Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sam_bliss:
2.59/5 rDev -26.6%
Bottle into mug
This one pours crystal-freaking clear, the color of coors banquet--maybe a little darker, but not much. A nice little white bubbly head tops it off. Smells of grassy and citrusy hops, but not strongly enough: I leaned in further to get a better whiff and my nose got wet. I inhaled some foam but detected no more powerful aromatics. I guess Big Wave is just a super clean, weak-smelling brew. An adjunct corny flavor comes through in the taste. I could almost mistake this ale for Bud Light Platinum... It is a bit bready but very lightly malted with a thin consistency. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.
I suppose this is Kona's attempt at an ale that is sessionable and easy-drinking. The fact that I could drink this all night without getting drunk merits a 2.75 overall score, since it's much better than most 4.4% beers such as Keystone Light..
The pilsner-style malts, though very weak, make this one taste almost like a lager. Overall, it is just watery.
04-05-2013 06:16:03 | More by sam_bliss
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev +3.1%
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
06-26-2014 17:27:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-21-2012 23:56:56 | More by MadScientist
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-15-2014 22:47:42 | More by Cavanaghty
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
01-31-2013 07:03:34 | More by MattyG85
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.