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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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BA SCORE
80
good

845 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15%

11-06-2012 18:56:17 | More by cfalovo97
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swungomonkey


2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-05-2012 01:26:19 | More by swungomonkey
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, the resulting lace is thin but consistent, and displays good stick.

Smell - Citrus notes are most prevalent; lemon and a touch of orange. Pineapple. Faint bready malts play off in the background.

Taste - What's presented on the nose is reversed on the tongue. Mostly big malt notes upfront, grain and honeyed bread. Hops come in a little firmer on the back end, with citrus and a touch of grass. The finish is quick, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light in body with fizzy carbonation; seltzer water-like quality.

Overall - Fantastic smell, decent flavor, but a poor body... still, if they made this the summer release over the Wailua Wheat, I wouldn't shed a tear.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:42:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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ElGordo

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head. Aroma of very light pale malt with a mild biscuity sweetness and a hint of tropical fruit. Palate is rather, um, neutral. Pale malt with a touch of sweetness and an underlying note of tropical fruit. The sweetness fades on the finish, yielding to a mildly chalky flavor and texture. Body is watery and, again, mildly chalky at the finish. You could do worse than this on a hot day, but it is pretty uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 05:32:05 | More by ElGordo
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out.

S - juicy tropical fruit.

T - sweet and tropical upfront with citrusy bitterness taking things to a tart and dry finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:47:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a hint of laceing. Aroma is of fruit, and grassy hops. Body is light,and crisp with mild carbonation. Taste is sweetart, with a hint of bready malt. Smooth and refreshing. Liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:18:12 | More by riversider76
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Antonius08

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-26-2012 03:00:13 | More by Antonius08
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Babydave

New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

10-25-2012 01:18:07 | More by Babydave
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dated aug of 12. consumed oct. of 12.

A: Pale orange with a bright clarity and only a whisper of effervesce. The head was slight, creamy with a light tan coloring displaying a short to moderate retention rate. Minimal splashes of lacing on the vessel.

S: Sweet tropical fruitiness, a mixture of oranges, fresh pineapple and mangos. Sweet and perfuny delivery.

T: Flavor of tropical fruitiness of oranges and pineapples, mangos. Sugary grain sweetness, smooth tropical golden ale. Touches of fruity spice hoppiness and fresh greenery is gentle and complimentary to the fruit based nature.

M: Creamy buttery texture in the mouthful. No carbonation felt, light and refreshing.

O: Overall a beach/poolside refreshment. Tropical hints well suited per locale environment, easy going, well balanced and makes for a easy tropical refresher on a hot hawian summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:00:56 | More by beerthulhu
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dsmcva00

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, clear, golden color with an off-white head.

Smell is of mango juice and ocean breeze.

Taste is light, slightly sweet and thirst-quenching. Malt prominently comes in towards the end, balancing with the aroma hops. Carbonation is pretty high at first, but a few minutes of off-gassing and warming up lend itself well to this beer. The finish is of biscuit malt.

I really like this beer! It’s really drinkable, refreshing, and quite balanced. My favorite Kona Brewing Co beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:04:32 | More by dsmcva00
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Locky

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%

10-19-2012 22:37:15 | More by Locky
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taking a break from the fall and pumpkin beers I opted for the Big Wave Golden Ale.
Pretty much what I expected. A light golden colored ale. It has a very nice aroma of citrus fruits and hops. This is a mild beer with good flavor. Sweet up front and finishes with a very mild dry bitterness. It is lightly carbonated. It has a light but not watery mouthfeel.
Extremely easy to drink.

This would be a great beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:36:16 | More by JohnFatAss
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a fair head but it went away really fast, Not very pretty. The beer had a nice golden color to it though and looked pretty normal. I could not believe how bad this beer smelled, YUK! I'm glad it did not taste like it smelled. It smelled like a guys underarms that had been dressed in black all day riding a camel across the dessert. However the taste was really good, very refreshing and had a good grainy corny taste I like. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:30:50 | More by Minkybut
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a two finger white head. The head has a decent retention but eventually fades to give a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall with some bready and malty notes as well as a lighter citrus hop aroma. Mixed with these aromas is a lighter floral hop aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter biscuit and wheat flavor. Some citrus hop then comes to the tongue. It is slightly sweeter and mainly of an orange flavor with some hints of lemon. These flavors take the taste to the end where they combined with some light floral and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer s very light with a carbonation level that is on the average to above average side. Both are quite good for making a very crisp and drinkable beer.

Overall – Rather refreshing and easy drinking. While it is not huge on the flavor profile, it does make for a decent session style brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:09:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-13-2012 08:44:29 | More by Beeradelphia
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -15%

10-11-2012 00:40:43 | More by chocosushi
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TheStashRide

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

10-08-2012 01:47:50 | More by TheStashRide
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

10-07-2012 09:39:23 | More by WaydeRafnel
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

09-30-2012 23:45:38 | More by redfox405
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed in a mix a six.

Pours golden clear with fluffy white foam. good head. Pilsy smell. Clean uncomplicated. Light line of hop woven throughout. Smooth. Just a mellow, run of the mill blonde ale. Nothing remarkable or offensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 10:12:45 | More by KTCamm
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jesus808

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

09-23-2012 06:29:11 | More by jesus808
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pirkle668

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

09-18-2012 19:51:08 | More by pirkle668
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Skunkdrool

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-15-2012 18:35:08 | More by Skunkdrool
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with as a really nice clean and clear looking yellowish gold. The head is white a fizzy looking. The retention and lacing are minimal. The smell of the beer has a grainy malt sweetness that it relatively inviting. Some honey-like aromas are coming in there as well. The taste of the beer has the same type of sweetness with a bit of a corn-like flavor. There is minimal bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, nicely carbonated and slightly creamy. Overall this beer is very drinkable and refreshing too.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:48:23 | More by Knapp85
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djtomain

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-11-2012 02:18:40 | More by djtomain
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.