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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: 288 | Ratings: 1,736
Photo of BeerTv
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale
(ABV: 4.4%) (IBU: 21)

AROMA - floral hops, biscuity and cereal-like malts, sweet citrus hops, light hints of caramel

APPEARANCE – brilliant golden straw hue, foamy white head, medium-high carbonation with small streaks of thin lacing, low head retention

FLAVOR – malt graininess, tropical pineapple, bready caramel malt, citrus zest, honey sweetness, grassy hops, slight hint of corn

MOUTHFEEL – light bodied with a gentle carbonating crispness, clean dry finish

OVERALL – This is a tidal wave of refreshment; malt flavors dominate the beer with undertones of delicate hops to provide a nice balance. Definitely recommended as a Hawaiian travel companion as you show off your 6-pack

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Photo of Guppy314
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear yellow with a 1 finger foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Aroma is really subtle, but I might guess there are some floral hops. Flavor was, like, smooth and gone ... and I was like, "what were the actual flavors again?" It has fruity malt with a grainy hops, but again, it is all really easy going.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Consumed in bottle, but appears to be pale straw with some foamy head.

S: Orange pith, floral, grainy and cracker malts, lager yeast.

T: Diluted orange juice, orange peel, cracker, grainy malts, with a watery but clean finish. Slightly dry.

F: Light, crisply carbonated, clean.

O: A typical blond ale. Light, crisp, refreshing. Does its job.

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Photo of Spike
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught not far from the brewery. Light, easy drinking ale. Pale gold, floral notes, some tropical fruit, a little gassy. Not exceptional but hits the spot when coming in from a hot morning on the water.

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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 tsmangin
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light bready malt aroma with citrusy/tropical hop aroma... some fruit suggestive of apple/pear is also present. No off flavors. Very inviting.

Appearance: Brilliant clarity with dark gold color. Poured low white head that faded quickly to a ring of medium bubbles.

Flavor: Med-low bready malts with a hint of light caramel. Citrusy/piney/tropical hop flavor is medium-low. The bitterness is also medium-low. Finishes medium-dry with no lingering aftertaste. Low fruit esters again, suggesting apple/pear. Great balance and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium high carbonation. Effervescent and bubbly with no creaminess or astringency. Fizziness complements the drier finish and enhances drinkability.

Overall: Great lawnmower beer. Crisp, light and thirst-quenching. Head retention was a little low and hops could be boosted slightly in the flavor and aroma. Excellent beer and a very good representation of the American Blonde Ale style.

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Photo of MACrist
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fairly clear (chill haze) deep golden, finger + of white foamy head that lasts forever and slides down the glass as you drink the beer and leaves some nice lacing for a 4.4% beer. Lots of bubbles rising. The aroma is mild but I'm getting salty sun flower seeds and a crackery biscuit. The flavor is mildly sweet and again sun flower seeds come to mind. Not bitter, not harsh, no off flavors whatsoever. The feel is soft and the beer is refreshing and fairly dry but not crisp like it's lager counterparts. I wish the carbonation was a bit heavier in the taste, it looked way above average. Average carbonation and thin but not watery. This would be great on the beach, 4.4%, all day long.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, dated JUN0116
A - golden I presume, but drank from the bottle, so unknown
S - smells fruity with some biscuity grain
T - nice tropical fruitiness without the bitterness; mango, pineapple, and a bit of passion fruit; biscuity malt and a touchof honey; yeast
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish
O - pretty average golden ale. As always, glad to try something new, but I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a shaker.

Clear yellow gold color that gets slightly cloudy after a minute or two. The 1F white cap fades very fast.

Slightly grainy, slightly sweet, slightly floral; very light aromas.

Light and sweet malt, a touch of floral hops.

Somewhat like a pilsner with less hop bite. Light and easy, like summertime.

A decent light summer ale, a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Light golden body with a white collar. Grainy aroma, subtle. Not much in the olfactory senses. Light body and fairly bland. Light citrus and mild bitterness. Eh...

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours clear yellow with a white head that fades fast
S: hops although mild
T: some hops, slight bitterness bit lacking overall flavor
F: thin and easy drinking

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Photo of NomadDawg
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't expecting to like this beer. For some reason I was expecting a cheap Mexican like beer. I guess I equate beaches and waves and yellow beer with bad beer. However, I quite enjoyed this beer it was full of flavor and interesting to drink.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde. Probably, Big Wave gets its name from the frothy white head that resembles and wave rolling in from the ocean.

Ever so slight grass/hops smell.

Tastes like an innocuous pilsner at first, but mild fruitiness and a slight hop presence emerge. Light glycerol finish.

Feels light. Crispy. Easy to swallow. Easy to swallow a lot.

Overall, not a great beer. But for THE STYLE is great. If you enjoy it for what it is, it's a quite nice and refreshing beer. Would make a great party beer, especially in the summer, at cookouts, BBQs, and such. I may even go so far as to declare this a SESSION BEER!

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Photo of Svingjo
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a minimal white head. Nose leads with tons of tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit and peaches and is followed up with some pale malts. That same fruitness comes though on the tongue along with some bready malts and a slight citrus hop. The mouthfeel was on the light to medium side with a active carbonation that disappeared quickly. A nice refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Light golden yellow with a less than finger of head which dissipates quickly.

S: Very faint smell of light caramel malts and slight hint of pineapple.

T: Floral with a sweet citrus pineapple taste. Very Tropical.

F: Smooth and crisp. Light bodied and low to moderately carbonated.

O: I bought a 12 pack of this. It made for a great summer party drinker.

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Photo of gerite
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a local pub & grub. A light bodied golden ale with a white head and decent lacing. Mildly carbonated with a hint of hops and citrus. A good representative of this style of beer.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color.
Smell is sweet and very citrus dominated.
Taste is citrus and tropical fruit.
Faint grassy notes.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Longs Drugs
Clear golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Hint of guava, slightly sweet
Overall an easy drinking refreshing beer, but I wish it had more of a distinct characteristic to set it apart from macrobrews. My least favorite among Kona brews.

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Photo of joecaputi
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess it's the label and provenance but I first smelled pineapple and mango LifeSavers. All in all easy drinking and nice all around. Bowled over? Not really but nice.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kona Big Wave, 4.4% ABV, 20 IBU, style American Blonde Ale. Pours hazy golden with medium thickness, one finger of foam that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Nose is malty fruity sweetness, taste follows. No bitterness, very drinkable. Overall a real decent and refreshing brew.

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Photo of harpo111
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fruity and floral. Light smooth ale with a citrus note. Very easy drinking brew. Not heavy at all. Descent food beer..not overpowering but adds a good note to wings and other foods.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is really clean and malty. Taste follows, balanced, malty at first with some light, grassy hoppiness. Light body with medium to high carbonation. Not bad but it's quite generic and boring.

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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 Bierliebhaber3
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty similar in appearance to the Wailua Wheat, maybe a little lighter with a little thicker head, though it dissipates just as quickly. The smell is also citrusy, but in this case it’s an orange / lemon scent. In this case I think the fruit flavor blends much more nicely than the Wailua Wheat. There is a fairly strong taste of orange, but just as much so is the malty beer flavor. There is also a faint sweet, floral essence. It’s very light bodied. It tastes fairly akin to a Blue Moon, though better I would say. The finish is very crisp and clean to the point that there is almost no aftertaste, which to me is neither a good or bad thing. It’s definitely a nice session beer, for the price, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
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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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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