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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

490 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
50+ IBU

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 01-19-2008)
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delta490

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear light gold. No head retention. A little lacing.
S- earthy.
T-similar to aroma. Earthy with subtle pine and malt. Tasted better than I thought it would.
M- easy drinker. Thinner but not bad with its flavor.
O- well above average with an interesting taste profile

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 11:43:18 | More by delta490
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange, mostly transparent with a small foamy head.

The smell is Citrus and a little pine.

The taste is bitter, citrus,a little spicy Evan.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty IPA to drink in Hawaii. I preferred this to konas IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 23:39:57 | More by Dave1999
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just got back from Oahu Yesterday, had a pretty fresh 2 beers from the can, then a pint at the Yard House on Lewers street.

Big on the Grapefruit, weird hop spice to it, and on tap...it was a bit bready. The Torpedo I sampled in a taster was much better than the pint I had of Big Swell. Don't get me wrong, the pint of Big Swell was fine, but too bready.

Not a bad representation of the style. Enjoyable actually. But coming from California and having Fresh PtE, Blind Pig, Union Jack and Sculpin as regular offerings...this was a "good" IPA.

Better fresh out of the can than on Tap IMHO. If I were reviewing a fresh can, a 4.0 might have been dealt, but I'm reviewing a pint for appearance issues and what I thought would have been fresher and better, so here ya go...

Glad I tried it both on tap and in can. Not a bad IPA by any means...

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 02:08:38 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/3/11

A - Poured dark yellow. Hazy. One finger of thick bubbly white head.

S - Citrus and herbal hop prfile dominates the nose with some orange. Bitterness is very apparent

T - Bitter and dry. Orange rind and herbal hop flavours are the only real flavours that come through. Very different.

M - Medium bod with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 20:54:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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freeboard

Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at a restaurant in Waikiki during the holidays and I really liked the sweet and bitter taste of this IPA. Both seems to balance out after a few sips of the beer. At first the sweet and fruity taste / smell seemed strong however; after you drink the beer the bitter and sweet balance out. This is a good beer on tap in Hawaii, so, I can't speak for the cans or bottles. This is similar to the Kona Castaway however; you can only purchase the Kona Castaway at a Kona brew Pub. It's good to see this Maui Brew is sold to the public and worth a try if you like Hawaii IPA beer. We don't get a large choice in Hawaii, so, this IPA is on the top of my list for local brews and it's FRESH out of the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 04:09:30 | More by freeboard
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beagle75

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a half-pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hay, sawdust, and faint black pepper make up this beer's weak and unimpressive smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with pilsner malt and spicy/minty herbaceous hop aromatics that pack a definite snap. Flavors become more dry in the middle, which can be described as brief but very clean. The finish demonstrates restrained bitterness and a whiff of honey.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an interesting beer that struggles with its style identity. Between the noble character of the hops and the honeyed finish--not to mention the overall clean, smooth character--it could pass more easily as an imperial/extra pilsner than as an American IPA. Despite the underwhelming aroma qualities found here, this is a beer that tastes good and keeps the attention of the palate, all while staying crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 19:21:44 | More by beagle75
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a nonic at Humpy's Big Island Alehouse. Deep see-thru golden body with a bright white soapy head and fairly plentiful lacing.

The utilitarian glassware can't blunt the nose. West Coast all the way- Grapefruit, orange and pine with hints of the sticky icky. A steady stream of bitterness from sip to swallow, but it never approaches palate-wrecking level and doesn't overwhelm the wonderful hop flavors. Grapefruit zest and juice, pine, hints of mango and pineapple. Just-right touch of lightly sweet malt provides a bit of contrast. (Not to be confused with balance; this is a hop showcase). A bit of ganja in the dry and sticky finish.

Overall impression: My favorite beer during my week on the Big Island. I was inspired to by a couple of sixers of cans immediately after lunch to stick in the cooler. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 13:35:10 | More by PDXHops
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on draft at brewery and Westin on Maui, January 2010. Slightly lighter color and more mellow flavors than canned version. Pours a pale amber color with enormous white head that retains well and laces nicely in my glass. Nose has a clean, bready aroma with some citrusy hops to make things interesting. On the palate there is a very nice balance of toasty malt with juicy-fruit hops of the usual variety for IPA's. Finish has even more citrusy hops and again some of the fresh bready flavors/aromas mentioned earlier. Drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 04:47:55 | More by yemenmocha
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srandycarter

California

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clar light honey small head some sudsey cling lace.

S - Piney hops are huge. Malt back notes, fresh and nice.

T - Taste follow smell not as hoppy or flavorful as smell, though.

M - Med body, heavy on hops for balance,

D- Nice beer, could have a hour or two with it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 07:04:12 | More by srandycarter
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jhoban19

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in a room temp tulip.

A: a bit hazy, bubbly orange. not quite 2 fingers of off-white foam with decent lacing.

S: a good balance of malt/bread/hops, more so than my sample form the 12oz. can. honey and lemon also present. that said, I'm not sure if it was the serving type or the chilled vs. room temp glass. I say this because I had another serving from the can in a room temp glass and the smell/taste was similar to that of the draft whereas the hops were overpowered in the chilled glass. maybe the first sample was old... anyway....

