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:
288
Ratings:
1,728
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
35.49%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
637
For Trade:
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Photo of tsmangin
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light bready malt aroma with citrusy/tropical hop aroma... some fruit suggestive of apple/pear is also present. No off flavors. Very inviting.

Appearance: Brilliant clarity with dark gold color. Poured low white head that faded quickly to a ring of medium bubbles.

Flavor: Med-low bready malts with a hint of light caramel. Citrusy/piney/tropical hop flavor is medium-low. The bitterness is also medium-low. Finishes medium-dry with no lingering aftertaste. Low fruit esters again, suggesting apple/pear. Great balance and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium high carbonation. Effervescent and bubbly with no creaminess or astringency. Fizziness complements the drier finish and enhances drinkability.

Overall: Great lawnmower beer. Crisp, light and thirst-quenching. Head retention was a little low and hops could be boosted slightly in the flavor and aroma. Excellent beer and a very good representation of the American Blonde Ale style.

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Photo of Zachior
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A grand citrus like floral scent for an amazingly drinkable beer. The malts will grab the taste buds quickly flowing to the finish of this beer where the smooth citrus and almost herbal tones will sit in the back of your nose throughout, to aftertaste. So drinkable as would be Hawaii itself if it were a beer, a true vacation in a bottle!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow with a slightly sticky white head

S-bitter grains and cooked vegetables. Smells pretty good actually. Strong scent. 

T-comes in with a very crisp and smooth taste of slightly bitter grains. Theres also a taste of cooked vegetables added. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's good! There's a matching after-taste. It's a solid flavor.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-this is a pretty decent beer. It's very mild yet the flavors are actually quite bold. I could put a lot of this down for sure, though it wouldn't be my beer of choice. It's just an interesting try really. 

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Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate effervescence and a clear body. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam without much retention. Not particularly remarkable to look at.

Smell: big fruity hop aroma with pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's a light layer of malt underneath. I really like it.

Taste: grainy malt flavor with a big shot of fruitiness right at the beginning. Sweet and smooth with citrus and pineapple flavors. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: I rather like this beer. Stylistically, it's pretty fruity for a golden ale, but I quite enjoy the blend of fruity flavors they managed here. I'm going to hark back to the days of rating a beer's drinkability and say that, overall, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Vons in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.79 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: June 15, 2013
Consumed: June 15, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of April 25, 2013

Poured a golden yellow clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Pretty good foamy spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides. Very good retention all the way down on the top.

Very surprised with the smell. Was expecting a watery honey flavor, but got a mix of floral hops and citrus hops. Got grapefruit and I think tangerine as well. Got some honey as well. Very nice.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell, but decent nonetheless. Got a toned down version of the floral hops and citrus hops. Watery grapefruit, sweet floral notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt watery finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

I can’t believe how good this beer was. A very nice pleasant surprise.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in a shaker pint. Glowing gold with a bright white frothy head. Good retention, scattered wet and drippy lacing.

OK, so blonde ales don't exactly command a ton of respect, but for the style this one's pretty damned good. Aromas of orange and lemon zest mix and mingle with a healthy dose of lightly toasted grains. The crisp and refreshing mouthfeel is not a surprise, but the hearty flavor is, and a pleasant one at that. Plenty of citrus midswallow, with grassy notions here and there. These fade away toward the finish, which is quite clean. Pleasantly toasty from beginning to end, with just a touch of sweetness to the malts.

Overall impression: Nicely constructed brew here. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with nice carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Fresh banana, lemon, and pine. A bit salty as well. Excellent, especially for a blonde.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bubblegum, pine, and vanilla. I actually really like the flavor a ton. Starts a bit thin, but crisps up nice with a dry finish.

Overall Drinkability: I was extremely surprised how much I liked this, especially given my lukewarm reaction to their other light beers, Longboard and Fire Rock. Thumbs up!

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle into an oversized pilsener glass. A moderately aggressive pour brings about a good one inch of frothy, snow white lace. The head is characteristically sticky for this brewery- this one is just a bit stickier than their lager, leaving plenty of lacing and preserving billowing islets of foam. The beer is golden and a little hazy, with light carbonation confined mostly to one side of the glass.

I detect plenty of delicate floral and citrus aromas and flavors which makes the beer seem a bit sweeter than it really is...A touch of light berry flavor is also noticeable- something like a very light raspberry flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel with just a little bit of lingering bitterness.

This stuff is easy drinking and a real taste treat. The last entrant in the Kona beer kick. This beer was purchased as part of a variety 12 pack for around 14 bucks at Three Bears Alaska (cheap!).

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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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Photo of MACrist
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fairly clear (chill haze) deep golden, finger + of white foamy head that lasts forever and slides down the glass as you drink the beer and leaves some nice lacing for a 4.4% beer. Lots of bubbles rising. The aroma is mild but I'm getting salty sun flower seeds and a crackery biscuit. The flavor is mildly sweet and again sun flower seeds come to mind. Not bitter, not harsh, no off flavors whatsoever. The feel is soft and the beer is refreshing and fairly dry but not crisp like it's lager counterparts. I wish the carbonation was a bit heavier in the taste, it looked way above average. Average carbonation and thin but not watery. This would be great on the beach, 4.4%, all day long.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” clingy white foam cap.
S: Piney, minty nose supported by fruit and traces of light malts.
T: Tropical fruit somethere between mango and papaya lightly sweetened by caramel leads up to an assertive hop bitterness.
F: Smooth and creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, it may have been brewed in any of five places. the closest is Memphis TN, so I will assume that is where this one was made.

