Big Swell IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,089 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:
1,089
Reviews:
416
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
182
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Kelz87
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into imperial pint glass. I'm assuming it's not super fresh since I'm not on Maui, but well within date since im on the neighboring island of Oahu. Update: it was canned 6-17-15

L- pours a semi-hazy yellow-orange color with about 2 fingers of white, sudsy, semi- sticky head. Very mild, inconsistent amount of lacing on the glass as the beer depletes.

A- a huge tropical nose (pineapple/mango) with some sweet malty caramel notes.

T- very deceptive taste! Lots of grapefruit, grass and some pine upfront. The pine and some grapefruit start to fade once the palate is coated opening up some more floral notes. The floral really stands out after the beer warms up a little if you can endure the initial harsh bitterness.

M- very well carbonated, average to thin mouthfeel.

O- this one kind of surprised me. I hated it the first time I had it months ago, but since I'm throwing it in as an extra in a trade I got one for myself and I'm glad I did. I used to think it was an IPA that lacked any flavor and just punched you in the mouth with bitterness, but after drinking again as my palate has developed I can see this one has some stuff going for it. Not a great beer, but not bad either. If you ever make it out here to the islands it's worth the try, just be ready for the bitterness.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkawachi
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tigg924
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head and moderate carbonation. Taste is grain, with big citrus and light piney hops. Decent American IPA, that falls slightly on the bitter side. Not a bad beer, but one that falls about average in the IPAs that I have had.

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Photo of Prue
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Runofthemiller
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Therealfootball
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeCross
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwagner003
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good but very bitter. 5 words

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

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glf60
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farinag16447
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Geaton
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whats expected in an american style ipa

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Big Swell IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,089 ratings.
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