Thursday, 30 October 2014

Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA

Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA
Style: IPA
Alcohol Content: 6%
From: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
Purchased from: Great British Beer Festival

Well Aloha everybody and welcome to another review from Beefsbrewey. As you may of guessed, this week we are reviewing a beer from Hawaii called Castaway from the Kona Brewing company. The Company was founded in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa. Setting up shop on the "Big Island" in the outskirts of Kailua-Kona, the company now distributes to 36 states and 10 countries, with more than 220,000 barrels of beer sold in 2012. After three restaurants and a airport franchise later, Kona decided to install a 229 kW solar energy generating system capable of generating 60 percent of the breweries energy needs in early 2010. This soon turned out to be one of the final investments the family in made in the brewery before handing the keys over to Craft Brew Alliance later that same year.

Castaway IPA

Colour: Pours a bright copper with a slight yellow hue. As soon as the liquid hits the bottom of the glass a depth charge of brilliant white foam will rise from the depth and stay for the duration of your drinking experience. This drink is a thing of pure beauty!

Aroma: Just like an tropical Hawaiian beach, notes of delicate flowers mix with sweet, juicy pineapple. As the drink warms, subtle hints of sweet peach iced tea and crisp pine being to shine though. A lovely fresh nose, that's ever so sweet and inviting.

Body: Whilst on holiday, I always love to kick back with a light, refreshing beer whilst I watch the surfers wipe out in the waves. Castaway IPA is the perfect match for this scenario. Refreshingly crisp, with just a slight amount of clogging on the back of the throat to help ensure you savour every sip. The soft carbonation tickles the back of your throat all the way down to your stomach. Perfection!

Taste: The pineapple from the notes nose translate through to taste. The sumptuous pineapple notes soon give way to a dry, spicy and warming finish. The warming helps to round out the flavour and includes hints of the aforementioned peach notes. Considering that this IPA contains a "meagre" six percentage alcohol content, the ABV really powers through and is actually rather surprising. As the drink warms, the blending of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Millennium hops seem to get more bitter as the drink progresses. A very lively beer that I would love to drink more and more of.

Castaway IPA

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