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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 216
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%


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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Tone

Missouri

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
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BryanCarey

Texas

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
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-copper color, fairly pale for the style. Aroma is medium intensity. Grapefruit and pine. Some soapiness, which is a tad off-putting. Light body. Clean finish. Little hop bitterness. Slight acidity. A refreshing, light IPA (almost a Pale Ale). I was hoping for a more vibrant freshness, but it's still a good session beer.

Try again? Maybe.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 03:22:42 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml can into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a deep golden colour with a decent but quickly dissipating head.

Smells very malty forward.

Taste reflects this. There's a big hop punch at the start but no lingering bitterness. Light biscuity sweet malts.

Overall a bit of a disappointment. To be fair as this is an American IPA in the UK, it's probably a few months out of date.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 15:05:32 | More by CwrwAmByth
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Paul for passing this along to me. From a 355 ml can. Pours out a slightly hazed honey apricot hue, tall dense off-white head that slowly settles.

Grapefruit rind and pith at first in the aroma, some dry grainy malt, dry herbal and pine notes, and some tangerine citrus.

Dry clean flavour, at least up front. Dry grains at first, then a bready/honey-like sweetness pops up in the middle while tangerine, grapefruit pith and pine join it. Sweetness lingers into the finish, with more orange and some dry earthy and pine hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, thick texture with moderate carbonation.

A nice diversion when it comes to this style, some interesting tweaks, although to my palate it doesn't all quite gel together to set it apart from the crowd moreso. Still a good offering, I wouldn't say no to more.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 04:52:05 | More by IronDjinn
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ripe raw grapefruit nose in the can which disappears quickly for the pour. Relatively easy white one inch head (which surrenders no lacing at any point) caps a golden to slightly orangy coloured body. Bit fizzy, meium bodies with surprising malt centre and a nice bitter end makes for a good sweet bitter balance. Good ripe aftertaste too. Actually, quite a beer of substance.
Can't help bu think if this was brewed anywhere else on mainland AMerican soil it would be more highly regarded.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 19:23:03 | More by Zimbo
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cosmicevan

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

retired, really? seems like some recent reviews and the can is stamped canned on 01-31-2012. thanks to my suitcase carrying friend for providing this night cap post tasting! enjoyed from an urthel oversized tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with the classic huge ipa head and mega milkshake like chunky lacing.

s - somewhat musty with some citric hops and a nice malt backbone...bearing in mind that this was canned just over 3 months ago, still relatively nice hop presence, but definitely tamed back, as expected for the age.

t - some faded citric hops...great malt backbone, bitter finish. kind of barleywine like.

m - body is medium and a bit syrupy. some bitterness in the finish.

o - overall, a nice IPA, although i bet this was better fresh...the malts are more prominent and the hops are in the backseat...but a nice flavor profile. would prefer a bit more fresh, but i'll take it...great night cap. assuming that this was more hoppy fresh and considering the age, this is pretty good. thanks for the tick!!!

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 04:56:19 | More by cosmicevan
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a huge, foamy-white head that leaves a ton of lacing. There are a few big bubbles going up the side. Clear gold color...crystal clear. Hoppy scent with a mild lemon and malt undertone.

Very intense taste. It feels like a banana infused with some hops. There's a mild fruitiness to it, dark fruit like grape with a hint of watermelon. Complex all-around. Has a banana bread feel to it. Nice and complex for a simplish beer.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 02:04:08 | More by Amalak
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid IPA with a DIPA level flavor and intensity. Poured into a pint glass as a coppery orange color with a medium size white head. Head retention is average and there are good strong bands of lacing on the glass.

Good strong aroma of citrus and floral hops...very nice!!!

Taste is very robust....good hops bitterness, Citrus hops up front and some floral hoppiness as well. Some balancing sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is good as well, nicely carbonated, crisp with a nice hops bite.

Very good IPA, would drink this one any time!!!

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 03:42:24 | More by JayQue
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed this one when in Maui last year for a buddy's wedding. Picked up a sixer.

