hockeybeerguy (1612) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gee weez, where do I begin? Sorry, I’m a bit overwhelmed right now with this awesome beer. Oh yeah, bottling date = "April 04, 2014." Sigh, yeah, before I actually get into this, I’ll admit, yeah man, this is great stuff.
I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance, wow, what a show! There’s a semi-hazy golden/blonde color with barely any carbonation surfacing but what you’ll notice is that it is there, but just delicately slides to the surface into the head. The head is about a finger’s worth of soft white foaminess that ends up concaving and leaving a nice clingy semi-thick foaminess that ends up spider-webbing a bit here and there.
The smell, wow, once again, there’s almost a perfect blend of the caramel malts to the citrusy hops with just a touch of spice (is that the Galaxy hops, I think, honestly I’m still learning hops a bit to be honest).
The taste, well, it takes all of those previously mentioned flavors and blends them just about perfectly. The aftertaste is superb with probably the absolute best blend of flavorings to delicately touch my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sits fairly light but has just enough carbonation to make everything feel sublime.
Overall, Kona, where the heck did you pull this one out of? Way to go as I’ll go out on a limb and say you’ve made the best American Blond Ale known to the beer world!
TXBadger (1250) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright clear golden color with white head. Cereal grain, caramel malt, and a little tropical hop on the nose; follows onto the palate. For being a simple golden ale, this is a great example of the style.
BrewGoblin (260) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey-blonde Hawaiian babe that probably actually smells like a Hawaiian surfer girl...tropical fruits, pine and citrus and caramel and bready funk, likely from surfing and sweating all day in the sun. A nice sweetness to it, like a mango/papaya white fruitcake. I’d partake again but she’d probably leave me for a surfer dude. The beer I mean.
tmrmwel (858) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours light golden with a creamy finger thick head. Aroma is a strange mix of roasted malts and citrusy hops. Quite light body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with light malts and grain, with some strange, unfitting and almost barnyard-ish straw and grass notes.
AAEA (98) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 FL OZ ($2.99) pretty decent fruity beer. Very unique flavor and is totally worth trying if you’re into the fruity beers. Under the 5% mark making this a non mans beer.
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice, refreshing, and medium bodied golden ale. Caramel malt and pine/citrus hop characteristics.
fourpack (56) - NORWAY - MAY 31, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice white foam. Golden color. Goes down easy. Little bit watery. Would say this is a nice summer beer.
JonMoore (1846) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - golden with slim soon gone white head. Aroma of grain and citrus. Same in the taste, with malt. A bit lifeless, But OK.
HarryPlopper (15) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pineapple aroma with floral/hoppy notes. Very little head, no lacing. Golden color. Strong pineapple/citrus start with hoppy finish, slightly bitter after taste. Decent summertime offering.
Brian087 (4) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fantastic beer from kona brewing. Has a little citrus flavors with a lighter ale taste. Goes good with burgers and chicken dishes!