michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Bottle: Floral hop nose. Hint of grapefruit in the aroma. Also a little berry scent. Not malt aroma. Amber in color. Big, creamy & frothy off-white head. Head lasted. Good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is a bit hoppy, but well balanced with malts that have an earthy flavor. Hop flavor is a bit generic and not too bitter; floral. I would not say it has a "pronounced hop flavor." Lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Finish is average length and a little bitter and earthy. Overall, a solid APA.
IndianaRed (2597) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a medium amber witha small off white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is of mild malts and a little spicy hops. Flavor is similar. Enough hop bitterness, but not much real flavor. Decent feel and moderately carbonated. Pleasant lingering bitterness.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing to write home about here. Had this in bottle at Disney’s Polynesian resort. Deep reddish brown with a tan head, this brew served up a slightly spciy hop aroma with a solid backbone. While it seemed to do everything "right", it was simply lacking in any character that would make it stand out from the crowd. Think an Anchor Steam with less earthiness.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2006
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
sampled at firewaters, AC. Ok, this beer was pretty awful, tasted contaminated or way past it’s shelf life. bad enough where I asked for another sample after only a sip of a 4 ounce glass.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As many others have said, this is contract brewed, and way better on tap in Hawaii. Still, not a terrible P.A., and better than many other beers that are available out there. Easy drinking, and rather tasty on a hot summer day.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 As is the case for all of their bottled beer, this beer is contract brewed and bottled by Widmer for the mainland. I had it on tap in Kailua-Kona and it was significantly better. Though from the bottle it is quite a good beer as well. It is a very easygoing pale ale with a significant malt characterresulting in some sweetness, a reasonable floral hop aroma, and light, crisp bitterness. Quite pleasant and refreshing. On tap from the brewery this beer gets a 3.5.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep amber color with a white head. aroma nice and hoppy with a good toasted malt balance. flavor again nice and bitter with a nice dose of toasted almost nutty malt sweetness to balance things out. medium body nice carbonation finish hoppy and bitter as it should be. this one surprised me. solid pale.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice ruby color, easy drinking, abit on the mild side, Still a nice flavor, well balanced, nice brew on a hot day. On tap at Teqiula Hoppers, Upland Ca.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"This one surprised me. Poured an orange color with an okay head and okay lacing. Aroma was of caramel malts and hops. Flavor was very very malty and some citrus hops. The hops balanced this one out better then i expected. "
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is clear, orangey, nice tightly-laced off white head. Aroma is nicely spicy and slightly piney. Nutmeg. Pepper. Peach. Intriguing. I’m really enjoying smelling this one. Surprises me, I didn’t think it would be this nice to inhale. I take some into my mouth and this beer is crisp, with a balanced medium body. Flavor isn’t what I expect from a Pale, but it is a pleasing surprise. Peachy -- Amarillo? and peppery bitterness balanced with caramel sweetness. This is a nice brew. Props to Kona.