Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,353
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 36
Gots: 380 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,353 | Reviews: 250
Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Kona Brewing variety pack - served in an Imperial nonic glass
Dated 19-FEB-13

A: Pours a golden straw body with magnificent clarity. Effervescent with micro bubbles that form a thick finger of sudsy white stuff. Decent hang time and some rungs of dripping lace decorate the glass.

S: Smells piney with some grapefruit zest and tangerines. I am getting a light yeast spice and a bit of tropical mangoes. No real malt sweetness coming through. Delicate aromas yet relatively fresh with American hops. Surprisingly nice.

T: Taste is very light, fruity, and tropical with a firm grassy hay note. I get some tangerine citrus, mango, and pines with a moderate amount of bitterness on the palate. There is a light sourdough bread malt base that is not really sweet at all. Alcohol not even mentionable. This almost drinks like a West Coast APA/IPA. Really not bad at all especially on a hot summer day.

M: Clean light and crisp with a nice drying quality. Finish is slightly wetter but very light and dry overall.

D: At just 4.4% this is a really nice session beer. Much hoppier than I was anticipating. It drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale. Light crisp and refreshing warm weather brew. Not your typical Blonde and I would say my favorite of the pack.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Bright golden yellow hue in color (obviously) with a 1/4 inch of white head.
S - Smells of mild hops, pilsner malts, and some bready yeasts.
T - Simple yet not offensive it's far from tasty. Mild hops and bready malts with a touch of fruity yeasts.
M - Not very watery which was surprising for 4%. Drank with a light to medium body though.

Overall this is just a filler review since I got a bottle best by August 2012 yet it wasn't offensive or skunked. I bet fresh this beer would be... something.

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - bright, clear, gold with a soft, thin, white head

S - herbal hop aroma and some faint cereal grains

T - cereal grains, herbal hop character

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather refreshing, light, very easy to drink, session beer. This would be great on a hot day.

Photo of TexasRedskinFan
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer on a recent trip to Honolulu Hawaii... Had it at a company event with an open bar.. Very very tasty. I chose this because it being an open bar selections were limited. Normally I drink regular American Budweiser as my staple beer. But as the Bud Light version was only available I figured "when in Rome"...
I have never seen this beer or any of the Kona Brewery offerings here in Texas so I was interested in what I had in store for me.

This beer is AWESOME.... It is supremely Island fare.. Lightly bodied, very flavourful, easy to drink. It is very "typical golden". Fruity malty notes all over it.. So refreshing when ice cold. And it gets more pronounced as it warms..
Overall this beer is a top selection for any occasion. I'm not sure if its available in Houston because I have yet to see it anywhere.
I can guarantee you that if I find this locally I will be enjoying it on a regular basis.. Might have to put on flip flops though, just so it feels right.

Photo of MShirokov
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Photo of sam_bliss
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright yellow beer in the Duvel tulip. A modest head that subsides fairly rapidly. Slight tanginess, but the taste is more of club soda carbonation.

A subtle, but tantalizing, aroma of hops. Not much malt in the flavor, or much hops either, but it's a standard, clean beery taste. This could be recommended as an inoffensive quaff, but it is pretty well devoid of interest, even for the Blonde category.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

Photo of Vixie
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a small white head.

Smell is mainly malt and yeast.

A lot of malt up front, as well as yeast. Has a bit of floral hops at the finish to keep things balanced.

Ok feel, a touch watery, has a lot of carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing really stands out. Easy to drink, would be nice on a hot day. I am hoping to try more from Kona, now that they are available in my area.

Photo of hosehead83
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet with tropical fruit aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a touch of spice and some tropical fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty golden ale. Bright and refreshing.

Photo of matjack85
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on it right on the bottom of the front label. The only thing I don't know is whether that's a born on date or an expiration date.

The beer poured a clear champaign color, sort of like gingerale gold. The half finger of white head dissipated quickly and there wasn't much lacing.

The beer has both a pleasantr hoppy smell as well as an unpleasant barnyard smell.

Well, well,well - what do we have here? A hop dominated blonde ale. Slightly bitter grapefriut/lemon flavor tempered with a kiss of sweet honey.

Light bodied with medium high carbonation.

It's alright, but I like my blonde ales to be fruitier and maltier.

Photo of GregBlatz
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden, small white head. Clear but with a tiny bit of haze.

S - Sweet grain and lemon.

T - Big hop taste. Dragonfruit or mango. Interesting hop flavor that I can't put my finger on. It is a welcome hop aggressiveness that I was not expecting.

M - Somewhat thin as expected for the stye. Medium carbonation.

O - Wow, now this could be very refreshing on a hot day but you still get some hop flavor. I would like to buy this in 6 packs if available in OH.

