste.

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Photo of Kelz87
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good intro to IPAs, I think I rated this one lower due to the amount of premium beers I've been drinking lately. I remember it having a strong tropical fruit nose and flavor with a hint of pine. If you have a chance to try it go for it, but I'm not sure it'll be a regular for me.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the bottle, it makes me happy and prepared for a happy brew. Yellow-amber color, decent head and good lace. Good citrusy nose and floral notes. Great hop flavor, a mix of pine and flower and citrus. Malt flavor on the finish. Bitterness is for real, malt doesn't provide any outright sweetness. The "aloha" is very pronounced. Crisp finish. All around yummy, happy to see some serious hops coming out of a remote, even written-off, brewery.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice looking gold/copper color. Not much head, but enough to tell it was a lighter colored white.
S (4) - A little bit of hop aroma. Fairly one-dimensional, but smells good enough.
T (3.75) - Ok flavor. I get the hop flavors, but they're just not all that impressive. I can tell it's an IPA, but it's fairly ho-hum.
F (3.75) - OK drinkability. Decent carb level, kinda smooth.
O (3.75) - All in all, a fairly average IPA. Not going to run out and buy it again, but I won't avoid it either. Would probably rank a notch higher in the right environment, and if it were really really fresh.

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Photo of matjack85
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67.

The beer poured a clear golden color with a ½-finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half and left some decent acing.

Smelled like citrus hops.

Big grapefruit hop flavor with some mango underneath. There's also some caramely malt, but not enough to say it's balanced. This is a big hop forward beer despite the fact that it only garnishess a 50 IBU score.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

If you like frapefruit you'll probably like this. For me, it's a sub par IPA.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Danky and citrusy - I was shocked at how good this was. Maybe I had too low of expectations going in. If you've been passing this over for other 6-packs you definitely need to give this one a chance.

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Photo of sammorito
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy yellow orange color with a white head about a finger and a half big that dissipated moderately slow. left light lacing that went away quick.

S: pine and orange notes

T: slightly malty with very light bitterness. Not too hoppy. citrus and pineapple notes towards the end.

Mouth feel: medium body with good carbonation. sticks on the tongue a bit.

Overall: pretty easy beer to drink. Would drink this again if i wanted something not too hoppy. not a big fan of the mouth feel but overall a decent beer

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft. Very easy drinking IPA. Nothing stands out but great balance. Light floral, fruity notes with low bitterness. Subtle pine and hops. Could drink this all day long.

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Photo of 12packnight
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Fresh even though it is from Hawaii! They do a nicwe job getting it to Chicago fresh. Good for Golfing and Pizza. Light Bodied IPA Not too heavy.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a golden bronze color.

Overall: Tastes of a sweet malt balanced by tropical hops. Only slightly bitter. Very tasty beer with good balance. Highly recommend but not for pure hop heads. You won't find the bitterness you like.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at honolulu int'l airport

a: slightly hazy bright orange with 1.5 fingers of bone-hued head

s: dank pine, caramel, and a touch of orangey mango

t: very well-rounded, lots of malt backbone but good enough piney-fruity hop presence. moderately bitter finish

m: medium-plus, plenty carbonation, slightly sticky

o: impressed with this beer. not too assertive but still packs a good flavour punch

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Photo of KD0G
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lacing
Lovely hops aroma
Taste matches aroma and well balanced
Good mouth feel
Overall a very good IPA if you like the distinct Galaxy hops
The Galaxy hops really shines through in this IPA and it's one of my favorite. This will definitely be in my rotation!

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Valiant gold color with a lot of carbonation and a thin head that refuses to dissipate. Excellent sweet malty smell. Very hoppy taste with the bitter pale ale kick back. But the kick back is not a terrible taste as with a lot of pale ales.

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Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,320 ratings.
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