A - The beer, poured from an un-dated can, to a pint glass pours a golden orange color with a nice 1.25 finger white bubbly head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is very hop forward with a lot of citrus hop character: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. On the tailend there is a malty sweetness hiding with a slight biscuit aroma. Hop dominated.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts very hop forward: An immediate medium citrus bitterness together with a distinct tart flavor. Strong fruity citrus character: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. The middle of the beer brings the biscuit malt character found on the nose, though it is still overwhelmed by the hops. Not all-together balanced, though still pretty solid flavor.

M - Lighter end of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Silkly in mouthfeel.

D - A pretty good IPA but not spectacular. I liked the hop character but was yearning for a bit more complexity and malt. I'd gladly drink again though.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Reviewed on: 03-29-2011 18:47:53
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Serving type: can

01-25-2012 17:40:48 | More by hopfacebrew
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jamescain

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is a dark gold color with a white head and a decent amount of bubbles.

It's heavy on the citrus with some pine notes being secondary.

It's very citrusy, maybe a bit astringent. Some nice pine note and a decently malty backbone.

It's a medium bodied ale with a nice amount of carbonation.

Had this on a cruise ship. It was ok, nothing I loved but didn't hate. I prefer the Bikini Blonde over this one.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 21:39:30 | More by TippySelenoid
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a decent white head that don't last too long.

aromas of cat litter box (a new variant on the cat pee of cascade provenance?) and a hint of rubber cement. Somewhere in the back is a citrusy aroma that keeps me from thinking I am losing my freaking mind or something.

Kinda citrus, herbal, tropical fruit taste of hops that anchors the beer down and gets me back in reality.

Medium body that finishes with hop bitterness and more rubber cement.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 04:16:43 | More by dedrinker
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another can courtesy of woodychandler. Pours a bright orange color with golden edges, small white head that fell quickly, no lacing. Aroma is citrusy, light pine, a bit of orange, and some bready malts in the background. Flavor is nice and bitter up front but slowly gets washed away by a toasty sweetness, with tons of hop flavor, predominately pineapple and mango with a touch of resinous pine. There's also a bit of orange that was present in the nose. I really love these IPAs that have the pineapple/mango quality. It's centered around hop flavor, not hop bitterness. Tasty. Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation. Really just a tasty IPA, doesn't kill the tastebuds, and has greathop flavor.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 15:52:17 | More by KeefD
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with just under an inch of head. Not much lace.

Pale malts and citrus dominate the smell, some caramel and grass follow, floral background.

The grassy and floral hops hit first on the taste. Pale malts and citrus follow. Slightly unbalanced, but not in an unpleasant way. The mouth is a bit thin.

Good IPA, great canned IPA. I'll grab some more for a show I'm going to at the end of the month.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 02:01:47 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The body has a nice bright off orange/rich golden hue with a robust white colored head that sticks to the glass well.
S: The beer has a nice subtle pine resin aroma that also reminds me of citrus and orange peel.
T: The pine hop flavor is still very evident when you first taste the beer but you also get a nice sweetness from the malt that reminds me of a honey. It blends well and gives you a sensation of a tea.
M/O: Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. The hops and alcohol are very well balanced which may or may not be to ones liking. A hop fan might see this as a little short on the biting hop character they were expecting. Overall it was appealing to me because it had great rich flavors without overpowering the palate.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 23:53:12 | More by pzrhsau
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Big white foamy head! Slightly foggy copper color.

S - BIG mellow citrus! Lots of fresh fruit! Pineapple, papaya, pear, orange, lemon... Great scent! A cross-bread West Coast IPA. Some smaller banana scents too...

T - Very aggressive. Big alcohol bite! Not a whole lot of hop balance. Big aggressive hops stick out big time.

M - Very dry and bitter... A little on the over carbonation side.

O - An interesting take on an IPA. Not bad but, not overwhelming.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 01:15:04 | More by chugalug06
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azdback

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can, canned on 3-3-11.

