Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
1,904 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#38,247
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
1,904
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
750
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of G-R-Fracassa
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dainbramage637
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VILJ
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jessejmartin
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Juan_Andere
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBDave
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very rich golden color. Looks like a glass of honey. Nice white head that disappeared quickly. Tastes sweet, but not too fruity. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got it from a friend. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with decent white head and lacing. Pleasant sweet grassy smell. Clean crisp taste. Pretty good beer.

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

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

Photo of Brewsome
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Can: dated July 24, 2017

A: Clear medium golden color, medium-high carbonation. Medium+ head. Head retention & some lacing in a chilled glass.

S: Fruity hop aroma.

T: The Very light maltiness brings a tasty hop flavor combination to the forefront of tropical fruit (peaches) with some citrus. Very clean, dry lager like with a watery aftertaste. Very refreshing and sessionable lite ale.

O: Great hop flavor but too overpriced for a 4.4 abv lite ale. If priced lower I would have this beer stacked high in my Keezer.

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

Photo of worldkrysis
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alexc11
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, light, citrusy beer. Perfect by the beach.

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Photo of carteravebrew
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of tvassas
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HawkGX
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,904 ratings
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