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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

1,293 Ratings
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83
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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 34
Gots: 335 | 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: 1,293 | Reviews: 240
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” clingy white foam cap.
S: Piney, minty nose supported by fruit and traces of light malts.
T: Tropical fruit somethere between mango and papaya lightly sweetened by caramel leads up to an assertive hop bitterness.
F: Smooth and creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink beer.

Photo of gsh341
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very easy to drink beer that would be great after a long day in the sun. Light and refreshing without a noticeably different aftertaste.

Photo of ChaimS
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice and hoppy. Light lager. Taste great

Photo of lelepat
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A touch of lemon zest. Nice brew from Hawaii

Photo of Pantalones
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle from the Kona variety pack; bottling date is February 16th, 2015.

The color is pretty appropriate for something called a "golden ale" -- very clear, bright golden sort of color. Bubbles occasionally visible rising up from the bottom. Not a lot of foam on top, but what is present is white and audibly fizzy for the brief period of time before it shrinks away into a scattered layer on top and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell reminds me of freshly-cut grass, but at the same time there's a sweetness to it. Not a super strong smell, not a complex smell with a bunch of different elements mixed together, but it is a very pleasant one.

Flavor is light, but like the smell, what's there is nice. The "cut-grass but sweeter" type thing is definitely present in the flavor (probably the one feature that stands out the most overall), but there's also just a hint of bready/grain type malt flavor, present mostly at the end and sometimes hanging around for just a bit. This flavor seems to come out more as I get near the end of my second glass (...yeah, I had two of them in the same sitting for this review rather than waiting a day or several like I usually do. XD) There's also occasionally something that reminds me a bit of the clear sodas, like Sprite. I'm not picking up any hop bitterness at all until near the bottom of my second glass, and even then it's only just barely noticeable.

Feel is -- as you should've guessed by this point! -- light, but definitely not bad. "Fizzy but it works" is definitely in effect here -- there's definitely the feel of a fizzy drink going on here, but rather than coming across as harsh mouth-prickling it actually feels pretty nice. It's not hard at all to drink bigger gulps of this rather than just sips.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. Unexpectedly nice, actually. I had no idea what it would be like before I cracked open that first bottle and started drinking, but was pleasantly surprised -- enough to go ahead and have a second bottle and write a review right then and there, even. This seems to be pretty much the ideal sort of beer for this hot weather we've been having lately: light enough and low enough alcohol that you can drink multiple bottles without regretting it, and also tasty enough that you'd actually WANT to drink more than one, even if they're not accompanied by food! I may just have to pick up a six-pack of this one before the summer's over (I've noticed that this one's appeared on shelves alongside the Longboard lager recently -- seems like middle-of-nowhere Virginia is beginning to get more Hawaiian beer, heh), as I'm sure the one bottle remaining in the variety pack isn't going to last too much longer.

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing citrus nose on this. There’s very little to not like about this beer. It’s smooth, refreshing, easy drinking, slightly bitter and sweet. I mean how do they do it?

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a good head that decreased, but with good lacing. Living up to it's name sake with a pretty golden color with lots of carbonation and clear. Pleasant light aroma. Good light and refreshing taste. Easily drinkable. Nothing stands out too strong or leaves you thinking "wow." Mild pleasant aftertaste and has a light and pleasing mouth feel. Overall a good refreshing easily drunken brew.

Photo of DrCDPriest
4.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big Wave, excellent color, mouth feel, and most importantly, taste. It seems a small step away from a low IBU IPA, with a citrus finish.

Photo of ferracal
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer
A good session beer

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into an English pub glass.

This brew has a surprisingly chewy and foamy head and ridiculous amounts of lace. Rushes of carbonation continuously surge upwards in the glass while the body is true to the beers name---Golden---with perfect clarity. 4.5

There's a lemony quality to the hops here and a light malt presence. Nothing spectacular to be made out but it's not bad to smell either. 3.5

Not much to go on with the flavor, although I am reminded of something coconut-like that lingers on the finish. There's a slight malt flavor at the start but it's very tame and the hop presence is light and grassy. It's pretty unoffensive in the sense that it's an approachable flavor. 3.25

An interesting feel here, as it almost borders on watery, but has enough maltiness to sway my opinion and call it refreshing and light. There's a bit of hop bitterness but it's light and easy to miss. 3.5

It's an easy-drinker, but doesn't offer the flavor of a session IPA, pils or something else just as slammable. I'd call this a training wheel beer for newbies or folks that just don't like most beers.

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.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.