Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #307
Ranked #42,579
3.58 | pDev: 14.25%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
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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Reviews: 389 | Ratings: 2,131
Photo of cardfan212
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a nonic pint.

Look - Clear straw color with a loose big-bubble milk white head that very quickly dies down into a few islands of loose lacing.

Smell - Weirdly sweet, like a honey scent. Citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit linger behind, as well as other tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Smells almost more like a fruit juice than a beer.

Taste - Somewhat sugary water? A barely steeped herbal tea? The flavor is almost nonexistent, and what is there isn't very good.

Feel - Very thin body with a strange carbonation. There's almost no fizz on the tongue, but it zaps and sparkles in the throat.

Overall - This is almost more like a sparkling water than a beer. Really not my thing, but I can understand why it's popular: it's a beer for people who normally don't drink beer. Give it to your less savvy friends and see what they think.

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Photo of DFred
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color, thin head which quickly dissipates. Smell and taste are on point for the style. Has a good mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer from Kona.

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Photo of defunksta
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, rich golden color with a medium head that fades quickly. (3.5)
Aroma: Initial aromas of hops. Dank and ripe tropical fruit. Some ripe pineapple, papaya, mango, maybe melon. Some grain and sweet honey underneath. (4.0)
Flavor: Taste follows the nose with decently strong hop flavors of dank tropical melon. Ripe pineapple, etc. Then you get a grains and yeast pepperness with slight honey malts underneath. The yeast and pepper make it finish relatively dry. No bitterness from the hops. All fruit flavor. It sort of reminds me of a pale ale, but less hop aroma, no bitterness, and a yeasty rather than malty finish. (4.0)
Feel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated and crisp. (4.0)

Overall: This is a really nice blonde. It has nice tropical hop flavors added to it without any bitterness. It is not too sweet. It's sort of a milder pale ale. I'm not a fan of blondes due to the boring nature and residual sweetness, but this is a blonde I could keep coming back to. For the blonde style, this one is great! (Final Rating 3.97)

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Photo of vinicole
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can. Clear diluted urine in colour. Thick frothy head.
Aroma of tropical fruit and floral hops but not much there.
The hops arrive again upon tasting along with a slight earthy malt flavour.
Light to moderate body and carbonation.
Unassuming. An easy drinker.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Light fruitiness, light earthy and floral hops, and crackery malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy, grassy, and floral hops and then picks up some light fruitiness. Light sweet maltiness. Finishes with lingering grassy and floral notes

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy-drinking golden ale. Quite refreshing

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Photo of Attlebridge
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice golden color. Minimal head no lacing to speak of

Smell: very light fruit notes. Nothing in the smell really stood out

Taste: It would make a good entry level craft beer for an American lager drinker. There really wasn’t any flavor to it.

Feel: Nice carbonation. Smooth across the tongue

Overall: It will do in a pinch. I would suggest this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the growler via Krogers (!?!?) in a snifter. This decent lawn
mower drinker pours a nice golden color with a decent head of white
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and displays some nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of mild pine and pineapple touched hop notes with
herbal and floral elements balanced by honey sweet malts. Flavors
exceed the nose by presentation with a mild pine and light mango
and pineapple flavor with herbal and floral hop notes over a mild grain
flavor dashed with a balanced honey sweet malt. Decent mouth feel;
medium light body, medium carbonation, and a balanced hop and malt
finish that is a touch dry.

Overall, a solid brew from a great little brewery!


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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste is a typical lager, pours nicely, nothing too outstanding. A little fruity and malty, definitely not much hop flavor. Had a couple of these and wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't go looking for it either.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear gold color with a one inch white head.
Aroma of sweet malt and grassy hops. Very subtle.
The taste followed the nose. Again, very subtle.
Light-bodied. It tasted good after a round of golf.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking on the southern tip of Lido Beach, Sarasota. Nice beer for beach lounging. Smells of malt and bread. Taste of a little nuttiness folllwed bu maltiness.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance has a deep glowing golden color, finger thick sudsy head that dissipates rather quickly, minimal lacing.

Aroma smells very sweet, doughy malts, butterscotch, and honey are upfront. Other notes include passion fruit, clementine, papaya, pineapple, and other florescent hops.

