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Rating: 4.5/5 (4 votes cast)

Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Kona Brewing Company
  • Website:
  • Country: United States
  • State: Hawaii
  • Style: Adjunct Lager American Pilsner
  • Malts: 2-row Pale, Wheat
  • Hops: Mt. Hood, Hallertau, Czech Saaz
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • IBUs: 18
  • Tasting Notes:
  • Preferred Glass: Lager
  • Food Pairing: Herb Chicken on Mixed Greens, Greek Pizza
  • PHM Grade: B

Kona Longboard Island Lager

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After a great coffee stout, but with still much of the evening ahead, I felt like a palate cleanser. A few weeks ago, an incredibly generous friend toted a couple of boxes into my home. He had surprised me with six Californian brews and a Chicago classic, all but one of which I had never tried. So, taken in completely by Kona’s enticing marketing scheme of sandy beaches and surf bums, I decided I deserved to relax just like that.

It pours practically see-through. It is a light, faint yellow gradient growing just a tad towards golden. The bubbles are there, of course, and an island of foam skims across the top, crashing against the shores of my glass and splashing a streaky lace. It smells of sugar, lemons and dirty yeast. Like a shandy, but cleaner. I feel my anticipation of a sessionable, clean beer peak right before my sip. The sip is a surprise. The faint funk on the scent is completely gone and I was right, it is a palate cleansing machine. I am practically taken to that beach, beer in hand, enjoying the crispness that fades into a coating on my tongue, just enough to help me remember I’m drinking a beer. There are biscuity flavors and a bit of pepper before that finish, both in quantities that are well placed and well balanced. Although a bit depressing on a December eve in Chicago, in six months this brew would be the perfect companion to my backyard barbecue.

Kona Longboard Island Lager , 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
  1. Where in Chicagoland can you buy longboard?

    Ted turner — January 1st, 2012, 7:36 PM
  2. Ted, first off … you’ve got a hell of a news channel. Secondly, you can’t get Kona in Illinois that I know of. I purchased my bottle of Kona in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Taylor — January 4th, 2012, 2:06 PM
  3. Hey Taylor-Where in STL did you buy your bottle of Kona? I live in STL and can’t find it anywhere.

    Kona rocks — December 24th, 2012, 1:07 AM
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