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
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,797
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
684
For Trade:
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Year round. The waves that roll onto Hawaiian beaches are some of the best in the world. Catch the crest of a breaking wave and ride it all the way in. Our sun-drenched big wave golden is a smooth, refreshing brew. Inspired by what makes Hawaii great. Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale is brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, and is the final year-round bottle release to make it to the east coast. Manufacturing date on the bottle is August 01 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Kona pint glass. Served above 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thin consistency over a pale golden-yellow body with mild carbonation presence. A slight haziness is visible from a cloud of sediment in suspension as well as the presence of occasional pulpy flesh here and there. Lacing is thin and head quality is of little fascination either. It's very predictable for a golden ale, but that doesn't mean it can't improve the way it presents itself. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy emphasis on citrus fruit, with notes of grapefruit and orange, possibly from a bright hop addition, which is notable in the aroma. Pale malts are not the forward aspect of the aroma. A very inviting and clean aroma. 4

(Taste) Sweetness is underutilized. The hop presence with citrus is very tea-like, with little malt body to balance it out. Therefore, it's a bit high on bitterness. Citrus is also disappointingly shallow, with a more musty lemongrass and pale hop character than anticipated. Flavor is a bit shallow throughout. It's not gross by any means, but the lack of a sweet profile really drags the drinkability down, and makes for a thin profile with a limited flavor. Reminds me at times of watered-down green tea. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is fuzzy with a touch of cream. Balance is slightly less sweet than anticipated, mild dry finish with a mild hop bitterness. Body is light for the style, light overall. Carbonation is right, but the body is very shallow and should be a notch higher to reach a desirable balance. 3

(Overall) Low on sweetness. Reminds me at times of a light ale. Quite drinkable like water and tea might be, but not very enjoyable like a more substantial beer should be. Much of the fix would be made with a fuller malt profile, although a brighter-flavored hop flavor would also have made the flavor desirable. Until then, this is merely a drinkable but not particularly enjoyable golden ale. 3

Kona Brewing Company's
Big Wave Golden Ale
/5.00

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Photo of delta490
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin fizzy white head. Light retention yields tight soapy lacing. The aroma is very mild with some grain and some sweetness. The taste is OK. Nothing really interesting or distinctive going on. Actually, not much of anything going on beyond a little grain. the body is very thin and pretty heavily carbonated.

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Photo of Braz
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear vibrant gold color with a one inch white head. Head disappears rather quickly leaving a thin lace. Smells of faint floral and grapefruit notes. Taste is very delicate with a very subtle sweetness. Mild fruit/citrus flavor. I didn't pick up much hop flavor but the aroma is there. Easy drinking, reps the style well. Smooth light body.

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Photo of soju6
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness, grassy with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Taste follows with citrus, some malt sweetness, tropical fruit and just a touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

T: Light body, smooth with just enough honey to give it a bit of flair without making it too sweet.

O; Pleasant beer to relax with on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass thumb print stein.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner white foamy head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some yeast, grass with a hint of fruit even. More going on with the taste as there are some light hops, grass and hay. Very tasty and goes down easy. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and a easy solid "8" if not a "8.5" Hang ten baby!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and yellow golden with a white head of loose foam that fell too fast but left spots of lace. Nose is simple. Light breaddy grain with a bit of natural sweetness on it. Some ripe peach, a bit of grass and some citrus to give it pizazz. Taste follows the nose all the way. The balance is toward the malt so that is forward and firm but light and not too sweet. The ripe peach takes a back seat but it's juicy. There is a touch of bitter grass and a bit of tart citrus to give it some tang. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is watery. The carbonation was ample but it did not enliven this beer because it wasn't dry. This finishes with a very light bitter and sweet .

This was a good beer that drank pleasantly. It did not excite in any way but would be ideal for a summer beer as it is very refreshing and with the low abv this could really hit the spot on a hot day.

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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 shand
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Wave pours a bubbly golden color with a small head. The aroma is quite nice, it's got fruity hops, citrus, and a bit of grains and sweet malt. The taste brings the grainy malt up front, but it's not too sweet. The citrus and fruit hop flavors, although rather mellow, do a pretty solid job at balancing things out. The grains and a bit of citrus ride out the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a tasty thirst quencher.

