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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

865 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 85 | 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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Ratings: 865 | Reviews: 171 | Display Reviews Only:
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will_eye_e

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-16-2014 15:03:28 | More by will_eye_e
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-03-2014 22:19:31 | More by djrn2
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pixieskid

Germany

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-14-2012 05:00:33 | More by pixieskid
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Jchristmore34

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-16-2013 19:19:56 | More by Jchristmore34
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brandon911

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-14-2014 03:13:30 | More by brandon911
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Mordhaus

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-08-2013 00:35:21 | More by Mordhaus
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anon

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

09-10-2013 02:21:10 | More by anon
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lilwaite


3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-06-2014 01:25:54 | More by lilwaite
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gir02021

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-14-2013 02:02:52 | More by gir02021
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jstevep00

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-06-2014 05:54:18 | More by jstevep00
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target88

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-15-2014 23:02:55 | More by target88
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ctrevino

Indiana

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-24-2013 00:39:50 | More by ctrevino
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Jaxdad


3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-20-2014 18:42:22 | More by Jaxdad
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bondjedi

Washington

3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Straight from the bottle. I had maybe 4-5 of them.

Inoffensive and lackluster aroma. Thin and watery on the palate, Not much on the finish. I could drink this all day long and get a decent buzz without getting out of control. I think of this brew as a high-end Corona.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 15:46:06 | More by bondjedi
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matjack85

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on it right on the bottom of the front label. The only thing I don't know is whether that's a born on date or an expiration date.

The beer poured a clear champaign color, sort of like gingerale gold. The half finger of white head dissipated quickly and there wasn't much lacing.

The beer has both a pleasantr hoppy smell as well as an unpleasant barnyard smell.

Well, well,well - what do we have here? A hop dominated blonde ale. Slightly bitter grapefriut/lemon flavor tempered with a kiss of sweet honey.

Light bodied with medium high carbonation.

It's alright, but I like my blonde ales to be fruitier and maltier.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:21:48 | More by matjack85
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz draft on-tap in a weizen glass at Bubba Gump's Maui.

Golden-copper in colour and hazy. Off-white head is 1/8 inch when it first arrives, but receds to a thin ring around the edge.

Light malt and caramel with Pacific North West (citrus/grapefruit) hops in the aroma.

Smooth with a bit of a tart bite. Refreshing on a hot Maui afternoon. Hop profile is stronger up front and fades through to the finish. The caramel malt is most prominent in the middle with a tartness showing through at the end.

Medium bodied with moderate amounts of tiny pin prick carbonation.

Not bad, but not great. Still, a nice refreshing beverage on a hot day in the Pacific.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 23:36:27 | More by Noxious26
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jhammerly

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A co-worker brought this back for me from Hawaii. An all right beer that would probably go down better in the summer months. A nice pour. The clean, white head was about two fingers thick. It sunk to a thin cap leaving lacing with each drink. Body is a hazy, straw color with a touch of orange. Sweet malty smell is very light with a whiff of citrus. Light to medium body with a sweet taste from the malt and light hops in the finish. Not too bad of a beer overall. Might have been better if I had it sooner - bottled on date is Feb.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 03:35:42 | More by jhammerly
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Nesued

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Next-door neighbors vacationed in Hawaii and brought me back a 6-pack containing three of these. Many thanks, as I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to get my hands on this any other way. Marked with a "pkgd on Apr 09 08" stamp on the neck.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Refrigerator temp.

Appearance - Yellow/Golden coloring with a slight haze. A one-inch head formed upon initial pour. As it settled, a nice lacing retained to the glass. A more than ample ring remained, fed by the faint small carbonation. Does look inviting.

Smell - Malty/grassy nose. Mild aroma that didn't expand much beyond the glass. I also catch the sent of cloves and also a bit of a fruit aroma as well.

Taste - some malt, some wheat/grain flavoring as well. A sweet brew with an almost pear/apple finish. Didn't catch much of a hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel - I was suprised at to how thick it was to the tongue. My intial thoughts were that it would be a mild/weak body. Not the case. Lasting presence as well.

