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:
#35,965
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
2,039
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,039 |  Reviews: 365
Photo of IKR
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear straw-yellow color with a medium-sized white head that slowly faded. A good looking beer.

Smell: Grassy aromas with some mild fruit notes.

Taste: moderate nondescript fruit notes with some moderate hay notes. The beer finishes mildly sweet with dry final finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A good easy drinking sipper,

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AleManDan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As a hop freak, for me Golden Ale just means a fancy lager. This beer has changed my mind a bit, however. Light, dry, well carbonated and refreshing and while I didn’t get any major aroma off it, as it warmed I picked up some complexity including some mild hoppy zests and that sweet, floral honey from the malts. Pretty good and next time I see it on a hot day for under $2 for a pint can I may pick it up.

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Photo of DelfinAzul7546
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrainsBeer
4.73/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HarryC
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wengerski
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Acquired a while back from a webshop. Named for the waves that make Hawaii famous.

A: Poured into a tulip. Possibly bottle conditioned. A hazy golden colour with tons of suspended sediment and very low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that settles and dissipates almost immediately.

S: Aroma of subtle fruity hops with hints of citrus, mild tropical fruit, grass, pale malt, ale yeast and faint grain. Pretty good though understated.

T: Tastes of light fruity hops with hints of mild citrus, tropical fruit, grass/hay, pale malt, subtle grain and ale yeast. Quite dry, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and reasonable body. Lacking in texture. Aftertaste of vague fruity hops, faint leafiness, pale malt and ale yeast.

O: OK but won't blow your socks off. Lacklustre looks, while the aroma and flavour are pleasant and understated. So-so body; carbonation could use some work. Would be ideal as an easy-drinking brew for a hot day. Worth sampling.

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Photo of Hobb4429
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great smooth beer, yes for the snob, it may not be up to par. However for you weekend drinker who wants a refreshing smooth beer this is a GREAT choice to stock that top shelf of the garage with. It's light, its refreshing and it goes down smooth and easy. I love this beer, and any I've tried from Kona. Give it a shot!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy-to-drink blonde ale that drinks a little like a lager. Clear golden color, mild head with a little lingering lacing. Smells of mild floral hops, tastes of malt, grain, mild floral hops with fruit. Thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation throughout. Nice and enjoyable, just lacks depth and not overly complex.

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Photo of witster18
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They got it in here as a blonde, but imo this is more of a lighter session IPA, or even a session NE. Very fruity ale with a little rosey floral.. little lime-ish tartness that is the only thing that gets to be a bit much after a few. BUT, if you want an ale or session ipa that is utterly poundable and unoffensive, this is a good selection. Pairs well with spicey food or seafood. Sushi. Big Wave is a good brew, for what it is anyway. Very low abv(4.4) means no worries about going overboard... but I'd say you'll love the first few then it'll get a little old after 4 anyway, so, so much for the huge consumption ideas.

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

Photo of BierRichter
1.94/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of bryanzk
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColoradoRich
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shiu-chan
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy gold, light foam with some lacing.
Whiff of apricot, mango and pineapple. Airy & crispy, nutty & malty.
Overall refreshing golden ale leaving with an Aloha feel.

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Photo of ibanez2k
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 2,039 ratings