Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
good
1,845 Ratings
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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
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
Ratings:
1,845
Reviews:
311
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
720
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,845 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of Raphaellima
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adamhdg
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice, golden, slightly cloudy with a half inch head that dissipated quickly
S: sweet odor with some elements of citrus and bread
T: yummy citrus with a mild hop, sweet, (is that pineapple and banana ?)
F: easy drinking with some pleasing carbonation
I: I don't care what others think, I loved it. Will be on my short list.

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Photo of Bershad22
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hooligan23
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer.. Very refreshing

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Photo of TommyM96
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChuckTom
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robert812
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joshp
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of VineyardBeer
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of QuarterHorse
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.

It smells of apricot, citrusy hops, with a hint of honey sweetness.... very pleasant

The taste is full of bready malt, honey, a touch of grapefruit, with a hint of toasted biscuit that lingers with mild hop bitterness in the finish.

This brew is very well balanced with impressive flavor and aroma considering the session strength ABV. I really enjoyed this beer ,which could become a summertime staple for me.

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Photo of Sparkyinsurf
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not normally a fan of light ale, but this beer was better than any light ale i can think of. It is in line with a good pilsner.

1.Appearance: Nice head, not too carbonated with a yellow/copper consistent to a pilsner.

2. Smell: A lemon citrus smell, not overpowering like a blue moon or other citrus ale type.

3. Taste: Fantastically refreshingly light. This will be my qualty "coors light" go to day beer.

4. Mouthfull: A light beer but enough hoppyness to be an Americanized "Hawaiian" type German pilsner.

5. Overall: I might have scored this too high becouse of my lowered expectations. But, it is exactly what i would want in a light beer "coors light take notice" as to how it should taste. ( reference; I've never liked their logger and loved their kona porter )

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a large plunder glass. The appearance is a clear, pale golden color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and fruit. The taste is very nice blend of fruit, malt and hops. A great summer time beer.

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Photo of megamick
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wretchedabyss
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cadiazmk78
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of americancontrarian
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super fruity, not overly hopped. Simply magnificent summer brew. I may have under rated this one

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Photo of ragor0603
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! A great session beer. Surprisingly light on the tongue and smooth but flavorful.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly great beer. I was expecting a typical American lager type bland experience. This one has a lovely smell and taste of apricot. I have no idea where that flavor came from, but it was really nice. Between a lager and an amber, nice golden color. This is a beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of Gandingo
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hosehead83
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light copper/gold in color,with a decent cap of white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citus hops, tropical fruit notes
Taste-Fruity citrus hops, soft pineapple note, underlying citrus rind. Well-balanced, smooth, fresh and tasty. Fish tacos would fit the bill nicely.

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really, really liked this beer!!

(L) It looks like your typical blonde ale, so no surprise there.

(S) I didn't really notice to much of a smell, which is kind of misleading because what I think it lacks there definitely makes up for the taste.

(T) The taste wasn't overly sweet or hoppy it was really well balanced, but the hints pinapple and mango and honey shine through and personally they are some of my favorites. It still keeps to the true blonde ale taste, so it doesn't taste like you're drinking fruit juice. I've had those and this isn't it!

(F) It's light and refreshing, goes down smooth and easy, perfect for a hot summer day.

(O) I recommend it, excellent beer for any time of year. I like it and would love to see more places get this on tap. Any way you can find it I suggest you try it!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear golden body with slowly rising bubbles. Foamy white head that leaves massive sudsy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops that bring a woodsy cedar note, with lots of citrus in the way of lime and subtle grapefruit peel.

Taste: A little more subdued than the aroma, but the same bright citrus zest with more of an orange flavor coming through. A softer malt presence brings down the sharpness of the hops as compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Clean, bright, light bodied.

Overall: Quite delicious, very refreshing with loads of citrus zest.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,845 ratings.
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