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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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225 Reviews

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 1,439
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 41
Gots: 450 | FT: 2
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:
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: 225 | Hads: 1,439
Photo of lostinfla
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. A fitting choice to yet another day of asphyxiating humidity here in Ohio. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew has no head, barely any lacing, and a clear golden body.

I smell malts with perhaps a sweeter tropical aroma as well. Not roasted malts either, very lively. All in all, it smells like it will be a refreshing brew.

The taste has also got a slightly sweeter tropical hint going on here. Just VERY slightly. Other tastes include a lighter malt complex and virtually no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Sure hits the spot on a hazy scorcher like today. Smooth and clean.

Overall a solid 3.25 for Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. Its very light and refreshing. Just a little TOO light, or I would've ranked it higher. But in summation a very good quencher. Not life changing, just above decent. I may buy this brew again

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very decent brew for a hot summer day -- a nice change of pace from stronger IPAs or another type of summer go-to beer. Pours a very pale yellow with a slight foamy white head. No significant lacing appears on the glass as you finish. The smell is slightly astringent but mostly has a moderate hop aroma. It's a very easy beer to drink as it is not too bitter, not too much carbonation -- very solid choice for a hot day or to pair up with some burgers or ribs on the grill.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as a part of a mix and match sixer. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, hazy golden blonde color with a decent, one finger head that dissipates a quarter of the way through the beer and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit, grass, hay, and a touch of breadiness. Very light nose

Taste - Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and subdued. A touch of fruitiness, some grass, a bit of hay.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated, light body. Pretty thin. Nothing much to speak of.

Overall - Fairly mediocre. Nothing to really get too shook up about. Its not bad, but just isn't anything real good either. Just grab it in a mix and match pack, drink it one time, and decide you won't buy it again.

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Photo of Vixie
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a small white head.

Smell is mainly malt and yeast.

A lot of malt up front, as well as yeast. Has a bit of floral hops at the finish to keep things balanced.

Ok feel, a touch watery, has a lot of carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing really stands out. Easy to drink, would be nice on a hot day. I am hoping to try more from Kona, now that they are available in my area.

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Photo of soju6
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness, grassy with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Taste follows with citrus, some malt sweetness, tropical fruit and just a touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

T: Light body, smooth with just enough honey to give it a bit of flair without making it too sweet.

O; Pleasant beer to relax with on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey blonde with loose silvery white froth like sparkling wine.
Clean fresh cut grain with hints of white sugar, waxy rind and flowers.
Honey and melon, some husky grain in the middle, and faint floral hops. Lemon peel as it warms.
Grassy finish and sour linger.
Thin, flaccid, tinny, some stick.

Neither the malty depth of an English blonde nor the hop bit of an American. Throws lager shapes, but even ice cold it's hard to picture this one as a quencher.

Actively unpleasant.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde ales aren't usually my thing, but this was the default choice when compared to the BMC lineup at a restaurant while staying in Oahu.

Was having a bunch of seafood for dinner, and thought this would be a nice matchup & palate cleanser.

Nothing too out of the ordinary here. Typical blonde ale appearance, not much of a hop note on the nose. Good mouthfeel though, and definitely provided way more body than the usualy Am. adjunct lager. I don't have any complaints here though, if you are looking for a light tasting beer but still want some flavor and character, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear, golden pale yellow sunshine color. Nice two finger head after the pour. Strong film o' foam for all twelve ounces. Nice bubbling too.

Clean, yet faintly unmalted grain and water cracker aroma. Hints of grass and maybe lemon, plus a pilsner like musk.

Clean and astringent palate from start to finish. Clean hops then somewhat musky and earthy hops on the finish. Malts taste faintly toasted, raw, and crackery all at the same time.

