Gold Cliff IPA is an American IPA brewed by Kona Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.
What You Need to Know
The Gold Cliff IPA is part of Kona’s Aloha Series and this golden brew blends four types of malts and hops along with juicy pineapple. And so how was it? Let’s get to the review.
Like its name, the Gold Cliff IPA pours a crystal clear golden hue and is topped by a towering stack of rocky white foam. A vigorous pour is hardly necessary. The massive head shows fair retention and its reduction leaves behind a few droplets of residue and a soapy collar around the glass.
The aroma is faint but offers a pleasant scent of pineapple with a note of floral hops.
The brew is smooth with bready malt leading the way. A light citrus bite follows, imparting a taste of grapefruit. But much of the IPA’s hoppy bite produces a floral flavor. The tasting mellows on the swallow with the sweet juice of pineapple.
The feel is relatively smooth with medium body and a little less than moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly drying with a mild astringency.
The Cliffs Behind the Name
The inspiration behind the Gold Cliff IPA comes from the southern tip of Lanai. It’s the location for the island’s first pineapple field. And it’s also the location of Kaunolu Cove, a blue inlet surrounded by golden cliffs. For many years adventurous Hawaiians have dove off their 70 foot bluff into the water below.
Even without the sexy lace or lingering head, the appearance of the Gold Cliff IPA is solid. The aroma is faint but is pleasant enough. And the flavor is mostly straightforward IPA with a juicy pineapple twist. It’s best enjoyed when the beer is super cold. The palate doesn’t take on any additional complexity once it loses its chill. Again, not necessarily amazing, but it’s still pretty good. Overall, the Gold Cliff IPA won’t exactly knock your socks off but it’s a fine brew and its lower price point makes it a good value. You shouldn’t have any qualms picking this one up.
Kona Brewing recommends the following food pairings with their Gold Cliff IPA: entrees of smoked pork, grilled ham, or chicken sausage; golden cake for dessert.