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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

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235 Reviews

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 1,482
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 37.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 483 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

Big Wave is light golden ale with a subtle fruitiness and delicate hop aroma. A smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The lightly roasted honey malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and also gives a slight sweetness that is balanced out by our special blend of hops.

20 IBU
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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 1,482
Photo of gandres
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, 6 pack, 40
Appearance: light yellow, clear,
Smell slight hop smell, not a lot of aroma
Taste = not a lot of taste,
Mouthfeel = strong carbonation

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A beer that does a lot with a little--low ABV, low IBUs, but a really nice, delicate hop presence and huge points for drinkability. Pale malt, cracker malt, some light citrus flavours. Nice fruity ale esters. Beautiful hazy gold with surprising hop retention. I could easily seeing this going into my rotation if it didn't (unfortunately) carry the price of an import. I categorize this one along with Deschutes River Ale--a beer that gets overlooked because it's middle-of-the-road, even though it does that "middle-of-the-road" brilliantly.

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Photo of rjd722
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly orange hue. Thin white foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet, slightly citrus and floral hops with a wheat backdrop. The taste has that tropical twist that you can expect from Kona, slight wheat and sweetness. Relatively high carbonation and bitterness on the finish, drinkable and a nice spin on the golden ale.

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Photo of tronester
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus and mango. Very aromatic. Taste begins with some grapefruit, then some light cracker flavor, and some peach and pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall light and refreshing.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This was the final Kona brew I tried. Thankfully. Some hop bittering but I didn't care for the aftertaste. Ended up leaving most of it behind in my glass.

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Photo of delta490
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin fizzy white head. Light retention yields tight soapy lacing. The aroma is very mild with some grain and some sweetness. The taste is OK. Nothing really interesting or distinctive going on. Actually, not much of anything going on beyond a little grain. the body is very thin and pretty heavily carbonated.

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Photo of jettjon
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at a restaurant from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice deep golden bronze color with minimal precipitating carbonation and thin cap and collar which quickly fades. Nose is a hoppy and a bit sweet. In the mouth hop forward. Flavor profile belies 4.4% ABV. Overall very good though not sure of adherence style. Would try again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it tastes similar to a grapefruit shandy, very citrusy but it's not a bad thing with a grapefruit flavor that i think is the best tasting shandy style beer.

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Photo of hdf561
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Beer of the month for cheap at my local bar, tried in a tall Pilsner glass, darker than the longboard, just wasn't crazy about this beer, little bitter and harsh after taste for me.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. June 15 15.

L: Light gold color, zero head. Some flowing bubbles.

S: Very fruity smell. Can't quite place the scent, but it smells great.

T: Pretty much all malt taste. Very very little bitterness. A little sweet at the end.

F: Silky and bubbly. Definitely more carbonated than I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing.

Not going to become my favorite beer, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have a very nice lightly hopped, fruity smell when you open the bottle. Pours a yellowish golden color with very little head, Initial taste is lightly hoppy and fruity sweetness also and mellows out to almost no aftertaste. Lacing and carbonation is there but not abundantly. This actually kind of reminds me of a Hefe, as far as the sweetness goes. This is a very drinkable brew, perfect for a hot day. I would definitely buy more when summer comes back around.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It is a good looking beer with golden body & full on white microscopic sized bubbles foaming a good head
Malty aroma with some citrus notes
Flavour is Floral perfumed
good easy drinking but not flimsy but slighly too fizzy IMHO
light easy to drink

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Photo of Billolick
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, with brewed on dating on the label. (JUl 06 15, so just over 2 months ago)

Pours near clear, lighter near golden amber. minimal head, nothing left behind, no film, no collar, no lace...boo

Strange nose with mostly a plastic character.

Sweet malt, honey, and ripe fruits are what I get on the palate.

Pretty bad...

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Photo of 71ADub
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap, into pint glass. Properly chilled ale.

A - light golden. Barely any head, but white and creamy is what's present.
S - It smells like foot odor, I swear on the Big Kuhuna's surfboard! All my drinking buddies thought the same thing. Maybe the keg was old/improperly stored.
T - a weak ale. No perceivable hoppiness or bitterness. bland.
M - light, medium carbonation. It could almost quench your thirst.
O-I would not get it again. It could use a little more hops, and better aroma hopping.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light dry notes. Taste is also a mix of clean cereal notes with some light dry hoppy notes with subtle residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Standard and somewhat middle of the road offering that is refreshing under the Hawaiian sun.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden/yellow in color. Not much head retention.

Aroma is slightly hoppy, piney, and more inviting than I was expecting from this. The smell seems to become a bit sweet or fruity as the beer warms up a bit.

A mellow hop taste asserts itself at the front of the beer, followed by a toasted bread, cereal grain flavor.

Nothing too impressive, but nothing I can really complain about either.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing, easy drinkability. A good beer for people who don't like beer. A nice goldenrod color with a half inch head. Smells like a clean swimming pool, a very subtle taste of malt. Fuzzy mouthfeel. Overall, quite pleasant.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith nonic

A - thin layer off-white foam over a cloudy body of golden yellow, medium/high visible carbonation

S - citrus and grain, honey sweetness

T - citrus hops, notes of tropical fruit, grain, honey sweetness

M - light/medium body, highly carbonated

O - Big Wave is a decent blonde. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty light beer. Smell is slightly hoppy at first but fades. Taste is light and beery with not much else going on. Would only drink on a hot day. nb

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Photo of Vic333
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good. Not spectacular, but a good quality beer. Orange/Citrus and hops. Reminiscent of a Blue Moon. It would be good for a hot summer afternoon. A taste I use to really crave, but sadly, one I don't really have much of a passion for anymore.

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Photo of ARoman
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a fresh baked, soft bread with hints of tropical fruit and honey. It pours a clear orange brown with a white, soapy fuzz for a head that has light retention and lace. The taste is a medium sweet light bitter. It's oily with a light, foamy carbonaition and a medium light, grainy body with flavors of bread, light tropical fruit, a bit of caramel, and finishes crisp with a woody herb / pine note and some citrus. The mellow aftertaste is a bit burnt and waxy with a touch of sugary apricot herb that is cloying and lingers on the palate, but it does clean up with hint of clove late.

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Photo of rjs246
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer nerds will take this the wrong way but this is like a Miller Lite that has way more hope on the nose. You smell it right away and it's excellent. Then the taste is crisp but very mild. I can see myself drinking 12 of these but would never confuse it with the world's greatest beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good citrusy hop aroma. There's just a touch of grapefruit in the flavor, but it's held back enough so it doesn't slam you in the head with bitterness like it does in some IPAs.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Big Wave Golden Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "54 5 JAN 22 15"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Kona has always produced solid, quality beers and this one is no exception. I was fearful that it might just be another blonde ale, but it's actually fairly unique. It's a clear dark gold that's probably a touch darker than expected, but it remains light bodied and gently crisp. There's a bit of hop in the nose along with a nice fruitiness, and that fruitiness carries over into the flavor. It's surprisingly tropical! I find distinct pineapple, but there's also a light spritz of citrus, and some other tropical fruits (papaya, mango, etc.). Easy to drink, refreshing, and interesting - a great summer ale! Or, for anytime you want to be reminded of the tropics.

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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinking, light pale ale. Enough flavor to keep it interesting. Light tropical fruit with a touch of hops. A good gateway beer for people ready to get off the bmc kick.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.