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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 | 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:
276
Ratings:
1,679
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
36.06%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
610
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 1,679
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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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Kona in my area is brewed by Red Hook in Portsmouth, NH*

A- Deep, golden color. Slight amount of haze. It had a one finger head that ultimately died to nothing. Moderate amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks OK. Nothing too fancy.

S- Big tropical fruits in the nose. I'm getting grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Very juicy. Sweet, honey notes and white bread as well. Somewhat spicy in the hops like a German pilsner. Earthy and grassy too. Interesting.

T- Taste is identical to the nose. Upfront you get grapefruit, pineapple, and orangey juicy flavors. It's a little bit floral in the hops too, but more tropical fruit than anything. Again, there is some of that honey like sweet quality here with the white bread kind of maltiness. Earthy and grassy. That might be the grains creating that flavor profile. Finishes on the sweet side before it dries.

F- It's a light to medium beer. Big Wave is crisp, clean, and refreshing as all hell. It's soft in the carbonation. Very high on the drinkability.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with the Kona Big Wave Golden Ale. The big sweetness and large topical fruitiness could be toned down somewhat, but that's the primary flavor here. I could see lager drinkers really liking this beer. Just because Red Hook brews the Kona beers doesn't mean there is a lack in quality. This a very well crafted beer. For what I've had by Kona, I think I like the Red Rock Pale Ale the best.

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

Bottle into a pint glass. Light golden body with decent carbonation. 1/2 a finger of white foam on top initially that bubbled down quickly. Nice aroma, actually. Bready malt, grass/wheat, some tropical fruit, and light citrus. The taste follows with a pleasantly surpring sweetness that's not seen often enough in blonde ales. Moderate bitterness with the sweet fruitiness right there the balane things out. Creamy feel and easy to drink. Overall, not too bad at all.

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Photo of gandres
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, 6 pack, 40
Appearance: light yellow, clear,
Smell slight hop smell, not a lot of aroma
Taste = not a lot of taste,
Mouthfeel = strong carbonation
Overall

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

I'm on BOARD with this one HAHAHAHA GET IT I HATE MYSELF.

A beer that does a lot with a little--low ABV, low IBUs, but a really nice, delicate hop presence and huge points for drinkability. Pale malt, cracker malt, some light citrus flavours. Nice fruity ale esters. Beautiful hazy gold with surprising hop retention. I could easily seeing this going into my rotation if it didn't (unfortunately) carry the price of an import. I categorize this one along with Deschutes River Ale--a beer that gets overlooked because it's middle-of-the-road, even though it does that "middle-of-the-road" brilliantly.

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Photo of rjd722
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly orange hue. Thin white foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet, slightly citrus and floral hops with a wheat backdrop. The taste has that tropical twist that you can expect from Kona, slight wheat and sweetness. Relatively high carbonation and bitterness on the finish, drinkable and a nice spin on the golden ale.

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Photo of tronester
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus and mango. Very aromatic. Taste begins with some grapefruit, then some light cracker flavor, and some peach and pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall light and refreshing.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This was the final Kona brew I tried. Thankfully. Some hop bittering but I didn't care for the aftertaste. Ended up leaving most of it behind in my glass.

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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 jettjon
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at a restaurant from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice deep golden bronze color with minimal precipitating carbonation and thin cap and collar which quickly fades. Nose is a hoppy and a bit sweet. In the mouth hop forward. Flavor profile belies 4.4% ABV. Overall very good though not sure of adherence style. Would try again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it tastes similar to a grapefruit shandy, very citrusy but it's not a bad thing with a grapefruit flavor that i think is the best tasting shandy style beer.

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Photo of hdf561
2.27/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Beer of the month for cheap at my local bar, tried in a tall Pilsner glass, darker than the longboard, just wasn't crazy about this beer, little bitter and harsh after taste for me.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. June 15 15.

L: Light gold color, zero head. Some flowing bubbles.

S: Very fruity smell. Can't quite place the scent, but it smells great.

T: Pretty much all malt taste. Very very little bitterness. A little sweet at the end.

F: Silky and bubbly. Definitely more carbonated than I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing.

Not going to become my favorite beer, but I would drink it again.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.
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