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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

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623 Ratings
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 31
Gots: 55 | 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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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving wispy lacing all along the glass.

S: Nose is big floral notes, light citrus and a definitive caramel malt presence.

T: Taste starts big and floraly, somewhat soapy, but not completely. Orange citrus mingled with hearty caramel malt fills out through the middle. Finish has a grapefruit bitterness that hangs a bit.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate to higher carbonation, prickly on the forefront of the tongue, dry and a touch sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. It's been a long time since I've had a more floral hop IPA; it proved a nice change of pace.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes

Golden yellow body, fairly clear and free of sediment. Three finger antique white head. Head, made up of very fine bubbles, recede fairly quickly. Lacing is very sparse.

Aroma blends citrus, resinous pine and floral hop aromas. While the blend of scent is pleasant the aroma lacks intensity. Light bready malt aroma lies underneath.

Sweet citrusy hop and caramel flavor lays heavy on the tongue up front. A resinous pine flavor develops on the midpalate. This resinous flavor continues as the beer moves back. A very green resinous flavor is left lingering on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Smooth feel, slightly oily texture. The finish winds up a bit longer than what could be considered dry.

Not too shabby. Fairly drinkable, overall a decent IPA it is just not brewed to my preferences. A bit too much sweetness in the flavor, not fitting for the style. Respectable IPA but not the first one I would reach for in the style.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned August 31, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves nice sticky rings of lacing and holds a light foamy cap.

Aroma is some orange, tangerine and grapefruit citrus, apricot, also quite floral with a bit of fruit, some caramel and biscuit malt. Good strength.

Flavor is more grapefruit and orange citrus, apricots, some resinous hops, fair malt backbone of caramel and bread, finishes with good bitterness. Mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with good carbonation.

Very good IPA and one I’ve been looking forward to trying. Not a super-fresh sample so I know it would only be better if it were really fresh. Not going to dock the score too much as I do give credit to Maui for providing a packaged on date.

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An IPA that comes in a can.

This pours a light golden-straw. There’s a light hoppy aroma to this. Nice hop-forward flavor with a pleasant finish. More like a pale ale than an IPA in terms of hoppiness and overall flavor. It just tastes so … watered down. Er, “light.” Not bad but not one I’d pick up in light of other options.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super brew; thanks to Scott for bringing me one!

Lovely orange-y gold colour. Tight white head.
Hop aroma is big and bold.
Taste is almost all hops, but this is a good thing. Fabulous flavour.
Carbonation iis just right. Mouthfeel is great.
This adds up to a high score, for an excellent IPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely floored. A fantastic beer. Poured from can into tulip. Right off the bat, this beer poured perfect. Nice 1 inch head, great amber orange color, great lacing. The smell is fantastic, just a hint of sweetness surrounded by hops. The taste is perfect, just the right amount of sticky citrus fruit sweetness paired with great hop balance. Never had such a well balanced beer. Was not expecting what I got, but boy amd I glad I did. Will now seek this beer out many times over.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another can IPA. I like where this industry is going. Pours an apricot colored ale with a light frothy head and minor stickiness on the glass. Nothing earth shattering. I'm getting a lot of malt in the aroma. Some juicy fruits like apricot and tangerine in the mix but it reverts back to muy maltiness. The taste is good..not great. Again a lot of malt seems to be concentrated in this and the backbone is a bitter grapefruit bite on the way down. Long aftertaste. Salivation is present. Almost a spicy swallow with a big, peppery finish. Overall I like the can for sure and see myself consuming many on fishing and camping trips, but for the everyday drinking I would look elsewhere. Not knocking it at all, just a little too malty for my IPA liking.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Canned date 07/07/11. Damn you Texas with your lack of fresh shit.

A- Poures a clear, yellow-orange with a bone white one finger head. Looks good

S- Floral hops dominate the nose on this one. Very attractive outdoors aromas. A little malt sweetness, smells incredibly fresh for being kinda old. Love the nose on this beer. Could be my favorite for a single IPA.

T- Bitter, fresh hops up front. Slight, oh so slight sweetness from the malts, but quickly dissapears into bready notes. Fades away into a lingering non-offensive bitterness. very good.

M- Average for the style. Good carbonation, a little dry but not bad.

O- Love this IPA. It is a great go to beer for me and im glad i have regular access to it.

Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.