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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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BA SCORE
81
good

1,260 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 30
Gots: 317 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,260 | Reviews: 230
Photo of HOPSareKey
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the best session beer. Crisp, clean and refreshing.
with a tiny bit more aroma, it's a 5 star.

Photo of Miami66
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It has a low ABV which is great, the taste is slightly hoppy and a tiny bit of fruit flavor. Beautiful golden color!

Photo of Tankmass
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional golden ale. Very refreshing and cleanses the pallet. The lower abv and the crisp taste makes this a very easy beer to consume.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draught at our local Old Chicago.

Pours a clear gold with a good head of foam and good lacing.

The smell is of earthy malt and grain with a light hint of hop bitterness.

The taste also leans towards the malty side. No sweetness, more earthy and grainy than anything else. The hops impart very little to the overall flavour.

Good enough mouthfeel but I don't think I will drink this again. Boring.

Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap for Old Chicago's 2015 Cinco de Mayo mini tour. Nice looking golden ale with a foamy head that recedes to zilch but leaves a bit of lace. Smells of citrus and faint papaya definitely tropical though. Pretty decent smelling brew. Taste is crisp, citrus, papaya, melon, grassy. Tasty and least to drink. Malt is a background item and this is dry and refreshing with a nice ephemeral bite of tropical presence. I enjoyed this. Pleasantly juicy. Unless it's dramatically different out of a bottle or can I feel this beer is underrated.

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what to say about this beer other than that it's about as average as a beer could be. Not bad by any means, but it isn't special in any way and it doesn't have any qualities that jump out at you.

Photo of Tonedef
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with good amount of head and some lacing going down..smells like honey malty goodness with a slight touch of hops..taste follows the nose..malty smooth and a touch of hops..a good tasting enjoyable beer..a solid B

Photo of DevAJ
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Alright after not being able to get even halfway through 3 different American style ales this evening, I think I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like any significant amount of American hops. Supposedly this is the least bitter of the 3 that I tried tonight (Celebration Ale, Audible Ale, and this) and while that may be true, the aftertaste (hop) is still horrible to me. While I thought Pilsner Urquell was a tad more bitter than I like, I was at least able to drink the entire beer. The 3 mentioned, not even close.

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, it may have been brewed in any of five places. the closest is Memphis TN, so I will assume that is where this one was made.

Pours out to a permanent white head and minimal lacing. Bright golden color. Aroma is biscuity and citrusy with a bit of tropical fruit esters likely from the yeast. Hop aromas are grapefruit, grass and floral. Flavor is clean and refreshing with sweet pale malts and floral/fruity hops balancing perfectly with a crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Damn good blonde.

Photo of Felipe21
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Refreshing taste. Best if it's almost frozen.

Photo of McAfee85
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrus smell and taste, goes down easy. Great beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of Hooligan23
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer.. Very refreshing

Photo of Youngrazor
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer to drink on a warm day. No bite on the back end

Photo of Jungyong
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1st beer in Severna Park

Photo of CIBoy10
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was on-tap at the Astros spring training facility in Kissimmee, FL. On a hot 90+ degree day where I literally turned red from sunburn, I couldn't have asked for a better beer. It was a good hoppy while being exceptionally refreshing and having a clean finish. I walked away very impressed. I really like the Kona offerings.

Photo of V1per41
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure golden ales are supposed to be this hoppy, but it was too bitter for my taste.

Photo of Ernie_B
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden ales can be difficult to pull off. Kona did a good job though.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 4th 2015

Look - Pours light golden amber with thin white head that dissipates quickly to a film with medium bubble distribution. Very little clinging. 3 paws.

Smell - Notes of apricot and honey, small amount of steely hop character. Not too bad. 3.5 paws.

Taste - Not terribly flavorful, the apricot that was on the nose is present in the taste as well. Slightly bitter finish, nicely balanced. Reminds me of a more "robust" Budweiser. 4 paws.

Feel - Crisp and refreshing, thin and watery. Finishes smooth, most of the tingle is one the sides of tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - I've had bad experiences with Kona so I wasn't expecting much, but was actually pleasantly surprised. 3.75 paws.

Photo of austen_d
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My "go to" beer, one of my favorites. Clean, crisp, and smooth yet has enough character to keep it interesting. To me, it is what I base all other golden ales on.

Photo of supervike
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden orange color, the smell is faintly metallic, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. It has a malty flavor that isn't overpowering. Smooth and flavorful, no bad beer aftertaste at all. Mild carbonation gives it a good overall feel and taste.

Photo of cdrinkwine
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than I'd expect for the style. A little too malty for my taste.

Photo of kinggimp
2.11/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not fond of this one.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of crackers, biscuits, minerals, honey, grass, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, biscuits, crackers, minerals, grass, lemon, and herbs wash across the palate. The finish is clipped, offering lingering flavors of biscuits, crackers, and lemon.

M: Medium in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp.

O: This is not a bad blonde ale. I could see this really hitting the spot on a hot day.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear golden body with slowly rising bubbles. Foamy white head that leaves massive sudsy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops that bring a woodsy cedar note, with lots of citrus in the way of lime and subtle grapefruit peel.

Taste: A little more subdued than the aroma, but the same bright citrus zest with more of an orange flavor coming through. A softer malt presence brings down the sharpness of the hops as compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Clean, bright, light bodied.

Overall: Quite delicious, very refreshing with loads of citrus zest.

Photo of Boughner33
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are in Hawaii drinking this, how can you not enjoy this beer?

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.