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Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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

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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 1,736
Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a large plunder glass. The appearance is a clear, pale golden color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and fruit. The taste is very nice blend of fruit, malt and hops. A great summer time beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden in color, crystal clear body and a nice fluffy white head with thin lacing.
Smell: Sweet malty aromas, mild sugar cane, apples and that’s about it.
Taste: Sweet, malty with nice a spiciness to it. It’s mildly bitter towards the aftertaste, but well balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Crisp. Semi dry and well carbonated.
Overall: Nice, clean and crisp, very refreshing.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Floral and somewhat sweet smelling. Juicy fruit gum. Perfumey. Crackery malts and honey. Biscuits. Citrus fruits. Clean and bright.

A burst of sweet citrus and graham. Lemon and honey. Balancing bitterness. Somewhat doughy malt character. Cheerios. Cleanly fermented. Dries out in the finish nicely.

Light body with medium high carbonation. Prickly bubbles, but enough malt character to keep it from feeling fizzy. Clean and dry.

Nice blonde ale. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger head. There was a lot of bubbles from carbonation.

You get subtle aromas of tropical fruits but I could not distinguish which. Slightly floral.

The taste gives sweet hints of mango and citrus with very subtle hops character in the back. There is some grainy tastes in there.

The beer has a nice medium feel to it with less carbonation that what it appeared to have during pour. Finishes crisp in the mouth.

Over all this is a nice sipping golden ale. It is very pleasant to drink and refreshing. At the low abv I can easily add this into a session and not get bored of it whatsoever.

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Photo of dar482
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a medium gold color.

The aroma offers hints of citrus and stone fruit, hints of tropical, with a sweet grainy malt character.

The flavor is instead dominated by a grainy sweetness, a hint of wheat, a light flavor profile throughout, with a medium carbonation and a medium minus body with a smooth lightly sweet finish, hints of grassy hops.

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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light easy going golden ale with a great tropical fruit aroma, think mango. Taste is straught forward hoppy very little balancing malts make it refreshing but also a bit harsh. Hop flavor mainly pine and grapefruit
Good drinkability. Not watery or fizzy.
Indeed a very nice refreshing beer after a day in the sun.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice, golden, slightly cloudy with a half inch head that dissipated quickly
S: sweet odor with some elements of citrus and bread
T: yummy citrus with a mild hop, sweet, (is that pineapple and banana ?)
F: easy drinking with some pleasing carbonation
I: I don't care what others think, I loved it. Will be on my short list.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden brown with a white head that quickly disappears, but leaves a nice lacey ring after each sip. Smell is unique - malts, grain, grass, some chocolate, and even coffee. Opens malt forward, with hints of grass, grains, yeast. Smooth and highly drinkable. Solid offering.

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp with a hint of citric, herbal hop. Dry, crisp finish and well carbonated. Just a mild touch of sweetness. A great summer session beer best drank extra cold.

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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 Suds
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer both on tap and in the botle in Hawaii. It pours a clear gold color with floral md pale malt aroma. The taste is soft, balanced and slightly hoppy. Fruit is present as well..subtle and mildly sweet. Lightly-medium in body and lingering oh friuty in mouthfeel. Okay.

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Photo of ferndave
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent ale, not heavy, not too light. It's very average, and I mean that as a compliment. It doesn't lean too heavily on hops or malt, but the flavor is present. Much better than a macro without getting into intense flavors.

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Photo of droomyster
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden body with little staying-power but nice glass lacing from the thin collar of white foam.. LIght but pleasant aromas of grain and honey are simple but clean and inviting. Taste is surprisingly grassy up front, with a lightly sweet grainy middle and shallow finish that reminds me of selter water. Light and refreshing for a warm day, but even then I'd prefer a different choice.

