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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

245 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 1,541
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 37.22%
Wants: 51
Gots: 521 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale | 4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

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
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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 1,541
Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. June 15 15.

L: Light gold color, zero head. Some flowing bubbles.

S: Very fruity smell. Can't quite place the scent, but it smells great.

T: Pretty much all malt taste. Very very little bitterness. A little sweet at the end.

F: Silky and bubbly. Definitely more carbonated than I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing.

Not going to become my favorite beer, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” clingy white foam cap.
S: Piney, minty nose supported by fruit and traces of light malts.
T: Tropical fruit somethere between mango and papaya lightly sweetened by caramel leads up to an assertive hop bitterness.
F: Smooth and creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, it may have been brewed in any of five places. the closest is Memphis TN, so I will assume that is where this one was made.

Pours out to a permanent white head and minimal lacing. Bright golden color. Aroma is biscuity and citrusy with a bit of tropical fruit esters likely from the yeast. Hop aromas are grapefruit, grass and floral. Flavor is clean and refreshing with sweet pale malts and floral/fruity hops balancing perfectly with a crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Damn good blonde.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a very nice white fluffy head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus and soft bready malt.

The taste is of lightly bitter citrus hops, sweet bready malt, some toasted grain and grassy notes.

Light body, pretty crisp feel, high carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice beer, good flavor that was very well balanced.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While watching the sunset and having dinner here in Kauai, this Golden Ale tasted fantastic.

First when I got it at my table, the color was of a hazy golden yellow with very little foam.

The smell of fruit,spice and citrus along with a hint of malt, filled the nose with a very plesant aroma the whole time. There was times that everytime I would take a sniff or a sip the flavor just kept me intrigued.

The taste of all the above just kept coming back. I really like this Golden Ale from Kona Brewing. I've had it in bottle and now in draft and I'll tell you that their is a difference in flavor and aroma between the two. I would rate the draft Golden Ale far above the bottle.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head that slowly gave way to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in spots.

S: Light-colored fruit. Slightly sweet bready malt. Faint peppery hop charachter.

T: Just like the nose. Low, even bitter in the finish lets the mildly sweet malt flavor linger.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

D: Very easy to drink. Very good representation of the style.

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Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white frothy head that disappeared pretty quickly, down to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a dark golden color, with good clarity.

S: Good representation of the style, some mild malt aroma, not overly sweet or caramely, with little to no hop smell present.

T: Ditto on the flavor... it's not mind-blowing, but it's a Blonde, remember. Hop flavor is negligible, with very low hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor consists mostly of some mild malt sweetness... easy drinking.

M: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty solid for a Blonde Ale; I wouldn't want a lot of these, but they're good for a nice beach day in Maui.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft white head. A bright, floral aroma with slight citrus notes. This really smells fantastic. Golden with a slight haze. Starts effervescent, almost fruity. A flash of grassy hops, then there is a wave of smooth malt that comes through. Finish is sweet malt, biscuits, and a slight fruitiness.

I really, really like this one. It's like an Ale version of a nice Wisconsin Lager; simple, malty, and refreshing. It's just so drinkable. I could easily take a 6-pack of this and enjoy every sip.

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back from my trip to the islands with reviews, of course.

Pours a light golden color with a light head of medium bubbles. Fruity aroma, covers the hops almost completely. Clean, crisp flavor of fruit, light malty sweetness, and slight citrus. Medium body. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A good all around brew to drink on a hot day, but can be just a bit on the heavy side. Similar to the Keoki Gold, although it’s an ale instead of a lager.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/11/14. Pours a clear amber that is slightly beyond golden with a faint hint of red. Normal head with weak lacing retention. Excellent nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) over a light biscuit sweetness. Almost light medium bodied with an above normal carbonation level that effervesces nicely on the finish. The taste profile is well balanced between hop flavor and sweetness. It is more spicy than tropically oriented, which is surprising based upon the hop bill and nose, over a nice biscuit sweetness background. The finish is crisp and effervesces into a tropical peppery note.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a stark white head of about two fingers. Some light lacing is evident.

Aroma of lemons, sweet malt, bready, light pepper notes.

First sip is crisp, with fruity esters, sweet malt, and a mild bitterness. Slight carbonic bite. Finish is short, with a clean bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, slight prickle from carbonation.

