Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
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1,888 Ratings
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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:
1,888
Reviews:
328
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
739
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,888 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice blonde ale, but a bit undistinguished Looking.
Big Wave's Smell is malty, balanced with a low IBU.... But Taste improves as the ale warms. Too much carbonation for me, but that is the easy method for refreshment. Blindfold me and subtract out the fruit, this Feels like a lager to me.
Just a mellow ale, like you'd expect from gentle Hawaii.

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

Kona Brewing Co. - Big Wave Golden Ale. 4.4% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 4/19/16. (Reviewed 9/4/16).

Look: As the name states, vibrant gold bodied, with a foamy white head that ends up as a ring of lacing.

Smell: Hops, some malt, and light citrus fruit notes.

Feel: Light to medium bodied and easy to drink, with mild carbonation.

Taste: Seems to have a malty backbone, with some hop and sour fruit notes.

Overall: I Expected this beer to be an AAL, but it was a pleasant surprise that it isn't. Definitely not bad, but not really a go to beer for me.

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

Photo of MurphDog14
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YumaLaowai
2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Wow. This is basically flavored water. Very disappointing

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Photo of mikr
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dazka
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of AvRock76
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of brlelievre
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkbrewed
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nobledust
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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 Chrissy11
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 AD17
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ctb6582
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,888 ratings.
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