Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
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From:
Kona Brewing Co.
 
Hawaii, United States
Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #223
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,290
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
1,908
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 07:53 PM
Added:
Mar 19, 2005
Wants:
  74
Gots:
  946
SCORE
81
Good
Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
Notes: Big Wave is light golden ale with a subtle fruitiness and delicate hop aroma. A smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The lightly roasted honey malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and also gives a slight sweetness that is balanced out by our special blend of hops.

20 IBU
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Rated: 3.8 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Tuesday at 07:53 PM
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Reviewed by ramseye4 from Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a thin golden color. Aroma is bright bready, a little but if lemon, slightly grassy. Taste is predominately malty, a very slight bit of citrus fruit, a little bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about.

Overall its about an average beer, which means its still not bad by any means. Ill happily drink it in a mixed pack but wouldnt seek it out to buy it own its own.
Tuesday at 01:52 AM
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Reviewed by KleinSchwein

4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look :- Gold , ever so slightly hazy with a large head after pouring that quickly dissipates to a bubble ring . Almost no lacing.

Smell :- Sweet , fruity mango and lychee , hops .

Taste :- Light , sweet mango and orange fruitiness with mild hops . A mild metallic aftertaste, maybe because I had a tin rather than a bottle .

Mouth feel :- Nice and fruity , shame about the slight metallic aftertaste which detracts from the taste but doesn't ruin it . Again,this may be different if I had a bottle rather than a can.
Saturday at 09:02 PM
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I recently tried this for the first time and I'm really glad I did. Blonde ales are typically not my thing but this one has some nice flavors. The tropical flavors immediately transport me to the beach. It's easy drinking and readily available.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the tap at Honolulu Airport, it pours a clear light golden color with a small head, soon reducing to a light ring, but leaves lacing. Light citrus is the nose, with some light malt. Taste follows nose. Easant and easy drinking brew as I await a flight home.
Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.11 by chris826 from Mississippi

Sep 19, 2022
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Rated by Bigiron10 from Oklahoma

4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great summertime drinker!!! I love this beer.
Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by emwilke from Nevada

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by CervezaNY from New York

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Summertime sit back, need something to keep you cool.
Better look out now tho, Kona got something for you. Tell ya what it is.,. super light, no lime required, just a ‘little’ beer, little sweet, little hop note, gotta get it ice cold. Don’t think I could work my way through a whole stovepipe of it, but it ain’t piss either.
Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Not great, not bad, just kinda middle of the road.
I wouldn't buy it, but I'd drink it.
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by dlakerz from Tennessee

Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by hefe300 from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I got this beer as part of the Craft Collective mixed 24 pack from Sam's Club. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Royal Gorge souvenir pint glass. Dark yellow in color. One finger of off white head hangs around a while. I small grass, some light fruitiness and maybe cream.

Tastes good and refreshing. Light citrus hop flavor. There’s more here than a light beer but it’s unchallenging. Pretty good example of a blonde ale. Easy drinking lawnmower beer that’s higher quality than an adjunct lager. Solid.
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I cannot believe that I have never rated this beer. I have had it several several times and always enjoyed it. Nothing earth shattering but incredibly solid.

The merest kiss of hops on the palate...

Credibly refreshing on a hot August day. This is one of my pool bears. I don't have to think about it. It just tastes good.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Dalbeast from Wyoming

Aug 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by rdub from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into the Kona pint glass. For starters we have a golden brew with medium carbonation. The carbonation is mostly coming from the center half inch of the glass, kind of neat! The ale is clear with a thin white head of foam that never disappears.
The nose picks up the sweet citrus
The flavor is sweet citrus with a crisp fresh finish. The honey is more noticeable after the sip, after the dry crisp finish leaves there is just a hint of sweet honey left on the tongue.
There is a nice balance between the citrus, sweet yet tart, and the touch of honey that lingers after the sip. This is easy to drink, very enjoyable, and at 4.4ABV, very session able.
Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap.

