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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

836 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 28
Gots: 69 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +31.6%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MAB
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jamescain
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic tumbler.

Appearance: Clear yellow-orange with an off white head about a centimeter thick that leaves a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Citrus, pine, and a touch of grapefruit, nothing that really stands out and screams "I'm an IPA"

Taste: Mostly citrus with a slight malt backing, that is reminiscent of adjuncts and has a buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish with a buttery aftertaste.

Overall: The first time I had this beer I enjoyed it more, could be the age of the can but I'm not sure.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.