TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tap @ Kona in Kona. Clear, orange-gold pour with a short white head which quickly fades to a persistent rim and leaves little lace. Nose is thick with tropical fruits: mango, orange blossoms, lilikoi and some ganja, but not without some medium toastiness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Oranges, pine, toast, mango, ganja and a touch of grapefruit. Finish is medium and dry with lingering citrus and weed bitterness. Very nice and a pleasant surprise: I haven’t had any IPA from a local brewery that’s this well-balanced and tasty (to my tastes, anyway) and it far outdistances Kona’s own Castaway. A Kona ale for left-coasters. As usual with any IPA, especially those hopped with Citra, fresh is mandatory.