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

Bottled 11/25/13 and poured 2/12/14.

Appearance: First, I like the shape of the bottle and custom design. Pours clear, pale yellow. Alright lacing. Tiny head.

Smell: Pleasant. Little sweet. A light hop aroma. Some malt. A bit grainy. Basic, but a solid smell. The hoppy note was a nice little surprise.

Taste/feel: Good brew. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability at only 4.4%. Solid hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Slight malt sweetness at the end. A good amount of grain Simple, but done very well.

A definite summer, or to be more precise, beach beer. Light, refreshing, nice bit of hops, highly sessionable ABV... could have been a very "eh" beer, but it's actually very solid for the style. Not super interesting, but tasty enough. Would definitely have this one again, especially in the heat when I want something light. My first (and certainly not last) beer from Kona. Mahalo!

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Photo of ElGordo
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head. Aroma of very light pale malt with a mild biscuity sweetness and a hint of tropical fruit. Palate is rather, um, neutral. Pale malt with a touch of sweetness and an underlying note of tropical fruit. The sweetness fades on the finish, yielding to a mildly chalky flavor and texture. Body is watery and, again, mildly chalky at the finish. You could do worse than this on a hot day, but it is pretty uninteresting.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely a volume beer. The sample I poured was brought back from Hawaii, thanks to Nancy and Joe for this one.

My sample poured with absolutely no head at all. I MEAN NO HEAD AT ALL, not even at trace.

The aroma was neutral, maybe just a whiff of hops in the background.

Suprisingly, the beer was almost perfectly balanced and clear of off-flavors.

The mouthfeel was light to medium, with little carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer in terms of quantity, but not enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Photo of brdc
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. On tap in Hawaii.

Poured into a pint, it is light yellow in color, and it came with a minimal head, but that could just be the pour, as this is not exactly a beer bar.
Aroma is faint, grains, some fruity notes, no vanilla as others found.
Thin, it was refreshing for the situation, but it lacks flavors in a major way, so descriptions here are limited.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a slightly/cloudy, but mainly clear medium golden color. has a nice white head that is about 3/4 of an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with little spots of foam here and there but not much lacing. Aromas of floral citrus and some minerally grassyness. Has a slightly sweet malt flavor upfront that gives way so some nice citrus zest in the hops. More citrusy in the hop department than it is bitter. Rounded with with a bit of herbal mineralness. Has a crisp and smooth, medium bodied motufeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. An excellent beer for the first warm weather evening that Cleveland has had in about 7 months!

Eric

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11-13-09
Cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy golden yellow, fair amount of carbonation, less than half of a finger of foam

S - Sweet malt smell reminds me of a citrus smell. Little hop smell

T - light bodied, malt aftertaste, not to overpowering on the malt, pretty smooth going down

M/D - To me a light bodied brew, sweet malt taste with little malt aftertaste. Finished pretty smooth though, not bad from Kona, not my favorite from Kona but for sure it's worth trying. I could enjoy a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Kona Brewing variety pack - served in an Imperial nonic glass
Dated 19-FEB-13

A: Pours a golden straw body with magnificent clarity. Effervescent with micro bubbles that form a thick finger of sudsy white stuff. Decent hang time and some rungs of dripping lace decorate the glass.

S: Smells piney with some grapefruit zest and tangerines. I am getting a light yeast spice and a bit of tropical mangoes. No real malt sweetness coming through. Delicate aromas yet relatively fresh with American hops. Surprisingly nice.

T: Taste is very light, fruity, and tropical with a firm grassy hay note. I get some tangerine citrus, mango, and pines with a moderate amount of bitterness on the palate. There is a light sourdough bread malt base that is not really sweet at all. Alcohol not even mentionable. This almost drinks like a West Coast APA/IPA. Really not bad at all especially on a hot summer day.

M: Clean light and crisp with a nice drying quality. Finish is slightly wetter but very light and dry overall.

D: At just 4.4% this is a really nice session beer. Much hoppier than I was anticipating. It drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale. Light crisp and refreshing warm weather brew. Not your typical Blonde and I would say my favorite of the pack.

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Photo of jp32
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden/yellow in color. Not much head retention.

