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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,083 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 24
Gots: 179 | 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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Reviews by output01x:
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled JAN 05 12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream colored head that fades to a thin dusting and thin foam ring in a couple minutes. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw with a light amount of lazy carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but never adhere too long.

The nose is not the strongest my nostrils have dug into but it is pleasant and rather well-balanced. Sweet, biscuity malts lay the groundwork for citrusy and grassy hops. Notes of orange peel and papaya are detectable but distant.

Light and sweet malts start each sip along with flavors of pine and citrus hops. Swallowing the beer releases more of the hops flavors carrying notes of pine needles, freshly cut grass, lemon rind, and grapefruit. As these flavors fade, a mellow orange flavor develops and is soon met by a slight grassy bitterness. An orange sherbert aftertaste persists between sips.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer crisp, clean, and refreshing (sound familiar?). The body is light enough to make this both a warm spring night sipper as well as a hot summer day gulper. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and really helps this beer's drinkability (especially during the swallow).

output01x, Mar 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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
Photo of MadScientist
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%

DWolf, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

ValpoExpo, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

JoeD15, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Nversobr, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Beerswag, Aug 08, 2013
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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
Photo of Cavanaghty
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
Photo of MattyG85
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 1,083 ratings.