Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

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Big Swell IPABig Swell IPA

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
50+ IBU

Added by GClarkage on 01-19-2008

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Reviews: 408 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. Yes, can! Cloudy, shades of dark copper to amber. Foamy off-white head. Decent retention, but some great sheets of lace.

Citusy aroma, grapefruit comes to mind. Maybe floral or piney in the background. Good nose.

Nice rich malty character, a good blast of citrusy hops. Leans toward bitter, but still approachable and restrained.

Finishes dry. Good body and carbonation. Pretty nice. Tame, but not as tame as others I sampled while on the island.

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Photo of domtronzero
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color, with a short-lasting, 1 finger, tightly packed white head, leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma is a piney/resiney smell, with hints of caramel malts and citrus in the background. Taste is very piney, some grassy fruits with caramel/toasted malt flavors. Bitterness is rather subdued for an IPA, but it is noticable. A perfect beer for enjoying on those beautiful Wailea beaches. No wonder they can thir beers - perfect for the beach and no glass bottles to ruin someone's day.

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Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

Somewhat piny IPA. Mellow hops. Semi-malty. Good level of carbonation. Overall, a relatively straightforward, simple IPA. Doesn't bother trying anything new - just works as a basic, intro sort of IPA. Altogether a decent, if not forgettable, IPA.

Semi-recommended - good, just forgettable.

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

A friend of mine went to Hawaii at the end of March and brought back a couple of cans for me.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a very well sustaining head. Nose is what an west coast IPA should be, plenty of hops with plenty of citrus aroma. Taste is very similar to the nose, lots of citrusy hop action with a little bit of malt that blends in lightly in the background. Mouthfeel is lighter than most IPA's and is fairly smooth when crossing the palate. Drinkability is good. If Da Boss and I ever get to Hawaii I will be sure to seek this brew out!

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

From the can, from the brewery, to a pint glass. Brewed 2 weeks ago and brought back on the plane.

A slightly hazy orange-amber ale with good head retention. Someone noted it was can-conditioned but I highly doubt it.

Citrus hops on the nose, and lots of them. Medium in the malt department, with some carmels but mostly pale malts.

Pleasantly, but prominantly bitter, with a big dose of hops, reminiscant of tropical fruits. Malts make a presence, but don't get in the way too much, in a SNPA kind of way.

The body is a little bigger than I'd want it to be if I was drinking on a hot beach, but it does me just fine in the living room. I can tell it's got some alcohol in it, but not because I taste it, but rather because I recognize the malts must have made it that way.

Overall a good IPA, pretty average and American styled, nothing out of the ordinary. It's definately good to get a proper IPA is a far-removed place like Maui, so cheers to that! No more excuses for Pacifico in paradise, Maui Brewing all the way! No ka oi.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - I'm assuming this is a bottle conditioned can because I've got floaties. Never would have guessed that... It was a brilliant orange, now hazy. Small white heads forms and quickly drops before my first sip. No lacing.

S - Nice and hoppy. Bitter grapefruit and some sweetness too.

T - Firm hop bitterness, with just enough basic malt to carry it through. The aftertaste could be a little drier (seems a touch flat), it doesn't quite match the bitterness. Nothing fancy here, but solid nonetheless.

M - I'm finding this to be very creamy and smooth, a nice match to the bitter hops.

D - I would definitely drink this again, but there is other IPAs I prefer.

I like this beer, but nothing really jumps out at you. A straight forward IPA.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the can!

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Photo of Noxious26
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured in a Maui Brewing Co pint glass. The cans have an interesting explanation as to why they're using cans. "Welcome to the Microcanning Revolution..." You go Maui Brewing Co.!

Hazy, orange-copper in colour. Light beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour. Recedes to a thin ring around the outside.

Nose is sweet, citrus and fruity. Sweet pink grapefruit, caramel, citrus rind, pine and malt. Enticing.

A big blast of hops right off the start. PNW hops (citrus and grapefruit mostly) assault your taste buds immediately. Taste stays true through the end with a moderately bitter finish. Aftertaste is like sucking on a grapefruit peel. Very bitter, astringent and long lasting. If you're a hophead, this is a beer for you.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Seems to leave a bit of an oily residue coating in the mouth in between sips.

This is a pretty good American IPA. True to the style it's hop heavy with malts playing a background role. Personally, the big hop bite drops the drinkability slightly, but I feel that about almost every American IPA I try.

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Photo of drseamus
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. As a disclaimer, I'm not a huge IPA fan. This beer is light amber in color with a big hop aroma. It has a huge hop flavor, even for an IPA, but is not overly bitter as many IPAs are. The hop flavor is so strong, it almost feels like I am chewing hop flowers. The body is fairly light and the drinkability is decent but would be higher if I liked IPAs a lot.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
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