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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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222 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 222
Hads: 1,420
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 433 | 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: 222 | Hads: 1,420
Photo of dcmchew
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 31st, 2014.

A: Bright white head with golden body.

S: Hops with floral notes.

T: Slight hops, but not as hoppy as the smell would suggest.

M: Light and drinkable.

O: Pretty good. Very likeable, a good summer brew. (287 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing - Like I've written before, I really want to like this brewery, and the latest beers I'm trying are starting to prove me right. This offering, Big Wave, does a pretty decent job. Out of the bottle, it's none too impressive - your normal yellow, run-of-the-mill beer color - not much head, but surprisingly it has good lacing. The odor is absolutely wonderful, fresh and citrusy. Mouthfeel would be outstanding to me if it weren't so carbonated - it just takes away from the feel for me. Taste-wise, I liked it. The brew was bold, fresh, I could taste the citrus and it mixed well with the hops. Unfortunately, there was just something there - I just couldn't grade it outstanding. Overall, it's a good beer, I definitely enjoyed the two I just had... (763 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into an oversized pilsener glass. A moderately aggressive pour brings about a good one inch of frothy, snow white lace. The head is characteristically sticky for this brewery- this one is just a bit stickier than their lager, leaving plenty of lacing and preserving billowing islets of foam. The beer is golden and a little hazy, with light carbonation confined mostly to one side of the glass.

I detect plenty of delicate floral and citrus aromas and flavors which makes the beer seem a bit sweeter than it really is...A touch of light berry flavor is also noticeable- something like a very light raspberry flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel with just a little bit of lingering bitterness.

This stuff is easy drinking and a real taste treat. The last entrant in the Kona beer kick. This beer was purchased as part of a variety 12 pack for around 14 bucks at Three Bears Alaska (cheap!). (912 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/25/13 and poured 2/12/14.

Appearance: First, I like the shape of the bottle and custom design. Pours clear, pale yellow. Alright lacing. Tiny head.

Smell: Pleasant. Little sweet. A light hop aroma. Some malt. A bit grainy. Basic, but a solid smell. The hoppy note was a nice little surprise.

Taste/feel: Good brew. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability at only 4.4%. Solid hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Slight malt sweetness at the end. A good amount of grain Simple, but done very well.

A definite summer, or to be more precise, beach beer. Light, refreshing, nice bit of hops, highly sessionable ABV... could have been a very "eh" beer, but it's actually very solid for the style. Not super interesting, but tasty enough. Would definitely have this one again, especially in the heat when I want something light. My first (and certainly not last) beer from Kona. Mahalo! (913 characters)

Photo of Dools9
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, dated Dec. 16 13. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Yup, its a nice golden color with lots of active carbonation. Finger or so of white head that fades rather quickly. Leaves suome decent patches of lace.

S: This is surprisingly hoppy for a golden ale. A bit of sweet peach pineapple and citrus with a lemon zest twang, some grassiness, pale malt breadiness.

T: Sweetness from pale barely malt breadiness, decent hop presence of tropical citrus, grassiness. Very low bitterness makes this one a perfect summer session brew.

M: Light body feel, a bit watery but expected, well carbonated however not selstery. Very refreshing.

O: Suprised by this one, its extremely refreshing and has a decent hop presence with minimal bitterness, perfect warm weather session brew. Worth a try. (787 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, some malts as well. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, drinks more like a pale ale than a blonde, pretty tasty and well hopped for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer. (331 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lively herbal hop atop a clean grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal, a piney hop and fruity esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a very tasty hop forward blonde ale. (404 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This has to be one of if not the lightest bodied ales in existence. This unique property is by no means a good things, this beer is boring, bland and unexciting to drink. The aroma smells spicy and hoppy but its all misleading! One sip and you might as well be drinking a bmc beer. Don't buy a six pack of this, maybe get single if you want to try it. As far as kona brewing goes I did like their fire rock pale and their island lager. Those are good beers don't let this one turn you off the rest of their lineup. (514 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a date on the label August 13, 2013. Another year round offering from Kona Brewing, acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a finger and a half of fluffy white foam. Body is a light lemon-orange color with just a bit of sediment floating around. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is of light crackery biscuit malts, honeyed graham cracker, some lemon zest, and piney hops. Not a strong aroma, but well enough for what it is.

T - Taste is of crisp bready malts, with just the right amount of lemon / pine hop zest to it. Maybe just a touch of caramel malt, and a touch of honey sweetness from the honey malts. Very nicely balanced.

M - Feel is crisp, light, and refreshing. Mild hop stickiness / bitterness on the palate.

