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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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225 Reviews

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 1,439
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 41
Gots: 450 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

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
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Reviews: 225 | Hads: 1,439
Photo of TempeBeerMan
1.28/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

A - Clear light yellow, with a one-finger white head which didn't last long. Only the faintest hints of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of dextrin, grass, and Pledge furniture polish. Doesn't smell appealing at all.

T - Things don't get much better here. Some corn sweetness and vague frutiness with a hint of floral hop. Slight salty mineral taste in the finish. Flavors are ridculously mild. Did someone put Michelob Ultra in my bottle?

M - Watery. Beyond watery. Water isnt this watery. Prickly carbonation.

O - Normally I like Kona and I understand this is meant to be a blonde ale, but it's still a big time fail. Just watery, bland, and generally terrible.

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Photo of Overlord
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow, large white head. Smell: pure macro lager. Ugh. Taste slight skunk, overly sweet, unpalatable, sickle, and there's little to nothing "blond" about it.

Just not a good brew, and I never would have guessed that I was drinking an ale. Watery, not very drinkable.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.37/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clean, yellow brew with white thick foamy head. Good lacing.

Papery, wet cardboard, bland.

Thin, wet, awkward dryness, missing much flavor from hops. Papery. Darn near water. Medium carbonation, substantial carbonation helps out the lack of flavors. Too wet and watery, not well balanced or complemented.

Initial drainpour, but then I wanted a crisp clean-ish brew. Cant recommend, but fits the summer profile. Kona can do better, a total miss.

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Photo of Keginator70
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's pop the top and pow- a whiff off a pine needles in a week old laundry basket that neutralizes the appearance of a thick head, lacing that sticks to the glass and rising bubbles.

The aroma combined with the light honey, hint of tea and salt on the tongue doesn't do it for me. However it does finish clean. Tried one slightly warmer and another colder; sadly it does not get any better. Food pairing- I do think this might work in a steak marinade.

Maybe coming from half way across the globe adversely changed the beer. That being said I find it overhyped and not all that. Not recommended.

Honestly if this style is considered to be influential introducing people to craft beers, I'll go all the way over and say I'd prefer a passable AAL or Euro lager almost every time.

I feel so dirty.

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Photo of DevAJ
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Alright after not being able to get even halfway through 3 different American style ales this evening, I think I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like any significant amount of American hops. Supposedly this is the least bitter of the 3 that I tried tonight (Celebration Ale, Audible Ale, and this) and while that may be true, the aftertaste (hop) is still horrible to me. While I thought Pilsner Urquell was a tad more bitter than I like, I was at least able to drink the entire beer. The 3 mentioned, not even close.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty light beer. Smell is slightly hoppy at first but fades. Taste is light and beery with not much else going on. Would only drink on a hot day. nb

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Photo of Billolick
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, with brewed on dating on the label. (JUl 06 15, so just over 2 months ago)

Pours near clear, lighter near golden amber. minimal head, nothing left behind, no film, no collar, no lace...boo

Strange nose with mostly a plastic character.

Sweet malt, honey, and ripe fruits are what I get on the palate.

Pretty bad...

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Photo of WJVII
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this from my sister-in-law who went on her honey-moon in Hawaii. Never would have been able to try this beer in WI so I finally opened it. Poured into a pint glass this was a light golden color. Not much of a head at all and no lacing. This beer has a very sweet smell and a little citrus. Upon tasting this beer had a very thin and almost watery taste. Not much to it at all. I suppose with intense heat on the beach it may be a nice change from the mass produced Mexican beers, but here in WI it doesn't have much appeal. I am glad I got to try it, but I am not too impressed. Maybe if I make it to the big island I will give it another shot?!

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Photo of sam_bliss
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a random ABC Store in Maui, HI. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin broken foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and maybe some grassy/veggie aromas. A bit of a metallic aroma as well. Taste is of malt/grains, grass/veggies, and salt. Why is this beer salty at all? A mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation but it is slightly thick feeling for some reason. Overall, this is not a very good beer. I am still curious as to why this is salty.

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Photo of brdc
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. On tap in Hawaii.

Poured into a pint, it is light yellow in color, and it came with a minimal head, but that could just be the pour, as this is not exactly a beer bar.
Aroma is faint, grains, some fruity notes, no vanilla as others found.
Thin, it was refreshing for the situation, but it lacks flavors in a major way, so descriptions here are limited.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's great for some gnar and whatnot, but you don't wanna get one too big... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises old mango, funky lemon peel, mild grass, and a few tablespoons of honey. The taste focuses on the lemon, with a slightly decreased sense of funk, altogether tempered by a crisp, watery biscuit-ish character. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, an odd little beer, one that seems to wanna be a lightly fruity blonde, but one that ends up a watered-down and funky husk of its own aspirations.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.39 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottling Date: MAR 13 13.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, pale yellow body with a smallish, thin layer of white suds.

Smell: Grainy-scented nose edged with waterlogged biscuits and the faintest, far-off hint of honey. A little flower petal, a little sweaty citrus rind.

Taste: Washed out biscuit-toned malts with a thin, thin honeyed veneer to it. Some husky, grainy astringency noted. Modest floral, faintly citrusy hops with a bit of bitterness aided by the graininess and crisp carbonation. Dry, bitterish, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: What the hell is going on here?

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Photo of BigJim5021
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A coworker snagged this for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Thanks, Liz.

Pale gold with a quickly vanishing white head. Decent lacing.

Smells like... well, not much at all. I'm picking up basically no aroma.

