Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kona Castaway IPA

This 6.0% ABV India Pale Ale is from the Kona Brewing Company of Kona, Hawaii (although now brewed on the mainland as they are part of the Craft Brew Alliance). I like the bottle design, and the glass on top is embossed with the shape of the Hawaiian Islands and the words "Liquid Aloha." This beer is part of their Aloha Series of beers.

The beer pours a deep orange golden, veering to copper-orange-amber. There is a relatively short head of white to off-white foam that leaves a sheen of lacing down the glass. The aroma is bright and fruity (wonder if it uses some of the same hops as Big Wave?), citrus, tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit. The taste follows the aromas, just enough malt to hold up all the hops, with a quite bitter finish, think quinine and grapefruit rind. The beer drink medium bodied, a bit smooth, but with ample carbonation. 

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