elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, Koko Marina. Poured a golden color with a small head. Aroma of citrus, spice and grass. Palate was medium-full bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Flavor featured citrus, hops and nice malt touches. Quite solid brew, perhaps could have gone stronger on the flavors.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice IPA here. Bold hop aroma and flavor are things I love, this beer did not disappoint. Aroma was citrus with some grapefruit and a sweetness. Flavor followed suit. Body was refreshing and the finish was smooth bitterness. Nice.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub in Honolulu. Solid amber in color with a moderate white head. The nose was on the sweet side showing off citric and floral hops. In the mouth the hops were balanced by some sweet malt leading to a rich midpalate with a dry/bitter finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Amber body, PNW hop nose, small head. Balanced between US hops and crystal malts. Not special.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Kono brewpub. Pours clear amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is floral hops and citrus. Flavor is Floral hops, citrus and caramel. Good blanace and a nice IPA.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on drought beachside in Waikiki. Pours amber, a bit hazy with a lemony-yellow head. Aroma is big time hops, floral, sweet and tart. Taste is also very hoppy, bitter and crisp. As fresh as the sea mist after a crashing wave. Really nice cutting taste, especially after you’ve had a few other drinks. Aftertaste is a little burnt caramel. Good stuff.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster - Kona Brewing Co. - Koko Marina Pub - Honolulu, Hawaii
2008 – Great Hawaiian Beer Run
Aroma – Medium Hops aroma with a nice malt background.
Appearance – Golden yellow in color, nice head and clear.
Flavor – Nice easy to drink 65 IBU’s IPA. Had good use of malts also.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, good IPA texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was a decent IPA had the flavor nothing over the top. Just a good easy to drink IPA.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. This is light amber in color with a slightly off-white head. It has a very strong hop aroma with heavy grapefruit aromas. The flavor is surprisingly malty, but the hops do dominate. This beer has a high level of bitterness, as is expected. The hop flavor makes apparent the use of dry hopping. This medium bodied beer has decent drinkability, but I would have rated it higher if I was a bigger fan of double IPA’s in general.
Dragonfly1 (436) - - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Kona Brewery, Hawaii. Had this one next to the Fire Rock Pale Ale, and the Castaway had a much fresher, stronger hops presence. Not so much that it was more bitter, but rather there was more of a fresh, pine-y, resin taste due to the dry hopping. This was a nice change of pace from the typical IPA.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Kona Brew Pub on Oahu. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops and some citrus. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, and light caramel. Lacing left on the glass.