Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
BA SCORE
62.9%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 1,107 ratings
Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
50+ IBU

Added by GClarkage on 01-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,869
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,107
Liked:
696
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
2.85
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
190
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,107 |  Reviews: 420
Photo of blissfulNemo
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spezz
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superwho24
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell - pineapple, banana
Taste - Malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, with a punch.
Mouthfeel - pleasant

Pairs well with sliced baby Swiss cheese

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can about 7 weeks old.

Slightly hazy-light orange pour with a big 2 finger head that lasts. Nice lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smells of pineapple, a touch of pine and melon.

Taste follows the nose nicely. A bit sweet but finishes dry enough to balance. Some bitterness creeps on the back end.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Medium carbonation and body allows for easy drinking.

I am surprised at the low ratings. This is tasty and fulfilling. I would gladly have again.

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Photo of grue_soda
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Schmaltz33
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mojohawk21
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Citrus zest, light pine, tropical fruit, floral notes, biscuity malt, and honey sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, and a little passion fruit and faint peach, floral and grassy notes, pine, biscuity malt, and a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid IPA.

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Photo of Ned57
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour, nonic pint glass at Maui Brewing Waikiki.

Fantastic looking IPA on the lighter side. Large frothy head with excellent lacing.

The nose is very fruity; peach, pineapple, and grapefruit.

Medium bodied and juicy sweet. Flavors of lychee, white grapes, stone fruit, and grapefruit.

The body is ample with carbonation to keep it in check. Drying finish with moderate to high bitterness.

When I first had Big Swell I was surprised at how good it was. I moved to Oahu when the state of Hawaiian beer was still questionable, behind the curve. In the last three years the state has gained several very good breweries and Big Swell IPA has remained a stalwart local beer. Try.

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Photo of dbauer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantanick
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/8/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, grassy, citrus peel, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; with the balanced bitter/drying finish. Very dank, vibrant, and juicy on hops; nice malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBill1962
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid, smooth IPA which I could drink anytime. Medium body, a beer that you could drink a few at a sitting. Great aroma - grapefruit aroma.

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Photo of Jubes07
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, thanks to my friend, Derek, for giving me a can to try
A - opaque tangerine colored ale with a fluffy off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing
S - nice hoppy aroma with passion fruit, lemon-lime, and orange zest
T - big bold and very bitter hop presence; notes of passion fruit and lemon-lime dominate the palate; some orange zest, wheat, pineapple, and a bit of light caramel in the background
M - medium body, very resinous, finishing bitter and semi-dry
O - good but not great American IPA. Glad to try it, but I won't be buying it in the future.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a slight glowing orange with a quickly dissipating little white foamy head that fell off immediately. Lace was strewn about somewhat all over the place.
The aroma had some citrus sweetness, light pineapple/light mango, dusty biscuits and some earthy bitterness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an underscore of balancing bitterness, sly bitter aftertaste of the citrus seeming to be a little more rind-like with a sturdy earthiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice west coast IPA for the most part.

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Photo of jebrew
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rogerlb
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Look is a slightly neon orange, slightly opaque. No head at all, but there is lacing once I get started.

Aroma is citrus. Yeah, pineapple. Taste is a citrusy bitter earth, a well balanced Northwest-style ipa. It's got a boozy, slightly astringent flavor for 6.8 ABV. There's a slight spice, and I want to say salt? I blame the hops. Sticky finish, snappy and refreshing. Quite good.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62.9% out of 100 with 1,107 ratings
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