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:
180
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,089 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of jcflorian
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has herbal hop flavors and some grainy malts in the background. Taste follows, grainy, slightly herbal, chai, medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Pretty good IPA with an interesting hop profile.

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Photo of BillyX
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, it's all about taste, no? Sour (not in a good way) almost to the point of skunkiness. All hops, no malt; an extremely poorly balanced ale. However, the can date was 060316 and so it just may have been too old. Overall BA score is not too bad, the Bros score is very low, so I wonder if it's the beer, quality control issues, or something else. Would I try it again? Not if I was buying.

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling gold with a soft white blanket.

Smell is tropical with pineapple and mango, lots of hops, and slightly dank.

Taste is more grounded, with cracker, slight dankness, orange, grapefruit, and Trix.

Dry yet crisp.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rpm0003
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange. 3 fingers frothy white head. Excellent lacing. Strong hops upfront. Pine, tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. Malty aromas. Very strong bitterness and some sweetness that cracks bitter flavor. Caramel. Medium bodied. Watery to oily. Some saltiness. Long lasting, bitter finish. Nothing special. Decent IPA. Nothing to complain, but nothing to excite.

Best before: 08.2017

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

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wontonst
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grnmtnman
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky copper. Nose is of citrus, light Mellon and pine needles. Taste of bright citrus, light mango and pine gum. Decent malt base. Has that sticky character that I appreciate in a IPA! Medium to light body. A nice IPA imo.

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Photo of Timtac
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BcCraft710
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RHF711
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerLover99
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brewjoel
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can with canning date of October 4th 2016 into standard pint glass.

L: Hazy golden copper, finger width off-white head with solid retention. Speckled lacing.

S: Citrusy hop aroma with orange and grapefruit, also some piney and herbal aroma from the hops. Slight malt presence.

T: Citrus hops make themselves present here big time, not much malt to balance this but still quite good.

F: Light bodied and a harsh aftertaste.

O: Disappointed in this beer, could be better balanced and the aftertaste is bad.

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

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, light, tropical fruit, and some pine.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus (orange, in particular), a good amount of hops, light pine notes, a bit of grassiness (this is negated by the other ingredients), malt, and a tinge of caramel. A pretty solid flavor that's light, fruity, and just hoppy enough. It does have its flaws (the grassy quality), but is still enjoyable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, it's definitely drinkable. This would be a good, light summer beer.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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