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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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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 pkalix
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw color pour. hope that isnt a bad sign. 4.4% that is a bad sign.... no head to speak of.
smell is pine-y, floral, grapefruit.
taste is . . . . pine-y, floral, grapefruit. eh, nothing special. drinkable, i guess. wouldnt be interested in having more than two of these in a row. maybe 1 and a half.
mouthfeel.... is good.
overall, not my style. it's a hop-py version of a landshark. not much more to say than that. this was beer #6 to fill out my mix-a-six at whole foods this afternoon... i think i had to use the restroom or something and didnt put a whole lot of presence into the decision... but that's why i have the side of Woodford Reserve bourbon. and the LAkers game....

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Wave pours a bubbly golden color with a small head. The aroma is quite nice, it's got fruity hops, citrus, and a bit of grains and sweet malt. The taste brings the grainy malt up front, but it's not too sweet. The citrus and fruit hop flavors, although rather mellow, do a pretty solid job at balancing things out. The grains and a bit of citrus ride out the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a tasty thirst quencher.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head but nice lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma of wheat, grains, tropical fruit with a slight floral note. Flavor also has a nice balance of tropical fruit and wheat/grains with bready notes. The fruit lingers nicely without being too sweet. light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Lease a bit of a sandy feel on the palate in the aftertaste. Nice drinkable beer. More complex than I expected. A nice one to try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, the resulting lace is thin but consistent, and displays good stick.

Smell - Citrus notes are most prevalent; lemon and a touch of orange. Pineapple. Faint bready malts play off in the background.

Taste - What's presented on the nose is reversed on the tongue. Mostly big malt notes upfront, grain and honeyed bread. Hops come in a little firmer on the back end, with citrus and a touch of grass. The finish is quick, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light in body with fizzy carbonation; seltzer water-like quality.

Overall - Fantastic smell, decent flavor, but a poor body... still, if they made this the summer release over the Wailua Wheat, I wouldn't shed a tear.

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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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out.

S - juicy tropical fruit.

T - sweet and tropical upfront with citrusy bitterness taking things to a tart and dry finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a hint of laceing. Aroma is of fruit, and grassy hops. Body is light,and crisp with mild carbonation. Taste is sweetart, with a hint of bready malt. Smooth and refreshing. Liked it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dated aug of 12. consumed oct. of 12.

A: Pale orange with a bright clarity and only a whisper of effervesce. The head was slight, creamy with a light tan coloring displaying a short to moderate retention rate. Minimal splashes of lacing on the vessel.

S: Sweet tropical fruitiness, a mixture of oranges, fresh pineapple and mangos. Sweet and perfuny delivery.

T: Flavor of tropical fruitiness of oranges and pineapples, mangos. Sugary grain sweetness, smooth tropical golden ale. Touches of fruity spice hoppiness and fresh greenery is gentle and complimentary to the fruit based nature.

M: Creamy buttery texture in the mouthful. No carbonation felt, light and refreshing.

O: Overall a beach/poolside refreshment. Tropical hints well suited per locale environment, easy going, well balanced and makes for a easy tropical refresher on a hot hawian summer.

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Photo of dsmcva00
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taking a break from the fall and pumpkin beers I opted for the Big Wave Golden Ale.
Pretty much what I expected. A light golden colored ale. It has a very nice aroma of citrus fruits and hops. This is a mild beer with good flavor. Sweet up front and finishes with a very mild dry bitterness. It is lightly carbonated. It has a light but not watery mouthfeel.
Extremely easy to drink.

This would be a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a fair head but it went away really fast, Not very pretty. The beer had a nice golden color to it though and looked pretty normal. I could not believe how bad this beer smelled, YUK! I'm glad it did not taste like it smelled. It smelled like a guys underarms that had been dressed in black all day riding a camel across the dessert. However the taste was really good, very refreshing and had a good grainy corny taste I like. I will buy again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a two finger white head. The head has a decent retention but eventually fades to give a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall with some bready and malty notes as well as a lighter citrus hop aroma. Mixed with these aromas is a lighter floral hop aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter biscuit and wheat flavor. Some citrus hop then comes to the tongue. It is slightly sweeter and mainly of an orange flavor with some hints of lemon. These flavors take the taste to the end where they combined with some light floral and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer s very light with a carbonation level that is on the average to above average side. Both are quite good for making a very crisp and drinkable beer.

Overall – Rather refreshing and easy drinking. While it is not huge on the flavor profile, it does make for a decent session style brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed in a mix a six.

Pours golden clear with fluffy white foam. good head. Pilsy smell. Clean uncomplicated. Light line of hop woven throughout. Smooth. Just a mellow, run of the mill blonde ale. Nothing remarkable or offensive.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with as a really nice clean and clear looking yellowish gold. The head is white a fizzy looking. The retention and lacing are minimal. The smell of the beer has a grainy malt sweetness that it relatively inviting. Some honey-like aromas are coming in there as well. The taste of the beer has the same type of sweetness with a bit of a corn-like flavor. There is minimal bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, nicely carbonated and slightly creamy. Overall this beer is very drinkable and refreshing too.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color with an off-white head. Decent, in fact, pretty good head retention. Some scattered lacing is left behind.
Smell is a little malt, wheat, hops and citrus blended well together. It gets better as it warms, though.
Taste is pretty much the same. Notes of malt, citrus & evergreen from the hops, slight caramel. Again, the flavor gets better as it warms. In fact, I would suggest waiting 10-15 minutes before starting.
Medium body, carbonation is tart at the start but fades fairly quickly. It's a pretty innocuous beer, a good step in the correct direction away from mega-lagers. Nothing special but at least some flavor and a more restrained hop profile.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bit above the glass giving it a big white head that dies into a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light sour citrus hops with some light grains aroma.