Overall, an excellent, refreshing, light, and delicious beer from Kona Brewing. This is probably one my favorite beers from these guys yet. This beer would definitely make a great summer sipper to pair with some BBQ.

Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale ---3.5/5 (1,098 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a finger of white head over a bubbly wheat-yellow body. The head disappears in a minute or so, leaving nothing up top.

Smells grainy.

Grain with grass is what I'm getting on my tongue. Tastes pretty clean.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied. Goes down easy. (273 characters)

Photo of Sparkyinsurf
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not normally a fan of light ale, but this beer was better than any light ale i can think of. It is in line with a good pilsner.

1.Appearance: Nice head, not too carbonated with a yellow/copper consistent to a pilsner.

2. Smell: A lemon citrus smell, not overpowering like a blue moon or other citrus ale type.

3. Taste: Fantastically refreshingly light. This will be my qualty "coors light" go to day beer.

4. Mouthfull: A light beer but enough hoppyness to be an Americanized "Hawaiian" type German pilsner.

5. Overall: I might have scored this too high becouse of my lowered expectations. But, it is exactly what i would want in a light beer "coors light take notice" as to how it should taste. ( reference; I've never liked their logger and loved their kona porter ) (782 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-golden color with a small white head
S-hoppy smell with a citrus grapefruit smell
T-lighter hop taste than the smell, and a grapefruit aftertaste that seems to stay with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the smell and the taste are the same, and it turned out to be a crisp clean beer. (296 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything related to Hawaii. Bought the variety pack from Kona, so I'll be reviewing those as well. Eh, nothing too exciting but not worthy of dumping. Decent color, average everything else. Glad it didn't taste like a beer flavored mai tai. Had much worse, had much better. (302 characters)

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden ale. Nice session with hints of fruit and a floral aroma that do not overwhelm the beer like the waialua wheat does. So not as sweet but a very flavorful ale. Certainly a very good beer with a low alcohol content that is very easy to drink. (258 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Gian Beer Garden and Eatery,enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is golden w/ gentle haze and thick white cap which recedes to a small ring. The smell is malty with light sweet scent and mild fruit ester from the yeast. The feel is decent with mild sweetness and moderate carbonation level with gentle bitterness and clean overall feel with semi--dry finish.

The taste is good with some malt flavor which is toasted with some light sweetness and gentle yeast accents with a semi-creamy taste and mild hop in the background. Overall this is a pretty gentle flavored beer with some fresh tasting malt but not a very complex affair, just a pretty well brewed blonde which is easy to drink (709 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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. (521 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/14/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light bits of foamy lacing cling down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, cracker, light bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with moderate malt presence; and solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, grass, toast, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, toast, bread, cracker, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant flavor profile with very balanced hop/malt flavors; with a solid amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice blond ale. Solid amount of robustness with a nice balanced hop/malt flavor profile; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,300 characters)

Photo of vpoxon
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A good summer beer. Almost a suspicion of citrus. Reminds me of freshly mowed grass during a rain. I can't really find anything bad to say other than I might get tired of this fairly quickly; but I will definitely keep some of this on hand for the summer months for a nice change of pace (287 characters)

Photo of cherche
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer I have loved, hated, liked and now think is just pretty good. Definitely a light summer type of beer. The flavor is pretty solid for such a light beer but I would suggest passing if you are not planning on being at the beach or at a BBQ in the sun and you like a little flavor to your beer. The taste to me seems like a lager with some fruitiness to it. Color is a light gold, not much of a head to it. Smell is light and fruity. If I am drinking this beer I am happy because I am on a beach in the sun :) (526 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (486 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden color, mostly opaque, with a light sudsy head which does not last long but remnants remain on the top of the brew until the end. Almost no lacing.

The smell is pineapples, cantaloupes, melon, peach and sweet malts. Strong overall citrus smell.

The taste follows the nose with pineapple, melon peach and other fruits dominating. There is also a sweet bready taste which remains in the mouth as an aftertaste. There are enough hops to prevent this beer from being too sweet but the hops never dominate the taste but rather stay in the background. I would guess this is what the brewers were going for and if that is the case, well done.

The mouthfeel is mostly creamy but there is also a slightly thick bready chewy feeling. Slightly dry on the backend.

Overall this is a very well balanced Blonde Ale. If you like the style it is worth trying. If you don't like the style you might want to give this a try on a hot day just for fun. (960 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy gold with a nice soapy head with spotty bubbles of lacing on the glass. Sweet grass in the nose with soft malt odors; light grain, untoasted bread. Very soft flavors in the mouth; muted without being watery, tastes of water crackers, unleavened bread, lightly spicy hop finish. Very clean, easy and pleasant session beer, tasting like a cream/blonde style of ale. (377 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (367 characters)

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.