Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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:
285
Ratings:
1,708
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
35.49%
 
 
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Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bit above the glass giving it a big white head that dies into a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light sour citrus hops with some light grains aroma.

Big citrus hops taste, but not just lemon, a nice variety it seems. Also adding to the citrus taste is an added light grain malt that gives this beer a nice balance.

A light bodied beer with a light dry aftertaste that brings with it a slight citrus bitterness.

I usually don't care to much for the so called golden ales but this one is quite good for that style of beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate effervescence and a clear body. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam without much retention. Not particularly remarkable to look at.

Smell: big fruity hop aroma with pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's a light layer of malt underneath. I really like it.

Taste: grainy malt flavor with a big shot of fruitiness right at the beginning. Sweet and smooth with citrus and pineapple flavors. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: I rather like this beer. Stylistically, it's pretty fruity for a golden ale, but I quite enjoy the blend of fruity flavors they managed here. I'm going to hark back to the days of rating a beer's drinkability and say that, overall, this beer is awesome.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours golden with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Biscuity grain, some English peas, and white grapes.

T: Nice pils malt style flavour, some grassy hops, golden raisins and some citrus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, creamy, frothy.

O: A solid blonde ale, good flavour, refreshing. Pretty inexpensive so worth a try.

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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 Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale as advertised with a small white head that doesn't hang around.

Smell is a surprise, this is seriously hopped and smells strongly of hops the moment you pop the top off. Strong tropical hop aromas it smells strongly of pineapple and passion fruit. Pine and citrus are present. Malt is light soda crackers.

Starts out neutral malt and slightly sweet without a big bitterness hit. Wheat biscuit malt flavor with a subtle tropical hop flavor. High mineral water slightly sweet with a mild passion fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is light pretty much what you want in a beer of this type.

Overall an interesting beer with a shockingly good aroma. P{pretty much this is a thirst quenching beer made to be pleasant but not win any awards. I can see drinking this again.

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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 tempest
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool, Kona gets it. This is an easy-drinking summer beer (of course I say this in summer) with a spicy citrus rind element from the Willamette and Hallertau hops leading the flavor. The body is quite thin and the barley character is too light. I don't want to call a decent beer like this watery, but something seems missing. Still, there's a decent hoppy finish which is dry but only a little bitter. I'd say this a good crowd-pleaser in that its got clean, distinct hops for beer geeks and a light, easy character for the BMC crowd. Worth a try on a hot day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Upon arriving in Honolulu today, I noticed two things almost immediately in my sleep-deprived state: the big waves of the Pacific ocean from my hotel room lanai, and this particular Big Wave at the ABC stores on every damned block in the neighbourhood.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of thin and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some specked lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of tropical fruit, pineapple mostly (I know, it may just be in my head, in my suggestible state), and soft, grainy malt. The taste is more fruity malt, some tangerine and papaya joining the sweet pineapple essence that I just can't seem to shake, with a stronger biscuity character as it warms, as well as some emerging, yet still minor, grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, but quite sedate, the body a medium-light weight, and smooth like fruit juice. It finishes sweet and fruity, like there was any other way around here.

Another very enjoyable blonde ale - I'm sensing a trend, or even a conspiracy, to dissuade me of my apathy for the style. Nice, fruity, and yet balanced, with crazy local perceived flavours. Oh, and look - the final leg of the Amazing race is in Honolulu, even stopping just down the street from where we are now. Apophenia is in the air again!

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

On tap at the hotel bar while on vacation in Hawaii, served in pint glass the beer arrives crystal clear with a straw color, 1 finger cream colored head, with good retention and pleasant lacing. The nose is a little faint is pleasant and approachable with a sweet biscuit malt character along with a blend of grassy and citrus hop. The flavor follows suit but is fuller in character. Starts with a gentle biscuit malt base from which a more pronounced citrus, tropical fruit character develops. Mild bitterness. Finishes with a lingering fruit flavor on the tongue, orange. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation the beer is crisp and clear. Easy to drink. Overall, very nice.

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

A golden body, very clear with a small cap of white fizzy stuff. Barely any lacing as retention isn't considered.

Corn, pale grain ,stale bread and a small amount of herbal hops and underlying berry and macintosh apple fruitiness.

Pale grains, lightly bready and some sweet corn. Sweetness increases as it warms. Very faint herbal hops on the back end notes of pine and lemon citrus with a bit of snappy crispness on the back end.

Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a blonde ale. Finishes crisp, not bitter but gets a little sticky as the beer warms.

A decent beer, boring in some places but I can see this being very refreshing on a summer day. Better beers out there but not a bad blonde.

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

I had this a few times on Maui in lieu of the lager and found it a simple refreshing ale that hits the spot when it is warm or you are getting the grill going on the Lanai. The hops are there but this not the focus of this beer. I got bored after a couple in that I wanted more complexity but still worth drinking.

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Photo of output01x
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled JAN 05 12) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream colored head that fades to a thin dusting and thin foam ring in a couple minutes. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw with a light amount of lazy carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but never adhere too long.

The nose is not the strongest my nostrils have dug into but it is pleasant and rather well-balanced. Sweet, biscuity malts lay the groundwork for citrusy and grassy hops. Notes of orange peel and papaya are detectable but distant.

