Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,102
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,000
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a malty brew, it has light caramel, faint brown sugar, subtle fruit notes like lemon zest and orange peel, toasted grains and a mild hop spice. A very light body with a medium carbonation and a very minor bitterness. Light bodied and as easy to drink as a lager, it's a fine session beer.

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Photo of JamesGrove
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Sample from bottle at Vectura-messe; Norway. Golden colour. Orange-like aroma. Citrussy flavour, light bodied. easy to drink. Better suited for Hawaiian climate than a Norwegian winter.

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This tastes industrial. It looks nice off the pour,a nice fluffy white head and a clear gold color,then it goes wrong. Smell is not much...malts and maybe some faint hops. Taste is bland. Biscuit malts,some corn, and the faintest of hops. Feel is watery.

Well, I didn't expect much, and it seems I got what I expected.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of badgerbeer1
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had many in Maui on tap and in can. Love it. Love the readonable abv and that it tastes great! Go to beet

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Photo of Gnorton7
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BdM
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kier
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IKR
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear straw-yellow color with a medium-sized white head that slowly faded. A good looking beer.

Smell: Grassy aromas with some mild fruit notes.

Taste: moderate nondescript fruit notes with some moderate hay notes. The beer finishes mildly sweet with dry final finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A good easy drinking sipper,

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AleManDan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As a hop freak, for me Golden Ale just means a fancy lager. This beer has changed my mind a bit, however. Light, dry, well carbonated and refreshing and while I didn’t get any major aroma off it, as it warmed I picked up some complexity including some mild hoppy zests and that sweet, floral honey from the malts. Pretty good and next time I see it on a hot day for under $2 for a pint can I may pick it up.

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Photo of DelfinAzul7546
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrainsBeer
4.73/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HarryC
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wengerski
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Acquired a while back from a webshop. Named for the waves that make Hawaii famous.

A: Poured into a tulip. Possibly bottle conditioned. A hazy golden colour with tons of suspended sediment and very low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that settles and dissipates almost immediately.

S: Aroma of subtle fruity hops with hints of citrus, mild tropical fruit, grass, pale malt, ale yeast and faint grain. Pretty good though understated.

T: Tastes of light fruity hops with hints of mild citrus, tropical fruit, grass/hay, pale malt, subtle grain and ale yeast. Quite dry, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and reasonable body. Lacking in texture. Aftertaste of vague fruity hops, faint leafiness, pale malt and ale yeast.

O: OK but won't blow your socks off. Lacklustre looks, while the aroma and flavour are pleasant and understated. So-so body; carbonation could use some work. Would be ideal as an easy-drinking brew for a hot day. Worth sampling.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 2,000 ratings