Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
1,019
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
17.23%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
157
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 400 | Ratings: 1,019
Photo of Buck89
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber-golden color, slightly hazy. A frothy white head with nice retention. Aromas as expected: citrus, grapefruit, pine, white bread. The wheels fell off with the first sip: a prominent band-aid phenolic flavor that dominated the otherwise classic IPA notes. I tasted this on tap, and in two cans as well; wonder if there is an issue with their water. A big shame as I like their other brews.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm on Oahu a couple weeks a year to visit family. Picked up a chilled 6 pack from Foodland. I remember first seeing a 6 pack for $16.99 years ago so glad to see it more affordable at $10.99. Whatever price - I'm not a fan. Golden brown pour with a nice moderate head. Little lacing to speak of outside of spots of foam. Aroma is herbal and slighty minty and nutty. No floral or citrus notes to speak of. Taste is herbal tea, caramel malt and bitter hops. Again - I don't pick up any fruit, grass or pine; it's like those flavors are smothered by the malt base. Finishes pretty clean with that herbal taste lingering for a bit. Stick to the west coast options when on Oahu.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is earthy and a bit on the weak side for the style but still brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Spike
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can.

Hazy, golden orange. The one finger, bubbly head recedes quickly but leaves rings of lacing.

A relatively restrained nose for such a hoppy ale. Lots of resin and brown bread offset by tropical fruits and satsuma.

The flavour is all pine and spice. The fruit in the aroma is not reflected in the taste. A little one-dimensional.

Medium body. The finish is drying and astringent, with more than a hint of hop burn. Mouthfeel is harsh.

Not a thirst-quencher. This is a punchy IPA. I like it but more than a couple of cans back-to-back would be challenge.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a 1 finger light tan head with thick lacing. Smells of tropical fruit and light caramel malts. Taste is crisp and clean with a nice bitterness. Goes down way too easy! A good summer brew worth trying.

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Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 5/25/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Malts are present. The aromas are on the subtle side, but still smells nice. The flavors are clean and refreshing. Lots of orange and lime notes. Grapefruit is present as well. Lots of pine notes too. Malts are present, but doesn't diminish the hops. Solid bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. It's very sharp, crisp and refreshing. It's nothing too crazy, but it's well crafted and very enjoyable. I like it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Nifty can pours into a goblet with a hazy golden body and a large white crown. That head rises up very tall to about three fingers staying there for quite some time. A massive amount of lacing sticks around the glass at each stop.

S- Pale cracked barley, honey and slight caramel malts arrive beneath a wave of citrus hops like ripe orange peel and grapefruit. Pine and earthy hints from the hops as well.

T- Loses a lot of the brightness the nose had with pine hop resin taking over for the most part and leading the way with the spicy barley, slight caramel and honey sweetness. A touch of orange but less than the aroma indicated. Sweets linger in the finish for quite some time. Earthy, herbal tea, floral and grassy hints in the finish.

MF- Creamy and puff with a smooth consistency on the palate. Carbonation drops towards the high side with a zesty and crisp feel. Finishes with a medium-high resinous bitterness.

A promising aroma leads to a muddled taste with malts competing with, and not in a harmonious way, the big piney hops.

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Photo of Billolick
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Canned 01/13/16...wish I had a fresher sample...

Pours typical looking hazed lighter amber, under a large and pillowy head, fades to a fine bubble film, slow sheeting and respectable fine sheeting

Just a hit of grainy hops on the nose

Middle of the road IPA..nothing great..nothing terrible..Prolly lost something during the flight....

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

drank a bunch of cans/drafts of this while on vacation in Maui

darker golden in color, big white head. well rounded hop aroma - pine, grass, floral. slightly bitter, but still easy drinking. medium bodied.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.8% abv, 82 ibu, draught.
A - hazy light orange with finger head.
S - honey, pineapple, earthy.
T - smooth, tropical, honey. enough bitterness which wanted from an ipa.
O - indeed really Hawaiian, with the taste of pineapple, I can feel the sunshine, lol

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my last reviews from the family vacation to Hawaii, this beer, from a twelve ounce can, is a burnt gold with some cloudiness. The aroma is all hop...pine and resin. The taste is balanced, but with a notable mid taste bitterness. Full in body and drinkable.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Canned on 2015-05-28.

A: Hazy pale amber. Poured 3 fingers high of head with long retention.
S: Moderate citrus (grapefruit), zest. Moderate pineapple.
T: Pineapple and grapefruit. Some sweet hints. High bitterness. Dry.
M: Moderate body. High carbonation.
O: Decent IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hits the amber copper color, 1/3" white head. Retention below average. Good dry hop aromas smacking of Amarillo.

