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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

220 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 220
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Texasfan549, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. The retention is fizzy and clumpy, almost looking like bunched up sea foam (which I found appropriate given the name of the beer) that leaves massive, sticky, hop lacing behind. The aroma is a total West Coast bouquet, that is a real pleasure to just sit here and smell. Pine cones, floral hops, spice, and underlying malt sweetness. Very pleasant and well balanced for an IPA.

The taste is solid but isn't blowing me away like the aroma did. It's still a well rounded mix of resinous hops with some tangy and juicy citrus character and silky caramel sweetness. The hops really pop in this but are thankfully held well in check but they do make a return in the finish with a long, ligering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation that spreads out well with just a smidge of alcohol being present.

Hoppy and tangy with an extremely smooth drinking nature and easy portability in cans, this is one solid West Coast IPA that would definitley be a hoppy go-to if I had easier access to it.

Kegatron, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There seems to be two entries for this beer at two locations that are called the same thing. I'm confused.

Beer served into a tulip from a can! Beer is yellow and hazy forms a big white head of small bubbles and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is mildly malty, maybe slightly boozy, and pretty piny hoppy.

Beer is medium to light in body. Not a lot of sweetness to the beer and the hoppiness overall is pretty nice. Its mostly piny throughout the palate and some bitterness at the back. I'd drink it again. Drinkability high.

drabmuh, Jun 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a lightly hazy amber with a medium white head, a bit fizzy, good head retention.

S: Moderate smell of hops, grass, tropical fruit.

T: As one would expect from an IPA made in Hawai'i, there is a lot of tropical fruit flavour in this, most notably pineapple. Significant grapefruit and lawn clippings there as well. Malt is lightly toasty and provides a good counterbalance. All around solid flavour.

M: Lighter bodied for the style, silky, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Middle of the road IPA for, not great, not mediocre either. I could see myself buying a couple cans in the future, but $10.99 a sixer is pushing it.

Halcyondays, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for bringing this to the pre-Kennett party at egajdzis' place the night before the fest...
Appears a hazy orange with a white head of fluff that slowly fades into a mild film. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, pine, herbs, and earthiness. Not bad from a can!
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some light caramel found swirling around this hoppy goodness from Hawaii.
Mouthfeel is yesty, medium bodied, with herbal bitterness battling out some sweetness that eventually fades into a pine resin, bitter finish.
Pretty good stuff.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz can into my hotel room glass. Poured golden with a nice white head that leaves some scant lacing. Smells grainy and citrusy with a touch of pine. On the maltier side. Tastes grainy, earthy, piney, and even a bit beefy. Bizarely, it also tastes just a bit salty to me. Finishes with a long bitter ending. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and grainy. Not my favorite IPA, but nice to see more micro cans.

Georgiabeer, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded orange colored beer with a good off-white head, in the "IPA Orange "color class.

Smell is sweet and piney with a good grapefruit aroma. Spicy and a little hot too the nose has a mint or menthol aroma.

The taste starts out melon and wood flavored, unexpected. Quickly tropical flavors develop strong pineapple and passion fruit. Pine and grapefruit are in here but the less common hop flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Unexpectedly good beer here. Hop flavors that you normally only see in the Double IPA class of beers at a lower Alcohol Content. This beer is a Winner!

Zorro, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ryan brought back some cans from Hawaii for the guys. Thanks man!

Big Swell IPA is slightly hazy with a pretty orange hue. There is a decent head with adequate lacing on the glass.The aromas are of fresh pine and hops. This is a very tasty beer and really easy to drink. Big Swell IPA would be a regular beer for me, if only it was available. I definitely recommend it.

Huhzubendah, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus and slight pine. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, nice citrus notes, with some pinyness. Medium body. Drinkable, this one surprised me, very nice brew, thanks Casey.

Wasatch, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can brought back to Boise from coworker and fellow Newsie Michelle E. I hoped Michelle would honor my requests for Maui goodness.. she more than accepted the challenge. Tonight, I am enjoying the Big Swell from my New Belgium snifter.

Brew is a very pretty albeit slightly hazy orange... pillowy 2 finger head drops fast .. but some spotty lacing is left behind.

Aroma is way better than I expected.. American hops abound.. citrus and pine way out front of toasted bready and caramel malts.

Flavor is piney with an oily hoppiness only expected out of the big IPA's.. Lime leaves and biscuity malts melt away to a long citrusy finish. Body is perfect for a very drinkable IPA.. Very smooth and enjoyable across the board.. I forgot a long time ago that this brew came from a can... Long Live the Canning Revolution!!

Michelle E. has a treat or two or three coming to her before we leave work on Thursday.. Again, she is a BA and she just doesn't know it yet.

JohnGalt1, May 07, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/5/2011

On tap at High Dive.

A: Appears dark golden orange with a small white head. Good clarity.

S: Aromatic orange flesh blends with pith and tangerine. There's a little grapefruit as well. Subtle caramel malt lingers beneath the hop characteristics. There's a dash of bread.

T: The beer has a moderate level of dry bitterness with pronounced citrus flavors: orange pith, orange flesh, tangerine, and peach. The beer doesn't have much malt to speak of, but what's there reminds me of caramel. There's noticeable alcohol in the finish.

M: Lower medium in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: This won't blow you away, but there aren't any real flaws aside from a slightly stronger than desirable level of alcohol in the finish.

HopHead84, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

HuskyinPDX, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

THECPJ, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of a traveling colleague. It's strange being a fan of craft year and being aware of the stigma beer has compared to let's say wine. However, even knowing how off-base the bias is, I tend to apply a similar stigma to canned beer. This beer went a long way in breaking that stigma. Anyway, the beer pours a mostly clear dark amber-orange color with a thich and foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of grapefruit, hops, toffee and malt. The finish is dry with a grassy hops aftertaste that lingers awhile. Solidly above average all around.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow orange citrus hops. In the taste, starts a dry pine to orange citrus hops with a nice malt backing. A a small hop bite but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and easy to drink.

OWSLEY069, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a light orange-brown in color with an awesome head. The foam isn't all that big but it is super-thick and leaves a whitish film on the inside of the glass.

Smell - The hops in the nose are big. There is a very even-handed mix of sharp orange rind and pine resin along with some rich grapefruit and maybe just a bit of grass. The sweet malt aroma is very big as well. It almost smells like a DIPA.

Taste - The hops lose something at the taste. Don't get me wrong it's still plenty hoppy, but the nose announced a monster and the taste is more like a medium IPA. The deep sweetness is there, especially a strong sense of brown sugar, and the malt base keeps this from falling apart.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied and a little clumsy in the mouth. The bitterness level is actually pretty stiff but the big sweetness mitigates the effect.

Drinkability - This is fine for the hop-lovers and it's definitely the biggest IPA I've had out of a can but I can't see sessioning the six-pack.

RoyalT, Nov 06, 2008
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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.