I’ve got to start trying more Lagers! Looking back over many of The Brew Club beer reviews that I have personally done, probably 90% of them have been reviews of some type of Ale – which is cool, but sometimes I get the feeling I’m missing out on some decent lagers.
Kona Brewing Company Longboard “Island Lager” is one of them. I ended up really liking this beer from Hawaii, and I doubt I would have ever tried it if not for my pal Sally (you know who you are) who provides me with tasty beer samples from time to time!
The 5.5% ABV Kona Longboard Island Lager, (from here on out simply referred to as Longboard Lager) pours a ‘typicalish’ lager color, perhaps a little richer looking than say a Bud or something, but still is looks like a lager to me. OK, you’re pushing for more descriptive descriptions. How’s this? The Longboard Lager’s color is something between pale-straw and golden liquid sunshine. How’s that?
This golden liquid sunshine stuff created a nice pure white fizzy head in my glass – as witnessed by the accompanying photo. Really. Look at the photo and see for yourself. Go ahead – LOOK AT IT. Fizzy white head. OK.
Now, the aroma of the Longboard Lager is going to be a little tougher to do because this blog’s smell plugin isn’t working so I’ll do my best to describe it in words.
It smells good.
Ok, ok… The smell is sorta sweet, sorta citrusy, maybe a tad fruity a little bit hoppy, yet at the same time still ‘beery’ smelling. (Please no gagging from the real beer reviewers out there) Overall, I found the aroma to be quite nice.
Now the important bit – taste! I’m also finding this a little hard to do because of my relative lack of lager exposure, but here goes. The taste at first is sweet, but there is what I think a decent amount of maltiness that balances it out pretty well. There’s something in the flavor that really mellows it for me, not sure what it is but its a little nutty maybe? This is tough for me to put a finger on.
The mouthfeel is light, and overall this lager is rather crisp, but there is none of that hop sting that is often associated with lagers. The finish is just a touch bitter, but I really have no complaints about the taste at all. From what I know of lagers, this is nicely done.
So, would I have a Kona Longboard again? Yes I would, and I think if you are a fan of lagers you should give it a try as well.
Interestingly enough, the Kona Longboard is going to be (if not already) available in my neck of the woods. On April 28, more than 5,000 miles from the Kona Brewery on the big Hawaiian Island, began brewing its beer at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. That makes sense because it seems like an awful lot of resources needed to get this stuff from Hawaii to the mainland otherwise.
I don’t really know if my sample of Kona Longboard was brewed in Hawaii or in the Red Hook Brewery in New Hampshire, (bottle says Hawaii) but either way I enjoyed it quite a bit and would have it again. A nice summer beer!
Have you tried Kona Longboard Lager? What did you think? What about other Kona brews?
Blessing Ceremony Photo Courtesy Kona Brewing Company