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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 edward_boumil
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, all around nice grainy flavor and aroma. Body is full and has a medium carbonation level, quite smooth. Head retention is good. Its a simple beer, nothing overly challenging but very light, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of mark5692
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorites. Sweet but slightly hoppy and just tasty. Goes down easy and is very refreshing. Has a slight botanical taste that is fitting to Hawaii and what the beer is trying to represent. What I dislike is that it's distributed by AB and yet costs around $15 for a 12 pack.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with a thin white head. Initial impression is slight malt sweetness with an equally slight floral hoppiness. Moderate carbonation and quite light mouthfeel. Slightly sour finish. Very refreshing - would be a good beach session beer. Not something I'd go out of my way to find, but vastly superior to the beers that feature beaches in their ads!

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial moderate head that leaves some spots but as the tasting wears on, the glass becomes devoid of all lace. The color is straw yellow and clear.

Very mild aroma. There's a whiff of hop spice but the rest grainy pale malts. Nearly imperceptible.

Light pale malt start (no grain) but there's a decent amount of hop in the swallow. The body is excellent for the style. The aftertaste, while short, has just a touch sourness. Overall, a decent offering for the style but not a beer snob's typical fare.

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Photo of Louie_rude
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is more of a light ale than anything, but the smell still reminds me of an IPA. The hoppy-ness is very apparent in smell along with a mild sweetness that's also almost botanical. When it comes to color I have a hard time putting a finger on the tint, I mean the beer is clear for the most part but there's also a bit of haziness that hits the eye once you wipe the condensation from the glass you're drinking out of. The taste of this beer has two layers, beginning and end, the beginning taste is mild, no bite or sting but almost gives you the impression you're about to drink a danky IPA. Once the beer hits your tongue is when you realize you're drinking an ale, a very light ale. The second layer of the taste is what reminds you that the beer is a bit on the lighter side, because it's almost watery. Watery is not a negative word, just the best way to explain the after taste of this particular beer. The texture of the beer is not heavy by any means, in fact I would compare this beers texture with that of a corona. All in all this beer would serve well with some good bbq, a good day in the sun with a nice smoked rib stack would help understand the meaning behind the beers flavor. Good beer, would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of JDaV
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I felt obligated to rate this beer as it is more or less the brew that helped me acquire a taste for beer and I still drink it now. Pour from bottle into a trusty shaker or just drink straight from the bottle, also had on draught at pint night at my favorite local spot. Pours pale gold/straw color and completely clear. Smells delicious; faintly hoppy with a strong flowery scent to it. Good crisp carbonation that refreshes the pallet with a taste that closely resembles the aroma, flowery and refreshing. Flavor really makes me think of a day on the beach. Its really a perfect summer session beer, great alternative to Corona or other warm weather lagers that people normally drink on the beach. I highly recommend. Honestly would have rated it higher, but I tried to be realistic and rate around the sentimental feelings I've grown for this excellent and affordable brew.

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

A pretty standard Golden Ale. A nice light drinker. With the firm malt base from aroma to drink there a nice whiff of hops to start off (with a bit of fruit), a mild blending hops and then a soft bitterness that blends with the dryness in the finish. Certainly golden with a very short lived head. A touch of sweetness. A nice alternative to a lager for hot drinking, or wanting a lower alc. serving.
Thanks for the gift.

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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 stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initial grain taste, but then nothing. Body is watery, no palate or lingering aftertaste. Light grain/malt aroma. Looks like a lager on pour. Pass on this one.(might be a good thirst quencher in the summer)

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, bright gold. Off-white head is very fizzy at first but mellows to light fluff of lower-medium retention. Mango, oranges, raisins, crackers on the nose. Very strong and at first surprising. Quite watered down by comparison on the taste, but still deliciously tropical, apart from yeasty bread backbone. Medium-light in body, sparse but very spritzy carbonation, in all too watery, reminds me of a carbonated soft drink that's sat in the sun for more than a couple hours. Even so, decent flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle marked September 14, 2015. Pours a clear golden color. A few bubbles, but not much head. Nice hoppy smell. Smooth feel, a bit of honey sweetness and hop bitterness. Not bad, it's very drinkable, but there's nothing that really stands out.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,736 ratings.
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