Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,101 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:
1,101
Reviews:
419
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
185
For Trade:
1
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.42/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on date of 04/10/13

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a white, frothy 2 finger head. Retention is decent, and leaves a thin film of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - More malty than one would expect; biscuit and touches of caramel met by mellow, tropical hop notes. Mild pineapple and orange.

Taste - Malty upfront. Aforementioned biscuit is also found in the flavor, along with hints of caramel. Mild earth and tropical fruitiness... and then the Hops really kick in(!) about mid-taste, really driving this thing home with an ever-strengthening grapefruit pith bitterness that extends into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Slightly slick.

Overall - Good thing this beer didn't suck, because with a name like Big Swell, it's got 'Big Swill' nickname potential written all over it. Jokes aside, it's a fairly good IPA, but it is this reviewer's opinion that for $10-12 bucks per sixer, there are better IPA's out there for much better value.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 030413
Tasted 061713

A – Pours a somewhat hazy light orange color with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades quickly but leaves a nice thin coating and laces down the inside of the glass.

S – Lots of pineapple on this one, some mango as well, not very citrusy, get more tropical fruit notes, papaya as well. A little bit of pine is present. Nicely sweet.

T – More citrus comes through on this front, some grapefruit notes mostly. Nicely bitter overall, leaves you wanting to come back for more. Nice sweet notes of pineapple and light caramel malts.

M – Perfectly medium bodied with a finish that is astringent yet nice.

O – Not bad at all, nicely balanced, simple and approachable. The flavors here are great, and this tends towards the juicier side of the IPA spectrum. Very nice.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear light gold. No head retention. A little lacing.
S- earthy.
T-similar to aroma. Earthy with subtle pine and malt. Tasted better than I thought it would.
M- easy drinker. Thinner but not bad with its flavor.
O- well above average with an interesting taste profile

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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a light orange-copper hue with a thick, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail, and solid persistent lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus background.

T: Extremely bitter and hoppy flavor - touch of citrus and malt – finishes on the bitter side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – nice and hoppy.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Maui Big Swell IPA has a nice appearance. It pours to an orange/tan colored hue and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to create a fluffy head of white foam. The beer has an interesting nose that showcases scents such as citrus, floral, and a touch of pine.

Moving to the taste, this beer has a lot going on. Pine and bread greet the taste buds first, followed by herbs, citrus, and earthiness. The beer finishes a little bit harsh, but still with a good bread/biscuit aftertaste.

I love IPA and I don’t mind the occasional brew that calls itself IPA but deviates somewhat from the norm. This beer seems to be doing just that. It isn’t all about the citrus, like so many other American IPA. It is much more to share, and its less bitter profile could make it a hit with those who are otherwise non- IPA fans.

However, this beer in many ways seems to have a little too much going on. It may offer a good deal of complexity, but it goes a little further than an IPA really should. It is also a little harsh in the finish, and that could be enough to turn IPA fans against it.

This beer isn’t the all- out hoppy brew that the manufacturer claims, and that could prove both good and bad depending on who you ask. Let’s just say that it’s an okay beer but not one of the greatest I have tried and in some ways a little too eccentric for its own good. It’s fine to try, but there are much better American IPA available.

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,101 ratings.
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