Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
81
good
1,834 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
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
Ratings:
1,834
Reviews:
309
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
704
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,834 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of Chris48083
4.88/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deeeeelicious. Very light and crisp. Good summer sippin'.

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Photo of JoeIPA
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great light session beer

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Photo of MynamesRickJames
4.81/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Extremely light feel, incredibly floral smell, most notable feature of this beer is the finish.. Almost tastes of hibiscus. A truely incredible beer for a golden! A beer you can defiantly sit and cruise through allll dayyy lonnng! Perfect for a day on the boat with good friends!

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.81/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big Wave, excellent color, mouth feel, and most importantly, taste. It seems a small step away from a low IBU IPA, with a citrus finish.

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Photo of Jsponger
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I ever wanted in a Golden Ale.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.79/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ferracal
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer
A good session beer

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Photo of austen_d
4.77/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My "go to" beer, one of my favorites. Clean, crisp, and smooth yet has enough character to keep it interesting. To me, it is what I base all other golden ales on.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Giesch
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of EdReck
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Major_Payne
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Delicious, easy drinking golden ale with a slightly fruity aroma. Very easy drinking on a warm day.

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Photo of pinkysup
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of blazinworm
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of tmg
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of aldabears1
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Kanewai
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of RayLambright
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Texas
4.68/5  rDev +31.8%

Photo of jillzee
4.63/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deerbelac
4.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer

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Photo of MattwyLee
4.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lahey
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big wave is a great beginner craft beer for people looking to expand their horizons. Its light enough to be drinkable, but has enough hop flavor to open up a persons palate a little. My girlfriend tried this and it opened her up to trying other beers i recommend (they all don't work out tho).
If you want to like ipas but dont like the bitterness, this is your beer. It has flavor without being in your face. The hop flavor has been described by friends as grapefruit like. But its not sweet like a shandy. If you want a low abv smooth summer sipper, this is your guy. If you're a craft snob, this may be too light to hit the spot. Worth a try though.

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Photo of beerrat
4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,834 ratings.
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