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 Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

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Reviews by mlm5641:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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 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 henrycjones4
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best there is, a Kona Big Wave Golden Ale has everything one would want from a beer. A Crisp yet smooth taste with an essence of grapefruit that perfectly fits its Hawaiian Ale label. It has an outstanding smell, with a great golden, brown coloring. I find nothing to be wrong with this beer and everything to be right.

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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

Photo of Andnkuhn
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%

Photo of DwedPirateWobert
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%

Photo of Dschamp
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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