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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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-15-2012 03:43:18 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-29-2012 02:31:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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stafford2

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-28-2012 13:08:36 | More by stafford2
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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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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2012 21:12:36 | More by jsurfs82
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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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zachary80

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-14-2012 20:04:21 | More by zachary80
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TexAggie011

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-11-2012 04:49:08 | More by TexAggie011
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-08-2012 17:47:52 | More by jminch
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crbooher

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-07-2012 19:48:21 | More by crbooher
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-07-2012 01:54:02 | More by imyourhero21
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-31-2011 05:02:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Luchman

Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-30-2011 16:45:10 | More by Luchman
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-18-2011 06:34:05 | More by duff247
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-11-2011 21:19:31 | More by mhaugo
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-08-2011 07:45:47 | More by kornkid8600
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MareInfinitus

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2011 05:01:15 | More by MareInfinitus
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2011 04:24:58 | More by rab53
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Puerto Rico

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-28-2011 02:54:25 | More by cornucopia
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2011 18:54:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-18-2011 02:59:51 | More by nmann08
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McNuts

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 23:22:24 | More by McNuts
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.