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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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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
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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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

jason_nwx, Aug 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

mmink27, Jun 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

nyrblue2, Sep 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

TheWillMitch, Aug 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

mobrockman, Jul 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

ptarmigan98, Aug 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

MSWallack, Jul 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Metz, Aug 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

frankflores, Jun 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

TubbyDullard, Mar 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

neomdivad, Oct 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Clemsontiger81, Jul 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

HamdenHector, Jul 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

EricKelly386, Jul 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

eheinz, May 18, 2013
Photo of WJVII
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this from my sister-in-law who went on her honey-moon in Hawaii. Never would have been able to try this beer in WI so I finally opened it. Poured into a pint glass this was a light golden color. Not much of a head at all and no lacing. This beer has a very sweet smell and a little citrus. Upon tasting this beer had a very thin and almost watery taste. Not much to it at all. I suppose with intense heat on the beach it may be a nice change from the mass produced Mexican beers, but here in WI it doesn't have much appeal. I am glad I got to try it, but I am not too impressed. Maybe if I make it to the big island I will give it another shot?!

WJVII, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of sam_bliss
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into mug

This one pours crystal-freaking clear, the color of coors banquet--maybe a little darker, but not much. A nice little white bubbly head tops it off. Smells of grassy and citrusy hops, but not strongly enough: I leaned in further to get a better whiff and my nose got wet. I inhaled some foam but detected no more powerful aromatics. I guess Big Wave is just a super clean, weak-smelling brew. An adjunct corny flavor comes through in the taste. I could almost mistake this ale for Bud Light Platinum... It is a bit bready but very lightly malted with a thin consistency. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

I suppose this is Kona's attempt at an ale that is sessionable and easy-drinking. The fact that I could drink this all night without getting drunk merits a 2.75 overall score, since it's much better than most 4.4% beers such as Keystone Light..

The pilsner-style malts, though very weak, make this one taste almost like a lager. Overall, it is just watery.

sam_bliss, Apr 05, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -26.6%

CycleHops, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of brdc
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. On tap in Hawaii.

Poured into a pint, it is light yellow in color, and it came with a minimal head, but that could just be the pour, as this is not exactly a beer bar.
Aroma is faint, grains, some fruity notes, no vanilla as others found.
Thin, it was refreshing for the situation, but it lacks flavors in a major way, so descriptions here are limited.

brdc, Aug 04, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a random ABC Store in Maui, HI. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin broken foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and maybe some grassy/veggie aromas. A bit of a metallic aroma as well. Taste is of malt/grains, grass/veggies, and salt. Why is this beer salty at all? A mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation but it is slightly thick feeling for some reason. Overall, this is not a very good beer. I am still curious as to why this is salty.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 29, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.39 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottling Date: MAR 13 13.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, pale yellow body with a smallish, thin layer of white suds.

Smell: Grainy-scented nose edged with waterlogged biscuits and the faintest, far-off hint of honey. A little flower petal, a little sweaty citrus rind.

Taste: Washed out biscuit-toned malts with a thin, thin honeyed veneer to it. Some husky, grainy astringency noted. Modest floral, faintly citrusy hops with a bit of bitterness aided by the graininess and crisp carbonation. Dry, bitterish, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: What the hell is going on here?

ChainGangGuy, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's great for some gnar and whatnot, but you don't wanna get one too big... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises old mango, funky lemon peel, mild grass, and a few tablespoons of honey. The taste focuses on the lemon, with a slightly decreased sense of funk, altogether tempered by a crisp, watery biscuit-ish character. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, an odd little beer, one that seems to wanna be a lightly fruity blonde, but one that ends up a watered-down and funky husk of its own aspirations.

TMoney2591, Jan 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

juicebox, Jul 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Larrydoherty, Jun 17, 2013
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.