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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

865 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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SexyBeerB1tch

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-29-2014 20:15:55 | More by SexyBeerB1tch
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-29-2014 03:13:50 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Skyjmpr

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-28-2014 21:52:49 | More by Skyjmpr
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bondjedi

Washington

3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Straight from the bottle. I had maybe 4-5 of them.

Inoffensive and lackluster aroma. Thin and watery on the palate, Not much on the finish. I could drink this all day long and get a decent buzz without getting out of control. I think of this brew as a high-end Corona.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 15:46:06 | More by bondjedi
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-27-2014 18:57:02 | More by tommyguz
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squirrel49

South Dakota

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

04-27-2014 03:45:39 | More by squirrel49
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-26-2014 13:21:44 | More by udubdawg
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SoCalSuds

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-25-2014 02:27:22 | More by SoCalSuds
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racingkenny14

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-24-2014 23:59:40 | More by racingkenny14
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Stofko1992

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-24-2014 04:02:10 | More by Stofko1992
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-23-2014 03:41:42 | More by jrohrbacher
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KCRealAle

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-23-2014 00:07:59 | More by KCRealAle
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williahd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-22-2014 19:19:41 | More by williahd
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Kona Brewing Company's Big Wave Golden Ale a couple days ago at the Lager mill. It's been a long time since I've had a beer from Kona and since they just entered our market I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I think it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly white head that faded to a thin ring fairly quickly and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I really liked the color, but I thought the head and head retention were lacking.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt, lightly grain, light bready and crystal malt like aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice citrus hop aroma with a slight tropical fruit aroma showing up in the background. The aroma was pretty nice, I wasn't expecting such a nice bright fruity hop aspect.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart those same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the bready and grainy hops being the first to show up. Up next comes the hops which are much lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart a very light citrus hop flavor with an equally light floral hop flavor. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a grainy, bready and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. the mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a solid example of a Blonde/Golden Ale, it had most of the aspects that I would expect from the style, it had a pretty bright aroma, but I found myself wishing it tasted more like it smelled. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these when it's warm out, but I think after two I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice and I thought it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that taste, it came off a little bland and I wish it was a little more like the aroma. I might buy this beer if I want an easy drinking beer, but I don't think it's something that I need to keep in the fridge and I think it's worth trying at least once, but I doubt it will be an instant favorite. I think it's a nice beer to enjoy in warm weather. All in all I thought this was a fairly solid beer, it wasn't the most memorable, but for a Golden Ale I thought the aroma was pretty memorable and it had a pretty even amount of pros and cons. So far this is my favorite beer from Kona, but it isn't a favorite of the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice easy drinking beer, keep up the solid work.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 03:30:01 | More by StoutHunter
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Jesswellick

Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A floral and fruity beer. Slight citrus hints that pull all the flavors together. Malty flavors that pull everything together. Great for the hot summer days that you want a different beer. Has a great finish, but not too over powering leaving you wanting to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 01:09:09 | More by Jesswellick
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SteveMcQueen36

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-21-2014 16:54:53 | More by SteveMcQueen36
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-21-2014 01:54:42 | More by ahommell
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brandoncun

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +13%

04-20-2014 19:58:22 | More by brandoncun
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Supra97

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-20-2014 18:16:36 | More by Supra97
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-19-2014 19:45:35 | More by smakawhat
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

04-18-2014 17:00:50 | More by billhelm
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-18-2014 03:40:01 | More by hockeyfighter19
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complexnomenclature

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-17-2014 19:17:18 | More by complexnomenclature
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Davidc117

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-17-2014 18:42:09 | More by Davidc117
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axxe

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%

04-16-2014 21:22:50 | More by axxe
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.