This pours a light golden color with a very large foamy head with big bubbles,. The smell is of floral hops with some malty sweetness, quite a bit of fruity smells also. M/F medium to light, a little creamy. The taste is a little sweet and malty, the fruit taste is in there also, pineapple and mango, on the way down the hops and bitterness start to take effect. This is more sweet than expected with an IPA, but it still has plenty of hops, different but good, a nice change up. This isn't close to being my favorite IPA, but its good and a refreshing spring / summer IPA. I'll get it again.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 20:08:33 | More by DavidST
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thistle66

Hawaii

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Also surprised by only a C from the Alstroms. I've had this many times, both on tap and can. Can's are great.

It's not my daily favourite - I'm a SN Torpedo fan for my daily - but is an easy substitute choice for me when I can't find Torpedo.

My only fault with it is the sweetness; it's a touch too sweet for me on the end.

btw, the head brewer at Maui BC changed a couple years ago, so the recipe might have been tweaked. But it's always been an excellent IPA.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 22:10:49 | More by thistle66
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Comes out of the can a slightly hazed golden-orange color. It has a beautiful marshmallow puffy head that is eggshell color and retains excellently...slowly settling to a thick layer of dense foam. Good lacing encompasses the glass as well, and there appears to be modest carbonation in this one.

S- The aroma is very much made up of fresh, citrusy hops. Beyond this, the smell consists of flowery/herbal earthiness, maybe some cedar bark and a hint of malt sweetness blended in there but overall a saliva inducing bitterness.

T- The flavor profile is much the same as the aroma lets on. Bittersweet citrus pulp blended with the rind, leafy herbal like hop cones (lots of 'em) and some balancing malt sweetness on the finish. I kind of like how this starts bitter and ends sweet....and speaking of which, this is actually much more malty on the finish than I would have expected. The aftertaste has a bit of a cloying viscous hop oil feel that just hits on the back of the throat.

M- Actually, rather than this being real thirst quenching, the brew is creamy and somewhat cloying on the finish, due to the very big maltiness that shows up. A solid medium body with modest carbonation, which is what I thought it would be based on the look.

O- I think this is a decent offering, everything considered. The alcohol is well hidden by the hops, and I find this is a well balanced beer! I think this is a great beer for those, including myself, who are trying to break into the big IPA's of the world, as I find this is sweet enough on the palate to keep me coming back, yet bittering to the point that it keeps me interested in breaking down the individual components of that extreme.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 03:24:40 | More by ChrisCage
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loren01

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 03:55:48 | More by loren01
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JayAre46

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alrighty ive been drinking this one by the pool to lately because im typically a law abiding citizen and i need cans and no glass, anyway in the glass it gives a orange to golden hazy color with big cloudy 2 finger head that show awesome retention.

A - hops, some pine not a lot, mango and pineapple fruits and did we cover hops? not much of malt background...

T - alright there is not much of a malt presence, this beer has an abundance of sweet fruit notes and the fruit ends with a sharp grapefruit that is in and out and then more hops. much more pine in the nose, oily and resiny. im not a fan of the front of the beer, i like the hoppy middle to end and the dry finish. although the hops are everywhere this beer is not real bitter....

M - medium to light, moderate carbonation not a lot, the malts are too pale for a good mouthfeel

O - good beer to abide by the no glass rules, great beach brew...its good, i personally enjoy this but its not a constant in my fridge from the review standpoint its just in a high expectation realm. try it

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 04:59:12 | More by JayAre46
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy gold into my snifter with about two fingers of porous head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves some splotchy lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and sweet, caramel malts, grapefruit citrus, pine and also some more tropical pineapple and mango.

T - Sweet and more malty than the nose would imply. Nice bread notes and caramel malts, citrus and fruity hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with a mellow bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M - Smooth and creamy, very well balanced.

O - This is a rather good IPA, nothing off the charts, but a very easy and very delicious drinker that everyone will and should enjoy.

Serving type: can

05-10-2011 00:29:02 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Swell IPA, can into pint glass. Pours a light copper, solid foamy white head and some webby lacing down the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, grains and light malts. In the taste, juicy citrus hop flavor, mandarin orange, light pine and earthyness. Little in the way of malts just a distant caramel. Mouthfeel medium bodied and crisp. A decent island IPA.

Serving type: can

04-25-2011 05:15:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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