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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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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 182 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Das_Reh, Nov 01, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale gold, massive white foam head.

SMELL: Fruity, grain, honey

TASTE: Smooth, light-ish body, light sweetness, cereal grains, fruity, mildly tropical, toasty, honey finish

If the average non-beer geek drinker were to close their eyes and imagine what beer might taste in Hawaii, they might expect to taste something like this beer; a light ale with seemingly tropical fruity notes. Decent and drinkable.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.4%

BeerAdvocate, Jun 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

mojohawk21, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Turbo, May 23, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale golden beer with good clarity. The white head is made of rocky bubble having a fiar head retention.

S: moderate malt sweetness that has fresh baked bread character along with a light peach fruitiness. It has a moderately-light citrus and pineapple hops aroma.

T: There is an initial malt sweetness with a very-light bready malt flavor. It has a moderately-light hops bitterness and light citrus and tropical fruit hops flavor. There is a light bit of fruitiness. The balance is somewhat bitter with a medium-dry finish. There is a light citrus aftertaste.

M: The is a medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An easy drinking, light bodied beer that would be nice and refreshing on a hot day. Would pair with seafood, chicken and lighter food.

MadScientist, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

markmo, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

JoeD15, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

chossboss, Mar 16, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Hops with a light citrus and wheat smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of wheat with hops and light citrus after taste.

Overall: Good beer to go with my fried seafood.

Cavanaghty, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

bgguy1, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Janeinma, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fionn13, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

juicebox, Jul 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label bottling date of Nov 15, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A laid back aroma of citrus fruit and soft malt. Soft pale malts with hints of wheat, grain, cracker, and biscuit. Decent hints of citrus orange, lemon, and a little mango. Hop scents are very faint. A very light smell but the citrus hint is nice.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a pretty light taste with citrus being the dominate flavor coming out. Pale malts with some notes of wheat, cracker, grains, and biscuit. A nice taste of citrus orange, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Light earthy hops and grass towards the finish. A decent taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and somewhat juicy. Goes down very easy.

Overall: A decent version of the Blonde ale style. Light and crisp with a nice citrus fruit taste.

MattyG85, Jan 31, 2013
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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.