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Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 121 | 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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3.46/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-14-2014 18:51:56 | More by dcmchew
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New York

3.29/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

04-24-2013 21:28:06 | More by StJamesGate
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-26-2013 22:04:20 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-27-2014 18:57:02 | More by tommyguz
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3/5  rDev -15%

11-26-2011 14:21:44 | More by jenray
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3/5  rDev -15%

04-26-2013 23:38:58 | More by crobinso
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-04-2014 16:45:21 | More by thatoneguymike
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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Pint at Moose McGillicudy's in Kihei and Lahaina while I was in Maui a couple weeks ago, reviewed from notes, think I also had a bottle of this earlier that week

A-Light golden orange color, 1 1/4 inch creamy white head, nice retention, not much lacing
S-Sweetness, caramel, toffee, and bready malts, some orange peel, mild hoppiness, and a hint of fruit juice
T-Starts off with a bit of sweet fruits, malt is also on the sweeter side in the middle, then some very light hops in the finish, gets more flavorful as it warms and juicy fruit becomes more prominent, could have used more dryness to balance it out, still different from any blonde I have ever tried and quite surprising
M-Sweet, chewy, and a little dry mouthfeel, needs more carbonation and was a little on the syrupy side, medium body that was impressive thickness for a blonde, taste lasts pretty long
D-ABV seems low, light on the stomach except for the occasional heaviness from the sweet accents, nice session beer, goes down pretty easy

This is the one beer that Kona bottles and does not send over to California, so that explains why I had never seen it, not bad for three dollars during happy hour at the Moose, that place reminded me of the old one in Redondo Beach, would drink again, recommended

08-18-2008 04:34:08 | More by Floydster
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3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale gold, massive white foam head.

SMELL: Fruity, grain, honey

TASTE: Smooth, light-ish body, light sweetness, cereal grains, fruity, mildly tropical, toasty, honey finish

If the average non-beer geek drinker were to close their eyes and imagine what beer might taste in Hawaii, they might expect to taste something like this beer; a light ale with seemingly tropical fruity notes. Decent and drinkable.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.4%

06-26-2014 17:27:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-14-2013 01:10:22 | More by buckyp
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2.38/5  rDev -32.6%

Pours yellow, large white head. Smell: pure macro lager. Ugh. Taste slight skunk, overly sweet, unpalatable, sickle, and there's little to nothing "blond" about it.

Just not a good brew, and I never would have guessed that I was drinking an ale. Watery, not very drinkable.

10-18-2008 02:08:02 | More by Overlord
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-31-2013 16:59:46 | More by JohnK17
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-31-2014 17:34:59 | More by KevMo84
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3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date stamped on it right on the bottom of the front label. The only thing I don't know is whether that's a born on date or an expiration date.

The beer poured a clear champaign color, sort of like gingerale gold. The half finger of white head dissipated quickly and there wasn't much lacing.

The beer has both a pleasantr hoppy smell as well as an unpleasant barnyard smell.

Well, well,well - what do we have here? A hop dominated blonde ale. Slightly bitter grapefriut/lemon flavor tempered with a kiss of sweet honey.

Light bodied with medium high carbonation.

It's alright, but I like my blonde ales to be fruitier and maltier.

02-23-2013 06:21:48 | More by matjack85
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

The first time I had the Golden Wave Ale, it was in Hawaii on the Big Island while honeymooning with my wife. I finally found this in Texas, and decided to do a review after not having one for 5 years, lol! I had this offering from Kona Brewing Co. poured into a pint/nonic glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - It pours a clear golden, and did not produce much head on the top, but what was formed was a very bright white.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits with just a bit of hops are what I get on the nose.

T - The main flavor on the palate is sweet grains, with hints of pineapple and citrus. The beer is crisp, clean, and slightly sweet on the finish. There is almost no bitterness whatsoever in this beer.

M - Light bodied, not overly carbonated, it is very smooth.

O - I did enjoy the Golden Wave Ale from Kona Brewing Co. It is a very easy drinking light style year-round beer. Very refreshing beer to drink on any given day.

08-05-2012 19:21:31 | More by TX-Badger
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3/5  rDev -15%

06-18-2014 04:10:47 | More by jheezee
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3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

I had the Kona Big Wave on tap at Salt Life Grille in Jackson Beach. This is a great updated take on seafood shack. Check it out!

Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is a chill hazed gold with a skim of white foam.

There are apricots and grains in the nose. Blind folded I would have guessed Magic Hat #9.

Taste also leads with apricot. There is a nice floral undertone and some caramel malt. Everything hung together well with this beer.

Mouth is well calibrated for a hot weather beer.

Change of pace beer for sure. But I ended up drinking four over the course of a leisurely two hour eating and drinking session.

05-24-2013 17:24:29 | More by Redrover
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-05-2013 05:50:27 | More by Lovely85
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-17-2013 02:30:26 | More by lupercmda
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-27-2012 02:37:46 | More by cliff1066
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-29-2014 03:13:50 | More by Smarty_Pints
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

09-23-2013 12:55:23 | More by twenty5
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-26-2014 15:41:34 | More by egrace84
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-27-2013 05:21:51 | More by schopenhauerale
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-03-2014 04:24:55 | More by mrebeka
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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