Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
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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
Ratings:
1,082
Reviews:
412
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
179
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,082 |  Reviews: 412
Photo of bschmidt_37
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zuun
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zanico
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned on 05/25/16, served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Initial clear gold, but after the end of the pour, some sediment came along and evened the beer out to a translucent gold. Thick white head with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Citrus, orange zest/rind, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste: Hoppy. Citrus/pine bitterness combined with some bready malt for balance.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Definite hop oils sticking to the teeth. Good thickness underneath - a bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: A solidly hoppy AIPA. Quite tasty and went really well with pork tacos. Easily drinkable and I would not have minded having another one. Well done.

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Photo of slipperysoup
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Why ship average IPA from Hawaii? This is my last one.

A) The beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a one finger white head that sticks around and leaves chunky rings of lace.

S) The smell is very good: dank pine, herbs, grass, earthiness, with floral and citrus bright points.

T) Taste follows smell with a long, bitter finish. Fresh and multi-faceted hops.

F) Feel is light to medium, chewy, sticky and resinous.

O) Overall a solid beer. Wouldn't be my first choice IPA, especially given the cost to ship.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a vibrant hazy golden orange color with a dense, one finger off white head that sticks around forever and leaves chunky rings of lacing in its wake.

The smell is dank pine, herbal earthiness, some floral and some citrus, most notably grapefruit.

Taste is the same with a bitter finish. There is a lot of hop flavors going on, but they work nicely together.

Feel is light side of medium, very sticky and resinous.

Overall a very solid beer. Wouldn't be my first choice IPA, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of MoeSzsylak
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellsFan
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jhfinn
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mojo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sillyhed8
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber-golden color, slightly hazy. A frothy white head with nice retention. Aromas as expected: citrus, grapefruit, pine, white bread. The wheels fell off with the first sip: a prominent band-aid phenolic flavor that dominated the otherwise classic IPA notes. I tasted this on tap, and in two cans as well; wonder if there is an issue with their water. A big shame as I like their other brews.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm on Oahu a couple weeks a year to visit family. Picked up a chilled 6 pack from Foodland. I remember first seeing a 6 pack for $16.99 years ago so glad to see it more affordable at $10.99. Whatever price - I'm not a fan. Golden brown pour with a nice moderate head. Little lacing to speak of outside of spots of foam. Aroma is herbal and slighty minty and nutty. No floral or citrus notes to speak of. Taste is herbal tea, caramel malt and bitter hops. Again - I don't pick up any fruit, grass or pine; it's like those flavors are smothered by the malt base. Finishes pretty clean with that herbal taste lingering for a bit. Stick to the west coast options when on Oahu.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is earthy and a bit on the weak side for the style but still brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,082 ratings.
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