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Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
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270 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,650
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
36.16%
 
 
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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

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

Added by Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 1,650
Photo of joecaputi
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess it's the label and provenance but I first smelled pineapple and mango LifeSavers. All in all easy drinking and nice all around. Bowled over? Not really but nice.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kona Big Wave, 4.4% ABV, 20 IBU, style American Blonde Ale. Pours hazy golden with medium thickness, one finger of foam that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Nose is malty fruity sweetness, taste follows. No bitterness, very drinkable. Overall a real decent and refreshing brew.

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Photo of harpo111
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fruity and floral. Light smooth ale with a citrus note. Very easy drinking brew. Not heavy at all. Descent food beer..not overpowering but adds a good note to wings and other foods.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is really clean and malty. Taste follows, balanced, malty at first with some light, grassy hoppiness. Light body with medium to high carbonation. Not bad but it's quite generic and boring.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly great beer. I was expecting a typical American lager type bland experience. This one has a lovely smell and taste of apricot. I have no idea where that flavor came from, but it was really nice. Between a lager and an amber, nice golden color. This is a beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty similar in appearance to the Wailua Wheat, maybe a little lighter with a little thicker head, though it dissipates just as quickly. The smell is also citrusy, but in this case it’s an orange / lemon scent. In this case I think the fruit flavor blends much more nicely than the Wailua Wheat. There is a fairly strong taste of orange, but just as much so is the malty beer flavor. There is also a faint sweet, floral essence. It’s very light bodied. It tastes fairly akin to a Blue Moon, though better I would say. The finish is very crisp and clean to the point that there is almost no aftertaste, which to me is neither a good or bad thing. It’s definitely a nice session beer, for the price, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, a clean, decent tasting light ale from Kona. Not sure why it's getting such low ratings. It's nothing amazing but it's more drinkable than most beers out there.

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Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a large plunder glass. The appearance is a clear, pale golden color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and fruit. The taste is very nice blend of fruit, malt and hops. A great summer time beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden in color, crystal clear body and a nice fluffy white head with thin lacing.
Smell: Sweet malty aromas, mild sugar cane, apples and that’s about it.
Taste: Sweet, malty with nice a spiciness to it. It’s mildly bitter towards the aftertaste, but well balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Crisp. Semi dry and well carbonated.
Overall: Nice, clean and crisp, very refreshing.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Floral and somewhat sweet smelling. Juicy fruit gum. Perfumey. Crackery malts and honey. Biscuits. Citrus fruits. Clean and bright.

A burst of sweet citrus and graham. Lemon and honey. Balancing bitterness. Somewhat doughy malt character. Cheerios. Cleanly fermented. Dries out in the finish nicely.

Light body with medium high carbonation. Prickly bubbles, but enough malt character to keep it from feeling fizzy. Clean and dry.

Nice blonde ale. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger head. There was a lot of bubbles from carbonation.

You get subtle aromas of tropical fruits but I could not distinguish which. Slightly floral.

The taste gives sweet hints of mango and citrus with very subtle hops character in the back. There is some grainy tastes in there.

The beer has a nice medium feel to it with less carbonation that what it appeared to have during pour. Finishes crisp in the mouth.

Over all this is a nice sipping golden ale. It is very pleasant to drink and refreshing. At the low abv I can easily add this into a session and not get bored of it whatsoever.

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Photo of dar482
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a medium gold color.

The aroma offers hints of citrus and stone fruit, hints of tropical, with a sweet grainy malt character.

The flavor is instead dominated by a grainy sweetness, a hint of wheat, a light flavor profile throughout, with a medium carbonation and a medium minus body with a smooth lightly sweet finish, hints of grassy hops.

