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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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990 Ratings

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Ratings: 990
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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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

DJoe, Mar 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

dvanhandel, May 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

bigbeers84, Feb 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

PieOhMy, Apr 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Kerne, Nov 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

mklisz, May 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

twenty5, Sep 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

akttr, Apr 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

heliocopter, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

attometer00, Sep 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Bill235, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

OgreSanchez, Jul 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Lucular, Aug 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Svendozen, Sep 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

tastymug, Jan 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

swungomonkey, Nov 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

lotr15800, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of BigJim5021
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%

A coworker snagged this for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Thanks, Liz.

Pale gold with a quickly vanishing white head. Decent lacing.

Smells like... well, not much at all. I'm picking up basically no aroma.

Flavor isn't bad. Tastes a bit like an all-malt lager. It's got a smooth malt presence, though nothing spectacular. Hops are pretty much non-existant. Not bad, though.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied and goes down smooth.

Drinkability is average. There's not much to this beer, but it's also wholly inoffensive. It didn't set my nethers tingling, but I didn't want to puke and die either.

BigJim5021, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%

A-Clear golden straw in color. Tiny, bleached head of froth. Light lacing.

S-Sweet with an herbal, eucalyptus, cough drop aroma. Crisp graininess with a faint hoppiness that must contribute to that odd herbal aroma.

T-The flavor has that same nearly minty, off-putting flavor. Medicinal hoppiness combined with plentiful sweetness. Dried grains and an odd fruitiness.

M-Needs a bit more bubbles. Light and easy to drink.

O/D-Did not like Big Wave at all. Hard to describe that flavor. It just did not suit me.

VelvetExtract, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%

Big wave golden ale

A: muted gold, cider apple juice color minimal head with no lacing, no middle carbonation

S honey, grapes, cooked yams; I have a hard time really expounding on such a limited presentation. This is truly a face-value beer.

T mild bread, watery character with a clean finish, cornbread honey character. It feels like a copycat of so many other beers and mixed styles.

M very light with minimal coating if at all, very refreshing no carbonation to follow through but muted sugar notes make it pretty pleasant in hot weather, I GUESS.

D very drinkable character light minimal hop profile perfect for the duty it presents but limited utility

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SubpoenaDeuces, Jun 20, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -19.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler in high elevation Libby, Mont. Paired with pretzels and reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Large bubbles. Low retention. No real lacing to speak of. Golden color. High clarity and nice carbonation.

S- Golden malts, light hops. Some wheat.

T- Wheat. Not great.

M- Light and watery.

O- Below average golden ale. Nothing special about this beer.

Murrhey, Feb 07, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -18.6%

imported to china by ACBP www.realbeer.com.cn

stamped on neck with 1/18/2008. importer's label also has bottling date

poured into tulip

deep golden honey color with orange and copper hues. relatively clear, though the second half of the bottle brings some haze and yeast sediment. some head, but quickly fades to a few wisps and a ring. no lacing.

faint aroma of citrus peel, with malt note underneath. some other fruity nuances (peach), then some phenols. whiff of grassy hop. hint of bread and yeast.

taste is too dominated by medicinal phenols, throughout and especially in the finish. underneath, some malt and fruity subtleties, plus a snappy hop bitterness, but it all gets lost and distracted by the medicinal character.

not too thin. moderate carbonation.

that's three strikes for kona. sorry to say. although i guess maybe i'll give them another chance, since american blonde ale is such a crap style anyway.

tai4ji2x, Oct 03, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours pale golden in color with a medium white head and is almost but not quite crystal clear. Pleasant, mild, floral hop aroma. Flavor is in line, mild and neutral. Somewhat fizzy, but drinkable. Slightly nutty grain flavor pleasantly complemented by tropical fruit hop flavors. This beer mostly succeeds in being inoffensive and drinkable. The exception, of course, is that it's really too boring to be a session ale.

hreb, Jun 17, 2014
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.