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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

865 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 82 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 865 | Reviews: 379
Photo of sfnagle
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The look, feel and taste are reminiscent of any bland American lager. The smell makes up for some it, as does the bitters. But in the end the beer really lacks any complexity. A local favorite for sure, but it has room to grow.

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 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 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 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 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 budman7577
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great IPA, Very hoppy with an excellent finish

Photo of Harvest06
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only fresh IPA I could find in Hawaii.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

It has an obvious smell of pine and grapefruit with a sweet malt character as it warms. You get the pine right up front and then the grapefruit and sweet malt combine to eventually end with a bitter grapefruit pine on the back of the tongue. Its a very straightforward beer that has an obvious good quality to it. A definite west coast ipa and a damn good one at that!

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and thick lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with notes of grapefruit and underlying hints of caramels malts. The hops also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. Although nothing really stands out among the aromas or flavors, it could make for a good choice for someone that does not want something that is that bitter.

Serving type: can

Photo of Lathrash
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Kinda weak for an IPA. Only purchased because we were in Maui. Torpedo would have been a better choice. We didn't expect much and didn't get much.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

I've had this from cans & the tap at Maui Brewing. Just a consistently good IPA brew. Widely available in Maui.

Photo of jj139
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12 can poured into pint glass

A - orangeish/golden color with a two finger eggshell head.

S - Shy nose of caramel malt and grapefruit & citrus

T - Right at first you get a nice refreshing taste of citrus followed by a very aggressive hop assault. Long and very bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body with just about the same in carbonation

O - While a decent IPA, I prefer ones with more balance in them. I wouldn't refuse one if given but would not be buying this again.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Lures

A-Pours clear orangish light golden with thin lacy white head.

S-Aroma is lightly sweet oaky caramel malt with earthy aromatic fruit hops.

T-Taste is chewy dark caramel malt with clean crisp tropical hop finish, earthy grassy notes.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body with good carbonation.

O-Overall another good example of an IPA

Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

An odd one, looks the absolute biz with the puffy pillow head, then the smell is all sweet sweet lychees and apricots with floral hops in the mix. Taste is sweetish and in vein of smell. Hops are not overpowering. Not bitter at all. But the real oddity is the mouthfeel, soooo creamy and light, almost like nitro out of a can.

Sweetness kills it tho :-( and not an easy finish of a can....

Photo of Rob23
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half inch head that slowly goes away.Smells like a west coast IPA for sure.First taste is piney,hoppy and bitey(yes I made that up).Mouthfeel and overall taste is pretty solid.I actually expected less from this brewery since i have visited them and had a bad experience there.This is actually a good IPA.My only complaint is that it could be a bit sweeter since it is from Hawaii.

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big Swell IPA
12 oz can
Canned 011514 in jet ink on the bottom of the can
Served in an 8 oz hotel glass

I picked up a 6 pack of Big Swell IPA on the way back from an ATV tour at Kipu Ranch earlier today. After being in the sun for the past few hours, this IPA is quite refreshing.

Pours a hazy and golden light orange with a fluffy white head. Awesome trails of sticky lace form on the side of the glassware.

After my first whiff I detect a floral and hoppy nose with some maltiness in the background.

There is a caramel malt backbone with some sugary sweetness. The finish provides a nice hop profile with flavors of oranges and limes. A solid IPA with an unsuspecting ABV level of 6.8%.

Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque straw color with a short white head that fades slowly to a few big bubbles.

S: A bit of malt, a lot of orange, fruity ale esters, grapefruit peel and honey tangerine in a slightly dull nose.

T: Taste is quite a bit sharper with lots of grapefruit peel up front, orange and orange rind over a light malt backbone, turning into honey tangerine and orange zest in a nectary, sweet, fruity finish. Out of the can, it's a bit quicker transition with a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with less than average carbonation for an IPA.

O: I really liked this beer. It's very citrus-forward, and I like the specifically honey tangerine taste and scent it has. I love regular tangerine, but honey tangerine is even better to me. Body is nice and smooth for an IPA, too, which is always a plus for me. Definitely recommended.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange glow with tight bright white head that's about two fingers high.
Super floral nose and super resinous as well. Lots of bitter citric fruit rinds. Quite a pungent nose.
The flavor is a hop assault. All of what's on the nose comes through on the palate from front to back. Bitter citric rind all the way with a bit of sweet biscuity malt beneath but in no way is this brew balanced. Slightly slick finish with really clean bitterness. Brisk and bitter. I like it but the price is outrageous.
On the lighter side of medium bodied. Lots of deep hidden hop flavors. Oranges grapefruit and citrus very floral with hints of pine as well.

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

Solid gold color with lively carbonation and a thick, frothy white head. Floral and citrus hop aroma hits you right off and then slowly fades with a more pronounced malt nose. Big hop bitterness dominates the flavor and aftertaste; slightly juicy with a light malt character. Medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry finish.

A big hop bitterness is the highlight of this IPA. Not much of an overt malt presence in the taste, but there is enough to keep the hop bitterness from completely running away with things. Zesty and delicious.

Photo of Tsekouratos
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling orange color with a white head that left lacings on the glass. Aromas of pine, citrus and tropical fruits at first. The taste was pretty much the same, more intense with bitter orange and maybe lemon. Holding the sip in the mouth for a couple of seconds added a nice sweetness to second the hops. The aftertaste was long and dry and very pleasant. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was medium, maybe the only disadvantage. A very nice beer!!

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - An orange-tinged gold with a decent looking white foamin' head.

S - A healthy dose of citrus and hops.

T - Not as aggressive as I'd feared, although I was gagging slightly by the end of my pint (poured 2 cans into a glass). Robustly hoppy, with refreshing grapefruit segments. Got really bitter for me on the aftertaste towards the end.

M - Pretty nicely balanced, seemed to keep up with the tongue.

O - IPAs really aren't my thing, but I'm trying to change that which is why I went for the Big Swell. I was pleased not to be overwhelmed by the bitterness, and I always appreciate a nice grapefuity edge. Perhaps this style is starting to grow on me.

Photo of ADZA
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can offering and pours a clear golden hue with the fluffiest three finger billowing head and tight lacing everywhere,the smell is pineapple,guava,boiled candy and a slight touch of piney citrus,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of piney citrus bitter hops first up followed by the briefest cameo of caramel malts and finished with a solid grapefruit bitterness and overall it's a solid IPA that's all about the hops but its nothing stand outish either cheers.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
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