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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
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 30
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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Photo of Buick222
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of soupermirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NudeManOnPatrol
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of lotr15800
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Paul for passing this along to me. From a 355 ml can. Pours out a slightly hazed honey apricot hue, tall dense off-white head that slowly settles.

Grapefruit rind and pith at first in the aroma, some dry grainy malt, dry herbal and pine notes, and some tangerine citrus.

Dry clean flavour, at least up front. Dry grains at first, then a bready/honey-like sweetness pops up in the middle while tangerine, grapefruit pith and pine join it. Sweetness lingers into the finish, with more orange and some dry earthy and pine hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, thick texture with moderate carbonation.

A nice diversion when it comes to this style, some interesting tweaks, although to my palate it doesn't all quite gel together to set it apart from the crowd moreso. Still a good offering, I wouldn't say no to more.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AdamBear
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear Donegal mug. 121511 stamped on the bottom of the can. Received from my good NDN Walker.

A: Slightly hazy golden with 2-finger white foamy head with decent retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

S: Very caramel malty aroma with spruce/pine and floral hops.

T: Overly malty with too much caramel maltiness, almost meaty. It seems like a super-powered APA. The hops have definitely faded with some pine and floral character, a little fruity orange citrus.

M: Solid medium-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation and medium-dry finish.

O: Time has been not that kind to this beer. Too much maltiness still regardless of age. Doubt this could be too fresh coming from thousands of miles aways.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MJGTi
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rkarimi
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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