Photo of ZAP
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-Mostly clear but a slight haze to a light golden colored ale. Nice creamy white head...

S-Very citrus forward...sweet citrus....oranges...tangerines....apricots....peaches...yes a lot of peaches the more I smell...

T-Not full flavored but has a nice citrus component....peaches and oranges....lighter than on the aroma...could use a little more malt backing.

M-I know this was meant to be a session ale but it is too light in the shorts for me. The very watery body takes away from the flavor some actually as your attention is drawn to that instead.

O-I really like the aroma and the flavor to a lesser regard...the body is very light...I guess in the heat and sun a low ABV tasty ale like this would drink nicely but I wonder how much better this could be with a little more malt at say a still sessionable 5%?

Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow when poured into my pint glass. Superb fine white head of foam. Lace is small, but loopy and somehow appropriate for the "surf" theme.

Nose brings some curious tropical fruit aromas -- I get pineapple and mango. Very appealing!

Taste also echoes some of these tropical fruits, especially citrus, alongside the rich malty backbone. I get a bit of citrus hoppiness at the finish, too, making this a very enjoyable and easy to drink session ale. Perhaps my favorite of Kona's mainland bottled brews, so far.

Photo of MattyG85
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Year round. The waves that roll onto Hawaiian beaches are some of the best in the world. Catch the crest of a breaking wave and ride it all the way in. Our sun-drenched big wave golden is a smooth, refreshing brew. Inspired by what makes Hawaii great. Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale is brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, and is the final year-round bottle release to make it to the east coast. Manufacturing date on the bottle is August 01 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Kona pint glass. Served above 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thin consistency over a pale golden-yellow body with mild carbonation presence. A slight haziness is visible from a cloud of sediment in suspension as well as the presence of occasional pulpy flesh here and there. Lacing is thin and head quality is of little fascination either. It's very predictable for a golden ale, but that doesn't mean it can't improve the way it presents itself. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy emphasis on citrus fruit, with notes of grapefruit and orange, possibly from a bright hop addition, which is notable in the aroma. Pale malts are not the forward aspect of the aroma. A very inviting and clean aroma. 4

(Taste) Sweetness is underutilized. The hop presence with citrus is very tea-like, with little malt body to balance it out. Therefore, it's a bit high on bitterness. Citrus is also disappointingly shallow, with a more musty lemongrass and pale hop character than anticipated. Flavor is a bit shallow throughout. It's not gross by any means, but the lack of a sweet profile really drags the drinkability down, and makes for a thin profile with a limited flavor. Reminds me at times of watered-down green tea. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is fuzzy with a touch of cream. Balance is slightly less sweet than anticipated, mild dry finish with a mild hop bitterness. Body is light for the style, light overall. Carbonation is right, but the body is very shallow and should be a notch higher to reach a desirable balance. 3

(Overall) Low on sweetness. Reminds me at times of a light ale. Quite drinkable like water and tea might be, but not very enjoyable like a more substantial beer should be. Much of the fix would be made with a fuller malt profile, although a brighter-flavored hop flavor would also have made the flavor desirable. Until then, this is merely a drinkable but not particularly enjoyable golden ale. 3

Kona Brewing Company's
Big Wave Golden Ale
/5.00

Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear, golden pale yellow sunshine color. Nice two finger head after the pour. Strong film o' foam for all twelve ounces. Nice bubbling too.

Clean, yet faintly unmalted grain and water cracker aroma. Hints of grass and maybe lemon, plus a pilsner like musk.

Clean and astringent palate from start to finish. Clean hops then somewhat musky and earthy hops on the finish. Malts taste faintly toasted, raw, and crackery all at the same time.

This beer is easy to drink, maybe just a little too earthy/musky for me. Its a pilsner, let its an ale.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thin ring around the edge and some bits of lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose; the smell reminds me a lot like marigolds. As the beer warms up, there are some notes of biscuit malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of floral hops along with some hints of biscuit malts and honey. Some hints of bitterness are also detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has an interesting flavor profile—I can't recall ever having a beer that had a hop profile similar to this.

Photo of QuarterHorse
4.39/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of Braz
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear vibrant gold color with a one inch white head. Head disappears rather quickly leaving a thin lace. Smells of faint floral and grapefruit notes. Taste is very delicate with a very subtle sweetness. Mild fruit/citrus flavor. I didn't pick up much hop flavor but the aroma is there. Easy drinking, reps the style well. Smooth light body.

Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a very nice white fluffy head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus and soft bready malt.

The taste is of lightly bitter citrus hops, sweet bready malt, some toasted grain and grassy notes.

Light body, pretty crisp feel, high carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice beer, good flavor that was very well balanced.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a decent burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.