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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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MSWallack

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

07-12-2014 18:46:09 | More by MSWallack
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

08-21-2013 20:45:00 | More by Metz
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frankflores

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

06-21-2014 19:19:05 | More by frankflores
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

03-28-2014 23:01:15 | More by TubbyDullard
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neomdivad

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

10-29-2013 03:06:38 | More by neomdivad
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

08-22-2013 13:38:56 | More by beernads
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HamdenHector

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

07-02-2014 06:32:09 | More by HamdenHector
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EricKelly386


2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

07-21-2014 00:01:58 | More by EricKelly386
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eheinz

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

05-18-2013 00:54:18 | More by eheinz
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WJVII

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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?!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 00:59:53 | More by WJVII
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sam_bliss

Washington

2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 06:16:03 | More by sam_bliss
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 02:26:10 | More by brdc
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 09:39:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:39:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 13:34:56 | More by TMoney2591
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juicebox

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-12-2012 00:37:46 | More by juicebox
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

06-17-2013 21:24:21 | More by Larrydoherty
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DJoe

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

03-30-2014 00:46:18 | More by DJoe
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-16-2013 23:08:11 | More by dvanhandel
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

02-23-2013 08:53:27 | More by bigbeers84
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-09-2013 15:21:18 | More by PieOhMy
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Kerne

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-10-2013 15:54:27 | More by Kerne
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

09-15-2013 02:35:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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mklisz

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-21-2014 12:29:45 | More by mklisz
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-09-2014 01:45:49 | More by KeeganRohovich
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.