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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light easy going golden ale with a great tropical fruit aroma, think mango. Taste is straught forward hoppy very little balancing malts make it refreshing but also a bit harsh. Hop flavor mainly pine and grapefruit
Good drinkability. Not watery or fizzy.
Indeed a very nice refreshing beer after a day in the sun.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice, golden, slightly cloudy with a half inch head that dissipated quickly
S: sweet odor with some elements of citrus and bread
T: yummy citrus with a mild hop, sweet, (is that pineapple and banana ?)
F: easy drinking with some pleasing carbonation
I: I don't care what others think, I loved it. Will be on my short list.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden brown with a white head that quickly disappears, but leaves a nice lacey ring after each sip. Smell is unique - malts, grain, grass, some chocolate, and even coffee. Opens malt forward, with hints of grass, grains, yeast. Smooth and highly drinkable. Solid offering.

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp with a hint of citric, herbal hop. Dry, crisp finish and well carbonated. Just a mild touch of sweetness. A great summer session beer best drank extra cold.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, with a moderately sized head featuring quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smells predominately of grains, but I also detected some flora notes, dare I say marijuana?

Taste is similar to the smell. Everything about this is light. There's some grassy flavors (did I forget to mention pot?), and the grains is definitely present. Overall this is a forgettable yet solid brew. Which is probably what anyone should expect.

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer both on tap and in the botle in Hawaii. It pours a clear gold color with floral md pale malt aroma. The taste is soft, balanced and slightly hoppy. Fruit is present as well..subtle and mildly sweet. Lightly-medium in body and lingering oh friuty in mouthfeel. Okay.

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Photo of ferndave
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent ale, not heavy, not too light. It's very average, and I mean that as a compliment. It doesn't lean too heavily on hops or malt, but the flavor is present. Much better than a macro without getting into intense flavors.

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Photo of droomyster
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden body with little staying-power but nice glass lacing from the thin collar of white foam.. LIght but pleasant aromas of grain and honey are simple but clean and inviting. Taste is surprisingly grassy up front, with a lightly sweet grainy middle and shallow finish that reminds me of selter water. Light and refreshing for a warm day, but even then I'd prefer a different choice.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: March 5, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: the Knights of Columbus dinner finished... APPEARANCE: well, the body is as advertised, a crystal clear gold that sends steady spirals of effervescence upwards...a surprising half-finger, surf-white head surfaces and stays... AROMA: a fruity bouquet with mango, pineapple and lemon dish detergent mingle with berry, pear and hay... the caramel malts are detectable but not impactful... PALATE: light bodied... easily drinkable, with little texture... some dryness late, with an aftertaste that offers a bit of grit at its end...otherwise, meh.. TASTE: light hints of citrus fruits--mostly grapefruit, lemon and mango--with a tinge of lightly mowed hay... the flavor is refreshing but spritzy and metallic, with the caramel slightly adding some balance... OVERALL: as Kona goes, a reasonable case filler, with a refreshing return... not quite a memorable ale--not clean enough, not smooth enough--but useful in a sessionable manner...

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, all around nice grainy flavor and aroma. Body is full and has a medium carbonation level, quite smooth. Head retention is good. Its a simple beer, nothing overly challenging but very light, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of mark5692
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorites. Sweet but slightly hoppy and just tasty. Goes down easy and is very refreshing. Has a slight botanical taste that is fitting to Hawaii and what the beer is trying to represent. What I dislike is that it's distributed by AB and yet costs around $15 for a 12 pack.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with a thin white head. Initial impression is slight malt sweetness with an equally slight floral hoppiness. Moderate carbonation and quite light mouthfeel. Slightly sour finish. Very refreshing - would be a good beach session beer. Not something I'd go out of my way to find, but vastly superior to the beers that feature beaches in their ads!

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial moderate head that leaves some spots but as the tasting wears on, the glass becomes devoid of all lace. The color is straw yellow and clear.

Very mild aroma. There's a whiff of hop spice but the rest grainy pale malts. Nearly imperceptible.

Light pale malt start (no grain) but there's a decent amount of hop in the swallow. The body is excellent for the style. The aftertaste, while short, has just a touch sourness. Overall, a decent offering for the style but not a beer snob's typical fare.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.