Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,388
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 39
Gots: 408 | 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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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 1,388
Photo of supervike
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden orange color, the smell is faintly metallic, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. It has a malty flavor that isn't overpowering. Smooth and flavorful, no bad beer aftertaste at all. Mild carbonation gives it a good overall feel and taste. (264 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of crackers, biscuits, minerals, honey, grass, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, biscuits, crackers, minerals, grass, lemon, and herbs wash across the palate. The finish is clipped, offering lingering flavors of biscuits, crackers, and lemon.

M: Medium in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp.

O: This is not a bad blonde ale. I could see this really hitting the spot on a hot day. (484 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear golden body with slowly rising bubbles. Foamy white head that leaves massive sudsy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops that bring a woodsy cedar note, with lots of citrus in the way of lime and subtle grapefruit peel.

Taste: A little more subdued than the aroma, but the same bright citrus zest with more of an orange flavor coming through. A softer malt presence brings down the sharpness of the hops as compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Clean, bright, light bodied.

Overall: Quite delicious, very refreshing with loads of citrus zest. (589 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Riding the wave.

It looks : 1 finger of creamy bubbly head, white. Body is very true to the name, golden in color, and mostly transparent

It smells : citrus hop out front, with rice, ritz cracker, and wet flowers.

It tastes : very delectable malt taste out front, followed by an offensive punch of hop, which thankfully subsided quickly, and then ends with a golden baked bread flavor. I understand the hop must balance the malts, but the way the stenchy hop comes in really screws the pooch. Ends slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel : creamy, light bodied, ends semi-dry.

Overall : it's a good ale, and would be a superior one if it weren't for the rush of garbage hop that comes in halfway through the taste. That being said, I'd have it again, and share it with friends. It is one of the best golden ales I've had, and is satisfying and smooth. (843 characters)

Photo of guru_gonzo
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How this could he anything less then a 5 blows my mind. Light, crisp, refreshing, and that hint of island that makes you feel like your in hawaii. Very unique. (159 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass thumb print stein.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner white foamy head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some yeast, grass with a hint of fruit even. More going on with the taste as there are some light hops, grass and hay. Very tasty and goes down easy. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and a easy solid "8" if not a "8.5" Hang ten baby! (592 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as a part of a mix and match sixer. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, hazy golden blonde color with a decent, one finger head that dissipates a quarter of the way through the beer and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit, grass, hay, and a touch of breadiness. Very light nose

Taste - Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and subdued. A touch of fruitiness, some grass, a bit of hay.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated, light body. Pretty thin. Nothing much to speak of.

Overall - Fairly mediocre. Nothing to really get too shook up about. Its not bad, but just isn't anything real good either. Just grab it in a mix and match pack, drink it one time, and decide you won't buy it again. (765 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy white head that falls slowly with some light lacing. Color is a very clear light golden. Mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: mild citrus(lemon), grass, and hay. Some light toasted barley.
Mouthfeel: light, fairly crisp, with a an easy dry finish.
Flavor: not too complex, but more malt forward than the aroma. Caramel, bread crust, a bit of lemon, and grass.
Overall: a good brew, not outstanding, but very enjoyable. (492 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
1.28/5  rDev -64%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

A - Clear light yellow, with a one-finger white head which didn't last long. Only the faintest hints of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of dextrin, grass, and Pledge furniture polish. Doesn't smell appealing at all.

T - Things don't get much better here. Some corn sweetness and vague frutiness with a hint of floral hop. Slight salty mineral taste in the finish. Flavors are ridculously mild. Did someone put Michelob Ultra in my bottle?

M - Watery. Beyond watery. Water isnt this watery. Prickly carbonation.

O - Normally I like Kona and I understand this is meant to be a blonde ale, but it's still a big time fail. Just watery, bland, and generally terrible. (701 characters)

Photo of BarmatChaser
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a transparent gold color with a quickly disappearing head. Slightly flat with a watery feel. Light bodied with some noticeable hops, but not enough to carry the beer and little to back them up. This is a small step up from their forgettable lager, but not worth the price. (284 characters)

Photo of PBIU
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw color. Creamy fluffy white head. Right on point for the style.

Smell is not too strong, passion fruit and cereal grain.

Taste is nice on this one. Golden Ale's for me either go herbal or fruity. I think of the dividing line beers for that discussion to be Summer Love by Victory and River Ale/Twilight Ale by Deschutes. Summer Love being herbal and Deschutes being more fruity. Kona leans more towards the fruity side, which I happen to like more.

Mouth feel is light which for a 4.4% is to be expected.

Overall one of my favorite Golden Ales. Not the best I have tasted but in the top 5. Great entry level craft beer for beginners as well. (668 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, nice color, head, lacing, blah blah blah. Let's get to the thick of things. There is something I like very much about this beer. This pale ale has a mild aroma which consists of hops, malt and some citrus. The aroma is pleasant. The taste, on the other hand is my favorite. Please do not judge me, but the taste is like a combination of hops, lemony citrus and some good skunk weed from the west coast(no really!!). This pale ale goes above and beyond and balances the citrus and hops so well. This beer is refreshing, feels good on the palate, and leaves you wanting more and more. Well Done, KONA !!!!!!! (610 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

From a bottle, bottled in early September, into a stange

A: pale shiny gold, a little haze, big head
S: Pretty sweet, grainy, with some honey, some floral notes, and some citrus
T: Light, clean, grains, some muted passion fruit, a little bit floral, and some honey and crackery malt on the end. Okay, but it doesn't really come together in a way that I find all that pleasing.
M: thin, watery, medium carbonation

Overall: Eh. Better than most macros, but not by much. (477 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. The other offerings that I've enjoyed from Kona were quite light and that was the case here as well, even though this was better than I anticipated Since the alcohol was barely noticeable, this went down easy and smooth without much of an aftertaste or any lingering carbonation.