This beer is easy to drink, maybe just a little too earthy/musky for me. Its a pilsner, let its an ale.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pleasant. Appearance is a dark yellow/orange with a white head. The smell was very subtle although there were some hop notes. The taste was very crisp and refreshing with some grapefruit from the hops but overall very mellow. The mouthfeel was nice and light. A nice easy summer beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/light amber, small foamy head, not so sticky lacing.
Fruity malts in the smell, with peach and tropical notes. Floral hint and biscuits too.
Malts are very weak, giving way too a nice fruitiness, with tangerines, pineapple, watermelon, lime zest and peaches (not too strong tho). Grassy and floral notes. Hops are mostly aromatic, packing a very (less than) mild bitterness.
Feels a bit watery, very easy to gulp down.
Nice fruity beer, but feels way too faded. Refreshing, but lacking.

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Photo of output01x
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled JAN 05 12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream colored head that fades to a thin dusting and thin foam ring in a couple minutes. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw with a light amount of lazy carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but never adhere too long.

The nose is not the strongest my nostrils have dug into but it is pleasant and rather well-balanced. Sweet, biscuity malts lay the groundwork for citrusy and grassy hops. Notes of orange peel and papaya are detectable but distant.

Light and sweet malts start each sip along with flavors of pine and citrus hops. Swallowing the beer releases more of the hops flavors carrying notes of pine needles, freshly cut grass, lemon rind, and grapefruit. As these flavors fade, a mellow orange flavor develops and is soon met by a slight grassy bitterness. An orange sherbert aftertaste persists between sips.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer crisp, clean, and refreshing (sound familiar?). The body is light enough to make this both a warm spring night sipper as well as a hot summer day gulper. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and really helps this beer's drinkability (especially during the swallow).

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This golden ale is my least favorite of the kona brews. Going inot this I am not a fan of golden ale. The pale, pitiful yellow color reminds me of budweiser. Luckily, the beers smells much better. Once I take a swig I am again reassured that this is much more than a cheap domestic. Hints of citrus in an otherwise bland unsurprising swig. I like it though its somewhat refreshing. overall I rate this beer 3.00 okay. I would not recommend this to a friend however I would recommend this if your other options are unfavorable or unknown. Try it at least once, right?

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright yellow beer in the Duvel tulip. A modest head that subsides fairly rapidly. Slight tanginess, but the taste is more of club soda carbonation.

A subtle, but tantalizing, aroma of hops. Not much malt in the flavor, or much hops either, but it's a standard, clean beery taste. This could be recommended as an inoffensive quaff, but it is pretty well devoid of interest, even for the Blonde category.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of beertunes
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Idiotic 22oz format bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly hazy bright yellow color with about 1/8 inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was the typical benign soft grain and gentle hops that are the norm in the style. The flavors had the same notes, just light hops on top of easy grains. The beer didn't have any outstanding features, either good or bad.

The body was smooth and even, with a nicely clean finish. Drinkability was as easy as you would expect a low alcohol, "entry-level" to be. Overall, not a brew that's going to thrill us beer geeks, but one that is a solid example of the style. Worth a shot if going to a cookout or other event that isn't beer focused.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with about a half inch white head which went away quickly. Lacing is average. The aroma is light, it smells like bready malt, honey, and a bit of fruit. The taste is exactly the same as the aroma, I can taste the bit of fruitiness in this beer but I can't figure out exactly what kind of fruit it is. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit slick with decent carbonation. It's still light, but had more substance than I expected. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad brew, but it's not my favorite of the Kona beers I've tried.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife recently went to Hawaii and brought back a mixed sixer of Kona beers for me to sample. I was excited because we can't get these beers in Washington, DC. Bottle reads "packaged on Dec. 18, '06."

Pours a dense golden apricot color with a one-finger head that thins out quickly, leaving a nice looking film over the whole beer. The aroma is muted but malty. Not much hop character here. Maybe some pear, but not much fruit either. Tastes much the same. Muted and malty with a strong yeasty flavor too. Malty sweetness up front with a mellow, smooth finish. Not an overwhelming beer here, and not one I'll actively seek out when on the west coast in the future. But a good enough session beer that I would not turn my nose up at it either. Aloha.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and yellow golden with a white head of loose foam that fell too fast but left spots of lace. Nose is simple. Light breaddy grain with a bit of natural sweetness on it. Some ripe peach, a bit of grass and some citrus to give it pizazz. Taste follows the nose all the way. The balance is toward the malt so that is forward and firm but light and not too sweet. The ripe peach takes a back seat but it's juicy. There is a touch of bitter grass and a bit of tart citrus to give it some tang. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is watery. The carbonation was ample but it did not enliven this beer because it wasn't dry. This finishes with a very light bitter and sweet .

