1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,126 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 24
Gots: 201 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Big Wave Golden Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,126 | Reviews: 192 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of majorbase2
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Sparkyinsurf
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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 )

Photo of JISurfer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jsprain1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Rosethoj
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DStrole
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mgernert
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Shawner
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Kerne
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of a0lbudman
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-golden color with a small white head
S-hoppy smell with a citrus grapefruit smell
T-lighter hop taste than the smell, and a grapefruit aftertaste that seems to stay with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the smell and the taste are the same, and it turned out to be a crisp clean beer.

Photo of BVukelich
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything related to Hawaii. Bought the variety pack from Kona, so I'll be reviewing those as well. Eh, nothing too exciting but not worthy of dumping. Decent color, average everything else. Glad it didn't taste like a beer flavored mai tai. Had much worse, had much better.

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden ale. Nice session with hints of fruit and a floral aroma that do not overwhelm the beer like the waialua wheat does. So not as sweet but a very flavorful ale. Certainly a very good beer with a low alcohol content that is very easy to drink.

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Das_Reh
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of paulriccio
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of neomdivad
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.