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
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
Reviews:
411
Ratings:
1,068
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
175
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can from O'Shea's, on to the beer:

Big and rocky is the head (more than two finger's thick and retaining well), the beer is copperish, but more orange. The smell...a smackdown of hops from the can, more mellow and balanced from the glass. Piney and metallic with a bit of malt mixed in. As for taste, this has a good malty backbone to support this hoppy monster. The oily and smooth texture is nice, but lacks some carbonation IMO. Leafy hop and notes of green tea. A squirt of citrus comes in, then the hops smackdown on the palate and stick to it in the aftertaste.

Do cans mute some of the flavor of hoppy beers? I had a similar though when I tried Gordon. This beer was good, but seemed like had it more life than it showed. Go ahead and give it a go.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a light orange-brown in color with an awesome head. The foam isn't all that big but it is super-thick and leaves a whitish film on the inside of the glass.

Smell - The hops in the nose are big. There is a very even-handed mix of sharp orange rind and pine resin along with some rich grapefruit and maybe just a bit of grass. The sweet malt aroma is very big as well. It almost smells like a DIPA.

Taste - The hops lose something at the taste. Don't get me wrong it's still plenty hoppy, but the nose announced a monster and the taste is more like a medium IPA. The deep sweetness is there, especially a strong sense of brown sugar, and the malt base keeps this from falling apart.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied and a little clumsy in the mouth. The bitterness level is actually pretty stiff but the big sweetness mitigates the effect.

Drinkability - This is fine for the hop-lovers and it's definitely the biggest IPA I've had out of a can but I can't see sessioning the six-pack.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maui Brewing Co. Big Swell I.P.A. (can)

A: snifter. Pours a slightly opaque bright, vibrant orange with a slight reddish hue. Nice light tan, slightly orange hints involved. Good lacing and a mild retention level.

S: smells like simcoe and Amarillo hops off the bat. Absolutely amazing nose. Big, bold, and absolutely delightful.

T: big nose but not as much flavor in my opinion, maltier than expected with the huge hop nose. A little lackluster for me, but a great flavor over all. The nose is the best part of this. Good citrus hops but they faded a little too much, and the malts are big and bold. Cotton Candy flavors once it warms up a little.

M: mild body with a lower carbonation level. Not as much bite as expected from the nose.

D: good brew, but the nose made me think it was bigger than it was. My own fault at prejudging by aroma. Great IPA and well worth getting.

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Photo of dippy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had in a pool swim up bar in Maui:

Nice

Reddish amber beer with a rocky off white head. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smells citrus and floral.

The hop taste is piney up front and grapefruit in the back. There is also some sweetness in the finish to round things out nicely.

The body of the beer was fairly watery. The least inpressive part of the beer.

I drank this beer plenty throughout my time in HI. It was good but not great.

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Photo of johnd513
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Ducksfan for this one!
I had this one a while back in Hawaii and I am glad to have a chance to finally review it. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice fluffy offwhite head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells piny and citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple. The taste has big pine flavor up front and then follows through with some nice tropical fruit flavors which makes this beer unique. The mouthfeel is bitter, dry and citrusy with medium body and nice carbonation. Drinkability is good, the abv is low enough so that it would be easy to throw a few of these back. Overall a good easy drinking IPA

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Photo of OStrungT
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a thick, fluffy, yellow tinted head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

The aroma from this beer assults the nose during the pour. It smells citrusy. Some pineapple, and grapefruit aroma dominate. The pineapple isan aroma I dont usually get from a beer, and it is pleasent.

This beer has a fruity citrus hop flavor matching its aroma. Pineapple. Behind that, it has a mildly malty flavor. Very nice, but subtle.

This beer is crisp and refreshing, low in carbonation, and leaves a pineapple like aftertaste.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. Moderate alcohol content, and mild flavor make it a winner in my book.

Overall: This beer was great. I had it straight from the can on the beach in Hawaii, and liked it. This is the only one I have been able to enjoy in a glass, and it is better than I remembered. To bad it is my last one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a lightly hazy amber with a medium white head, a bit fizzy, good head retention.

S: Moderate smell of hops, grass, tropical fruit.

T: As one would expect from an IPA made in Hawai'i, there is a lot of tropical fruit flavour in this, most notably pineapple. Significant grapefruit and lawn clippings there as well. Malt is lightly toasty and provides a good counterbalance. All around solid flavour.

M: Lighter bodied for the style, silky, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Middle of the road IPA for, not great, not mediocre either. I could see myself buying a couple cans in the future, but $10.99 a sixer is pushing it.

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Photo of Overlord
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange. Smells like citrus, grass, and maybe a bit of sweeter, tropical notes. Decent aroma.

Taste is not quite as bold as I would like, but it's definitely a drinkable IPA. Some grapefruit, a bit of grass, maybe just a tad (a real tad) of sweeter mango/pineapple ... which I kind of hoped there'd be more of.

Could use a bit more "stickiness" to it, but a solid IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded orange colored beer with a good off-white head, in the "IPA Orange "color class.