Overall drinkability is good, with nothing aggressive or offensive.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap for Old Chicago's 2015 Cinco de Mayo mini tour. Nice looking golden ale with a foamy head that recedes to zilch but leaves a bit of lace. Smells of citrus and faint papaya definitely tropical though. Pretty decent smelling brew. Taste is crisp, citrus, papaya, melon, grassy. Tasty and least to drink. Malt is a background item and this is dry and refreshing with a nice ephemeral bite of tropical presence. I enjoyed this. Pleasantly juicy. Unless it's dramatically different out of a bottle or can I feel this beer is underrated.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden color, mostly opaque, with a light sudsy head which does not last long but remnants remain on the top of the brew until the end. Almost no lacing.

The smell is pineapples, cantaloupes, melon, peach and sweet malts. Strong overall citrus smell.

The taste follows the nose with pineapple, melon peach and other fruits dominating. There is also a sweet bready taste which remains in the mouth as an aftertaste. There are enough hops to prevent this beer from being too sweet but the hops never dominate the taste but rather stay in the background. I would guess this is what the brewers were going for and if that is the case, well done.

The mouthfeel is mostly creamy but there is also a slightly thick bready chewy feeling. Slightly dry on the backend.

Overall this is a very well balanced Blonde Ale. If you like the style it is worth trying. If you don't like the style you might want to give this a try on a hot day just for fun.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow when poured into my pint glass. Superb fine white head of foam. Lace is small, but loopy and somehow appropriate for the "surf" theme.

Nose brings some curious tropical fruit aromas -- I get pineapple and mango. Very appealing!

Taste also echoes some of these tropical fruits, especially citrus, alongside the rich malty backbone. I get a bit of citrus hoppiness at the finish, too, making this a very enjoyable and easy to drink session ale. Perhaps my favorite of Kona's mainland bottled brews, so far.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm on BOARD with this one HAHAHAHA GET IT I HATE MYSELF.

A beer that does a lot with a little--low ABV, low IBUs, but a really nice, delicate hop presence and huge points for drinkability. Pale malt, cracker malt, some light citrus flavours. Nice fruity ale esters. Beautiful hazy gold with surprising hop retention. I could easily seeing this going into my rotation if it didn't (unfortunately) carry the price of an import. I categorize this one along with Deschutes River Ale--a beer that gets overlooked because it's middle-of-the-road, even though it does that "middle-of-the-road" brilliantly.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Wave pours a bubbly golden color with a small head. The aroma is quite nice, it's got fruity hops, citrus, and a bit of grains and sweet malt. The taste brings the grainy malt up front, but it's not too sweet. The citrus and fruit hop flavors, although rather mellow, do a pretty solid job at balancing things out. The grains and a bit of citrus ride out the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a tasty thirst quencher.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a decent burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet with tropical fruit aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a touch of spice and some tropical fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty golden ale. Bright and refreshing.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it tastes similar to a grapefruit shandy, very citrusy but it's not a bad thing with a grapefruit flavor that i think is the best tasting shandy style beer.

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden ale with a foamy head upon vigorous pour. Appealing look and proper amount of flavor. Not much in the finish but that only improves the drinkability of this beach beer. Great experience for summer days in sunny Florida! Good stock for a vacation too.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Big Wave Golden Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "54 5 JAN 22 15"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Kona has always produced solid, quality beers and this one is no exception. I was fearful that it might just be another blonde ale, but it's actually fairly unique. It's a clear dark gold that's probably a touch darker than expected, but it remains light bodied and gently crisp. There's a bit of hop in the nose along with a nice fruitiness, and that fruitiness carries over into the flavor. It's surprisingly tropical! I find distinct pineapple, but there's also a light spritz of citrus, and some other tropical fruits (papaya, mango, etc.). Easy to drink, refreshing, and interesting - a great summer ale! Or, for anytime you want to be reminded of the tropics.

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Photo of Dools9
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, dated Dec. 16 13. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Yup, its a nice golden color with lots of active carbonation. Finger or so of white head that fades rather quickly. Leaves suome decent patches of lace.

S: This is surprisingly hoppy for a golden ale. A bit of sweet peach pineapple and citrus with a lemon zest twang, some grassiness, pale malt breadiness.

T: Sweetness from pale barely malt breadiness, decent hop presence of tropical citrus, grassiness. Very low bitterness makes this one a perfect summer session brew.

M: Light body feel, a bit watery but expected, well carbonated however not selstery. Very refreshing.

O: Suprised by this one, its extremely refreshing and has a decent hop presence with minimal bitterness, perfect warm weather session brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Wave Golden Ale brewed by Kona Brewing Co with an ABV of 4.4% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice thick white head. The smell is bitter with some grains. Nothing special about the smell of this brew. The taste is different- it is spicy but smooth. I'm not really picking up on the bitterness in this brew. There is a nice balance to this brew. The end to this brew is clean with a nice finish. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice. Kona Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out 5.
I would get this brew again.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.