Big Swell IPA
Maui Brewing Co.

Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,065
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,116
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
446
Ratings:
1,208
From:
Maui Brewing Co.
 
Hawaii, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
Notes: Tropical citrus hops burst from this dry-hopped India Pale Ale.

82 IBU
Reviews: 446 | Ratings: 1,208 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange color with a medium, soft white head. SRM of 9. Standard (3.75)

Aroma: Large aromas of green grape and citrus. Mostly green grape and grapefruit citrus. Then some pear, gooseberry, and stonefruit to support. Very aromatous and juicy. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows with tons of green grape, grapefruit citrus, more green citrus, gooseberry and pear. Moderate tartness with a strong juiciness. Extremely flavorful. (4.25)

Feel: Body is mild. Carbonation is nearly flat. Under-carbonated which allows it to feel like juice on the palate. Also allows a tart juiciness at the expense of cleanliness on the palate. (3.50)

Compared to Lagunitas' IPA 10/18/20: Pours a lighter color with a milder head. Stronger aromas/flavors. More juicy and less earth and caramel malts. More green grape and citrus. A milder body, but more juice and flavor overall. Winner: Big Swell

Overall: An extremely flavorful and juicy IPA, which was a pleasant surprise. Stronger green grape and green citrus flavors. Some pear and gooseberry to support. Flavor is abounding and the profile is fantastic. Definitely impressed with this beer and an above average rating from me (Final Rating: 4.09)

Oct 18, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange, hazy but not murky. Translucent with a visible stream of bubbles. Capped with an enormous pillowy white head. Amazing retention and sheets of lacing.

Getting old at four months; the aroma is muted but has some honey, pineapple, biscuit, pine, and hints of cardboard.

The palate offers pineapple, pink grapefruit, guava, honeydew melon, cracker and biscuit, and moderate bitterness of pine and grapefruit peel. The flavors are starting to fade but it tastes good.

Medium feel, well carbonated, slightly creamy and resinous.

A really good IPA! If I could find this fresher I would happily but it again.

Jan 18, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange to golden pour with a bit of chill haze and 2 fingers bubbly white head.
Aroma on head is piney and tropical with prominent hop note; as this fades mainly the tropical fruit smell with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and a touch of sweaty dankness.
Initial flavours of sweet caramel malt , pineapple, mango (especially as warmed), followed by a hit of piney hops with a dank bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel - sweet caramel malt crushed by the lingering delicious tropical bitterness.
A surprisingly excellent IPA!!

Dec 14, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly delicious, beautiful looking IPA from a great Hawaiian brewery. Canned on 5/20/19. Looks incredible - smooth golden color with no real haze, a small amount of white head as a cap and some awesome sheets of lingering lacing that clung to the glass and stayed forever. Very nice. Clean aromas of some fruity hops - grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, mango and passionfruit - as well as some weaker malt, vanilla, bread and floral hops at the end. Taste follows the nose, good balance between the lighter hoppy bitterness and smooth sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, a trace of dankness, good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer! Higher ABV was amazingly well hidden.

Aug 27, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Best by date is 6/21/19. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Hazy, medium amber color, massive white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
Little carbonation stream visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- The tropical fruit, primarily pineapple, is the major player here. Citrus, mango, onion and a little pine in the background.

Taste- Very similar to the smell. The pine and the bitterness are really dialed back in this brew.

Feel- Medium bodied yet drinks pretty light, malty. Good carbonation.

O- My first offering from Maui Brewing. Reminds me a lot of Kona Brewing's Gold Cliff IPA but a bit pricier. Another great hot weather brew.

Aug 04, 2019
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Fireboy from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Waikiki. Pours a nice golden color with about a fingers worth of head. Tropical fruit nose, good malty balance and nice tropical hop notes. All in all a really nice IPA that hides the 82 IBU very well.

Jul 12, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can - Canned on 12/17/18:

Pours yellow with no noticeable carbonation. Big foamy white head thin and lasts.

The smell is of tropical and citric hops.

The taste is of tropical and citric hops with cracker-like malt backing. Refreshing bitter touch in the finish.

It is medium-bodied and very smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

While it is nothing particularly unique it is a very good representation of a West Coast IPA. Very drinkable. Hops show well with enough malt balance to keep things together. Recommended!

Jun 03, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"It kind of tastes like smoked... dirt..."

Big oof.

That's the first I heard about it. I had already bought 24 of them. I've got to at least review them before I call this guy out.

It's bright and golden. You notice hops on the nose, and you can tell it's dry-hopped. Definitely tropical citrus, which I usually favor towards.

The hops aren't bitey, but it is a heavy, flavor-forward brew. It leaves something on the finish, it hangs around.

I would recommend this brew to anyone with a curious palate: 'tropical citrus hops burst from this dry-hopped india pale ale' and there you go, it delivers.

Admittedly I don't know if I'd tear through a 6-pack in an evening, but with a friend? "Another Maui Big Swell? Alright then." I don't got anything much against it, I've had IPAs that made me say "uuugh" quite a bit more.

May 29, 2019
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sdmrtn from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on de big island Kona ...this is a very delicious tropical tasting ipa. No added fruit, but the local hops deliver a subtle yet distinct tropical/pineapple/mango/ginger flavor... Wonderful to say the least. This is de kine more bettah big island brew brah. Drink em up brahddas. Big swell... Hawaii very special kine beer. This My favorite brew in Hawaii along with Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing... equally magnificent..... Aloha

Mar 25, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Swell pours a copper color, a little haze, with a long lasting lacing head. Rich creamy hoppy aroma. Flavor is fresh, well put together, good hop flavor that blends very well. Good body and feel. Overall, a very good IPA, creamy feel, well constructed.

