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:
286
Ratings:
1,716
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
35.49%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
625
For Trade:
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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light carbonation--which I like on a hot summer day--and a nice blonde color. It has a crisp and refreshing flavor. It tastes like a pretty good golden beer and it is worth trying. It is too light for me to enjoy on a regular basis--almost no alcohol.

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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 joecaputi
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess it's the label and provenance but I first smelled pineapple and mango LifeSavers. All in all easy drinking and nice all around. Bowled over? Not really but nice.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had the Kona Big Wave on tap at Salt Life Grille in Jackson Beach. This is a great updated take on seafood shack. Check it out!

Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is a chill hazed gold with a skim of white foam.

There are apricots and grains in the nose. Blind folded I would have guessed Magic Hat #9.

Taste also leads with apricot. There is a nice floral undertone and some caramel malt. Everything hung together well with this beer.

Mouth is well calibrated for a hot weather beer.

Change of pace beer for sure. But I ended up drinking four over the course of a leisurely two hour eating and drinking session.

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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 SerialTicker
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/25/13 and poured 2/12/14.

Appearance: First, I like the shape of the bottle and custom design. Pours clear, pale yellow. Alright lacing. Tiny head.

Smell: Pleasant. Little sweet. A light hop aroma. Some malt. A bit grainy. Basic, but a solid smell. The hoppy note was a nice little surprise.

Taste/feel: Good brew. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability at only 4.4%. Solid hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Slight malt sweetness at the end. A good amount of grain Simple, but done very well.

A definite summer, or to be more precise, beach beer. Light, refreshing, nice bit of hops, highly sessionable ABV... could have been a very "eh" beer, but it's actually very solid for the style. Not super interesting, but tasty enough. Would definitely have this one again, especially in the heat when I want something light. My first (and certainly not last) beer from Kona. Mahalo!

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Photo of rjs246
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer nerds will take this the wrong way but this is like a Miller Lite that has way more hope on the nose. You smell it right away and it's excellent. Then the taste is crisp but very mild. I can see myself drinking 12 of these but would never confuse it with the world's greatest beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty similar in appearance to the Wailua Wheat, maybe a little lighter with a little thicker head, though it dissipates just as quickly. The smell is also citrusy, but in this case it’s an orange / lemon scent. In this case I think the fruit flavor blends much more nicely than the Wailua Wheat. There is a fairly strong taste of orange, but just as much so is the malty beer flavor. There is also a faint sweet, floral essence. It’s very light bodied. It tastes fairly akin to a Blue Moon, though better I would say. The finish is very crisp and clean to the point that there is almost no aftertaste, which to me is neither a good or bad thing. It’s definitely a nice session beer, for the price, on a hot summer day.

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

A: A pale golden beer with good clarity. The white head is made of rocky bubble having a fiar head retention.

S: moderate malt sweetness that has fresh baked bread character along with a light peach fruitiness. It has a moderately-light citrus and pineapple hops aroma.

T: There is an initial malt sweetness with a very-light bready malt flavor. It has a moderately-light hops bitterness and light citrus and tropical fruit hops flavor. There is a light bit of fruitiness. The balance is somewhat bitter with a medium-dry finish. There is a light citrus aftertaste.

M: The is a medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An easy drinking, light bodied beer that would be nice and refreshing on a hot day. Would pair with seafood, chicken and lighter food.

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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 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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thin ring around the edge and some bits of lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose; the smell reminds me a lot like marigolds. As the beer warms up, there are some notes of biscuit malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of floral hops along with some hints of biscuit malts and honey. Some hints of bitterness are also detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has an interesting flavor profile—I can't recall ever having a beer that had a hop profile similar to this.

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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 ranger7
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 31st, 2014.

A: Bright white head with golden body.

S: Hops with floral notes.

T: Slight hops, but not as hoppy as the smell would suggest.

M: Light and drinkable.

O: Pretty good. Very likeable, a good summer brew.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden blonde. Probably, Big Wave gets its name from the frothy white head that resembles and wave rolling in from the ocean.

Ever so slight grass/hops smell.

Tastes like an innocuous pilsner at first, but mild fruitiness and a slight hop presence emerge. Light glycerol finish.

Feels light. Crispy. Easy to swallow. Easy to swallow a lot.

Overall, not a great beer. But for THE STYLE is great. If you enjoy it for what it is, it's a quite nice and refreshing beer. Would make a great party beer, especially in the summer, at cookouts, BBQs, and such. I may even go so far as to declare this a SESSION BEER!

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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 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 Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap after a round at Luanna Hills Country Club. Pretty clear, and golden in color. Thin white head disappeared pretty quick.

A bit grainy in the aroma. Pretty pale. Reminded me of a pale wheat. A bit of fruit as it warms, but not much.

Seemed a bit tart, with some astringent-like notes. A bit of fruit and grainy.

Light body, with ample carbonation. Not a whole lot here, but oddly enough, I found this to be rather refreshing, (maybe it was the dozen balls I lost on the course). Not very exciting, but decent.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, mango; no malt character evident;

T: graininess throughout; some tropical fruit from mid-palate to the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation;

O: hoppier than it should be for the style;

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Photo of Jesswellick
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A floral and fruity beer. Slight citrus hints that pull all the flavors together. Malty flavors that pull everything together. Great for the hot summer days that you want a different beer. Has a great finish, but not too over powering leaving you wanting to drink more.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Kona Brewing variety pack - served in an Imperial nonic glass
Dated 19-FEB-13

A: Pours a golden straw body with magnificent clarity. Effervescent with micro bubbles that form a thick finger of sudsy white stuff. Decent hang time and some rungs of dripping lace decorate the glass.

S: Smells piney with some grapefruit zest and tangerines. I am getting a light yeast spice and a bit of tropical mangoes. No real malt sweetness coming through. Delicate aromas yet relatively fresh with American hops. Surprisingly nice.

T: Taste is very light, fruity, and tropical with a firm grassy hay note. I get some tangerine citrus, mango, and pines with a moderate amount of bitterness on the palate. There is a light sourdough bread malt base that is not really sweet at all. Alcohol not even mentionable. This almost drinks like a West Coast APA/IPA. Really not bad at all especially on a hot summer day.

M: Clean light and crisp with a nice drying quality. Finish is slightly wetter but very light and dry overall.

D: At just 4.4% this is a really nice session beer. Much hoppier than I was anticipating. It drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale. Light crisp and refreshing warm weather brew. Not your typical Blonde and I would say my favorite of the pack.

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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 Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a fair head but it went away really fast, Not very pretty. The beer had a nice golden color to it though and looked pretty normal. I could not believe how bad this beer smelled, YUK! I'm glad it did not taste like it smelled. It smelled like a guys underarms that had been dressed in black all day riding a camel across the dessert. However the taste was really good, very refreshing and had a good grainy corny taste I like. I will buy again.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely a volume beer. The sample I poured was brought back from Hawaii, thanks to Nancy and Joe for this one.

My sample poured with absolutely no head at all. I MEAN NO HEAD AT ALL, not even at trace.

The aroma was neutral, maybe just a whiff of hops in the background.

Suprisingly, the beer was almost perfectly balanced and clear of off-flavors.

The mouthfeel was light to medium, with little carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer in terms of quantity, but not enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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