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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

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 30
Gots: 309 | 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: 1,251 | Reviews: 224
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?

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Riding the wave.

It looks : 1 finger of creamy bubbly head, white. Body is very true to the name, golden in color, and mostly transparent

It smells : citrus hop out front, with rice, ritz cracker, and wet flowers.

It tastes : very delectable malt taste out front, followed by an offensive punch of hop, which thankfully subsided quickly, and then ends with a golden baked bread flavor. I understand the hop must balance the malts, but the way the stenchy hop comes in really screws the pooch. Ends slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel : creamy, light bodied, ends semi-dry.

Overall : it's a good ale, and would be a superior one if it weren't for the rush of garbage hop that comes in halfway through the taste. That being said, I'd have it again, and share it with friends. It is one of the best golden ales I've had, and is satisfying and smooth.

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

Really good and sweet. But all in all It's alright

Photo of guru_gonzo
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How this could he anything less then a 5 blows my mind. Light, crisp, refreshing, and that hint of island that makes you feel like your in hawaii. Very unique.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass thumb print stein.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner white foamy head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some yeast, grass with a hint of fruit even. More going on with the taste as there are some light hops, grass and hay. Very tasty and goes down easy. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and a easy solid "8" if not a "8.5" Hang ten baby!

Photo of ragor0603
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! A great session beer. Surprisingly light on the tongue and smooth but flavorful.

Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as a part of a mix and match sixer. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, hazy golden blonde color with a decent, one finger head that dissipates a quarter of the way through the beer and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit, grass, hay, and a touch of breadiness. Very light nose

Taste - Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and subdued. A touch of fruitiness, some grass, a bit of hay.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated, light body. Pretty thin. Nothing much to speak of.

Overall - Fairly mediocre. Nothing to really get too shook up about. Its not bad, but just isn't anything real good either. Just grab it in a mix and match pack, drink it one time, and decide you won't buy it again.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.