Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
1,141 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:
#21,183
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
1,141
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
199
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,141 |  Reviews: 429
Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Paia Fish Market Restaurant.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dnoullett
4.56/5  rDev +21%
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.

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

Photo of Bluecrow
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Hallertau
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gatornation
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wesmaze
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jameswaldo
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BrettHoo
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jim67
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,141 ratings