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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

852 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 01-19-2008

50+ IBU
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Ratings: 852 | Reviews: 378
Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brittonnash
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA. Some malty characteristics in the finish.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a mason jar style Lagunitas mug. A bright sparkling yellow-orange hue with five fingers of thick, milky white head that recalls meringue. Head shows a sturdy resilience and leaves nice concentric rings down the glass. Points for visual appeal.

Aroma is a tad deceptive ... Very mellow, peppy but not harsh, recalls fresh oranges and whiffs of grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Smells sweet yet herbal. The taste is rather ... Divergent. A brutal onslaught of pine needles, black pepper, lemongrass, dead leaves, herbal liqueur, old teabag, dried bitter grapefruit/orange rinds, with little in the way of tropical or otherwise sweet fruity character. Whoa. Uber-drying, tannic, resinous, and perhaps coarse. This is not the deft strokes of a paintbrush, this is throwing a whole can on the ceiling. There's a slight nutty caramel malt note buried underneath the brush pile. Admittedly, things get more nuanced once one acclimatizes to the bitterness ... More citrus becomes apparent along with a melon and gummy candy sweetness. Alas, it is nigh impossible to completely escape the medicinal finish. A solid middleweight in terms of body, with carbonation on the high end.

This beer has some great attributes. It takes some work to appreciate these, however. They did indeed mention hoppy. Might be a bit much for the haoles.

Photo of porterman66
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jorgerod99
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshm22
4.91/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Massive hops punch you in the face with a crisp clean finish.

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dur921
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gerred
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beestin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jimmy_Sprinkle
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KeefeeMan
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerparrot
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I put this up against the Kona Castaway that my lady was drinking and the Big Swell won. Bigger hop and better hop profile in my book.

Photo of JohnParadee
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wfairfld
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with thin head. Pine and citrus hippiness dominates the barley malts. The bitterness lingers as a finish.

Photo of PaulWaters
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Westyn
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Even a fresh can doesn't seem to have a "fresh" taste

Photo of Domvan
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.