Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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 SCW on 03-19-2005

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Ratings: 2,047 |  Reviews: 366
Reviews by Schlitz74:
Photo of Schlitz74
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured it into a shaker glass, pours a medium golden color with a half finger of fizzy head. it did not leave any real lacing on the glass. This beer is not something I would want to drink again. This is just average.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, a clean, decent tasting light ale from Kona. Not sure why it's getting such low ratings. It's nothing amazing but it's more drinkable than most beers out there.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale gold, massive white foam head.

SMELL: Fruity, grain, honey

TASTE: Smooth, light-ish body, light sweetness, cereal grains, fruity, mildly tropical, toasty, honey finish

If the average non-beer geek drinker were to close their eyes and imagine what beer might taste in Hawaii, they might expect to taste something like this beer; a light ale with seemingly tropical fruity notes. Decent and drinkable.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.4%

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Photo of DevAJ
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Alright after not being able to get even halfway through 3 different American style ales this evening, I think I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like any significant amount of American hops. Supposedly this is the least bitter of the 3 that I tried tonight (Celebration Ale, Audible Ale, and this) and while that may be true, the aftertaste (hop) is still horrible to me. While I thought Pilsner Urquell was a tad more bitter than I like, I was at least able to drink the entire beer. The 3 mentioned, not even close.

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Photo of Porterpipes
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really like this beer after drinking a heavy porter or stout. It’s really refreshing and is lighter. Has a great aroma taste. Would recommend as a lighter ipa

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

Gold and relatively clear look. Lingering half-finger white head with decent lacing. Medium hints of pineapple, orange-peel, lemon and malt on the nose. Balanced taste that isn't big in any area. Hints of old road, citrus and a biscuity finish. Medium feel, with a decent palate-coating finish.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at The Beer Store; best before May 30 2018 and served well chilled. Never thought I'd see a Hawaiian beer being sold here in Ontario, but I suppose the times are a-changin'. And yes, it was almost certainly brewed in New Hampshire, anyhow.

Pours clear pale golden-yellow in hue, with its initial half-finger of loose, soapy white head quickly receding down to a collar of creamy-looking foam; an uninterrupted curtain of lacing is laid down during this process. Pineapple, passion fruit and apricots on the nose, along with citrusy orange peel and lime zest, all of it underlain with crackery, bready pale malt sweetness.

A fine blonde ale, though I'll add that the flavour profile is somewhat less compelling than the enticing aroma might've first hinted. Clean cereal grains, crackery pale barley malts and light honeyed sweetness are immediately apparent, with the Galaxy and Citra hops soon jumping in, providing characteristic hints of stone fruit, pineapple, orange and passion fruit. The hop bitterness is very much minimized throughout, with only a touch of pithiness towards the finish - and even this is thereafter overcome by the pale malts and residual fruitiness of the hops. Off-dry aftertaste. Light in body, with middling carbonation that softens over time, giving this brew a smooth mouthfeel and pleasant texture. Nothing to write home about, but a properly-constructed blonde ale nonetheless.

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+. Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale is a respectable mainline offering, albeit a fairly conventional one - the hops are used rather conservatively, but in the end, that only makes it more approachable (to non-beer geeks) and more sessionable (to all beer drinkers). This is the sort of beer that is worth keeping in the back of the fridge - specifically so that you have something on hand to offer to visitors who would otherwise be inclined to reach for a macro. As you'd expect for a beer imported into Canada from the States, the premium price point does sting a bit... but this is still a good blonde ale that is well worth a spin.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 21 Oct 2017. Nonic pint.

A: pours a brassy gold with 1 finger white bubbly head that recedes quickly to a thin white cap of bubbles.

S: some faint citra hop citrusyness, with some sweetness.

T: New age pale ale, lite.

M: light bodied and very highly carbonated. Thin. Clean finishing.

O: I had this at a work happy hour and was really impressed; impressed enough to buy a single and bring it home. Granted, the happy hour bottle was fresh and this one is pushing 3 months, but damn, this is a disappointment. This is a beer, but not much more can be said for it.

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Photo of JacobR1523
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gives a good aroma, has a light somewhat fruity taste to it, and goes down easy. I would recommend this to the person who wants to start trying different and better beers, this is a good starting point.

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Photo of Jeffgerace
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I don't want to try something new and I want to sip on a refreshing beer all day, this is my go to. Deliciously drinkable, it's perfect for a picnic, BBQ or
day at the beach.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Turbo
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 71ADub
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap, into pint glass. Properly chilled ale.

A - light golden. Barely any head, but white and creamy is what's present.
S - It smells like foot odor, I swear on the Big Kuhuna's surfboard! All my drinking buddies thought the same thing. Maybe the keg was old/improperly stored.
T - a weak ale. No perceivable hoppiness or bitterness. bland.
M - light, medium carbonation. It could almost quench your thirst.
O-I would not get it again. It could use a little more hops, and better aroma hopping.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale golden beer with good clarity. The white head is made of rocky bubble having a fiar head retention.

S: moderate malt sweetness that has fresh baked bread character along with a light peach fruitiness. It has a moderately-light citrus and pineapple hops aroma.

T: There is an initial malt sweetness with a very-light bready malt flavor. It has a moderately-light hops bitterness and light citrus and tropical fruit hops flavor. There is a light bit of fruitiness. The balance is somewhat bitter with a medium-dry finish. There is a light citrus aftertaste.

M: The is a medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An easy drinking, light bodied beer that would be nice and refreshing on a hot day. Would pair with seafood, chicken and lighter food.

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

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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Golfontap
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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