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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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1,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 22
Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of dsmcva00
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, clear, golden color with an off-white head.

Smell is of mango juice and ocean breeze.

Taste is light, slightly sweet and thirst-quenching. Malt prominently comes in towards the end, balancing with the aroma hops. Carbonation is pretty high at first, but a few minutes of off-gassing and warming up lend itself well to this beer. The finish is of biscuit malt.

I really like this beer! It’s really drinkable, refreshing, and quite balanced. My favorite Kona Brewing Co beer!

dsmcva00, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Rihup, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Wasupmx, Sep 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

tneenan1, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

ObiBeerCanobi, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of MShirokov
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The "notes" above describe this beer well.
I tried it yesterday among several other beers, and this one was my favorite.
It's very "refreshing," not heavy at all, yet has a great smell and flavor. My girlfriend was the one who ordered this one and I kept reaching for her glass, smelling it and taking a sip.
A very "fun" beer, not "in your face" at all, just fruity, bubbly and fresh.

MShirokov, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of QuarterHorse
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.

It smells of apricot, citrusy hops, with a hint of honey sweetness.... very pleasant

The taste is full of bready malt, honey, a touch of grapefruit, with a hint of toasted biscuit that lingers with mild hop bitterness in the finish.

This brew is very well balanced with impressive flavor and aroma considering the session strength ABV. I really enjoyed this beer ,which could become a summertime staple for me.

QuarterHorse, Dec 28, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

Joshp, Aug 21, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

VineyardBeer, Oct 16, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +22.8%

BrianO79, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of hosehead83
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light copper/gold in color,with a decent cap of white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citus hops, tropical fruit notes
Taste-Fruity citrus hops, soft pineapple note, underlying citrus rind. Well-balanced, smooth, fresh and tasty. Fish tacos would fit the bill nicely.

hosehead83, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Sparkyinsurf
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not normally a fan of light ale, but this beer was better than any light ale i can think of. It is in line with a good pilsner.

1.Appearance: Nice head, not too carbonated with a yellow/copper consistent to a pilsner.

2. Smell: A lemon citrus smell, not overpowering like a blue moon or other citrus ale type.

3. Taste: Fantastically refreshingly light. This will be my qualty "coors light" go to day beer.

4. Mouthfull: A light beer but enough hoppyness to be an Americanized "Hawaiian" type German pilsner.

5. Overall: I might have scored this too high becouse of my lowered expectations. But, it is exactly what i would want in a light beer "coors light take notice" as to how it should taste. ( reference; I've never liked their logger and loved their kona porter )

Sparkyinsurf, Nov 30, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Noswal, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

DruC4, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Dammer-licht, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

kristenrae8, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

this_is_casey, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

m125x, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

bubseymour, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

bundy462, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

ShawnClubb, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Aash, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

tvghost, May 17, 2014
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.