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Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

847 Ratings

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Ratings: 847
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: 847 | Reviews: 376
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.7/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
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