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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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996 Ratings

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 131 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

mrebeka, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Mstezano, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lively herbal hop atop a clean grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal, a piney hop and fruity esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a very tasty hop forward blonde ale.

plaid75, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Bilco, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of porterman66
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

porterman66, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of AlexHess
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

AlexHess, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Theheroguy
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This has to be one of if not the lightest bodied ales in existence. This unique property is by no means a good things, this beer is boring, bland and unexciting to drink. The aroma smells spicy and hoppy but its all misleading! One sip and you might as well be drinking a bmc beer. Don't buy a six pack of this, maybe get single if you want to try it. As far as kona brewing goes I did like their fire rock pale and their island lager. Those are good beers don't let this one turn you off the rest of their lineup.

Theheroguy, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -15.3%

BillRoth, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

mstrcrwly, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a date on the label August 13, 2013. Another year round offering from Kona Brewing, acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a finger and a half of fluffy white foam. Body is a light lemon-orange color with just a bit of sediment floating around. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is of light crackery biscuit malts, honeyed graham cracker, some lemon zest, and piney hops. Not a strong aroma, but well enough for what it is.

T - Taste is of crisp bready malts, with just the right amount of lemon / pine hop zest to it. Maybe just a touch of caramel malt, and a touch of honey sweetness from the honey malts. Very nicely balanced.

M - Feel is crisp, light, and refreshing. Mild hop stickiness / bitterness on the palate.

Overall, an excellent, refreshing, light, and delicious beer from Kona Brewing. This is probably one my favorite beers from these guys yet. This beer would definitely make a great summer sipper to pair with some BBQ.

Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

CrossProduct, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

BeerMeister8, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

buckyp, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +13%

rob99er, Dec 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.5%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a finger of white head over a bubbly wheat-yellow body. The head disappears in a minute or so, leaving nothing up top.

Smells grainy.

Grain with grass is what I'm getting on my tongue. Tastes pretty clean.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied. Goes down easy.

CFHMagnet, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

bcapon, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

CCInCharge, Dec 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

majorbase2, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Sparkyinsurf
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not normally a fan of light ale, but this beer was better than any light ale i can think of. It is in line with a good pilsner.

1.Appearance: Nice head, not too carbonated with a yellow/copper consistent to a pilsner.

2. Smell: A lemon citrus smell, not overpowering like a blue moon or other citrus ale type.

3. Taste: Fantastically refreshingly light. This will be my qualty "coors light" go to day beer.

4. Mouthfull: A light beer but enough hoppyness to be an Americanized "Hawaiian" type German pilsner.

5. Overall: I might have scored this too high becouse of my lowered expectations. But, it is exactly what i would want in a light beer "coors light take notice" as to how it should taste. ( reference; I've never liked their logger and loved their kona porter )

Sparkyinsurf, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JISurfer, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

jsprain1, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Rosethoj, Nov 16, 2013
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.