Aroma is slightly hoppy, piney, and more inviting than I was expecting from this. The smell seems to become a bit sweet or fruity as the beer warms up a bit.

A mellow hop taste asserts itself at the front of the beer, followed by a toasted bread, cereal grain flavor.

Nothing too impressive, but nothing I can really complain about either.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, with a moderately sized head featuring quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smells predominately of grains, but I also detected some flora notes, dare I say marijuana?

Taste is similar to the smell. Everything about this is light. There's some grassy flavors (did I forget to mention pot?), and the grains is definitely present. Overall this is a forgettable yet solid brew. Which is probably what anyone should expect.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pale yellow color. Good perfume of flowery hops. Good carbonation and retention. Taste is malty and fuity. Light body. Good carbonation.
Great drinkability.

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

According to the label, it may have been brewed in any of five places. the closest is Memphis TN, so I will assume that is where this one was made.

Pours out to a permanent white head and minimal lacing. Bright golden color. Aroma is biscuity and citrusy with a bit of tropical fruit esters likely from the yeast. Hop aromas are grapefruit, grass and floral. Flavor is clean and refreshing with sweet pale malts and floral/fruity hops balancing perfectly with a crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Damn good blonde.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden haze blend of orange and yellow.

Whiffs of light hops and ripe fruit. A rather modest nose that doesn't overpower the senses, yet very pleasant.

Fruity with hints of pear and apples. Snappy moderate hop finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice body. A rather nice and enjoyable blonde ale with a pleasing drinkability level.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: March 5, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: the Knights of Columbus dinner finished... APPEARANCE: well, the body is as advertised, a crystal clear gold that sends steady spirals of effervescence upwards...a surprising half-finger, surf-white head surfaces and stays... AROMA: a fruity bouquet with mango, pineapple and lemon dish detergent mingle with berry, pear and hay... the caramel malts are detectable but not impactful... PALATE: light bodied... easily drinkable, with little texture... some dryness late, with an aftertaste that offers a bit of grit at its end...otherwise, meh.. TASTE: light hints of citrus fruits--mostly grapefruit, lemon and mango--with a tinge of lightly mowed hay... the flavor is refreshing but spritzy and metallic, with the caramel slightly adding some balance... OVERALL: as Kona goes, a reasonable case filler, with a refreshing return... not quite a memorable ale--not clean enough, not smooth enough--but useful in a sessionable manner...

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Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow with a slightly sticky white head

S-bitter grains and cooked vegetables. Smells pretty good actually. Strong scent. 

T-comes in with a very crisp and smooth taste of slightly bitter grains. Theres also a taste of cooked vegetables added. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's good! There's a matching after-taste. It's a solid flavor.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-this is a pretty decent beer. It's very mild yet the flavors are actually quite bold. I could put a lot of this down for sure, though it wouldn't be my beer of choice. It's just an interesting try really. 

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very pale straw with a smallish head. The aroma is slightly yeasty, but I mostly smell white bread, and something that reminds me of shampoo. The flavor is of very pale malt, with hints of toffee and peanut, a quite sweet for how light the body is. The mouthfeel is somewhat insubstantial, but there is quite a syrupy afterfeel. Overall this was not an ejoyable brew, but my expectations were not too high.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a very nice white fluffy head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus and soft bready malt.

The taste is of lightly bitter citrus hops, sweet bready malt, some toasted grain and grassy notes.

Light body, pretty crisp feel, high carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice beer, good flavor that was very well balanced.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

imported to china by ACBP www.realbeer.com.cn

stamped on neck with 1/18/2008. importer's label also has bottling date

poured into tulip

deep golden honey color with orange and copper hues. relatively clear, though the second half of the bottle brings some haze and yeast sediment. some head, but quickly fades to a few wisps and a ring. no lacing.

faint aroma of citrus peel, with malt note underneath. some other fruity nuances (peach), then some phenols. whiff of grassy hop. hint of bread and yeast.

taste is too dominated by medicinal phenols, throughout and especially in the finish. underneath, some malt and fruity subtleties, plus a snappy hop bitterness, but it all gets lost and distracted by the medicinal character.

not too thin. moderate carbonation.

that's three strikes for kona. sorry to say. although i guess maybe i'll give them another chance, since american blonde ale is such a crap style anyway.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,797 ratings.
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