Apr 18, 2014

Kona Brewing Castaway IPA

Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA has apparently been pretty popular for locals at the Hawaii pubs for quite some time and, now, it’s finally arriving on the mainland. Not only is it new to us non-islanders, but it’s also going to be part of the brewery’s year-round offerings.

The 6% ABV (55 IBU) IPA uses a combination of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Millennium hop varieties to create a decidedly tropical fruit character. If ever deserted on an island with nothing else to drink but Castaway IPA, I wouldn’t do too much complaining — well, that is until I run out of beer.


The brew pours a pale golden in color with a resilient cap of white foam.

Kona Brewing Castaway IPA photo


Bready malt, grain, citrus notes, light tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and a touch of pine combine for a subtle, yet inviting nose.


Tropical fruits (hints of mango and pineapple), grapefruit, lingering grass, a touch of caramel and light malts all come together smoothly. The soft carbonation with a moderate amount of hop bitterness to create a refreshing character that fades gently through the dry, lasting finish.


Castaway IPA is a solid addition ton Kona’s stable of beers. It’s got a good hop character, drinks smoothly and refreshes nicely — all of the traits I would want sitting on a quiet beach. The only thing missing would perhaps be the convenience of this brew in cans.

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample.

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