Light and sweet malts start each sip along with flavors of pine and citrus hops. Swallowing the beer releases more of the hops flavors carrying notes of pine needles, freshly cut grass, lemon rind, and grapefruit. As these flavors fade, a mellow orange flavor develops and is soon met by a slight grassy bitterness. An orange sherbert aftertaste persists between sips.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer crisp, clean, and refreshing (sound familiar?). The body is light enough to make this both a warm spring night sipper as well as a hot summer day gulper. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and really helps this beer's drinkability (especially during the swallow).

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Photo of nickfl
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - sweet, grainy malt with just a hint of herbal hops.

T - clean malt up front with a hint of corn in the middle and some herbal hops and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - clean and drinkable, not bad for what it is but still not really worth drinking.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a random ABC Store in Maui, HI. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin broken foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and maybe some grassy/veggie aromas. A bit of a metallic aroma as well. Taste is of malt/grains, grass/veggies, and salt. Why is this beer salty at all? A mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation but it is slightly thick feeling for some reason. Overall, this is not a very good beer. I am still curious as to why this is salty.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is hazy gold with a white head.

It's aroma is faintly grainy. Not much to smell.

It's taste is also faint. It's grainy with a light amount hops.

It's a light bodied beer.

This is easy to drink a ton of. It's totally unchallenging and mediocre and highly forgettable.

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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 confer
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a white head that disappears quickly.
The dominant smell is vanilla, couldn't figure that out.
This turned out to be a very plain malt dominant ale. A little watery in the feel and definitely not Kona's best offering, but for drinking in an open air bar somewhere in the islands it works pretty good.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big wave golden ale

A: muted gold, cider apple juice color minimal head with no lacing, no middle carbonation

S honey, grapes, cooked yams; I have a hard time really expounding on such a limited presentation. This is truly a face-value beer.

T mild bread, watery character with a clean finish, cornbread honey character. It feels like a copycat of so many other beers and mixed styles.

M very light with minimal coating if at all, very refreshing no carbonation to follow through but muted sugar notes make it pretty pleasant in hot weather, I GUESS.

D very drinkable character light minimal hop profile perfect for the duty it presents but limited utility

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kona Big Wave

Ontap, a hazed straw yellow with a soapy white froth and little in the way of lace. Aroma of yeast, citrus and a faint flowery hop. Well balanced brew with notes of lemon, hay, grains and a little earthy hop presence. Fairly refreshing and very easy to drink. Overall I could definately drink a few of these.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a stark white head of about two fingers. Some light lacing is evident.

Aroma of lemons, sweet malt, bready, light pepper notes.

First sip is crisp, with fruity esters, sweet malt, and a mild bitterness. Slight carbonic bite. Finish is short, with a clean bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, slight prickle from carbonation.

Overall drinkability is good, with nothing aggressive or offensive.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal dark golden color with a one finger white head that recedes quickly. Below average lacing.
Smell very clean, mainly grainy malts and light.
Taste follows nose with a grain/bread malty start and crisp clean finish. This has a honey like sweetness towards the end. Light herbal hop bitterness follows.
Clean and dry finish. Low body and medium carbonation.
Good solid and drinkable golden ale. It lacks the fruityness of the top fermenting yeast and to me it tastes like a clean malty lager.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in a shaker pint. Glowing gold with a bright white frothy head. Good retention, scattered wet and drippy lacing.

OK, so blonde ales don't exactly command a ton of respect, but for the style this one's pretty damned good. Aromas of orange and lemon zest mix and mingle with a healthy dose of lightly toasted grains. The crisp and refreshing mouthfeel is not a surprise, but the hearty flavor is, and a pleasant one at that. Plenty of citrus midswallow, with grassy notions here and there. These fade away toward the finish, which is quite clean. Pleasantly toasty from beginning to end, with just a touch of sweetness to the malts.

Overall impression: Nicely constructed brew here. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium straw color, with a small, fizzy, short-lived head.

Smell is "beery" with a whiff of fruit.

Taste is similar, but more fruity, sweet, malty. Hops are there, but very subdued; still, I'd say it's reasonably well-balanced.

The best part is the mouthfeel, which has a slight thickness/oiliness, and is crisp/fresh at the same time. Very satisfying to drink (even though the taste is slightly bland), with a kind of "snap" when you take a sip. Nice, goes down well.

Not my favorite style (I bought it because the store didn't have anything more to my taste), and I think Kona's "Fire Rock Pale Ale" is better (more hoppy/fruity/full), but Big Wave is a decent beer, especially considering its style (most of the "golden ales" I've had have been much blander).

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

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head that slowly gave way to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in spots.

S: Light-colored fruit. Slightly sweet bready malt. Faint peppery hop charachter.

T: Just like the nose. Low, even bitter in the finish lets the mildly sweet malt flavor linger.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

D: Very easy to drink. Very good representation of the style.

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Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white frothy head that disappeared pretty quickly, down to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a dark golden color, with good clarity.

S: Good representation of the style, some mild malt aroma, not overly sweet or caramely, with little to no hop smell present.

T: Ditto on the flavor... it's not mind-blowing, but it's a Blonde, remember. Hop flavor is negligible, with very low hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor consists mostly of some mild malt sweetness... easy drinking.

M: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty solid for a Blonde Ale; I wouldn't want a lot of these, but they're good for a nice beach day in Maui.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.
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