Aloha readers! And Welina Hou to The Intoxicated Review! Jack writing in today from the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. What better way to enjoy Thirsty Thursday than with a great tasting Hawaiian beer made right here in the islands. Today’s beer choice comes from Kona Brewing Company and is their Kua Bay IPA. First off Kua Bay is a real place on the Big Island. I have never been to the big island, but maybe one day. But enough about my travels onto the beer!
Kona Brewing Company
Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Millennium, and Chinook.
This pia pours with a copper color to it. The po’o forms at one quarter inch, where it lingers even after the pour.
I can smell pine notes as well as subtle hints of caramel. This one does smell different from the typical brew put out by this brewer. Typically there would be a smell reminiscent of the islands…not a big deal as I’m sure the beer will taste amazing!
THE HOAO AKU LA:
Well, this is a little different. Up front this beer has a hoppy flavor, which is followed up by a subtle caramel note. It’s delicious! The beer has a crisp, clean finish to it. There is a mild bitterness to it, but still quite drinkable. Typically this brewer puts flavors into the beer that remind you of the islands, but I was a little surprised that they didn’t this time.
With the mild bitterness as well as the hoppy flavors, I would rate the body of this beer at medium. Despite all the normal IPA characteristics, I still found the beer refreshing and easily drank.
Hoa (Friends), this is an amazing addition to the menu at Kona Brewing Company! I was very impressed with it and highly recommend it!
Hoa Mahalo for reading today! I look forward to writing for you again soon! Check back soon! I have some new beer for you!