Category Archives: Ale
Kona Brewing Golden Ale. Meh. It was a beer. Definitely not anything special, it was almost watered-down tasting.
Kona Brewing is a company supposedly brewing in Hawaii. They have three other locations listed on thier bottles, including Portsmouth, NH. I seem to recall reading that Red Hook Brewery does some of the brewing for Kona, using ingredients local to New England, yet somehow it is being passed off as “Hawaiian.” I’ve had another of their brews a few years ago, thinking “Oh cool, a beer from Hawaii!” Wrong. That’s when I found out it wasn’t necessarily Hawaiian….oh well.
Super Kitty. I’ve never seen such a great name for a beer. Too bad the beer isn’t so super. An ale aged with honey and oak chips, it is quite sweet for something that is traditionally a brew on the dry side. I think being aged in some sort of tank, likely stainless, with oak chips added makes for a less woody taste, as I’ve found some of the oak barrel aged beers come off like you’re chewing through an oak stave instead of drinking a beer.
OK, now that I’ve completely turned you off to trying this one, let me focus on the good part, because it does have one. Super Kitty is well-rounded, even if a little sweet. This sweetness cuts though some of the bitterness that usually accompanies an oak-aged beer, which is a nice change. I’ve got three more bottles of S-K awaiting my glass, so hopefully my feelings on this one change. Hudson Brewing has come up with a unique offering, and I’ll certainly seek out more of their beer in the future.