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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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991 Ratings

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Ratings: 991
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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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

sgregory, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Janeinma, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

anaids, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Satchboogie, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev +13%

lilnicky068, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is straw colored with a chill haze to it. I got a fleeting off-white head that settled to a skim.

S - The smell is floral and fruity with a hint of caramel malt.

T - The taste has the floral hops aspect. That is the main flavor. It's like drinking potpourri.

M - Moderate to medium

O - It is actually better than I anticipated. My friend a macro drinker loved it when he had it in Hawaii. I bought a sixer for him and snuck (sneaked) one. I was not in a hurry to try any Kona beers, but this one was decent enough to make me want to try some others.

buschbeer, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of midnitesun11
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

midnitesun11, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass

A: clear gold, minimal head, but I think I poured too gently. Decent head retention, though.

S: spicy and piney hops, faint malt.

T/M: light body, well balanced between malt and spicy and slightly bitter hops. Bitterness doesn't linger in the finish.

Overall: a good hot weather beer. Flavorful without being too strong, heavy or overpowering.

MurphyMacManus, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

schopenhauerale, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

m125x, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

bigd84, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fionn13, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

MikeyC37, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ctrevino, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

fishguyac, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

REESE367, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Nage37, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

LuckyJohn, Jun 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Larrydoherty, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap sample pour, review is from notes

solid blonde ale, look is typical, smell is wheaty and neutral. taste is rolling wheat, some citrus and bitter from the hops. overall it's very balanced and has no off flavors, everything jives well here.... brah.

jimmah120, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of BingCrosby7
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - This brew sort of looks like apple juice. Nothing too special going on here. Light carbonation, so the bubbles aren't anything too special. Absolutely no head retention.

S - light hops, citrus, perhaps a little bit of pineapple and apple, but mainly hoppy notes and subdued fruity undertones.

T - This is a very light beer. The hops are a bit masked by the fruitiness. I pick up mainly lemony notes and pineapple notes. Nothing too special or complex.

M - This is a very watery beer, much more so than I had anticipated. A fair amount of carbonation, though, which was a plus.

O - This beer is a little boring. I almost regret buying it. I do think it is refreshing, though.

BingCrosby7, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

hunteraw, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Vons in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.79 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: June 15, 2013
Consumed: June 15, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of April 25, 2013

Poured a golden yellow clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Pretty good foamy spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides. Very good retention all the way down on the top.

Very surprised with the smell. Was expecting a watery honey flavor, but got a mix of floral hops and citrus hops. Got grapefruit and I think tangerine as well. Got some honey as well. Very nice.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell, but decent nonetheless. Got a toned down version of the floral hops and citrus hops. Watery grapefruit, sweet floral notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt watery finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

I can’t believe how good this beer was. A very nice pleasant surprise.

BucannonXC5, Jun 16, 2013
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.