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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
86
very good

828 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 29
Gots: 63 | 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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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This enticing, slightly foggy tangerine brew packs a bold, exotic smell with a lot of grapefruit, mango, flowers and orange blossom aromatics. Unfortunately the tongue doesn't seem to follow up on the nose closely enough. At the tongue, you get a lot of what i can only call lupulin dust, which is basically what causes that bitter pollen taste. You still get the exotic and citrusy character but not enough as it gets completely back staged.

Unfortunately, this lupulin character is just not working for me; Which is a shame as this beer is pretty well made otherwise. The palate for instance is spot on! They did great work in hiding the ABV and hitting the body, carbonation, sweetness and bitterness.

It's still one of the best straightforward tropical fruit & citrus IPAs I've had, It just tastes a bit off to me, unfortunately.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden body with good thick foamy white head.

You can smell this baby next door, huge aromas of pine disinfectant, honey and grapefruit.

This must be the hoppiest beer I have had yet, all those smells are there multiplied adding an extra dimension of menthol throat lozenge and a hell of a bitter kick.

For such a heavy kicking taste and the kind of booze effect that goes straight to the head it is so easy drinking due to a fine mouthfeel and superb carbonation.

Is it true they have stopped brewing

For Shame as this is a most triumphant brew.

Photo of harrymel
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 31OCT12

Nice golden raisen ale with an etched surface and a rim of light white foam. Excellent clarity. Smells kinda weak, some pine, peach and a healthy crystal malt sweetness. Taste is bitter and carries grapefruit pith, some dry orange peel, some biscuit and sweet malts. Medium bodied and moderate carb with a dry finish. It seems like a par for the course beer.

Photo of MikeB20
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz can into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big foamy off white head. Very nice looking beer in the glass.

S: Hoppy, pine and citrus with some rind. A little malt but it's subdued by the hops. Caramel becomes present as the beer warms in the glass.

T: A solid malt backbone that's supported by some nice hop flavors. The pine and citrus aroma carries through to the flavor with the citrus hops having a rind-like taste. I like my IPA's to have a nice malt base to support the hops and this beer does a pretty good job.

M: Slick, moderate body and carbonation. It's what I would expect from the style.

O: This s a nice IPA. It doesn't do anything new but what it does is right for the style. I might not actively seek out this beer but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again if I saw it on the shelf.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice clean copper pour with visible carbonation, 2 fingers of foamy white head leaving behind nice amounts of lacing. smells of pine, grass, grapefruit, caramel, rum. a sweet malty ipa with an overall piney hop flavor. hints of caramel and oak. medium body with moderate carbonation.. a bit rough on the tongue with the bitter flavor (confuse it with alcohol the way it sits on the tongue).
a solid ipa, but again it feels like the hops are fading and could be a bit fresher. the backbone malt profile of the beer is excellent though.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A mild amber colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that halves in size over the course of the first minute and then remains that way for the duration.

Sweet and hoppy with a nice floral base and a good mix pine and grapefruit. There was some citrus and a faint whiff of caramel malts right at the end.

Grapefruit and pine hops to kick things off, along with some nice bitterness and a hint of citrus. Very much like what you'd expect from the style with the hops dominating with some spice and again some light caramel malts.

Lively carbonation and a medium body with plenty of hops on the palate resulting in a slightly dry feel. It's quite a smooth beer and one that goes down well.

A very typical America IPA taste and exactly what I was expecting from this one, strong and in your face hops that are present from the second the can is opened. Definitely one I can recommend and one that I would have again.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.