Nice golden pour to this with a hint of cloudiness in the hue and a frothy head the left rings of lacing along the back side of my pint glass. Some bread could be detected in the nose and there was a bit of cereal and grain in the taste on top of that. There was a bit of peach and tropical fruit under that and the mouthfeel was pretty light from start to finish. Good carbonation but not enough to lift everything up, as the flavors slowly faded away after every sip.

I only had one of these at a time but it would have been easy to down a few in one sitting given that I never tasted or felt the alcohol. While low on grain and body, there was a hint of bitterness and just enough fruit flavor and crispness to make this easily enjoyable. This would make for a great lawnmower beer when the warmer weather returns but by itself, this was quietly enjoyable. (1,206 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color with practically no head.
Nice tropical fruits aroma with predominant notes of pineapple, passion fruit and mango.
Likewise, fruity flavor with notes of honey, papaya, orange citrusy, passion fruit and melon. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness. Hops are very present in flavor and aroma, similar to an APA, but not much for bitterness.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Positive surprise, I was expecting a boring beer. This is a flavorful beer with lots of tropical fruits. Assertive, clean and utterly pleasant. If it was easy to find I would always have this in my fridge to chill out.
Ap.3 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.4 Cj.3,75 (657 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Pale yellow color. Good perfume of flowery hops. Good carbonation and retention. Taste is malty and fuity. Light body. Good carbonation.
Great drinkability. (157 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

A: Pours golden. Finger of bleached white head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate to minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate, with a fair amount of bubbles rising rapdily to form the head.

S: Malt dominant, with notes of grain and honey. Not incredibly aromatic. Getting a whiff of almost cereal like grain. Hops are fairly muted, but I do detect some mild fruitiness. Maybe a bit of overripe stone fruit or tropical fruit. However, this is hard to detect, as the smell is fairly weak.

T: Grainy and a bit gritty up front. Not getting much more than that. Take on a definitive fruity edge in the finish, but again, it's muted. Aftertaste carries some of this fruitiness, but it picks up this weird soda cracker like quality that isn't particularly pleasent. Very dry.

M: Fairly thin in the mouth. Not particularly carbonated, this one comes across as a bit watery.

O: Not a stellar beer. Not even a good one, really. Just mediocre. (971 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (289 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Keginator70
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (802 characters)

Photo of JohnLasher92
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Started off with the beer in the bottle. No fancy glass. The bottle is aesthetically pleasing. Initial taste is light and flavorful. Smooth, but nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol content is on the lower side - allows you to enjoy the taste a bit more. Hint of sweet, and hint of hops. A good summer time beer. (311 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with, of course, a golden color that had a general thinness about it. The head was fizzy and thin but it held a nice bit of lacing.

The nose is a light herbal hop of pine and lupilin. Not much else comes out.

The flavor is a light and refreshing Pilsner malt, with a cracker, dough and breadiness. The hops are mostly pine but it has a touch of lemon.

The feel is very light but never watery, refreshing and quenchable.

I actually drank this at home but would have loved to have had it at the beach as it does a good job of giving out enough flavor but holding that thirst quenching personality. (611 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Wave Golden Ale brewed by Kona Brewing Co with an ABV of 4.4% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice thick white head. The smell is bitter with some grains. Nothing special about the smell of this brew. The taste is different- it is spicy but smooth. I'm not really picking up on the bitterness in this brew. There is a nice balance to this brew. The end to this brew is clean with a nice finish. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice. Kona Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out 5.
I would get this brew again. (594 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/11/14. Pours a clear amber that is slightly beyond golden with a faint hint of red. Normal head with weak lacing retention. Excellent nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) over a light biscuit sweetness. Almost light medium bodied with an above normal carbonation level that effervesces nicely on the finish. The taste profile is well balanced between hop flavor and sweetness. It is more spicy than tropically oriented, which is surprising based upon the hop bill and nose, over a nice biscuit sweetness background. The finish is crisp and effervesces into a tropical peppery note. (595 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. A fitting choice to yet another day of asphyxiating humidity here in Ohio. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew has no head, barely any lacing, and a clear golden body.

I smell malts with perhaps a sweeter tropical aroma as well. Not roasted malts either, very lively. All in all, it smells like it will be a refreshing brew.

The taste has also got a slightly sweeter tropical hint going on here. Just VERY slightly. Other tastes include a lighter malt complex and virtually no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Sure hits the spot on a hazy scorcher like today. Smooth and clean.

Overall a solid 3.25 for Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. Its very light and refreshing. Just a little TOO light, or I would've ranked it higher. But in summation a very good quencher. Not life changing, just above decent. I may buy this brew again (910 characters)

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.