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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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923 Ratings

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 111 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-09-2013 15:21:18 | More by PieOhMy
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-10-2013 15:54:27 | More by Kerne
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-21-2014 12:29:45 | More by mklisz
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

05-09-2014 01:45:49 | More by KeeganRohovich
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

09-23-2013 12:55:23 | More by twenty5
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-02-2014 01:38:22 | More by akttr
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-05-2014 00:18:56 | More by heliocopter
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

09-06-2013 20:20:26 | More by attometer00
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

02-11-2013 16:24:08 | More by Bill235
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-27-2013 23:58:14 | More by OgreSanchez
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

01-12-2013 13:43:32 | More by tastymug
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-05-2012 01:26:19 | More by swungomonkey
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

08-22-2012 02:49:18 | More by lotr15800
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2.8/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

03-16-2009 05:04:31 | More by BigJim5021
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2.81/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

08-01-2013 02:10:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

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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06-20-2011 08:16:55 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

02-07-2013 03:54:12 | More by Murrhey
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2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

10-03-2008 12:37:44 | More by tai4ji2x
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2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

06-17-2014 04:05:30 | More by hreb
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2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

On tap at a restaurant in Honolulu. served in a chilled weizen glass.

A: pale golden color with streaming bubbles and a thin white foam. settles into a thin ring quickly, with some decent lacing.

S: caramel malt and yeasty bread dough. that's pretty much it. would have liked even some subtle floral or fruit aromas, but I didn't pick up anything along those lines.

T: all malt- not bad, just uninteresting. a fairly basic brew.

M: probably the best thing I can say about Big Wave is that it goes down smooth with a bit of dryness in the finish. a bit more medium bodied than I was expecting as well.

D: again, not a bad beer, just very simple. on a hot day and in the absence of other options, I wouldn't cringe at having a Big Wave in front of me. I wouldn't seek it out though.

10-27-2009 00:46:51 | More by jhoban19
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2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

Part of a pick-six at a local market, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of earthy noble hops. Not much maltiness but lots of hops. Pours into. My SAPP with a nice golden color as expected with an off white multi faceted bubble head that recedes slowly. Taste is as expected from the smell a nice highly hopped taste that is not bitter but earthy. Not much malty backbone so the mouthfeel is a little thin. A tasty ale that wouldn't be offensive to any hopheads. Not one to seek out but imbibe able.

09-28-2013 18:52:34 | More by mooseisloose
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head. Aroma of very light pale malt with a mild biscuity sweetness and a hint of tropical fruit. Palate is rather, um, neutral. Pale malt with a touch of sweetness and an underlying note of tropical fruit. The sweetness fades on the finish, yielding to a mildly chalky flavor and texture. Body is watery and, again, mildly chalky at the finish. You could do worse than this on a hot day, but it is pretty uninteresting.

10-30-2012 05:32:05 | More by ElGordo
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%

Appearance: Big wave pours a pale golden color and is topped with ½” of white colored head.
Smell: This beer smells of hops with a small amount of malt in the background.
Taste: The flavor of big wave is hops with a bit malt of but there is an off flavor that I can’t place not sure if it is yeast or some type of mistake.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied golden ale that has a nice hop profile but not much else it is a good drinking beer but not great with that funny flavor.

09-04-2013 20:09:07 | More by raznug
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3/5  rDev -15%

02-10-2013 18:50:34 | More by mojohawk21
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.