Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
Very pleasant. Appearance is a dark yellow/orange with a white head. The smell was very subtle although there were some hop notes. The taste was very crisp and refreshing with some grapefruit from the hops but overall very mellow. The mouthfeel was nice and light. A nice easy summer beer.
08-12-2014 04:07:32 | More by WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5 rDev +4.2%
It must be my birthday - was gifted Big Wave Golden Ale by my father, who got it for free at the store he works at and loathes craft beer. His loss; I embrace all beers. Let's see how this one pleases.
Appearance - Dark brown/yellow, with a pure white head on its top. Very appealing and promising.
Smell - heavy on the aromatic hops, with grapefruit coming through mostly in the nose. I really dig it.
Taste - Not too fruity, not too bitter - it's thoroughly pleasant (I know I say it often), with a mildly sharp, fruity taste coming through before descending into a dryer, more of a lager-like finish (well aware it's an ale).
Mouthfeel - As always, not much different to say that wasn't noted in the taste. Mildly fruity and bitter to create a flavorful little ale. A fun beer to drink; reminds me of Horny Blonde Watermelon Wheat.
Like Watermelon Wheat, this beer is extremely underrated. Sad Landshark Lager and other mediocre summer offerings get more recognition than this subtle offering.
08-12-2014 00:59:51 | More by SteveJeremy
2.36/5 rDev -33.3%
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.
08-07-2014 23:56:28 | More by Keginator70
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.