Smell is sweet and piney with a good grapefruit aroma. Spicy and a little hot too the nose has a mint or menthol aroma.

The taste starts out melon and wood flavored, unexpected. Quickly tropical flavors develop strong pineapple and passion fruit. Pine and grapefruit are in here but the less common hop flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Unexpectedly good beer here. Hop flavors that you normally only see in the Double IPA class of beers at a lower Alcohol Content. This beer is a Winner!

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

Thanks to Weibull for this can. It was an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a hazy amber-orange color. I got about two fingers of off-white head. Nice lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma was noticeable as soon as I opened the can. Nice. Smells of citrus hops, piney hops, and some light doughy malts.

The flavor is a nicely balanced example of an IPA. Sweet malts helps keep the fruity hops in check. Slight taste of pine resin, also. Aftertaste is surprisingly more sweet than bitter.

The mouthfeel is solid. Medium body brew coats the mouth nicely with hop oils. Far from being overly bitter or extremely drying. Nice, easy drinking IPA. The fact that it's in a can only adds to the reasons to buy this one. Good beer. Thanks again, Jason.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Greg picked this up on one of his many work journeys. Thanks man, one of many.

12 oz. can poured into my SanTan hand blown pint glass.

Pours a dark rich copper hue with a two finger off-white head that falls to a creamy layer of foam. A fair amount of random lacing remains on the sides of the glass. Smell is dominated by the pine with some faint creamsickle. Light grapefruit and lemongrass in the nose as well. Bitter evergreen flavors to begin with followed by a touch of citrus zest. Some bready malts midway with a pink grapefruit sweetness. Spruce and a nice balancing caramel malt in the aftertaste. Creamy medium body with a lively carbonation. This is a very easy drinking IPA. Big West Coast hop flavor with a nice malt balance. I wish this was available in CNY because it would definitely be my go to golf beer. Thanks again J-dog.

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Photo of corey0212
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another can from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a golden/mellow-orange color, medium-sized sturdy off-white head forms and fades into a foamy ring piled around the edge of the glass, not much lacing at all. Really nice citrus hop aroma, sweet grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and a really sweet bready malt aroma. Lots of grapefruit on the tongue, tangerine, sticky pine notes....this is a damn tasty IPA! Really actively carbonated, busy & tiny little bubbles do their thing, and make this a very refreshing IPA, with just a touch of stickiness, and some nice (yet tame) lingering bitterness. Yeah, you could drink this all night....just one more reason I'd like to visit Maui.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12 oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of tight bubbled white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malt. Some caramel malt sweetness, decent amount of hop bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable. I got a slightly soapy taste from the hops that dinged my rating a bit. A decent IPA.

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Photo of kevinboyer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into a Stella Goblet (it's the only goblet I've got)

A - Burnt Orange/ember haze

S - mild Fruity(peach) hops dipped in maple syrup

T - Peachy Grapfruit foretaste with a refreshing not too-hoppy aftertaste

M - Just a tad on the resiny side, but not horrible. A tad effervescent.

D - For me, it's not the most drinkable IPA, based on the mouthfeel, but I could definitely have a few.

Good beer. Next time I'm in Maui, I'll be stopping by the brewpub for sure!

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Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can Can, like pizza pizza.

Pours with a big one plus finger head that retreats like the sun setting over the pacific. Kindve a cloudy looking orange.

Smells like a DIPA? Citrus hops and stingy pine at the end, some caramel and malted sweetness, like a hop and caramel sundae.

Very piney hoppy at first, making way for some bready sweetness. It grows on you.

At first a very thin beer, but the more you drink it the more it coats your tongue and you realize it's almost a perfect balance of richness, sweetness, hops, and beer.

I have a feeling this beer tastes like being in a warm bath, eventually you'll pee yourself and not know it or care...

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew begs the question. Why cans? I'll tell you why. Aside from the damage light can do to a brew and all that, cans are damn easy to take to the beach! Do you need a better reason to put beer in a can? I didn't think so. This one poured a light amber with a 1-finger tan head that stuck around for a fair bit. Smelled of huge, crisp citrusy hops and was big on the lemons with a floral essence to top things off. Tastes of big hops, sweet bread, grapes, and a bit of candy and malts to round things out. This is a complex, interesting and somewhat unique IPA. With it's medium body, smooth moutfeel and high drinkability you would have to be pretty darn particular to find fault here.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very golden...awesome!!! Descent lacing...head retention was okay.

Smell: Piney!!! and...Piney!!!...with hints of Pine....in good way.

Taste: Suprised by the bitterness...especially after the estery/piney aroma this beer gave off. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body...descent carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy on the mouth and mind.

Overall: Excellent beer...perfect for a late spring/summer day. Would most graciously buy if I saw it on the shelves.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus and slight pine. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, nice citrus notes, with some pinyness. Medium body. Drinkable, this one surprised me, very nice brew, thanks Casey.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into one of them fancy Sam Adams pint glasses.

