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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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235 Reviews

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 1,483
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 37.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 482 | 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: 235 | Hads: 1,483
Photo of July2Nov
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yep it's golden alright. Minimal head on it w/ a nice clean lace to it.
S: Nice sweet, buttery and apple-like.
T&M: It's hoppy with a dry finnish. Has a slight sweet citrius flavor that rounds it out.
D: This would be a good summer brew or during any hot time of the month, since the whole global warming thing is upon us. I could drink a pitcher of this.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife recently went to Hawaii and brought back a mixed sixer of Kona beers for me to sample. I was excited because we can't get these beers in Washington, DC. Bottle reads "packaged on Dec. 18, '06."

Pours a dense golden apricot color with a one-finger head that thins out quickly, leaving a nice looking film over the whole beer. The aroma is muted but malty. Not much hop character here. Maybe some pear, but not much fruit either. Tastes much the same. Muted and malty with a strong yeasty flavor too. Malty sweetness up front with a mellow, smooth finish. Not an overwhelming beer here, and not one I'll actively seek out when on the west coast in the future. But a good enough session beer that I would not turn my nose up at it either. Aloha.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

deep golden with a bit of orange. a touch of haze and a thin layer of white head that is gone almost instantly.

decent aroma; slightly metallic, but with a honey-like sweetness. slightly fruity, maybe some melons or citrus.

flavor is delicate, bordering on watery. light feel with a medium carbonation, but has a nice gentle sweetness. gentle honey maltiness, with a fairly clean finish. very drinkable, but could use a bit more heft to the flavor.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub on Oahu. I wasn't really all that impressed, maybe I shouldn't have had it at the same dinner where I tried some of their other, more fine, offerings. The blond ale looked like a pilsner, smelled a little malty, and tasted kind of bitter. Not my favorite.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A co-worker brought this back for me from Hawaii. An all right beer that would probably go down better in the summer months. A nice pour. The clean, white head was about two fingers thick. It sunk to a thin cap leaving lacing with each drink. Body is a hazy, straw color with a touch of orange. Sweet malty smell is very light with a whiff of citrus. Light to medium body with a sweet taste from the malt and light hops in the finish. Not too bad of a beer overall. Might have been better if I had it sooner - bottled on date is Feb.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Kona brewpub in Kona.

Poured a golden/orange color with a medium white head that had decent lasting power.

Aroma was quite light with some citrus [orange] coming through.

Taste was of light hops and fruity. Not really much there.

Mouthfeel was light bodied, smooth and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer [not much to offend]. Decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden haze blend of orange and yellow.

Whiffs of light hops and ripe fruit. A rather modest nose that doesn't overpower the senses, yet very pleasant.

Fruity with hints of pear and apples. Snappy moderate hop finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice body. A rather nice and enjoyable blonde ale with a pleasing drinkability level.

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back from my trip to the islands with reviews, of course.

Pours a light golden color with a light head of medium bubbles. Fruity aroma, covers the hops almost completely. Clean, crisp flavor of fruit, light malty sweetness, and slight citrus. Medium body. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A good all around brew to drink on a hot day, but can be just a bit on the heavy side. Similar to the Keoki Gold, although it’s an ale instead of a lager.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in Maui on my first anniversary of my marriage. Kona brewing is pretty much the only craft beer that is found in the Ka'anapalli/Lahaina area of Maui. The color is a nice golden body with a light airy head on it. The aroma has a nice fresh grainy kick to it with a mild hop standout. The taste is clean and refreshing with a heavier taste than I expected. Not a world-class beer, but a nice little beer to add to my collection.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely a volume beer. The sample I poured was brought back from Hawaii, thanks to Nancy and Joe for this one.

My sample poured with absolutely no head at all. I MEAN NO HEAD AT ALL, not even at trace.

The aroma was neutral, maybe just a whiff of hops in the background.

Suprisingly, the beer was almost perfectly balanced and clear of off-flavors.

The mouthfeel was light to medium, with little carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer in terms of quantity, but not enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.