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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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81
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1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of jbabs
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bear1964
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy white head that falls slowly with some light lacing. Color is a very clear light golden. Mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: mild citrus(lemon), grass, and hay. Some light toasted barley.
Mouthfeel: light, fairly crisp, with a an easy dry finish.
Flavor: not too complex, but more malt forward than the aroma. Caramel, bread crust, a bit of lemon, and grass.
Overall: a good brew, not outstanding, but very enjoyable.

Photo of SulfurFury
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CJNAPS
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Perfect light beach beer, lacking in flavor a little

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Botulizard
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beestin
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

2.25 on all accounts. Outlier? More like website glitch

Photo of TempeBeerMan
1.28/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

A - Clear light yellow, with a one-finger white head which didn't last long. Only the faintest hints of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of dextrin, grass, and Pledge furniture polish. Doesn't smell appealing at all.

T - Things don't get much better here. Some corn sweetness and vague frutiness with a hint of floral hop. Slight salty mineral taste in the finish. Flavors are ridculously mild. Did someone put Michelob Ultra in my bottle?

M - Watery. Beyond watery. Water isnt this watery. Prickly carbonation.

O - Normally I like Kona and I understand this is meant to be a blonde ale, but it's still a big time fail. Just watery, bland, and generally terrible.

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarmatChaser
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a transparent gold color with a quickly disappearing head. Slightly flat with a watery feel. Light bodied with some noticeable hops, but not enough to carry the beer and little to back them up. This is a small step up from their forgettable lager, but not worth the price.

Photo of CelticBelly1
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenspointexas
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBIU
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw color. Creamy fluffy white head. Right on point for the style.

Smell is not too strong, passion fruit and cereal grain.

Taste is nice on this one. Golden Ale's for me either go herbal or fruity. I think of the dividing line beers for that discussion to be Summer Love by Victory and River Ale/Twilight Ale by Deschutes. Summer Love being herbal and Deschutes being more fruity. Kona leans more towards the fruity side, which I happen to like more.

Mouth feel is light which for a 4.4% is to be expected.

Overall one of my favorite Golden Ales. Not the best I have tasted but in the top 5. Great entry level craft beer for beginners as well.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hambone
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dirty_Island
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the River road Tavern
Deep golden color with a decent white head. Earthy citrus hop, with bread and light caramel. Decent brew.

Photo of SSS
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.