T: again, a very good balance of hops and malt. the hops are more prevalent this time around and present throughout. a nice citrus feel as well.

M: well carbonated, dry on the finish, hops really linger at the back of the tongue.

D: this sample was considerably better than my first sample from the 12oz. can. maybe this was simply fresher. overall, a very good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 01:03:45 | More by jhoban19
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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%.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 02:34:15 | More by Hibernator
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BierJager89

California

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 07:40:09 | More by BierJager89
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2014 04:50:30 | More by jtierney89
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beergoot

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 02:59:24 | More by beergoot
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Tsekouratos

Greece

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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!!

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 02:36:07 | More by Tsekouratos
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 09:12:45 | More by abeeronthebeach
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ADZA

Australia

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 11:56:59 | More by ADZA
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Hendry

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with a 2 finger off white head,decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly candied citrus with sweet malts dominating the mix.

Flavor is malty like the nose,some hopiness trying to break through with little success.

Medium moutfeel,grainy from the high malt content,not overly dry in the finish.

Another beer promising a huge amount of hops, yet the malts override: meh!

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 02:59:17 | More by Hendry
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TheSixthRing

California

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on date of 04/10/13

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a white, frothy 2 finger head. Retention is decent, and leaves a thin film of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - More malty than one would expect; biscuit and touches of caramel met by mellow, tropical hop notes. Mild pineapple and orange.

Taste - Malty upfront. Aforementioned biscuit is also found in the flavor, along with hints of caramel. Mild earth and tropical fruitiness... and then the Hops really kick in(!) about mid-taste, really driving this thing home with an ever-strengthening grapefruit pith bitterness that extends into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Slightly slick.

Overall - Good thing this beer didn't suck, because with a name like Big Swell, it's got 'Big Swill' nickname potential written all over it. Jokes aside, it's a fairly good IPA, but it is this reviewer's opinion that for $10-12 bucks per sixer, there are better IPA's out there for much better value.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 02:11:41 | More by TheSixthRing
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Moose90

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 030413
Tasted 061713

A – Pours a somewhat hazy light orange color with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades quickly but leaves a nice thin coating and laces down the inside of the glass.

S – Lots of pineapple on this one, some mango as well, not very citrusy, get more tropical fruit notes, papaya as well. A little bit of pine is present. Nicely sweet.

T – More citrus comes through on this front, some grapefruit notes mostly. Nicely bitter overall, leaves you wanting to come back for more. Nice sweet notes of pineapple and light caramel malts.

M – Perfectly medium bodied with a finish that is astringent yet nice.

O – Not bad at all, nicely balanced, simple and approachable. The flavors here are great, and this tends towards the juicier side of the IPA spectrum. Very nice.

Serving type: can

06-17-2013 21:47:06 | More by Moose90
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ckollias

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a light orange-copper hue with a thick, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail, and solid persistent lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus background.

T: Extremely bitter and hoppy flavor - touch of citrus and malt – finishes on the bitter side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – nice and hoppy.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 04:28:03 | More by ckollias
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dannydetox

California

2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

revisited this beer today, and my opinion hasn't changed. from the can into the glass, the beer poured a hazy, pale amber with a frothy white head. significant lacing remained on the sides of the glass after each sip. aromas are faint, to say the least; vague pine and floral notes with a background of some malts. on the palate the big swell greats with noticeable sweet chocolate malt and something fruity. bittering hops make a subtle appearance at the finish, but this bear is barely an ipa to me. drinks and tastes like a pale ale, and the 50-something ibu seems generous. while not unpleasant, this offering disappoints for the style, and is less representative of American ipa brewing.

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 02:04:24 | More by dannydetox
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BeerRefugee

Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange color. Big white head with good retention and lacing. Very nice aroma of citrus and piney hops along with some caramel sweetness. Flavor is similarly well-balanced. The caramel malt is a little more noticeable, but really enhances rather than detracts from the hoppiness of the beer. Medium-full bodied and a touch undercarbonated for my taste, but a really very good beer.

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 21:14:40 | More by BeerRefugee
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iSip

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA: This beer pours with a clear golden body and decent head. The aroma is fruity. And the flavor is very fruity as well, I taste passionfruit or something like that. No hop bitterness. All in all, not bad for something different, but not up to par with the many competing IPA's out there when you are in the mood for a great IPA.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 17:20:14 | More by iSip
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/10/12

A: Pours a clear amber with a good sized fizzy white head. Slowly fading head leaves minimal fluffy bits of lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Mild grapefruit. A little caramel.

T: Again, mild grapefruit up front. Surprisingly sweet with a nice caramel backdrop. Brief wave of bitterness in the middle. Finishes with mild grapefruit and that sweet caramel pervading.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a drying finish.

O: Hmph, not bad. Nicely balanced but simple. I enjoyed the flavors, they meld well and it goes down easily.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 03:13:58 | More by Dope
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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.