Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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Reviews by Stoneman78:
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance is a solidly dense orange-amber hue, one finger of soapy white bubbles sustains, moderate lacing
Smell is big caramel/sweet bread malts battling with equally large citrus hops, hints of pine resin and light fruit, delicious!
Taste is mostly pine and citrus (orange/lemon) hops initially, nice balance of sweetbread and caramel malts soon after, tones of toffee, brown sugar, floral, and grapefruit, finishes more sweet than bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick resiny texture, moderate to high carbonation level
Drinkability is moderate, this is a solid single IPA with a very admirable malt/hop balance, the flavor tends to slip away a bit too quickly, but at 6% you can make sure your drinking of it is more constant, very sessionable
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2008 07:51:44 | More by Stoneman78
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3.86/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, earthy malt, slight fruit, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, slight pine, slight hop oil, earthy malt, and slight fruit. Overall, good appearance and body, but too much earthy malt for my taste.
Serving type: can
12-13-2013 14:25:24 | More by Tone
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Maui Big Swell IPA has a nice appearance. It pours to an orange/tan colored hue and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to create a fluffy head of white foam. The beer has an interesting nose that showcases scents such as citrus, floral, and a touch of pine.
Moving to the taste, this beer has a lot going on. Pine and bread greet the taste buds first, followed by herbs, citrus, and earthiness. The beer finishes a little bit harsh, but still with a good bread/biscuit aftertaste.
I love IPA and I don’t mind the occasional brew that calls itself IPA but deviates somewhat from the norm. This beer seems to be doing just that. It isn’t all about the citrus, like so many other American IPA. It is much more to share, and its less bitter profile could make it a hit with those who are otherwise non- IPA fans.
However, this beer in many ways seems to have a little too much going on. It may offer a good deal of complexity, but it goes a little further than an IPA really should. It is also a little harsh in the finish, and that could be enough to turn IPA fans against it.
This beer isn’t the all- out hoppy brew that the manufacturer claims, and that could prove both good and bad depending on who you ask. Let’s just say that it’s an okay beer but not one of the greatest I have tried and in some ways a little too eccentric for its own good. It’s fine to try, but there are much better American IPA available.
Serving type: can
06-07-2013 04:09:50 | More by BryanCarey
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.