Big citrus hops taste, but not just lemon, a nice variety it seems. Also adding to the citrus taste is an added light grain malt that gives this beer a nice balance.

A light bodied beer with a light dry aftertaste that brings with it a slight citrus bitterness.

I usually don't care to much for the so called golden ales but this one is quite good for that style of beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate effervescence and a clear body. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam without much retention. Not particularly remarkable to look at.

Smell: big fruity hop aroma with pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's a light layer of malt underneath. I really like it.

Taste: grainy malt flavor with a big shot of fruitiness right at the beginning. Sweet and smooth with citrus and pineapple flavors. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: I rather like this beer. Stylistically, it's pretty fruity for a golden ale, but I quite enjoy the blend of fruity flavors they managed here. I'm going to hark back to the days of rating a beer's drinkability and say that, overall, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours golden with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Biscuity grain, some English peas, and white grapes.

T: Nice pils malt style flavour, some grassy hops, golden raisins and some citrus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, creamy, frothy.

O: A solid blonde ale, good flavour, refreshing. Pretty inexpensive so worth a try.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow with a slightly sticky white head

S-bitter grains and cooked vegetables. Smells pretty good actually. Strong scent. 

T-comes in with a very crisp and smooth taste of slightly bitter grains. Theres also a taste of cooked vegetables added. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's good! There's a matching after-taste. It's a solid flavor.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-this is a pretty decent beer. It's very mild yet the flavors are actually quite bold. I could put a lot of this down for sure, though it wouldn't be my beer of choice. It's just an interesting try really. 

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Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale as advertised with a small white head that doesn't hang around.

Smell is a surprise, this is seriously hopped and smells strongly of hops the moment you pop the top off. Strong tropical hop aromas it smells strongly of pineapple and passion fruit. Pine and citrus are present. Malt is light soda crackers.

Starts out neutral malt and slightly sweet without a big bitterness hit. Wheat biscuit malt flavor with a subtle tropical hop flavor. High mineral water slightly sweet with a mild passion fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is light pretty much what you want in a beer of this type.

Overall an interesting beer with a shockingly good aroma. P{pretty much this is a thirst quenching beer made to be pleasant but not win any awards. I can see drinking this again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had the Golden Wave Ale, it was in Hawaii on the Big Island while honeymooning with my wife. I finally found this in Texas, and decided to do a review after not having one for 5 years, lol! I had this offering from Kona Brewing Co. poured into a pint/nonic glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - It pours a clear golden, and did not produce much head on the top, but what was formed was a very bright white.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits with just a bit of hops are what I get on the nose.

T - The main flavor on the palate is sweet grains, with hints of pineapple and citrus. The beer is crisp, clean, and slightly sweet on the finish. There is almost no bitterness whatsoever in this beer.

M - Light bodied, not overly carbonated, it is very smooth.

O - I did enjoy the Golden Wave Ale from Kona Brewing Co. It is a very easy drinking light style year-round beer. Very refreshing beer to drink on any given day.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool, Kona gets it. This is an easy-drinking summer beer (of course I say this in summer) with a spicy citrus rind element from the Willamette and Hallertau hops leading the flavor. The body is quite thin and the barley character is too light. I don't want to call a decent beer like this watery, but something seems missing. Still, there's a decent hoppy finish which is dry but only a little bitter. I'd say this a good crowd-pleaser in that its got clean, distinct hops for beer geeks and a light, easy character for the BMC crowd. Worth a try on a hot day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Upon arriving in Honolulu today, I noticed two things almost immediately in my sleep-deprived state: the big waves of the Pacific ocean from my hotel room lanai, and this particular Big Wave at the ABC stores on every damned block in the neighbourhood.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw hue, with one finger of thin, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some specked lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of tropical fruit, pineapple mostly (I know, it may just be in my head, in my suggestible state), and soft, grainy malt. The taste is more fruity malt, some tangerine and papaya joining the sweet pineapple essence that I just can't seem to shake, with a stronger biscuit character as it warms, as well as some emerging, yet still minor, grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, but quite sedate, the body a medium-light weight, and smooth like fruit juice. It finishes sweet and fruity, like there was any other way.

Another very enjoyable blonde ale - I'm sensing a trend, or even a conspiracy, to dissuade me of my apathy for the style. Nice, fruity, and yet balanced, with crazy local perceived flavours. Oh, and look - the final leg of the Amazing race is in Honolulu, even stopping down the street. Apophenia is in the air again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hotel bar while on vacation in Hawaii, served in pint glass the beer arrives crystal clear with a straw color, 1 finger cream colored head, with good retention and pleasant lacing. The nose is a little faint is pleasant and approachable with a sweet biscuit malt character along with a blend of grassy and citrus hop. The flavor follows suit but is fuller in character. Starts with a gentle biscuit malt base from which a more pronounced citrus, tropical fruit character develops. Mild bitterness. Finishes with a lingering fruit flavor on the tongue, orange. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation the beer is crisp and clear. Easy to drink. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden body, very clear with a small cap of white fizzy stuff. Barely any lacing as retention isn't considered.

Corn, pale grain ,stale bread and a small amount of herbal hops and underlying berry and macintosh apple fruitiness.

Pale grains, lightly bready and some sweet corn. Sweetness increases as it warms. Very faint herbal hops on the back end notes of pine and lemon citrus with a bit of snappy crispness on the back end.

Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a blonde ale. Finishes crisp, not bitter but gets a little sticky as the beer warms.

A decent beer, boring in some places but I can see this being very refreshing on a summer day. Better beers out there but not a bad blonde.

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