Drinkability - Not sure. This almost had the feel of a wheat beer to me. A lot of flavors going one coupled with mild hop presence may make this a favorate with the malty "lawnmower beer" crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:28:27 | More by Nesued
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BVukelich

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:37:29 | More by BVukelich
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Year round. The waves that roll onto Hawaiian beaches are some of the best in the world. Catch the crest of a breaking wave and ride it all the way in. Our sun-drenched big wave golden is a smooth, refreshing brew. Inspired by what makes Hawaii great. Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale is brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, and is the final year-round bottle release to make it to the east coast. Manufacturing date on the bottle is August 01 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Kona pint glass. Served above 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thin consistency over a pale golden-yellow body with mild carbonation presence. A slight haziness is visible from a cloud of sediment in suspension as well as the presence of occasional pulpy flesh here and there. Lacing is thin and head quality is of little fascination either. It's very predictable for a golden ale, but that doesn't mean it can't improve the way it presents itself. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy emphasis on citrus fruit, with notes of grapefruit and orange, possibly from a bright hop addition, which is notable in the aroma. Pale malts are not the forward aspect of the aroma. A very inviting and clean aroma. 4

(Taste) Sweetness is underutilized. The hop presence with citrus is very tea-like, with little malt body to balance it out. Therefore, it's a bit high on bitterness. Citrus is also disappointingly shallow, with a more musty lemongrass and pale hop character than anticipated. Flavor is a bit shallow throughout. It's not gross by any means, but the lack of a sweet profile really drags the drinkability down, and makes for a thin profile with a limited flavor. Reminds me at times of watered-down green tea. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is fuzzy with a touch of cream. Balance is slightly less sweet than anticipated, mild dry finish with a mild hop bitterness. Body is light for the style, light overall. Carbonation is right, but the body is very shallow and should be a notch higher to reach a desirable balance. 3

(Overall) Low on sweetness. Reminds me at times of a light ale. Quite drinkable like water and tea might be, but not very enjoyable like a more substantial beer should be. Much of the fix would be made with a fuller malt profile, although a brighter-flavored hop flavor would also have made the flavor desirable. Until then, this is merely a drinkable but not particularly enjoyable golden ale. 3

Kona Brewing Company's
Big Wave Golden Ale
/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:10:22 | More by Jadjunk
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Theheroguy

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This has to be one of if not the lightest bodied ales in existence. This unique property is by no means a good things, this beer is boring, bland and unexciting to drink. The aroma smells spicy and hoppy but its all misleading! One sip and you might as well be drinking a bmc beer. Don't buy a six pack of this, maybe get single if you want to try it. As far as kona brewing goes I did like their fire rock pale and their island lager. Those are good beers don't let this one turn you off the rest of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:27:11 | More by Theheroguy
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yep it's golden alright. Minimal head on it w/ a nice clean lace to it.
S: Nice sweet, buttery and apple-like.
T&M: It's hoppy with a dry finnish. Has a slight sweet citrius flavor that rounds it out.
D: This would be a good summer brew or during any hot time of the month, since the whole global warming thing is upon us. I could drink a pitcher of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 01:44:54 | More by July2Nov
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Kona brewpub in Kona.

Poured a golden/orange color with a medium white head that had decent lasting power.

Aroma was quite light with some citrus [orange] coming through.

Taste was of light hops and fruity. Not really much there.

Mouthfeel was light bodied, smooth and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer [not much to offend]. Decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2006 07:51:02 | More by atigerlife
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lostinfla

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to a Sam Adams glass.
Started of great - good mid to golden clear pour, with a nice body head and remaining lacing.
Smell was excellent. Clear notes of pine and citrus.
Taste was rather less than expected. Good mouthfeel, a little to the thicker texture but a bit too malty for my palate. The citrus pine hoppyness never really stood out for me.
Just average.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:17:23 | More by lostinfla
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BingCrosby7

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 06:02:11 | More by BingCrosby7
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.