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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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very good

578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 44 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

desperado28, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Cambo04, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

johnsilk, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BeerTruck, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gbrill, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

djtomain, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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!

emerge077, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Beeradelphia, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gtermi, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

profondo, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Buick222, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Dave1999, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

A - light yellow appearance with a thick white head. Nice big bubbles that disappear pretty quickly.

S - Piney hops up front with some biscuit in the back end.

T - Strong hop bite that's pretty bitter. A little bit of floral taste on the back end along with some pine. Not a lot of malt in the taste.

M - Nice carbonation with a hop taste that lasts a while.

O - Very drinkable IPA but there are plenty of better options. I do think this beer drinks great out of the can though.

ThePaleRider, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz. can(!) poured into a tulip glass

A: Slow pour results in big foamy head, takes a while to subside and leaves sheets of sticky lacing and a bit of a cap. Beer is the cloudy amber IPAs are supposed to look like.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pine - the classic smells of an IPA.

T: Sadly, doesn't live up to the promising beginning. Some citrus, some pine, lots of hops, but very unbalanced. Despite medium alcohol content, you pick up quite a bit of it.

M: Good at the beginning, but quickly leads to a bitter dryness. Pretty highly carbonated as a result of being in the can and fresh. Quite drinkable, though.

O: Taste really knocks this down; they need to work on the overwhelming bitterness and meld it with the other flavors. It's still quite drinkable and refreshing and I like the can for IPAs, but this is a long, long way from Heady Topper territory.

IvoryFoxhole, Aug 24, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Found this little gem of a can at the BierKoning in Amsterdam.

Pours out with a thin white head that lingers. Pretty decent lacing throughout. Grapefruit and lots of pine notes are in the taste. Also got a bit of lemongrass. The carbonation is about perfect, which gives the beer some body. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall a pretty nice IPA, but could use a bit more malt to round it out. Some of the flowery/fruity notes could be a bit more balanced.

NudeManOnPatrol, Aug 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

hiphopj5, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lotr15800, Aug 22, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Nearly fully clear medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is a hair short of average and only a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Floral foremost, then citrusy, then spicy and grassy. Powerful and pleasant. Just a light neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt. Quite clean overall.

3.5 T: The hops in the taste take on a more spicy vibe, which is then followed by a bit of pine, grass, and then citrus. Light sugariness. Again there's just a bit of neutral malts and a touch of crystal. Clean overall and tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and super smooth.

4.0 D: Super easy to drink with no negatives and some good flavors.

DavoleBomb, Aug 16, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -9%

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...

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

aztraz, Aug 06, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +9%

A-dark gold with a big cream colored head.

S-great smell. Fresh grassy hops. Medium strength. 

T-comes in with a very mild taste of sweet grassy hops an a decent amount of bitterness. The after-taste is mostly bitter. 

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's a very mild ipa, one for the distance. The flavors are good but subtle. It's a good beer to drink, very tasty, just not something I'll lust after.

AdamBear, Jul 31, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

From notes on 04/17/12:
Canned: 09/07/11; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white, lightly fluffy head with decent retention; Light caramel/copper in color with a slightly hazy appearance; Pretty good webs of lacing left behind

S - Nice, hoppy aroma with a good amount of citrus and lighter amounts of floral, piney, and tropical fruit hops; Just a bit of caramel comes through

T - Like the nose, there's a solid, hoppy punch here, though I think the malts hold their own more in the taste; Citrus hops are fairly dominant with a lighter dose of pine, pepper, and onion; Nice amount of toasty character and subtle sweet caramel compliments the hop flavors; Mild wave of peppery bitterness comes forward and lingers

M - Moderate, lively carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty smooth going down and leaves the mouth feeling fairly dry

O - I really enjoyed the level of drinkability from this Maui Brewing offering. It's got enough hops and bitterness to bring some satisfaction to that craving, while also supplying some nice toasty character to bring a bit of balance. I would definitely consider grabbing this beer again when in the mood for a solid canned IPA.

TechTriumph, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BlackDogs, Jul 22, 2012
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
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