Pours out to a permanent white head and minimal lacing. Bright golden color. Aroma is biscuity and citrusy with a bit of tropical fruit esters likely from the yeast. Hop aromas are grapefruit, grass and floral. Flavor is clean and refreshing with sweet pale malts and floral/fruity hops balancing perfectly with a crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Damn good blonde.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lively herbal hop atop a clean grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal, a piney hop and fruity esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a very tasty hop forward blonde ale.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a very nice white fluffy head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus and soft bready malt.

The taste is of lightly bitter citrus hops, sweet bready malt, some toasted grain and grassy notes.

Light body, pretty crisp feel, high carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice beer, good flavor that was very well balanced.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While watching the sunset and having dinner here in Kauai, this Golden Ale tasted fantastic.

First when I got it at my table, the color was of a hazy golden yellow with very little foam.

The smell of fruit,spice and citrus along with a hint of malt, filled the nose with a very plesant aroma the whole time. There was times that everytime I would take a sniff or a sip the flavor just kept me intrigued.

The taste of all the above just kept coming back. I really like this Golden Ale from Kona Brewing. I've had it in bottle and now in draft and I'll tell you that their is a difference in flavor and aroma between the two. I would rate the draft Golden Ale far above the bottle.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head that slowly gave way to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in spots.

S: Light-colored fruit. Slightly sweet bready malt. Faint peppery hop charachter.

T: Just like the nose. Low, even bitter in the finish lets the mildly sweet malt flavor linger.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

D: Very easy to drink. Very good representation of the style.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Light golden yellow with a less than finger of head which dissipates quickly.

S: Very faint smell of light caramel malts and slight hint of pineapple.

T: Floral with a sweet citrus pineapple taste. Very Tropical.

F: Smooth and crisp. Light bodied and low to moderately carbonated.

O: I bought a 12 pack of this. It made for a great summer party drinker.

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Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white frothy head that disappeared pretty quickly, down to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a dark golden color, with good clarity.

S: Good representation of the style, some mild malt aroma, not overly sweet or caramely, with little to no hop smell present.

T: Ditto on the flavor... it's not mind-blowing, but it's a Blonde, remember. Hop flavor is negligible, with very low hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor consists mostly of some mild malt sweetness... easy drinking.

M: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty solid for a Blonde Ale; I wouldn't want a lot of these, but they're good for a nice beach day in Maui.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft white head. A bright, floral aroma with slight citrus notes. This really smells fantastic. Golden with a slight haze. Starts effervescent, almost fruity. A flash of grassy hops, then there is a wave of smooth malt that comes through. Finish is sweet malt, biscuits, and a slight fruitiness.

I really, really like this one. It's like an Ale version of a nice Wisconsin Lager; simple, malty, and refreshing. It's just so drinkable. I could easily take a 6-pack of this and enjoy every sip.

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back from my trip to the islands with reviews, of course.

Pours a light golden color with a light head of medium bubbles. Fruity aroma, covers the hops almost completely. Clean, crisp flavor of fruit, light malty sweetness, and slight citrus. Medium body. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A good all around brew to drink on a hot day, but can be just a bit on the heavy side. Similar to the Keoki Gold, although it’s an ale instead of a lager.

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Photo of tallfellapgh
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light yellow color with a good head. Nice aroma with a slight hint of hops to the taste. Goes down smooth. Draught is even better than the bottled.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/11/14. Pours a clear amber that is slightly beyond golden with a faint hint of red. Normal head with weak lacing retention. Excellent nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) over a light biscuit sweetness. Almost light medium bodied with an above normal carbonation level that effervesces nicely on the finish. The taste profile is well balanced between hop flavor and sweetness. It is more spicy than tropically oriented, which is surprising based upon the hop bill and nose, over a nice biscuit sweetness background. The finish is crisp and effervesces into a tropical peppery note.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a stark white head of about two fingers. Some light lacing is evident.

Aroma of lemons, sweet malt, bready, light pepper notes.

First sip is crisp, with fruity esters, sweet malt, and a mild bitterness. Slight carbonic bite. Finish is short, with a clean bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, slight prickle from carbonation.

Overall drinkability is good, with nothing aggressive or offensive.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap for Old Chicago's 2015 Cinco de Mayo mini tour. Nice looking golden ale with a foamy head that recedes to zilch but leaves a bit of lace. Smells of citrus and faint papaya definitely tropical though. Pretty decent smelling brew. Taste is crisp, citrus, papaya, melon, grassy. Tasty and least to drink. Malt is a background item and this is dry and refreshing with a nice ephemeral bite of tropical presence. I enjoyed this. Pleasantly juicy. Unless it's dramatically different out of a bottle or can I feel this beer is underrated.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden color, mostly opaque, with a light sudsy head which does not last long but remnants remain on the top of the brew until the end. Almost no lacing.

The smell is pineapples, cantaloupes, melon, peach and sweet malts. Strong overall citrus smell.

The taste follows the nose with pineapple, melon peach and other fruits dominating. There is also a sweet bready taste which remains in the mouth as an aftertaste. There are enough hops to prevent this beer from being too sweet but the hops never dominate the taste but rather stay in the background. I would guess this is what the brewers were going for and if that is the case, well done.

The mouthfeel is mostly creamy but there is also a slightly thick bready chewy feeling. Slightly dry on the backend.

Overall this is a very well balanced Blonde Ale. If you like the style it is worth trying. If you don't like the style you might want to give this a try on a hot day just for fun.

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