Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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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:
1,885
Reviews:
328
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
739
For Trade:
2
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Photo of DucksFan16
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 05/26/2016. Enjoyed on 12/19/2016.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malt & honey nose. Flavor is bready, honey and hints of hops. Good lawn mower beer. In $9.99 6-pak Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH. Bottled Sep 2016.

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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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dated aug of 12. consumed oct. of 12.

A: Pale orange with a bright clarity and only a whisper of effervesce. The head was slight, creamy with a light tan coloring displaying a short to moderate retention rate. Minimal splashes of lacing on the vessel.

S: Sweet tropical fruitiness, a mixture of oranges, fresh pineapple and mangos. Sweet and perfuny delivery.

T: Flavor of tropical fruitiness of oranges and pineapples, mangos. Sugary grain sweetness, smooth tropical golden ale. Touches of fruity spice hoppiness and fresh greenery is gentle and complimentary to the fruit based nature.

M: Creamy buttery texture in the mouthful. No carbonation felt, light and refreshing.

O: Overall a beach/poolside refreshment. Tropical hints well suited per locale environment, easy going, well balanced and makes for a easy tropical refresher on a hot hawian summer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch, foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not a lot of lacing here.

S: A very thin, underwhelming aroma of malt, honey, and some hops as well.

T: Tasted of fair amount of honey, light malt notes (not as noticeable due to the honey), a little bit of hops, some light citrus (lemon, in particular), and a bready quality. Slightly thin in the finish. Not a particularly complex flavor, but it's decent enough. Very light and focused on the honey and citrus.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a somewhat syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

O: Blonde ales are rarely great examples of complex and flavor, and Big Wave is no exception. Still, it's a light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had the Golden Wave Ale, it was in Hawaii on the Big Island while honeymooning with my wife. I finally found this in Texas, and decided to do a review after not having one for 5 years, lol! I had this offering from Kona Brewing Co. poured into a pint/nonic glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - It pours a clear golden, and did not produce much head on the top, but what was formed was a very bright white.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits with just a bit of hops are what I get on the nose.

T - The main flavor on the palate is sweet grains, with hints of pineapple and citrus. The beer is crisp, clean, and slightly sweet on the finish. There is almost no bitterness whatsoever in this beer.

M - Light bodied, not overly carbonated, it is very smooth.

O - I did enjoy the Golden Wave Ale from Kona Brewing Co. It is a very easy drinking light style year-round beer. Very refreshing beer to drink on any given day.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Clear golden straw in color. Tiny, bleached head of froth. Light lacing.

S-Sweet with an herbal, eucalyptus, cough drop aroma. Crisp graininess with a faint hoppiness that must contribute to that odd herbal aroma.

T-The flavor has that same nearly minty, off-putting flavor. Medicinal hoppiness combined with plentiful sweetness. Dried grains and an odd fruitiness.

M-Needs a bit more bubbles. Light and easy to drink.

O/D-Did not like Big Wave at all. Hard to describe that flavor. It just did not suit me.

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

Photo of beertunes
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Idiotic 22oz format bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly hazy bright yellow color with about 1/8 inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was the typical benign soft grain and gentle hops that are the norm in the style. The flavors had the same notes, just light hops on top of easy grains. The beer didn't have any outstanding features, either good or bad.

The body was smooth and even, with a nicely clean finish. Drinkability was as easy as you would expect a low alcohol, "entry-level" to be. Overall, not a brew that's going to thrill us beer geeks, but one that is a solid example of the style. Worth a shot if going to a cookout or other event that isn't beer focused.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with about a half inch white head which went away quickly. Lacing is average. The aroma is light, it smells like bready malt, honey, and a bit of fruit. The taste is exactly the same as the aroma, I can taste the bit of fruitiness in this beer but I can't figure out exactly what kind of fruit it is. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit slick with decent carbonation. It's still light, but had more substance than I expected. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad brew, but it's not my favorite of the Kona beers I've tried.

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

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Bright golden yellow hue in color (obviously) with a 1/4 inch of white head.
S - Smells of mild hops, pilsner malts, and some bready yeasts.
T - Simple yet not offensive it's far from tasty. Mild hops and bready malts with a touch of fruity yeasts.
M - Not very watery which was surprising for 4%. Drank with a light to medium body though.

Overall this is just a filler review since I got a bottle best by August 2012 yet it wasn't offensive or skunked. I bet fresh this beer would be... something.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle

clear, light yellow golden in color, white foamy head. mild grassy aroma, some cracked corn grain. flavor is fairly bland and mild. easy drinking but not a lot of flavor.

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

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of hozersr
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,885 ratings.
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