Flavor isn't bad. Tastes a bit like an all-malt lager. It's got a smooth malt presence, though nothing spectacular. Hops are pretty much non-existant. Not bad, though.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied and goes down smooth.

Drinkability is average. There's not much to this beer, but it's also wholly inoffensive. It didn't set my nethers tingling, but I didn't want to puke and die either.

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Photo of BarmatChaser
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a transparent gold color with a quickly disappearing head. Slightly flat with a watery feel. Light bodied with some noticeable hops, but not enough to carry the beer and little to back them up. This is a small step up from their forgettable lager, but not worth the price.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big wave golden ale

A: muted gold, cider apple juice color minimal head with no lacing, no middle carbonation

S honey, grapes, cooked yams; I have a hard time really expounding on such a limited presentation. This is truly a face-value beer.

T mild bread, watery character with a clean finish, cornbread honey character. It feels like a copycat of so many other beers and mixed styles.

M very light with minimal coating if at all, very refreshing no carbonation to follow through but muted sugar notes make it pretty pleasant in hot weather, I GUESS.

D very drinkable character light minimal hop profile perfect for the duty it presents but limited utility

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Clear golden straw in color. Tiny, bleached head of froth. Light lacing.

S-Sweet with an herbal, eucalyptus, cough drop aroma. Crisp graininess with a faint hoppiness that must contribute to that odd herbal aroma.

T-The flavor has that same nearly minty, off-putting flavor. Medicinal hoppiness combined with plentiful sweetness. Dried grains and an odd fruitiness.

M-Needs a bit more bubbles. Light and easy to drink.

O/D-Did not like Big Wave at all. Hard to describe that flavor. It just did not suit me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draught at our local Old Chicago.

Pours a clear gold with a good head of foam and good lacing.

The smell is of earthy malt and grain with a light hint of hop bitterness.

The taste also leans towards the malty side. No sweetness, more earthy and grainy than anything else. The hops impart very little to the overall flavour.

Good enough mouthfeel but I don't think I will drink this again. Boring.

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Photo of jhoban19
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a restaurant in Honolulu. served in a chilled weizen glass.

A: pale golden color with streaming bubbles and a thin white foam. settles into a thin ring quickly, with some decent lacing.

S: caramel malt and yeasty bread dough. that's pretty much it. would have liked even some subtle floral or fruit aromas, but I didn't pick up anything along those lines.

T: all malt- not bad, just uninteresting. a fairly basic brew.

M: probably the best thing I can say about Big Wave is that it goes down smooth with a bit of dryness in the finish. a bit more medium bodied than I was expecting as well.

D: again, not a bad beer, just very simple. on a hot day and in the absence of other options, I wouldn't cringe at having a Big Wave in front of me. I wouldn't seek it out though.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler in high elevation Libby, Mont. Paired with pretzels and reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Large bubbles. Low retention. No real lacing to speak of. Golden color. High clarity and nice carbonation.

S- Golden malts, light hops. Some wheat.

T- Wheat. Not great.

M- Light and watery.

O- Below average golden ale. Nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Part of a pick-six at a local market, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of earthy noble hops. Not much maltiness but lots of hops. Pours into. My SAPP with a nice golden color as expected with an off white multi faceted bubble head that recedes slowly. Taste is as expected from the smell a nice highly hopped taste that is not bitter but earthy. Not much malty backbone so the mouthfeel is a little thin. A tasty ale that wouldn't be offensive to any hopheads. Not one to seek out but imbibe able.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

imported to china by ACBP www.realbeer.com.cn

stamped on neck with 1/18/2008. importer's label also has bottling date

poured into tulip

deep golden honey color with orange and copper hues. relatively clear, though the second half of the bottle brings some haze and yeast sediment. some head, but quickly fades to a few wisps and a ring. no lacing.

faint aroma of citrus peel, with malt note underneath. some other fruity nuances (peach), then some phenols. whiff of grassy hop. hint of bread and yeast.

taste is too dominated by medicinal phenols, throughout and especially in the finish. underneath, some malt and fruity subtleties, plus a snappy hop bitterness, but it all gets lost and distracted by the medicinal character.

not too thin. moderate carbonation.

that's three strikes for kona. sorry to say. although i guess maybe i'll give them another chance, since american blonde ale is such a crap style anyway.

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Photo of hreb
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours pale golden in color with a medium white head and is almost but not quite crystal clear. Pleasant, mild, floral hop aroma. Flavor is in line, mild and neutral. Somewhat fizzy, but drinkable. Slightly nutty grain flavor pleasantly complemented by tropical fruit hop flavors. This beer mostly succeeds in being inoffensive and drinkable. The exception, of course, is that it's really too boring to be a session ale.

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Photo of ARoman
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a fresh baked, soft bread with hints of tropical fruit and honey. It pours a clear orange brown with a white, soapy fuzz for a head that has light retention and lace. The taste is a medium sweet light bitter. It's oily with a light, foamy carbonaition and a medium light, grainy body with flavors of bread, light tropical fruit, a bit of caramel, and finishes crisp with a woody herb / pine note and some citrus. The mellow aftertaste is a bit burnt and waxy with a touch of sugary apricot herb that is cloying and lingers on the palate, but it does clean up with hint of clove late.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head. Aroma of very light pale malt with a mild biscuity sweetness and a hint of tropical fruit. Palate is rather, um, neutral. Pale malt with a touch of sweetness and an underlying note of tropical fruit. The sweetness fades on the finish, yielding to a mildly chalky flavor and texture. Body is watery and, again, mildly chalky at the finish. You could do worse than this on a hot day, but it is pretty uninteresting.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.