Mar 19, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from a six pack from Tsunami Taproom in Salem OR
$10 six.
Pours the traditional deep orange coloured body with a huge thick and creamy off white head.
Aromas a bit subdued but of mango, papaya ,with a bit of peach skin..nice.
Taste similar and very well balanced,,but nice hop bite towards the end.
Mouth feel is very nice medium to medium heavy and with nice medium carbonation..semi dry finish.
A good traditional IPA

Feb 21, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has tropical citrus and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with tropical citrus and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice IPA

Feb 10, 2019
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summitsix from California

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this while overlooking a beautiful Wailea beach, a perfect pairing

12 ounce can dated 01/16/19 (wow! only two weeks old) poured into pint glass

L: beautiful golden brew, definitely filtered
S: citrusy hop bouquet
T: classic west coast style IPA, hoppy goodness upfront balanced by malts and slightly bitter finish. very refreshing, smooth, and delicious
F: Creamy, palatable

You won’t find a better IPA in Hawaii

Jan 31, 2019
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can with the old 70s shape and style aluminum

Full bodied and slightly syrupy with a sweet and tropical smell. The taste is plenty of sweet malt, dank hops, and some drying alcohol.

If you want an IPA with "tropical" hop flavor, this is the best I've found. They must be sourcing some local-grown hops, because this thing is fresh, fresh, fresh. Peach, dank, vegetal goodness

Oct 04, 2018
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sjrider from California

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maui Brewing in Kihei. Nice looking slightly hazy honey gold color with white head leaving a bit of lacing. Decent hop bite with reasonable bitterness, quite good.

Aug 29, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Maui Brewing. I was expecting something light, a tropical attempt at a beer style I feel is best when robust. This was a pleasant surprise--bold, juicy, substantial. Can't wait to try other beers by this brewer. Impressive!

Jul 13, 2018
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ViggieMech from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange June 2017. Tasted this date. Look: Orange hazy color Smell:Mango and citrus. Pleasing! Taste: Full and satisfying. Goes down smooth! Feel: Slightly carbonated and tingly. Nice! I'm an DIPA guy and this DIPA definitely makes my top 10 list! Would definitely try again if I could find it on the Mainland!

Jul 03, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not extraordinary, but overall a solid IPA and one of the better beers I’ve had in Hawaii. Straw colored with a nice foamy white head, aroma of fresh grass, soil, orange juice, pine, some lemon, a bit wheaty, with a bit of cracker malt, some grapefruit. Also perhaps faint tropicals in the background such as pineapple, but I prefer these notes to be stronger. Taste follows accordingly, hop forward but not as much as I would like, balanced with bready malt but also some grainy hints in the background that I don’t care for. Finish is a dull grapefruit bitterness that lingers a surprising amount. I fond it pretty enjoyable and refreshing.

Apr 11, 2018
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Dnoullett from Canada

4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was surprised by the BA score as I see this as a much better beer than the score would represent. A really nice taste that keeps you coming back for more. Good smell, and very consistently brewed. I rate it much higher than the current average.

Mar 18, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy golden can pour with 1 cm of foam. The light aroma is citrus and resin. The flavor includes a moderate malt base and orange and pine hop notes. The hop bitterness is moderate. The hop bite persists in the finish.

Mar 09, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight hazed light golden color with a white. Smell was nicely tropical with citrus mixed in Taste was more bitter than the smell but was good with a nice hop profile of pine and citrus. A nice mouth feel with a sweet malt finish. A nice serviceable IPA, would have on tap again.

Jan 30, 2018
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jameswaldo from New York

4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A can of this fine IPA had been lurking deep in the back of my fridge's beyond; today I found it had rotated to the front in time for drinking. When I checked can's bottom, and read "CANNED ON 112216 0807," and figured this Big Swell was more than a year old, for sure I had to get analytical about it! I believe IPAs were built for gracious aging, and this beer qualifies hugely.
Poured high into my favorite Spiegelau IPA glass. Made a fine deep firm foam that settled in two minutes to make a good persistent ring of fine bubbles and excellent lacing as I drink.
Color's a very turbid SRM 6: a custardy orange. Smell's delightful: hops are fruity, acidic.
Taste makes my tongue sit up, and mouth-watering bitter lasts well into a good bitter aftertaste. The mouth feel is just a bit thin, watery, but the water tastes good, too.
It's a horrible shame this beer had to travel so far to upstate NY, but I'm glad it did!

Jan 05, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 9/27. Golden honey color, with a tall, creamy head of 3 fingers.

Fresh aromas of citra hops, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest.

Orange rind starts this off, with some crackery malt and some piney bitterness. Orange squirts and hints of onion come forward, leading to a rindy/piney bitterness at the end. The onion may be from the hops fading a bit.

Crisp, firm bitterness with a slight resinous character.

Overall, a great west-coast style/island-style IPA. Very bright and tropical, I'd love to try it fresher.

Jan 04, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pineapple, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Nice toasted caramel flavor with a citrusy kick.

Jan 02, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this from a beer store in concord, OH. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grapefruit presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Jan 02, 2018
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