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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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1,012 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 23
Gots: 137 | 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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Photo of EigenBeer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

EigenBeer, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of fastrodney
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

fastrodney, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear straw colour, similar to apple juice. Foamy head.

S: Resinous tropical fruits. The missus likes it.

T: Reasonably dry but there is some sweetness. Lots of tropical fruit, probably mango, for it has that smoothness and earthiness. Mellow bitterness.

M: None of the Kona beers I've had have been very effervescent and this is no exception. There's just enough to add a bit of prickliness to the rindy bitter flavour.

O: Not a bad beer.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clean, yellow brew with white thick foamy head. Good lacing.

Papery, wet cardboard, bland.

Thin, wet, awkward dryness, missing much flavor from hops. Papery. Darn near water. Medium carbonation, substantial carbonation helps out the lack of flavors. Too wet and watery, not well balanced or complemented.

Initial drainpour, but then I wanted a crisp clean-ish brew. Cant recommend, but fits the summer profile. Kona can do better, a total miss.

chugalug06, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Clear golden straw in color. Tiny, bleached head of froth. Light lacing.

S-Sweet with an herbal, eucalyptus, cough drop aroma. Crisp graininess with a faint hoppiness that must contribute to that odd herbal aroma.

T-The flavor has that same nearly minty, off-putting flavor. Medicinal hoppiness combined with plentiful sweetness. Dried grains and an odd fruitiness.

M-Needs a bit more bubbles. Light and easy to drink.

O/D-Did not like Big Wave at all. Hard to describe that flavor. It just did not suit me.

VelvetExtract, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jrb22250
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jrb22250, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

AMCPhD, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MichaelPatch
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

MichaelPatch, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of OgreSanchez
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

nheinzie57, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jurbanik, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

rowingbrewer, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of njsurfer82
3/5  rDev -15.5%

njsurfer82, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of camartin27
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

camartin27, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

AnitaBrewski, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness, grassy with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Taste follows with citrus, some malt sweetness, tropical fruit and just a touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

T: Light body, smooth with just enough honey to give it a bit of flair without making it too sweet.

O; Pleasant beer to relax with on a hot Summer day.

soju6, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Diesel33
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Diesel33, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ruckus232, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mwbrady12
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

kornkid8600, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

lupercmda, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very decent brew for a hot summer day -- a nice change of pace from stronger IPAs or another type of summer go-to beer. Pours a very pale yellow with a slight foamy white head. No significant lacing appears on the glass as you finish. The smell is slightly astringent but mostly has a moderate hop aroma. It's a very easy beer to drink as it is not too bitter, not too much carbonation -- very solid choice for a hot day or to pair up with some burgers or ribs on the grill.

oldirtycaffrey, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

swimnadd, Jul 14, 2013
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.