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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

848 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 28
Gots: 74 | 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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Ratings: 848 | Reviews: 376
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking head just short of an inch in height. Body is a light orange. Drink-by-drink step lacing. Great head retention throughout.

S- Whiffs of orangey citrus.

T- Citrus/hop bitterness is there but not overpowering in the least. Thirst quenching. Hides it's 6.8%ABV very well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation fits the bill.

D/O- Very drinkable IPA here, one that I wouldn't mind sippin' on a whole 6 pack throughout the course of a long evening. Consider this kid impressed. Worth checking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of HoppySailor
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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".

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

retired, really? seems like some recent reviews and the can is stamped canned on 01-31-2012. thanks to my suitcase carrying friend for providing this night cap post tasting! enjoyed from an urthel oversized tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with the classic huge ipa head and mega milkshake like chunky lacing.

s - somewhat musty with some citric hops and a nice malt backbone...bearing in mind that this was canned just over 3 months ago, still relatively nice hop presence, but definitely tamed back, as expected for the age.

t - some faded citric hops...great malt backbone, bitter finish. kind of barleywine like.

m - body is medium and a bit syrupy. some bitterness in the finish.

o - overall, a nice IPA, although i bet this was better fresh...the malts are more prominent and the hops are in the backseat...but a nice flavor profile. would prefer a bit more fresh, but i'll take it...great night cap. assuming that this was more hoppy fresh and considering the age, this is pretty good. thanks for the tick!!!

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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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'.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ryantho00
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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!!

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.