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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atigerlife on 12-16-2005)
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theformula

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-16-2012 01:25:05 | More by theformula
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sharpski

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-15-2012 23:00:11 | More by sharpski
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

05-08-2013 04:39:05 | More by tommyguz
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domtronzero

California

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%

Pours a golden copper color, with a short-lasting, 1 finger, tightly packed white head, leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma is a piney/resiney smell, with hints of caramel malts and citrus in the background. Taste is very piney, some grassy fruits with caramel/toasted malt flavors. Bitterness is rather subdued for an IPA, but it is noticable. A perfect beer for enjoying on those beautiful Wailea beaches. No wonder they can thir beers - perfect for the beach and no glass bottles to ruin someone's day.

09-25-2007 05:38:18 | More by domtronzero
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

It's nice to see an IPA in a can--especially one that's "brewed with huge amounts of American hops."

Pours a chill-hazed orange-and-copper color, with a good head and seemingly eternal creamy white lacing. Herbal as hell--nose is full of resins, near-pungent florals (but in a good way), some pine and a big dose of grapefruit. The combination really sets the pace for the experience and gets your glands pumping. Smooth, with a creamy, even mouthfeel and a firmness that runs throughout. It's all about hop flavor here, so it's not overly bitter, but there's certainly a citric edge that snaps through a sweet malt character with some dextrin and light toasted notes. Yeah, major hops going on here! Grapefruit, sticky oily resins; intense flavors of herbs, pine, pith, earth and wood. Flavor becomes flowery and tea-like as it wanes. Woody, bark-like and dry in the finish, with a thin coating of oils.

Pretty heavy-handed on the hops, which is fine by us, but it seems to lack balance and depth of malt to help round the experience off and increase the beer's drinkability. Finish is pretty harsh, too.

11-13-2010 20:04:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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loren01

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -23%

A: Pours a clear yellow/orange color good sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Grassy hop scents, herbal and medicinal
T: Much the same as the smell just more pronounced medicinal, herbal taste. Reminds me of herbal tea.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is good
O: A little to heavy with the hops here, not a well balanced IPA at all. The hops taste really off to me as well in this one.

05-29-2011 03:55:48 | More by loren01
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Soneast

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -23%

Sadly, my can of Big Swell is from July, but I'll shall move forward with my review taking into account a loss of hop character. Pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color, growing a thick, creamy off-white head with great retention and lotsa lace.

Aroma is mildly hop forward with some citrus notes and a decent caramel aroma along with some astringency. Almost chalky.

The flavor is also definitely hop forward, but there is a big caramel malt presence. That said, the hops held up wonderfully and I definitely get some herbal and slightly grassy notes. The finish is bitter, dry and astringent...chalky, really.

Ok I know this is two months old, but astringency doesn't develop with age AFAIK, so I can honestly say this beer is pretty tough to drink. The finish is harshly bitter with the astringent character. The hops are evident and tasty but the finish ruins it for me with every swig.

09-10-2010 22:58:48 | More by Soneast
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a gold/amber tint with a nice white head. Nose is stereotypic fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is medium thin and decently balanced but with no real character or appeal.

Flavors are medium full sweet to bitter but without a bright character. A kind of dull fruity bitter that then goes to a grapefruit skin bitter. Not bad - just nothing special. The flavors and character are bold but not all that appealing.

Finish is best character. Long bitter grapefruit that goes on and on.

03-05-2011 23:18:31 | More by GRG1313
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-06-2012 19:21:16 | More by cfalovo97
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hockeybarbie

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-15-2012 08:17:39 | More by hockeybarbie
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-30-2012 21:35:36 | More by 2dogbrew
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stafford2

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-28-2012 13:08:36 | More by stafford2
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-28-2011 03:41:31 | More by jenray
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terence

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-12-2013 21:56:37 | More by terence
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jamescain

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured into a nonic tumbler.

Appearance: Clear yellow-orange with an off white head about a centimeter thick that leaves a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Citrus, pine, and a touch of grapefruit, nothing that really stands out and screams "I'm an IPA"

Taste: Mostly citrus with a slight malt backing, that is reminiscent of adjuncts and has a buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish with a buttery aftertaste.

