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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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Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -21.7%

terence, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
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.

BryanCarey, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Rosquin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rosquin, May 30, 2013
Photo of jbarletto
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jbarletto, May 18, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

THECPJ, May 03, 2013
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
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.

jibbyvonjibb, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of deweese
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

deweese, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of pukahi91
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
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.

CwrwAmByth, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of flyersfan900
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

flyersfan900, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Westin in Maui, about 3 miles from the brewery.

Beer Facts: 6.8% ABV, 82 IBU's.

It begins with a smooth and malty flavor followed with a burst of hop. One improvement I would like to see would be making it less "thin bodied" but given where the majority of this stuff is consumed, it is just right.

This beer is not retired. It's back at 6.8% ABV, not at 6.3% ABV as is on recorded.

ExtraStout, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -21.7%

2dogbrew, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of soupermirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%

soupermirl, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
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.

Zimbo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
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!!!

cosmicevan, May 10, 2012
Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Bilco, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Amalak
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.

Amalak, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of theformula
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

theformula, Feb 16, 2012
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.