A - Medium gold pour with a slight haze and thin white lacing.

S - Light biscuity malt with delicate citrus over the top.

T - Biscuity wheat malt with light tropical fruit and citrus over top. Finishes well balanced initially and then morphs into a lingering delicate tropical fruit citrus finish.

M - Light medium body and surprisingly dry on the finish.

O - A perfect quaffer on a hot day.
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Jul 30, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Had a pint from a keg. Rich golden color, clear with moderate carbonation. White head that diminished over a few minutes. Lacing was moderate. Aroma was citrus foward. Taste was muted compared to the aroma, but I found to be overly acidic, but did have some balance, unlike the aroma. It was easy drinking and the aftertaste was not bitter.
Jul 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.51 by Palustris from Washington

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
This one pours a golden yellow color, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

This smells vaguely of malt sweetness, honey, and some citrusy character.

There’s not a lot to this one, unfortunately. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s so light. It’s clearly meant to be refreshing in hot situations, and not much else is meant to be going on here.

This is light bodied, crisp, clean, and very drinkable.

There’s not much to talk about here. It’s fine.
Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by MGibbons from Maryland

Jun 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.44 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by selekt0r

Jun 20, 2022
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Rated by ra68105120 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
my new favorite...in bottles of course.
Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle from Island Hopper 12 pack mix, bottled on date! was 4 months ago, and this was on sale for $14.37, so a good deal , compared to the local craft I usually get. Looks nice, blonde with white soapy head that fades off pretty quick. Smells light and polite like a blonde ale, and the taste is actually even better, with a nice grain malt flavor body that never gets too sweet . Very nice clan feel and finish. Could it be better than the Longboard Lager?
Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jmbranum from Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a pint sized can into a glass here in the big island of Hawaii but disappointed when I read this tan to find that the beer is not brewed here but rather could be brewed in either Fairfield,CA, Fort Collins, CO, Portland OR, or Portsmouth, NH. that's kind of weird and disappointing as I thought I had picked out a local beer.

Pours a clear dark golden liquid with a white head

Malty aroma.

Flavor is mostly sweet but a tiny bit of toastiness maybe some honey, pretty rich.

Medium to full mouth feel.

Better than a macro but not great. When I go to stock up on more beer.

I will make sure and read the label next time. No offense to New Hampshire but that's a long ways from Kona.
Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.37 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 29, 2022
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Rated by EdFred

4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Clean, easy to drink, not weak like other "easy to drink" beers.
A "go-to" when I want to have more than a few.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled March 29th 2022

On the pour a crisp white one finger head forms with a good amount of lazy carbonation coming to the surface. Over a couple minutes the head recedes to a 1mm covering. Color is a nice golden yellow.

Aroma brings some light and bright citrus forward hops, almost grapefruit, but with and even lighter cracker malt and American ale character behind that. Aroma overall is pretty light and I wouldn't describe it as a hoppy beer despite hops being the main Aroma here. Light but different than a normal light beer. More fruity with some hop presence and nothing off very crisp.

Flavor follows the smell but is more balanced with the malt growing after you sip and making itself known, but still light. Very balanced and not all that sweet, despite the citrus and grapefruit brought by the hops. Not a very bitter beer and very easy to put down. Almost dangerously smooth compared to a lot of lagers out there.

Feel is very refreshing with the right amount of co2 bite. Not a very big beer and still has a light feel without being watery. Flavor doesn't linger but stays balanced the whole time it is present on the palate. A very summery ale.

Overall a decent blond ale that seems like it would appeal to the masses, while maintaining some craft complexity. I'm not exactly sure how this company is run but it seems like somewhere in the middle of a macro and craft brewery. Seems like a weird multi contract brew situation, but there beer is decent and drinkable.
May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by WYeates from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Golden wheat appearance, light crips aroma with a hint of fruit, the taste is of faint wheat that quickly leaves the pallette, smooth finish, and tasteless feel.
May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Danzifer from Ohio

May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

May 21, 2022
Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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