Overall: The first time I had this beer I enjoyed it more, could be the age of the can but I'm not sure.

11-18-2011 21:23:20 | More by jamescain
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champ103

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

A: Pours a clear light orange/golden color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace cling to the glass.
S: Very herbal, medicinal, and resiny. Lingering grapefruit bitterness and some residual sugars as well.
T: Tons of hops. There is a herbal quality here. Though mostly a grapefruit bitterness lingers on forever. Some grainy, sugary sweetness tries to balance everything out.
M/D: A medium body, but a bit on the thin and week side though. A harsh lingering bitterness makes this hard for me to finish.

I was looking forward to trying this, but a bit of a disappointment for me. To much of a harsh bitter bite with nothing else for balance. Not even any other hop flavors. Not something I am likely to come back to.

04-21-2011 21:32:45 | More by champ103
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

06-07-2013 04:09:50 | More by BryanCarey
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-04-2013 21:38:36 | More by Jameswoody
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-28-2013 08:19:12 | More by Texasfan549
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-25-2013 03:32:03 | More by RudnicsMEB
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. A good amount of white head. Lots of lacing. Smells incredibly piney. Tons of pine and hops on the nose. Fairly one dimensional though. Tastes sweet and hoppy. Its a bit old but the hop profile leaves something to be desired. Lots of pine a touch of floral hints but not much in terms of citrus or anything else. The sweet malt profile is pretty nice and compliments the beer well. Very smooth and drinkable but overall not a great IPA

02-25-2011 03:50:39 | More by Urbancaver
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azdback

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Bright, filtered orange color. Tons of explosive carbonation bubbles lead to a three finger head that is bright white and soapy looking on the edges, but creamy looking from the top. Laces the glass beautifully in a ring pattern.

Smell is at first bright piney smells, but some dankness comes with it too. Some mild sweet from the malts is there but you have to fight the dank for it.

Taste is not even as great as I had hoped from the smell. It is all dank Columbus hops or some sort of a European yeast. Mostly soggy bread. Some citrus and pine, but it is very hard to find behind the dank mustiness . This is not my kind of IPA.

The mouth is respectable though. It does hold up it's flavor to the end. Nice carbonation and par for the style.

Overall I was expecting something more West Coast. I got more East Coast or Europe. If you like IPA's brewed with Columbus hops or dank yeast, then this is your IPA. If you are like me... save your $2.50/can and buy something like Union Jack.

07-11-2011 05:01:00 | More by azdback
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Newmerator

California

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

6 pack cans

pours a golden ale color, white fluffy head with little to no lacing.

Smells a very medium bodied hoppy. not too complex. almost smells like a home brew i made.

tastes pretty mellow and well balanced. not enough hops for me

mouthfeel is very light to me. medium to low bodied

drinkability is pretty decent. I'm not longing for another.

a Tasty brew for the beach.

cheers

07-23-2009 22:57:11 | More by Newmerator
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bkett01

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured with an inch thick frothy white head from the can. Color is a murky amber/orange and I'm not seeing much carbonation.

Both smell and taste lack a big hop character, instead a sweet malt is detectable. This is a very average IPA that is extremely drinkable. Glad I got a chance to try it but not overwhelmed by it.

07-31-2008 02:30:36 | More by bkett01
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harkjohnny

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

thanks to my buddy from the island of kauai for bringing home a sampler six-pack. poured from their nice looking 12oz can a bit cloudy light-copper with great head retention and decent lacing. aroma is smack full of citrusy grapefruit at first, then some earthy pine begins to poke through. taste is not over the top 'american ipa' like some but rather laid back and smoothly bitter. medium chewy malt serves as a good base and the citrus-grapefruit hops show up again at the back. Alcohol is perceivable after a few sips. Overall easy drinking and more like a strong pale ale than an IPA.

12-12-2007 01:16:34 | More by harkjohnny
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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.