This was a good beer that drank pleasantly. It did not excite in any way but would be ideal for a summer beer as it is very refreshing and with the low abv this could really hit the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub on Oahu. I wasn't really all that impressed, maybe I shouldn't have had it at the same dinner where I tried some of their other, more fine, offerings. The blond ale looked like a pilsner, smelled a little malty, and tasted kind of bitter. Not my favorite.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden body, very clear with a small cap of white fizzy stuff. Barely any lacing as retention isn't considered.

Corn, pale grain ,stale bread and a small amount of herbal hops and underlying berry and macintosh apple fruitiness.

Pale grains, lightly bready and some sweet corn. Sweetness increases as it warms. Very faint herbal hops on the back end notes of pine and lemon citrus with a bit of snappy crispness on the back end.

Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a blonde ale. Finishes crisp, not bitter but gets a little sticky as the beer warms.

A decent beer, boring in some places but I can see this being very refreshing on a summer day. Better beers out there but not a bad blonde.

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Photo of supervike
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden orange color, the smell is faintly metallic, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. It has a malty flavor that isn't overpowering. Smooth and flavorful, no bad beer aftertaste at all. Mild carbonation gives it a good overall feel and taste.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Pours clear golden; small white head of about a finger diminishes rapidly

S: Smells sweet. Hints of citrus, pineapple and mango from the hops. Relatively promising

T: Hint of hop bitterness. A bit of citrus but not a ton of flavor from the hops. Way too sweet for a beer of this sort. A bit of butterscotch as well (diacetyl?) Seems almost under-attenuated. Not great.

M: Sweetness leads to this being a bit heavier tasting than anticipated at 4.4%.

O: A highly flawed, but serviceable session beer. Sweetness gets a bit grating and the flavor of the hops doesn't shine as much as the aroma would suggest but better than some similarly styled brews, but not by much.

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Photo of nickfl
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - sweet, grainy malt with just a hint of herbal hops.

T - clean malt up front with a hint of corn in the middle and some herbal hops and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - clean and drinkable, not bad for what it is but still not really worth drinking.

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Photo of McStagger
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Pours golden. Finger of bleached white head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate to minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate, with a fair amount of bubbles rising rapdily to form the head.

S: Malt dominant, with notes of grain and honey. Not incredibly aromatic. Getting a whiff of almost cereal like grain. Hops are fairly muted, but I do detect some mild fruitiness. Maybe a bit of overripe stone fruit or tropical fruit. However, this is hard to detect, as the smell is fairly weak.

T: Grainy and a bit gritty up front. Not getting much more than that. Take on a definitive fruity edge in the finish, but again, it's muted. Aftertaste carries some of this fruitiness, but it picks up this weird soda cracker like quality that isn't particularly pleasent. Very dry.

M: Fairly thin in the mouth. Not particularly carbonated, this one comes across as a bit watery.

O: Not a stellar beer. Not even a good one, really. Just mediocre.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into an English pub glass.

This brew has a surprisingly chewy and foamy head and ridiculous amounts of lace. Rushes of carbonation continuously surge upwards in the glass while the body is true to the beers name---Golden---with perfect clarity. 4.5

There's a lemony quality to the hops here and a light malt presence. Nothing spectacular to be made out but it's not bad to smell either. 3.5

Not much to go on with the flavor, although I am reminded of something coconut-like that lingers on the finish. There's a slight malt flavor at the start but it's very tame and the hop presence is light and grassy. It's pretty unoffensive in the sense that it's an approachable flavor. 3.25

An interesting feel here, as it almost borders on watery, but has enough maltiness to sway my opinion and call it refreshing and light. There's a bit of hop bitterness but it's light and easy to miss. 3.5

It's an easy-drinker, but doesn't offer the flavor of a session IPA, pils or something else just as slammable. I'd call this a training wheel beer for newbies or folks that just don't like most beers.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.