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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

609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 30
Gots: 51 | 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 givebeetachance247
4.5/5  rDev +19%

givebeetachance247, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of HoppySailor
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a New Belgium snifter. Canned date of 12/15/2012.

A- Pours a pale gold/straw color and has a nice-looking off-white froth that dissipates quickly and leaves a decent lacing. The brew is cloudy and I am told it is can conditioned, but I do not know for sure. Need to look that up.

S- Yum. It smells like someone just sliced open a fresh grapefruit and splashed juice everywhere. I love it when an IPA smells like grapefruit.

T- The taste is terrific. Very refreshing with a mixture of citrus (grapefruit and pineapple, maybe orange peel) and biscuit. Maybe a hint of malt sweetness but mostly just hoppy citrus. There is some pine in there, but the citrus chases everything else right out off the tongue.

M- The mouth feel is NOT true to IPA style, but I cannot give it bad marks all things considered. It has a LOT of bite, instead of the usual IPA "flat" feel. (I wouldn/t classify this one as "medium body" as many here have) This beer is traditionally enjoyed in warm climates on beaches under hot sun, and this bubbly bite would be a great asset there. I still prefer the real ale feel of traditional IPA, but this one could be enjoyed after an hour of yardwork or while sweating buckets under and umbrella on the beach whereas a normal IPA would not be suited for such conditions.

O- As this one warms the bitterness of the simcoe and cascade hops starts to come out in the finish. Two things would prevent this from becoming my new "go to" IPA - The price (12.99 for six) and the mouth feel. That said, I will still invite this great IPA to any tastings I host and will feel obliged to enjoy it in the future, especially when outdoor activity in warm weather is involved. This is a top-notch brew. It should have it's own class - "warm weather IPA".

HoppySailor, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -14%

crobinso, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of chrisfallon83
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

chrisfallon83, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hanzo, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

strongaf, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +19%

rusty3335, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +19%

creez, May 31, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +32.3%

CEDAMA, May 29, 2012
Photo of mettkea
3.25/5  rDev -14%

mettkea, May 29, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw colour. Bubbly white head that dissipates but sticks around just enough to lace the sides beautifully.

The nose is almost a honey sweet with that citrusy/floral hop background bringing it along. This is a delicious smelling beer. Good balance on the aroma.

The taste follows the smell fairly well, expanding on the themes presented and filling out to be a well balanced IPA. The hops are somewhere between floral and grapefruit bitter, with an earthy maltiness running along underneath. The more I drink of this beer, the more I like it.

Smoothe. I'm drinking it on a 100 degree day, and it seems just about perfect. Well balanced and drinkable, though I feel that if I had more than one or two in a sitting it might get overbearing and lose some of its enjoyability. Definitely pick it up if it's available in your area and you have even a passing interest in it.

kemoarps, May 28, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

dumptruck81, May 28, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA. "Big, hoppy, bold, smooth, and hoppy…did we mention hoppy?" ALC 6.8% by VOL.

Hazy, bright golden hue, Small tight ring of white foam, leaves some lace.

Aroma: pungent and hoppy, plenty of pine and citrus, lemon and orange ahoy! Plenty of bitter, with a hint of sour, and a touch, just a touch, of the sweet. Wonderful complexity.

Taste: Mmmm. Yeah. Boom, there it is. Citrus zest all over the palate, but never too much, not too bitter, not too strong. Hangs on the palate long, slight astringency, but, yeah, smooth, drinkable, and delicious. So nice. Medium-bodied. Tasty tango of bitter and sweet. Downable, indeed, full of hoppitude and hoppiness. Nice stuff.

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
Photo of tgeorgf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tgeorgf, May 13, 2012
Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev +5.8%

amart80, May 12, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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!

biboergosum, May 08, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good ripe raw grapefruit nose at first which it quickly extinguished, this builds an fairly easy one inch head (which surrrenders no lacing at any point) and gives a gold to slightly orangy colour.

Bit fizzy, medium bodied with surprisingly well balanced and integrated malty centre and a nice bitter end makes for well bitter integrated whole. Nice ripe aftertaste too.

Can't help but think if this was brewed on the mainland it would be much more highly regarded. Instead its just 'mookalokakiki come on you wanna lay me'.

Zimbo, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SrMonkey, May 02, 2012
Photo of ryantho00
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes in Kauai.

Has a nice golden and orange tan with a 2 finger that laces glass nicely. I get a fresh hoppy, citrus nose, not overpowering. This had a nice fresh, drinkable, citrus, piney hop laden zest that led to some toasted malts and great balance. Got a little orange mixed in.

Great traditional IPA.

Cheers!!

ryantho00, May 01, 2012
Photo of jsh5771
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jsh5771, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly pale golden-orange color with a semi-bubbly dark(er) egg shell head. No real complexity in the color or the body. Average lacing. BUT (and this is what makes it more than average) it looks very inviting and refreshing. It screams, "Drink Me." And, that intangible, as wild as that sounds pushes this feature past average.

S: A very sweet hoppy aroma with a mix of pine and citrus with a smooth smelling malt background. A very balanced aroma with crisp characteristics. Can't really give this feature a 4 because I think they played it safe here. I'm looking for something that pulls at my nose, and I gotta look real hard here.

T: A very refreshing hoppy, earthy splash gives way to a malty, bitter finish. There is a very subtle citrus flavor way in the back, but make no mistake, this is an earthy malt flavor. Not a biscuit malt, which I'm not a fan of, but a smooth piney, caramel malt that I tend to enjoy. Digging the taste.

M: This, for me, was the best feature. Quite a wonderful feel. Light, airy body makes this brew very drinkable. Nice carbonation, and although I wouldn't call this beer chewy, it does coat your mouth nicely. I can't say enough about the way this beer drinks. I know it's out of Hawaii, and -- YES -- this is the beer I want with me on the beach.

O: On one hand -- I think this is a "play-it-safe" IPA. On the other hand -- I think this beer was meant to be drank on the beach in the hot sun. And, since I can judge the brewer's intent, I'm going to give this a 4 instead of a 3.5. Really good beer. Makes me want to purchase all the other offerings MBC has to offer. Bravo.

C20Percent, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Gabany
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Gabany, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger frothy white head. Nice retention for a middling ABV. Pale golden-orange color with nice clarity. Nice lacing.

S- Citrusy and well balanced hops. Some tropical fruits in this? I don't know but I like it.

T- Piney and citrusy hops, well balanced malt character underneath. Some bitterness but extremely well layered.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O- Well balanced and tasty.

Murrhey, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

steamboatbrewer, Apr 15, 2012
Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.