Light body, well hopped, toasted pale malts, simcoe, amarillo, centennial would be my guess. A little bit, very small caramel, crystal malt sweetness. IBUS prolly stay in the 50-60 range. A little bit of that tropical fruitiness. A little more expensive than your average ipa, but I guess shipping all that stuff back and forth adds up. Has a good shelf life.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack from Foodland $7.99
Golden amber color
Medium mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Smooth hoppy taste with a slight bitter aftertaste
Overall a really good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Beric
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving; Can into snifter
Served: 7 February 2016

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow color, likely due to chill haze, but it could be from not filtering the entire beer. Honestly it doesn't look too bad, but I wish that the head would have stuck around a bit longer.

Smell: Very bright hoppiness, but pretty standard aromas. Citrus and pine, nothing too funky, but definitely pleasant and welcome.

Taste: A relatively clean IPA but with a pinch of grainy astringency on the very back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA to be sure, and definitely considering it's "imported" from Hawai'i. That said, it's doubtful that you can't find a better local IPA or strong APA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good bar poured head. Lasting foam leaves a ring of chunky lace. Amber color and crystal clear.

I get a metallic smell--iron. I actually get very little else.

The flavor starts with a dry caramel. A bit earthy. The hop is solid if predictable. I do get a bit of iron in the taste. The swallow and aftertaste are straight up black pepper bitterness. The body is neutral while the carbonation is mildly elevated.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very west coast style. A lot of pine with a good amount of bitterness. I prefer the citrus bombs, but I still love these west coast piney ipas. This reminded me of Pako's from Sanke River. I'll definitely be picking up some more of this.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight creamy head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The nose is a mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Main aroma is grapefruit with subtle notes of pineapple and apricot. A bit peppery as well.

The taste is more tropical. Bigger pineapple presence. The grapefruit is still big but shares with some resin/pine. Apricot and pepper round out the hop profile. The malt is hefty enough to support the aggressive hops.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Big hoppy bitterness on the palate with some sweetness to try to balance.

An old school west (far west) coast IPA. Big piney bitter notes. It's good but I like to see more brightness.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I grabbed a six of this at Costco in Kahului for a very reasonable price. Big Swell is an extremely agreeable IPA - not earth-shaking like the waves at Ho'Okipa, but definitely akin to life on Maui. Everything is well and good when the weather is perfect and you have a nice IPA in hand. Light in colour, easy on the malt, with a bit of pine and grapefruit joining the party. When in Hawaii, why not?

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Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky butterscotch. 1 finger head minor lacing retention. Not a ton to the nose, Citrusy. Tastes mildy hoppy, tea leaf, minimal citrus. Drinks a little light after sipping with good carbonation.

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Photo of pkalix
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

canned on 7/26, almost four months ago.... not bad flavor although not glaringly superstar status, either. basic, standard IPA with medium bitterness, slightly higher than average sweetness. dark, dehydrated urine color with a short-lived creamy, opaque head.... leaves some sticky lacing. decent....

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Photo of ordybill
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is full of hops. The taste is hop driven. A really good ipa.

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow clear brew, topped by a sizable frothy white head. Good retention.

Hoppy, juicy aroma, primarily pine and grapefruit. There's a touch of caramel malt lingering in the background.

Flavor follows: it's a fairly standard American IPA, although there is also a dank, herbal quality to the hops, along with a touch of tropical juice, to go along with pine and grapefruit.

Lively and smooth; medium-light bodied.

This is a very solid IPA. The can I'm reviewing is over two months old, and yet shows no sign of detrimental staleness. I would gladly order this on tap in Hawai'i.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass
From: An ABC store in Honolulu, Hawaii
Price: $2.29
Purchased: Oct. 10, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 10, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 19, 2015

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Good deal of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent layered foamy lacing on the sides. Very good-to-excellent retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled grapefruit, pine, tropical, Citra, caramel, faint coconut, light pineapple and earthy Citra rind. Something slightly off. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose nicely. Got bitter grapefruit juice, grapefruit pulp, tropical rind, pineapple, Citra, pine, dry-hopped and boozy alcohol. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A bit disappointed in this one overall. This could’ve been a lot better. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 | 84 | B

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Light, but delicious aroma with notes of passion fruit that switch to pine, some toasted and caramel malts, biscuit, guava and melon.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, guava, spices, toasted malts, pine resin, caramels, tea bags and pineapple. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Assertive resiny and spicy American IPA with enough hops to entertain any hophead.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,019 ratings.
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