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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

849 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 849
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: 849 | Reviews: 376
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!!

Photo of jsh5771
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of C20Percent
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Gabany
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BradAleFlow
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of orange and pineapple notes from the hops, as well as some sweet bubblegum notes. The flavor has quite a few hop notes, with some grass, pine and pineapple. I also get some sweet bread malt and a low amount of bitterness. Soft, low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of x0darap
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed this one when in Maui last year for a buddy's wedding. Picked up a sixer.

A - The beer, poured from an un-dated can, to a pint glass pours a golden orange color with a nice 1.25 finger white bubbly head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is very hop forward with a lot of citrus hop character: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. On the tailend there is a malty sweetness hiding with a slight biscuit aroma. Hop dominated.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts very hop forward: An immediate medium citrus bitterness together with a distinct tart flavor. Strong fruity citrus character: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. The middle of the beer brings the biscuit malt character found on the nose, though it is still overwhelmed by the hops. Not all-together balanced, though still pretty solid flavor.

M - Lighter end of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Silkly in mouthfeel.

D - A pretty good IPA but not spectacular. I liked the hop character but was yearning for a bit more complexity and malt. I'd gladly drink again though.

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ernestenvy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of output01x
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan3279 for yet another hookup.

Poured from a 12 oz. can (Canned 12/06/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that quickly recedes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thin foam collar. The body is a perfectly clear golden amber with a good amount of small, randomly appearing carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen trying to cling to the glass throughout consumption but is incapable of sticking around long.

A fair amount of citrus and pine hops cut through a strong bready malt presence, giving the nose a very balanced aroma. The citrus aromas that are able to poke through offer up notes of tangerines and grapefruit.

Just like the nose, bready malts lay the groundwork for an abundance of citrus flavors. Notes of tangerines and grapefruit are joined by piney and grassy hops flavors. Upon swallowing, the hops flavors peak with more of an emphasis on the grassy hops. These flavors last long after each sip as a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The medium body coats the mouth well without becoming sticky. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy, allowing the drinker to really experience the flavors while maintaining good drinkability. The swallow foams up just a bit but keeps a decent crispness. The bitter aftertaste of the beer does a decent job of drying the mouth, beckoning the drinker to keep reaching for the glass.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can I purchased at state line liquors into tulip. Canned on 9/7/11. Its a bit old for an IPA but that's what I got.
Pours a hazy orange brown. Some slight head but sticky.
Smells of malty fresh hops.
Taste is very malty for an IPA...too malty for me. The hop flavor is nice, but mild and is hidden by the overpowering malts.
Its slightly bitter, dry, and "heavy". Its not bad just a bit diffferent.
Overall, not exactly what I'd expect from an IPA but its a good tasting brew. We can't get it in NY, but with soi many better options, I'm not really missing it. Glad I was able to try though.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this for no reason

Appearance: Golden, dark orange - hazy - above-average, frothy, white head that results in some sticky lacing

Smell: Citrusy hops and sweet malts - floral citrus, a little grassy, pine, some orange and grapefruit rind - some slight pineapple, too - malts are pale and caramel - some fruity/sugary sweetness and something that kind of smells waxy

Taste: Pretty good - grapefruit rind, some pine, and some light fruitiness that may or not be hop-related - grassy and herbal - malts are caramel, pale, provide a foundation - a lingering sugary characteristic, too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, but overly sticky

Overall: Good, not great

Big Swell has some interesting qualities, but it's not what I want in an IPA. It's too sweet and too grassy. But the tropical notes are nice, and I wouldn't mind drinking this on the beach.

Photo of adamk1978
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/23/11.

Pours a slightly murky honey gold with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a craggy head. Foamy chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt and some pine/herbal hops. Taste is of piney and herbal hops up front with a malt finish. This beer has a medium amount of bitterness that sits on top of the tongue with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with huge hop flavors and bitterness but in that regard it's pretty one dimensional.

Photo of MatJones
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Hophead101
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice cloudy brownish orange with great size off white head. leaves a nice top film and awesome lacing in the glass.

nice hoppy smell with a substantial malt background.

taste is nice - both malts and hops. buttery creaminess. moutfeel is nice, mild carbonation with good balance - creamy overall.

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

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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.