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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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924 Ratings

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 19
Gots: 112 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-22-2014 21:52:52 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-13-2013 16:21:21 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Bright golden yellow hue in color (obviously) with a 1/4 inch of white head.
S - Smells of mild hops, pilsner malts, and some bready yeasts.
T - Simple yet not offensive it's far from tasty. Mild hops and bready malts with a touch of fruity yeasts.
M - Not very watery which was surprising for 4%. Drank with a light to medium body though.

Overall this is just a filler review since I got a bottle best by August 2012 yet it wasn't offensive or skunked. I bet fresh this beer would be... something.

04-22-2013 01:17:40 | More by DrDemento456
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

01-18-2010 01:42:23 | More by bluejacket74
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3.74/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-09-2014 04:48:45 | More by tone77
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-01-2013 02:48:44 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%

A-Mostly clear but a slight haze to a light golden colored ale. Nice creamy white head...

S-Very citrus forward...sweet citrus....oranges...tangerines....apricots....peaches...yes a lot of peaches the more I smell...

T-Not full flavored but has a nice citrus component....peaches and oranges....lighter than on the aroma...could use a little more malt backing.

M-I know this was meant to be a session ale but it is too light in the shorts for me. The very watery body takes away from the flavor some actually as your attention is drawn to that instead.

O-I really like the aroma and the flavor to a lesser regard...the body is very light...I guess in the heat and sun a low ABV tasty ale like this would drink nicely but I wonder how much better this could be with a little more malt at say a still sessionable 5%?

02-16-2013 06:00:03 | More by ZAP
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-19-2014 22:07:42 | More by Duff27
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-04-2013 06:14:22 | More by Gobzilla
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4/5  rDev +13%

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head that slowly gave way to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in spots.

S: Light-colored fruit. Slightly sweet bready malt. Faint peppery hop charachter.

T: Just like the nose. Low, even bitter in the finish lets the mildly sweet malt flavor linger.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

D: Very easy to drink. Very good representation of the style.

11-01-2010 19:39:35 | More by Haybeerman
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New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev +4.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 10:41-MAR 14 14. Sampled on May 1, 2014.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that settles back quickly. Excellent clarity.

Blondes can be rather bland but there is a likable grainy malt character playing up on the nose with a clean, crisp hop balance mixed in. Feels inviting.

Medium and smooth body.

Light grainy and toasted malty taste up front and then the grassy hops come in with a bit of a bitter kick at the finish. Neatly balanced. It went down quick and smooth.

05-01-2014 21:40:40 | More by puboflyons
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-19-2014 01:44:09 | More by Boone757
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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

A very clear, pale golden-yellow, it does look like a blonde. The head is about half a finger tall, pure white, and densely bubbled. It leaves behind more than a modicum of spotting that clumps up to patching in areas.
It's a little grainy on the nose, pale malts and toast in there along with tangy and sweet fruitiness, a bit of spiciness and some leaf.
It's a little stronger in the taste and not quite as grainy. The main takeaway for me is lots of fruity esters, pale fruits flesh with a hint of something not quite plummy. Biscuit and leaf meld together pretty well.
It's light, very crisp, and creamy in the carbonation. It could be a little cleaner in the feel from the grains, and it dries a little early,

05-21-2014 21:32:19 | More by Brenden
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4/5  rDev +13%

01-09-2013 01:23:01 | More by enelson
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4/5  rDev +13%

02-03-2014 18:45:33 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-14-2013 15:50:18 | More by KevinGordon
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-22-2014 02:31:31 | More by Griffith
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-15-2011 02:06:23 | More by bpfrush
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

I had this a few times on Maui in lieu of the lager and found it a simple refreshing ale that hits the spot when it is warm or you are getting the grill going on the Lanai. The hops are there but this not the focus of this beer. I got bored after a couple in that I wanted more complexity but still worth drinking.

03-10-2012 23:53:44 | More by canucklehead
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out.

S - juicy tropical fruit.

T - sweet and tropical upfront with citrusy bitterness taking things to a tart and dry finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

10-28-2012 20:47:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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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.

08-01-2013 02:10:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a two finger white head. The head has a decent retention but eventually fades to give a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall with some bready and malty notes as well as a lighter citrus hop aroma. Mixed with these aromas is a lighter floral hop aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter biscuit and wheat flavor. Some citrus hop then comes to the tongue. It is slightly sweeter and mainly of an orange flavor with some hints of lemon. These flavors take the taste to the end where they combined with some light floral and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer s very light with a carbonation level that is on the average to above average side. Both are quite good for making a very crisp and drinkable beer.

Overall – Rather refreshing and easy drinking. While it is not huge on the flavor profile, it does make for a decent session style brew.

10-15-2012 01:09:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-07-2014 08:20:29 | More by smartassboiler
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-18-2012 06:44:28 | More by twelveinches
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-10-2014 19:19:20 | More by ShemRahBoo
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.