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Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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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:
#38,682
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
1,911
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
751
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,911 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Consumed in bottle, but appears to be pale straw with some foamy head.

S: Orange pith, floral, grainy and cracker malts, lager yeast.

T: Diluted orange juice, orange peel, cracker, grainy malts, with a watery but clean finish. Slightly dry.

F: Light, crisply carbonated, clean.

O: A typical blond ale. Light, crisp, refreshing. Does its job.

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

Photo of luke12345
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught not far from the brewery. Light, easy drinking ale. Pale gold, floral notes, some tropical fruit, a little gassy. Not exceptional but hits the spot when coming in from a hot morning on the water.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of htown_engineer
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really, really liked this beer!!

(L) It looks like your typical blonde ale, so no surprise there.

(S) I didn't really notice to much of a smell, which is kind of misleading because what I think it lacks there definitely makes up for the taste.

(T) The taste wasn't overly sweet or hoppy it was really well balanced, but the hints pinapple and mango and honey shine through and personally they are some of my favorites. It still keeps to the true blonde ale taste, so it doesn't taste like you're drinking fruit juice. I've had those and this isn't it!

(F) It's light and refreshing, goes down smooth and easy, perfect for a hot summer day.

(O) I recommend it, excellent beer for any time of year. I like it and would love to see more places get this on tap. Any way you can find it I suggest you try it!

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lard_City
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Unremarkable light ale. Very light fruitiness but almost no taste. OK on a hot day.

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

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sicilian
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KJV1963
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smooth and easy to drink. No after taste. Would buy again.

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Photo of steinf
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamthistle
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marvicsin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tsmangin
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light bready malt aroma with citrusy/tropical hop aroma... some fruit suggestive of apple/pear is also present. No off flavors. Very inviting.

Appearance: Brilliant clarity with dark gold color. Poured low white head that faded quickly to a ring of medium bubbles.

Flavor: Med-low bready malts with a hint of light caramel. Citrusy/piney/tropical hop flavor is medium-low. The bitterness is also medium-low. Finishes medium-dry with no lingering aftertaste. Low fruit esters again, suggesting apple/pear. Great balance and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium high carbonation. Effervescent and bubbly with no creaminess or astringency. Fizziness complements the drier finish and enhances drinkability.

Overall: Great lawnmower beer. Crisp, light and thirst-quenching. Head retention was a little low and hops could be boosted slightly in the flavor and aroma. Excellent beer and a very good representation of the American Blonde Ale style.

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Photo of durwood64
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of matcris
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fairly clear (chill haze) deep golden, finger + of white foamy head that lasts forever and slides down the glass as you drink the beer and leaves some nice lacing for a 4.4% beer. Lots of bubbles rising. The aroma is mild but I'm getting salty sun flower seeds and a crackery biscuit. The flavor is mildly sweet and again sun flower seeds come to mind. Not bitter, not harsh, no off flavors whatsoever. The feel is soft and the beer is refreshing and fairly dry but not crisp like it's lager counterparts. I wish the carbonation was a bit heavier in the taste, it looked way above average. Average carbonation and thin but not watery. This would be great on the beach, 4.4%, all day long.

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Photo of Jach
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, dated JUN0116
A - golden I presume, but drank from the bottle, so unknown
S - smells fruity with some biscuity grain
T - nice tropical fruitiness without the bitterness; mango, pineapple, and a bit of passion fruit; biscuity malt and a touchof honey; yeast
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish
O - pretty average golden ale. As always, glad to try something new, but I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a shaker.

Clear yellow gold color that gets slightly cloudy after a minute or two. The 1F white cap fades very fast.

Slightly grainy, slightly sweet, slightly floral; very light aromas.

Light and sweet malt, a touch of floral hops.

Somewhat like a pilsner with less hop bite. Light and easy, like summertime.

A decent light summer ale, a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,911 ratings
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