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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

630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | 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:
50+ IBU

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 01-19-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the hitchhiker TorchedNoodle. Pours deep golden yellow, initially lots of white head that dissipitates. Grapefruit aroma, and taste. Average mouthfeel, very drinkable and satisfying. A bit stinging on the tongue, comment on the carbonation? Mildly astringent.Above average for style.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/23/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey gold with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a craggy head. Foamy chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt and some pine/herbal hops. Taste is of piney and herbal hops up front with a malt finish. This beer has a medium amount of bitterness that sits on top of the tongue with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with huge hop flavors and bitterness but in that regard it's pretty one dimensional.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy whipped egg white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing

Smell: Resinous, but primarily grapefruit juice; a real smell from the tropics, with pineapple undertones

Taste: Opens with a nice biscuity flavor that qiuckly moves in a sweet and fruity, floral grapefruit direction by mid-palate; the swallow is pure grapefruit with hints of pineapple; rather sweet, but I like it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sweetness rules, by golly, and this is one refreshing IPA; very tropical and I wonder if Maui has considered mixing a little coconut into the concoction to make a pina colada IPA to match their Coconut Porter

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops seems very fresh with a subtle caramel malt base. Taste is also dominated by some green citrus and grapefruit hops with a subtle malt base sustaining quite well the hops profile. Full body with good carbonation. Better then expected and very well done for a West Coast IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy Sunkist orange that indicates something darker than pale malt has been used. The golden ecru colored crown has tremendous texture, with all sort of visually interesting topography and a lovely array of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is wonderfully aromatic. That's to be expected with a lupulus lineup that includes Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade. Not a bad one in the bunch. Specifics include grapefruit, orange and a ganja-like dankness that is usually due to aged Cascade.

If you like hoptastic American IPAs, then Big Swell will probably hit you the same way it's hitting me. This is damn good stuff that I made sure to review within several weeks of having acquired it. All 65 IBUs feel like they're present and accounted for.

The beer crashes over the tongue in a wave of alpha acids, but it's far from abusive. The pale (and lightly toasted) malts provide just enough background sweetness and flavor to give the little green cones some contrast. White grapefruit rind is still going strong (classic Centennial) and the rest of the flavor rundown doesn't change much from the description seen above.

The body/mouthfeel easily keeps pace. It's substantial right out of the gate, stays strong along the backstretch and barely eases at the wire. Wonderful carbonation is, no doubt, most of the reason why.

Although all of the Maui canned beers are good, Big Swell IPA is my clear favorite. As a certified hophead, that's probably to be expected. This is a classic example of the style that has no (count 'em... zero) faults. Too bad this single isn't a sixer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one out of the fridge to start the weekend at Lunch today. Served in a pint glass cold out of the can, this one was consumed on 12/12/2009.

Nice pour, classic amber color with a nice head of white dropping in on top at a height of around two inches, faded back into a broken crown but left some nice lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is sharp, citrus hops all the way, even after warming pineapple and orange are the dominant aromas here for sure. First sip is just what I needed. Sharp citrus bite right off the bat just jumps right out at me, classic. Crisp, clean with a nice buttery malt profile coming through mid palate and a nice sharp, lightly dry finsih and superb drinkability.

Overall a classic west coast IPA with a smooth, crisp, clean finish and solid all around taste. I would be happy to throw down a sixer of this one anyday

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a frothy white head which leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly sweet and malt forward, but not terribly so. Decent citrus notes to it, particularly grapefruit and orange. A mild fruitiness gives the beer a bit more sweetness.

T: A nice fruitiness to the beer with hints of tropical fruits, but mostly it's citrus. There is a bit of pine and a moderate bitterness as well as a light floral quality. Some toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but like a lot of the Maui products, not amazing.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Herbaceous, pine needle-strewn scent with notes of grapefruit segments. Some pale malts as an afterthought.

Taste: Sharply herby, with further hop flavors of pine and citrus. Not too terribly much in the way of malt or sweetness, which exaggerates the medium bitterness. Piney, herbal hints in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough for an IPA.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see canned IPAs. 12 oz can to glass, the beer is copper-colored with a moderate haze. Nicely carbonated, the small white head retains well.

The nose has a juicy tropical fruit aroma, almost like Juicy Fruit gum, with notes of fresh herbs and citrus. I also pick up a faint metallic aroma beneath the hops.

Surprisingly light on the palate, there's a fair amount of juicy, fruity hop flavor but little bitterness to back it up. Sweetness is at a lower moderate level, fruity in character and pleasantly light on the palate. I get a mineral twang up front, but it's quickly washed away by malt and hops. The finish is lightly bitter, with lingering leafy hop flavors and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Very mild and accessible stuff, enjoyable but far from transcendent.

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. Not making it to this particular island on this trip, so best I grab one from the ubiquitous local convenience stores in Waikiki.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a pretty consistent array of webbed, bike-chain lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, decent grapefruit and orange citrus, with a surprising, but quite enjoyable, biscuit cereal aroma wafting up in the middle of it all. The taste is nice biscuity caramel/toffee malt, a little more coy citrus hops than in the nose, but still holding the room with their zippy goodness, aided in part by a slight herbal/pine sideshow. No excess sass from the big (for a straight IPA) ABV either.

The bubbles are pretty agreeable as they go about their pedestrian job, the body a sturdy medium weight, and delectably smooth, even with those prickish hop interlopers. It finishes good and hoppy, the citrus and leafy pine turning out for a last hurrah, but not without a serious sidelong glance from the attendant bready malt sweetness.

A pretty swell (I kid, I kid) IPA, really. And big, did I mention that? Anyways, awesome in a can - can I really bring these to the beach? Gonna sure as hell find out soon!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nothing special here. pours a lighter looking orange color with a lacey white head. smells like bitter hops, very american in style. flavor is just kind of boring, everything in fine proportion, but not an interesting brew. the hops are just bitter, not lots of subtle flavors there. feel is alright, lighter in body and good carbonation. overall not a beer i would buy again

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned 8/14/12 on the bottom of the can.

Earthy vegetal hop aroma, slightly floral, a touch soapy. Super bright clarity, jewel tone light orange. Thin veil of white foam, it breaks after the first couple sips. A bit of flat grainy malt in the initial taste with some herbal and floral hop notes toward the end. Mild bitterness. Light bodied and drinkable but ultimately not too hoppy or memorable.

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange hued amber with a creme head. Nose is all pine and citrus hops. Flavor brings the same with an earthy backbone it seems. A fair amount of malts are present it seems. Feel has a thicker liquid body. Carbonation is full. This is a fairly easy to drink IPA. Thick enough flavor to keep it interesting, but not so ridiculously obnoxious that it puts it in another level.

Thanks to srroos for this one!

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in CO a few days ago...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, honey & faint breadyness

T: Grapefruit & pine with some breadyness & a bit of a grainy edge up front. Some woody hops & caramel sweetness as this warms, plus a touch of apricot. Finishes with citrus hop notes, grainy breadyness & grassy hop notes

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good balance

This is very drinkable & I believe is better than the sum of its parts

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.