Taste is much like the aroma. While all around pretty balanced, it's pretty subdued and that's what makes it disappointing more than impressive. Feels watery, but consistent.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best of Kona, tasted in Kauai. Compares well with Sixpoint Sweet Action.
a) Loads of dotty lace over a thin but resurgent head and carbonation like surf - all over a golden body that lives up to the name.
s) Clean too faint. Sweet malt, clean hops, not much fruit.
t) Speaks sweet caramel with grain, honey, and spice and a back drop of subtle sweet/sharp hop bite.
f) As it should be, after a long kayak, crisp, sharp and smooth, light but creamy, with a dry finish.
o) Outstanding golden ale. Bright and refreshing.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 18A blonde ale. Bottled Oct 12, 2018
Pours a light fizzy head with mild retention, crystal clear deep golden color

Nose light bready toasted doughy malts, blond malts, a little sweet malt, but also mild minerality maybe sulfate that airs out quickly, mild floral hop, the weird aroma keeps coming back a little cooked vegetable, specially the vegetable aroma burns off and fruity esters start to show

Taste brings more sweet golden malts, little bread dough and toasty notes, medium low fruity esters, touch fruity floral hops very mild bitterness, mild dry finish

Mouth is med to light bodied, medium carb

Overall not bad, light easy drinking, that weird cooked vegetable aroma is a bit of a turn off though

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Photo of Ronl12
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into ipa glass.
Look is fairly clear yellow. Smell is balanced between hops and malt. Taste is balanced also little more on malty side. Feel is light. Overall an ok drink.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16oz can; drank along the Hamakua coast. Clear golden yellow body, one finger white head. Malt sweetness, a bit of mineral, trace of tropical hop, astringent mineral. It's really not great at all, and I'm not clear on why that is. Of course, this is a can that is brewed in Fort Collins, CO so that probably has something to do with that.

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Photo of Bettaproger
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This smooth and light ale bring the big wave home in a tasty package. While not crispe, it's flows well and goes down without a harsh word. Solid as a lager, smooth as a porter, and tasty in a big way.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very pale straw yellow, with slightly more than a finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Sharp, bitter hops. A little savory "umami" scent, but mostly hops.

Taste: Mild hop flavor with little of the bitterness, masking a very faint malt flavor with a dry finish that reminds me of Diet Coke.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, very high carbonation.

Overall: While it smells surprisingly hoppy, the actual taste is very mild and only a slight improvement over cheaper mainland lagers.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - mostly clear, light yellow almost straw colored. Head is medium and lacing sticks around on glass
Smell - Akin to an IPA or pale ale, lots of hoppy aromas. Also get some sweet grasses and fruit.
Taste - This was bottled about 5 months ago so to be honest it tastes a little stale. But other than that, pineapple is the main flavor. Not much bitterness although there is certainly a notable presence of hops. It's medium-high carbonation almost prickly. Medium body. I would like to try a fresher bottle.

Overall, i enjoyed but it does taste a bit more like fruit juice than beer. Many other blondes i prefer more than this one. Grade is a B

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Photo of matuto
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing, no aftertaste, nice aroma and upfront taste with yellow fruits, papaya, a bit of spices and some honey, this one very subtle and with little sweetness overall.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Shimmering gold, clear, capped by white head that disappears as quick as foam on the shore.
Fruity, of passion fruit, clementine; floral; honey.
Unfortunately, first thing to stand out is that it's relatively flat...fortunately, does have just enough carbonation, like Perrier opened for an hour, and body, that it's not like water, though it does have that minerality; accompanied by a hint of fruitiness from the aroma, but mostly it's light malt and mildly tinny; some caramel, pineapple, dry finish.

Some exotic fruitiness, but lacking some structure and execution.

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Photo of Opmaseg
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed from the bottle. No look notes.
Smell: heavy toasted straw; campfire biscuits perhaps?
Taste: surprisingly was able to match up with the heavy campfire biscuits aroma. I have never been a big fan of blonde ales, but this one is different. The smoked complexity that greatly enhances the typical one dimensional sugarry straw characteristics of the typical blonde ale really make this enjoyable and sessionable.
Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing. Doesn't longer on the pallet bit leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall: really an enjoyable, high quality, golden ale that does more than a golden ale typically does with the flavor profile. I was surprised with how well Kona pulled this off.

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Photo of John_Tanner
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious golden ale, absolutely refreshing. Drank it from a Kona Brewery sample pack on a trip to Maui a few years ago and loved it. Pineapply with no pineapple! Just started to see it here in Toronto a few months ago--the taste takes me back to Hawaii.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty frickin decent golden ale. Drank this kne outta the bottle at a hotel meet 'n greet hour, chit chatting with industry folk. Quite a bit of flavor packed into a blonde ale, lots of crackery biscuit goodness with some surprisingly fruity notes are are ridiculously delicious.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did you feel that big wave of flavor. This is once again like Budweiser but it is lacking in the sweet finish department, something that reminds me of heartier rolling rock. Still fits in the blonde ale category but does not have much redeeming it to garner a six pack purchase.

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Photo of trparky
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Citrus in nature, you can definitely taste hints of pineapple in it. Overall it's very drinkable, smooth and mellow. Slightly carbonated but not too much, it definitely goes down smooth. Great if you want a nice beer after a long hot day.

I had this beer on tap in The Yard House while on vacation in Hawaii. I found this beer in Ohio and I just had to have it. I mainly bought it for a little taste of Hawaii now that the weather is turning colder here in Ohio. It makes me feel just a little closer to the paradise that is Hawaii.

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