thirstyGIRL: Castaway IPA Beer Review and Food Pairings

Wilson, meet Castaway from the shores of Oahu

thirstyGirl Castaway IPA beer review and food pairing by Confession Girl

Bring home a taste of Hawaii with this week’s beer selection from Kona Brewing Company. Castaway IPA is like summer in a bottle with a nice hoppy kick at the end. Like most brews from Kona Brewing this islander beer is a nice refreshing brew that is unlike a typical IPA.

Brewer’s Notes:
Take a sip of this copper-colored India Pale Ale and you’ll taste bold, citrusy hops with a touch of tropical mango and passion fruit, balanced by the rich caramel malts. Castaway IPA has a clean, crisp finish that’s as refreshing as the wind in your face when you set sale for adventure.

Castaway IPA
Style: American IPA
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Alcohol: 6.0%
Location: Oahu, Hawaii

My Tasting Notes:

A great aroma of passion fruit and pineapple fill the air when Castaway IPA is poured into a glass. Up front you get a nice hoppy bitter taste, but it doesn’t last long. What lingers is a nice tropical fruit flavor that masks the bitterness.

I would recommend this beer to a new explorer. However, a developed beer palate would call this beer a session type IPA. Castaway lacks a little of the IPA flavor profile that you would normally taste in an American IPA.


This is a ridiculously refreshing beer with a perfect blend of fruit, bitterness and hoppy notes. The fruit notes are not overly sweet and go well to a palate that enjoys more tartiness.


Castaway isn’t really an IPA and it lacks a little maturity in hoppy flavor that you would expect in an Indian Pale Ale. But, this beer was just recently released and I believe it will only get better with future editions.


$8.99 6/pk


Castaway IPA food pairing by Confession GirlI wanted to find a fun new recipe that represented Hawaii and I came across Cooking Hawaiian Style website with a deep fried span Musubi recipe. This was a fun recipe to create this week, and its always fun to cook with new ingredients. Please let us know if you try this recipe out.

Ingredients to buy: Dried seaweed, sushi rice, salt, spam, teriyaki sauce, oil for frying, panko bread crumbs, and eggs.

The refreshing beer goes excellent well with Sid’s (recipe author) spam roll. Be creative and enjoy!

K.Lo Confession Girl

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Recipe & Photo by: Cooking Hawaiian Style

Karen is one of the founders at Confession Girl, loves drinking wine, craft beer, reading and running. Studied nutrition and sport injury at University of Santa Barbara, but decided to follow a passion in creative. Follow me on Twitter @confessiongirl2

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