I just spent a week on the Big Island of Hawaii. While I was there, I thought I would sample some of the local beer fare. One of the more heavily advertised beer lines on the west coast was that of Kona Brewing. So, I decided to have a couple.
The Longboard Lager is advertised as having "... a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor."
Now, this is a drinkable beer. It is priced to compete with mass produced premium beers, but has a richer flavor and heavier body than most mass produced lagers. Overall, I liked it, but it was not all that special.
After a hard day of hiking up one of the Big Island's 5 volcanoes, Longboard Lager is quite refreshing.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.6%
COLOR (0-2): Blonde. 2
AROMA (0-2): Malty smell with a hint of hops. 2
HEAD (0-2): Very pale color. Falls rather quickly. 1
TASTE (0-5): Bitter and malty. Medium, leaning to heavy body. Feels good in the mouth. 4
AFTERTASTE (0-2): Bitter, which is good if you like it. 1
OVERALL (0-6): Better than most premium mass produced beers. Doesn't quite feel or taste like a craft beer. 4
TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 14