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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 45 | 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 Beejay


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pale straw yellow as it pours. In the glass it is a slightly hazy pear color. Good solid white head on the top.

S: Classic American hop aromas come out right away. Grapefruit, and resinous pine. Behind that there is a touch of a biscuity aroma as well as some caramel notes. It may just be my imagination but do I smell a gentle sea breeze as well?

T: Hoppy. The grapefruit follows through in to the taste. The bitterness is evenly distributed through the beginning, middle, and end of the flavor. The aftertaste has a touch of pine. Nice amount of caramel throughout.

M: Actually perhaps just a bit of the thin side for me. Medium light in body, carbonation may is about average, and a touch dry, though not much.

O: Overall I think it is a really nice IPA. Good bitterness, lots of hop flavor, and it balances out fairly well so nothing dominates the flavor. Although the mouthfeel is a tad thin for me.

03-05-2012 04:11:08 | More by Beejay
Photo of Nugganooch


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Big Swell – canned 11/22/11 (freshest I can find at the moment) Do canned IPA’s fade???

Notes from 02/16/12
12oz. can to pint

A: Pours a super clear light goldenrod color with a massive cakey foam head

S: Pop the top and aromas of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple emanate. Some light sugary malts and a bit of tarty fruit esters. Smells nice.

T: Hops are predominantly citrus fruits and some prickly pines with a relatively low bitterness factor. More flavor and aromas here. Sticky hemp. Taste does have somewhat of a sugared malt cracker forwardness to it. Might be the age on these cans but its just not as vibrant as I recall. Some alcohol flavs. Still very nice and crushable.

M: Lighter body with a slight creamy texture. A bit resinous with hop oils that coat the palate. Manages a light crisp in the finish.

D: A real nice IPA. Very drinkable and I do respect the can. Will probably look to find a fresher sample eventually.
Still hoppy and delicious but wasn’t quite the Big Swell I remember. Maltier.

02-27-2012 17:09:01 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

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

02-26-2012 21:20:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of marct


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-22-2012 00:35:08 | More by marct
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-18-2012 05:47:34 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of cornucopia

Puerto Rico

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-16-2012 10:54:12 | More by cornucopia
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Welcome to DC Maui Brewing Company!

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured about half the can into my glass and the other half filled up with an almond colored head. Yikes! The liquid itself was a beautiful clear, gold color.

S: Lots of yummy hop air freshener here! This one has that rare gift of floral, hop sizzle, and candy sugar trio, with the hops winning by a country mile. If someone put this up to my nose without me knowing who made it, I would've guess it came from California.

T: The taste wasn't quite a intense, yet was still tasty. The citrus was substantially muted by a cushion of yeast and the finish wasn't nearly as dry or bitter as I was expecting.

M: The carbonation was fairly low, but still prickly enough and my glass looked like it went through a car wash with the windows open.

O: This was damn good stuff in a market saturated by great IPAs.

02-14-2012 20:29:18 | More by Chaney
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

The beer pours with a frothy, three finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a red stained copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, slightly orange tinged, pale copper hue when held up to the light. The beer has more of a dank herbal character in the aroma than the Hi.P.Hay had, this is backed by a bright, Curacoa orange zest character. There is a dusty, dried malt and dried hay like note here as well, though this plays a purely supporting role and there is also a suggestion of golden-toasted crackers. The herbal hop aromatics almost have a peppery note to them at time and while the citrus / fruit character is the dominant note here, it isn’t quite as juicy and ripe as in the Hi.P.Hay. Still this is a very nice aroma, it is actually a bit more balanced than the Hi.P.Hay, but I find that I like it just a smidgeon less.

Big citrus fruit flavors dominate the flavor profile, these are backed by a solid, though not aggressive bitterness, a peppery, dry, somehow dusty herbal character that is a mix of menthol, pine, and “hemp” oil as well as just a hint of garlic chive; this last note is quite subdued and adds to the complexity rather than detracts as this type of note can often do. The beer has a fairly light body, though there is clearly enough malt body to accentuated the hop fruitiness; I wouldn’t say this is on the dry side for an IPA, but it certainly attains the easy / dangerous quaffability that a good IPA should have. The finish really dries out substantially from the bitterness, a biting pine needle flavor as well as a woody, spicy black pepper like note; all of these make you feel like taking another sip so that the touch of sweet malt and big hop fruit character has a chance to coat the palate again.

As the beer warms up it picks up even more fruitiness in the flavor, but this is still balanced by the drier, herbal / bitter character that defines the finish of this beer. This is a very nice IPA, I have been impressed by both IPAs from Maui, but I think I prefer this one for its slightly more complex approach and less focus on crystal malt.

02-12-2012 18:52:16 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of RepMichigan


4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-12-2012 01:28:26 | More by RepMichigan
Photo of Tyrawlings


4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-12-2012 01:22:28 | More by Tyrawlings
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-10-2012 06:24:15 | More by themisanthrope
Photo of PintPal


3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-04-2012 21:44:00 | More by PintPal
Photo of 2dogbrew


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-03-2012 19:42:55 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of shigg85


3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-31-2012 09:59:19 | More by shigg85
Photo of PissWarmChango


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-29-2012 23:18:40 | More by PissWarmChango
Photo of sgoro


4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-29-2012 21:02:14 | More by sgoro
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-21-2012 02:39:29 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance: Slightly hazed deep gold. Head is bright-white and leaves some serious lace. Head dwindles to a thin cap that lasts for the duration of the experience.

Smell: Pine, orange, and something akin to pears and pineapple. Very mealy fruit aroma. Malts run a touch biscuity with some caramel sweetness. A faint spiciness lingers in the back that evokes Belgian yeast, but I think it's just pineapple and pear. Pretty mellow overall.

Taste: Dry, powdery tropical fruit. It reminds me of challah bread. Some hints of pineapple and pear play over grapefruit rind and some pine. Malts are on the sweet side, adding some nice balance to the hop profile. Some caramel and biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. Dry on the end.

Overall: Decent, but the weird mealy fruit flavors threw me off. Good for what it is, but that's about as far as it goes.

01-15-2012 20:49:14 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-15-2012 18:08:10 | More by hockeybarbie
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-15-2012 17:42:21 | More by mdevonshire
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-14-2012 01:31:37 | More by kspongeworthy
Photo of Wimberley87


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Really surprised by this Brew, poured into a chalice, two finger head rises and lingers for a bit. aroma was
Very in your face! Big floral notes mixed with hops and some earthy notes as well. Taste is very well balanced, floral notes hit up front mixed in with citrus, this mixes in on the back end with a slight bitter hoppy flavor that balances out very nicely. One of my favorite IPA'S.

01-10-2012 16:53:31 | More by Wimberley87


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Clear golden with a finger of whtie head. Dissipated quickly. Some small strands of lace.

Tropical fruit, apricot, citrus. with a sweet toastiness.

Big juicy fruit flavor. tropical fruit, apricot, orange, grapefruit. Some sweet toastiness. Moderate bitterness.

Sticky resinous. refreshing. some drying. moderate carbonation. medium light body.

very drinkable. refreshing and tasty hoppy canned IPA.

01-06-2012 02:11:09 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-02-2012 04:00:40 | More by BRLockwood
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-30-2011 08:38:06 | More by SargeC
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
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