Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
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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:
1,886
Reviews:
328
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
739
For Trade:
2
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Photo of HawkGX
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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 elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very smooth refreshing beer for those hot and humid days. Living in Hawaii this is a daily occurrence.
Look is a nice golden yellow/brown
Smell is sweet, with hints of tropical fruit
Taste is refreshing

Is is available at every store in Hawaii, bit for those mainlanders who want a bit of a taste of Hawaii while it's hot at home, this isn't a bad beer to reach for.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle and label looks plain, but the beer taste delicious. Reminds me of a rebel IPAA.

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Photo of susandyoung
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking beer. Very light in the glass, but it didn't get a nice, foamy head. Flavor has a bit of a tang that comes across as grapefruit at first, but as you drink it seems generally tropical. It's not heavy on the smell and the feel is smooth and light in the mouth.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of frasergrove
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden blonde color.

Subtle floral tropical fruit aroma.

Taste kind of followed the smell, though with a light crisp feel.

Very drinkable summer ale.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glowingz
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 0z bottle. Bottling date- April 17

Pours a clear golden body with a white head. Little retention, some lacing

I'm not really smelling anything here.Maybe a little grain...maybe a little tropical fruit... I've got half my face pushed into the glass but I'm not smelling much of anything

Taste kind of follows... Not a lot going on here

Feel was crisp and light . Spot on for a blonde ale

This beer was 4 months old so maybe that explains my poor impression... The feel was nice but I am all about a prominent smell and there was none. Kind of boring overall.

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Photo of jpsizzls
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DutchGermanguy
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
03/10/13

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: wheat, rice, grains, lemon
LOOK: Gold color. No head.
TASTE: wheat, rice, grains.
FEEL: Good carbonation.Very refreshing beer.

Not great, but it goes down nicely and is not without flavor.

**

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Photo of Golfontap
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skagerrak
1.71/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is a poor quality IPA rather than a golden ale. Tastes like a Coors Lite that has had Pine Sol added to it.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, very true golden yellow. Thick foamy head with about a fingers worth of foam. As I mentioned in my "Longboard" review, what's really disappointing is that it dissipates quickly with no real lacing. Smells of a nice citrusy mix of papaya and kiwi. Slight sweet corn or wheat in the background, but mostly that nice fruity smell. Tastes of corn and slight citrus notes. Thin mouthfeel... almost washes down a little too easy. Definitely an easy-to-drink brew. Would recommend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A "craft" beer huh? Ok, sure. You might be owned by a megacorporation, and it might be a blonde ale, but we'll give it a shot.

Pours light and yellow, solid 1/2" white head and good clarity. Nothing wrong here, in fact, above average for sure. Aroma, reminds me of vegetarian zombies: GRAINS!!! There isn't much more beyond the mild toasted barley vibe, which is fine, beyond that what else could there be, a mild hop note? A mild fruity yeasty ester-feels?

Mellow ride rides mellow, it isn't bitter, or malty, just an easy going brew for an easy going day. Mild sweetness. I'd offer it to a girl or a non beer drinker of my obsessive compulsion.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,886 ratings.
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