Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA
BA SCORE
3.77/5
1,110 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:
#18,226
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,110
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
191
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 420
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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Photo of shelby415
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EMH73
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all of the fantastic IPA's out there this is just a disappointment especially at the price point. I just did not get much hops in the smell or taste as they were overpowered by the malts. Not much bitterness and a little too sweet for my taste in an IPA.

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

Photo of gelasin
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent, nothing special about this one.

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Photo of wilfonzo
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cfalls
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - nice head, good retention, almost clear, classic west coast look

S - mild, floral, lemon cleaner, new car smell

T - malt forward, piney grassy finish with moderate bitterness

F - high carbonation, typical thickness

O - well made but nothing stands out as great

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Photo of shu_420
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tinfang
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tyecko
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mytu420
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewtalthrone
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has herbal hop flavors and some grainy malts in the background. Taste follows, grainy, slightly herbal, chai, medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Pretty good IPA with an interesting hop profile.

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Photo of BillyX
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, it's all about taste, no? Sour (not in a good way) almost to the point of skunkiness. All hops, no malt; an extremely poorly balanced ale. However, the can date was 060316 and so it just may have been too old. Overall BA score is not too bad, the Bros score is very low, so I wonder if it's the beer, quality control issues, or something else. Would I try it again? Not if I was buying.

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

Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,110 ratings
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