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a soapy, off-white head that gradually settles to a thin layer, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of multi-dimensional hop aromas: mainly piney, but also grapefruity, spicy, and very floral. There is a rather sweet scent of juicy oranges in the background too. The malt backing starts to show as the beer warms.

T- The flavor of this beer is very well-balanced, with the moderate, and very spicy, hop bitterness being supported by a sweet malt backbone. There are flavors of orange juice and citrus rind towards the finish, which is dry and leaves a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is oily and slick with moderate carbonation.

D- The balanced flavor of this beer and the 6.3% ABV make this one of the more sessionable IPA's that I've encountered.

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Photo of bbothen
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a small less than 1 finger head.

Smells a big aroma of grassy, earthy hops. Scents of citrus as well. Crisp. Nice.

Bready malty flavor up front before a tidal wave of grapefruit hop flavor knocks the malt off it's board. Some sweetness rides through the tube as well.

Feels a but yeasty with a lingering medicinal hop flavor on the tongue. Kinda sticky.

Overall enjoyable IPA. Hope it stays readily available in these parts. Tasty brew in a can! Nice & portable. Cool.

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Photo of Floydster
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can that was part of a six pack purchased from Beverages and More for about ten dollars, reviewed from notes taken a few days ago, poured into an old mug

A-Medium orange and copper color, 3/4 inch off white head, decent retention, very nice lacing
S-Pine and citrus hoppiness, caramel, brown sugar, some toasted malt, fresh cut grass later on, and
T-Big pine flavor up front, bitter in the middle with a tiny bit of chewiness, citrus hoppiness causes a somewhat sweet finish that still has a greatdry quality, love the balance in this one, not too malty at any time
M-Dry, bitter, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, very crisp and quenching, nice amount of carbonation
D-Very light on the stomach, ABV is not high at all, makes a nice session beer, goes down easy, refreshing

I love IPAs and really enjoyed Coconut Porter, so this had two things going for it before I even cracked it open, blew me away how good it was, I do not say that much about any other India Pale Ales other than the ones I find here in Southern California, will be drinking more of this in the future, especially because it is available here now, ironically drank this and the blonde a few days before going to Maui after I heard the brewpub would be closed for a remodel, definitely recommended and is one of the best beers over in Hawaii from my recent experience

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Photo of rsawyer
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting in Waikoloa overlooking a beautiful beach from our condo, looking at Jobs on the Big Island and thinking about selling it all and going Jimmy Buffet on everyone!

Poured from a 12 oz can...
And a can (and I quote Maui Brewing Company-) because:
1) Cans eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping Maui Brewing Co. beers fresher than in bottles.
2) Cans are lighter, chill quicker, and can be enjoyed on (*topless) beaches and in sensitive environments. Aluminium us the most recycled and most eco-friendly material.
*Topless is my wording, and I like it

A- The beer pours a deep copper with little to no head. The beer lacks the clarity that I expect from an IPA (but who gives a damn, the lady in front of my just took off her top!)

S- The beer smells of strong cascade hops. Fresh, florally, and earthy- just about right for a Hawaii beer!

T- Not as intense as the nose. but beautiful none-the-less. The hops are not as demanding as they are in the nose. That being said, the barley background comes right around and creates a lovely balance where aftertaste of vanilla,brown sugar, and biscuit are found.

M- Perfectly smooth and light. Carbonation is felt by not a burden to the beer.

D- Great beer. Goes down easy, taste great after a long day of ingesting saltwater.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CoreyRhoads for the hook up on a sixer of this fine nectar!

A-Slightly hazy dark-orange copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap leaving moderate lace.

S-Big wafting of spicy/piney citrus. Really nice hop aromas melding together being dominate over a background of caramelized brown sugary malt..

T-Big and juicy pine and bitter citrus hops transition into a sweet ride to the finish. The taste is a bit reserved compared to the aroma but it still packs a nice hoppy punch. Very tasty and well balanced.

M-Medium-light body. Very refreshing, crisp and thirst quenching. This is a well done beer for it's tropical home.

D-A well done session IPA. Lovely aroma and a nice sharp hop pop in the mouth. If I could get this beer with ease it would give Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale a run as my "Bud". Totally drinkable and approachable...well done!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool new plastic black carrier that just hugs the top of the cans very tight. The appearance:Large tan frothy head that hangs around for some time. The lacing is thick and holds on to the glass. The color has a nice amber orange hue. The nose had fresh tropical fruits mixed with a faint mineral scent. The taste of fresh pineapple, kiwi, star fruit. The malt backbone is very strong with a sweet brown sugar punch that is quickly matched with a blast of citrusy hop attack. The real secret to this brew is the water source. I get a great mineral aftertaste in the finish. This CAN beer would make anybody a happy camper!

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Photo of bkett01
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an inch thick frothy white head from the can. Color is a murky amber/orange and I'm not seeing much carbonation.

Both smell and taste lack a big hop character, instead a sweet malt is detectable. This is a very average IPA that is extremely drinkable. Glad I got a chance to try it but not overwhelmed by it.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,068 ratings.
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