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
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
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
1,814
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
692
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 305 | Ratings: 1,814
Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malt & honey nose. Flavor is bready, honey and hints of hops. Good lawn mower beer. In $9.99 6-pak Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH. Bottled Sep 2016.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold with a white head and super clingy coral lace.

Smell is passionfruit (am I hallucinating?, I've had the fruit a few times already this trip), with grape, corn and grass.

Taste is lager-like, with corn, bread, grass, and floral notes. It's just barely bitter, and not much of an IPA at all, and BA seems to have labeled this otherwise as well. I think the bar I had this at mislabeled it.

Crisp, semi-frothy, and semi-wet.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yep it's golden alright. Minimal head on it w/ a nice clean lace to it.
S: Nice sweet, buttery and apple-like.
T&M: It's hoppy with a dry finnish. Has a slight sweet citrius flavor that rounds it out.
D: This would be a good summer brew or during any hot time of the month, since the whole global warming thing is upon us. I could drink a pitcher of this.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, bottled in early September, into a willi becher

A: pale shiny gold, a little haze, big head
S: Pretty sweet, grainy, with some honey, some floral notes, and some citrus
T: Light, clean, grains, some muted passion fruit, a little bit floral, and some honey and crackery malt on the end. Okay, but it doesn't really come together in a way that I find all that pleasing.
M: thin, watery, medium carbonation

Overall: Eh. Better than most macros, but not by much.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Year round. The waves that roll onto Hawaiian beaches are some of the best in the world. Catch the crest of a breaking wave and ride it all the way in. Our sun-drenched big wave golden is a smooth, refreshing brew. Inspired by what makes Hawaii great. Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale is brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, and is the final year-round bottle release to make it to the east coast. Manufacturing date on the bottle is August 01 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Kona pint glass. Served above 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thin consistency over a pale golden-yellow body with mild carbonation presence. A slight haziness is visible from a cloud of sediment in suspension as well as the presence of occasional pulpy flesh here and there. Lacing is thin and head quality is of little fascination either. It's very predictable for a golden ale, but that doesn't mean it can't improve the way it presents itself. 3.25

(Smell) Heavy emphasis on citrus fruit, with notes of grapefruit and orange, possibly from a bright hop addition, which is notable in the aroma. Pale malts are not the forward aspect of the aroma. A very inviting and clean aroma. 4

(Taste) Sweetness is underutilized. The hop presence with citrus is very tea-like, with little malt body to balance it out. Therefore, it's a bit high on bitterness. Citrus is also disappointingly shallow, with a more musty lemongrass and pale hop character than anticipated. Flavor is a bit shallow throughout. It's not gross by any means, but the lack of a sweet profile really drags the drinkability down, and makes for a thin profile with a limited flavor. Reminds me at times of watered-down green tea. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is fuzzy with a touch of cream. Balance is slightly less sweet than anticipated, mild dry finish with a mild hop bitterness. Body is light for the style, light overall. Carbonation is right, but the body is very shallow and should be a notch higher to reach a desirable balance. 3

(Overall) Low on sweetness. Reminds me at times of a light ale. Quite drinkable like water and tea might be, but not very enjoyable like a more substantial beer should be. Much of the fix would be made with a fuller malt profile, although a brighter-flavored hop flavor would also have made the flavor desirable. Until then, this is merely a drinkable but not particularly enjoyable golden ale. 3

Kona Brewing Company's
Big Wave Golden Ale
/5.00

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on June 2, 2010 at 6:45am (early!), making this beer only a month and a half old. Nice!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Standard pour yielded a small, loose, white head that completely fizzled away in seconds. Body is clear and pale gold with no visible carbonation. A quick swirl reinvigorates the head, but only temporarily. This beer has zero head retention. No lacing to speak of either, but that's not too surprising for a blonde ale.

Smell: Sweet, clean grains and lemon rind are the first aromas I get. Following further inspection, I get leafy vegetation and faint alcohol. A little boring, but certainly suits the style.

Taste: Grainy and toasty, with grassy hops forming a surprisingly bitter finish, for the style anyway. Whole grain cracker (like whole grain bread, but with a touch of salt) is the most distinct flavor component. Not as sweet as I had hoped or expected, though the hoppy bitterness sort of makes up for it; I'd rather have a more balanced blonde though.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated, chewy, and light-bodied. Sturdy bitterness adds to the mix, and lends to a fairly pleasant, long-lasting aftertaste. Lots of good stimulation for such a light ale! Carbonation could be toned down just a bit, but I dig this mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy-going and inoffensive. Actually got better toward the end of the bottle, but it was still forgettable. This is a good purchase for a summer barbecue or similar outdoor gathering.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Kona brewpub in Kona.

Poured a golden/orange color with a medium white head that had decent lasting power.

Aroma was quite light with some citrus [orange] coming through.

Taste was of light hops and fruity. Not really much there.

Mouthfeel was light bodied, smooth and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer [not much to offend]. Decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

deep golden with a bit of orange. a touch of haze and a thin layer of white head that is gone almost instantly.

decent aroma; slightly metallic, but with a honey-like sweetness. slightly fruity, maybe some melons or citrus.

flavor is delicate, bordering on watery. light feel with a medium carbonation, but has a nice gentle sweetness. gentle honey maltiness, with a fairly clean finish. very drinkable, but could use a bit more heft to the flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed in a mix a six.

Pours golden clear with fluffy white foam. good head. Pilsy smell. Clean uncomplicated. Light line of hop woven throughout. Smooth. Just a mellow, run of the mill blonde ale. Nothing remarkable or offensive.

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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 BingCrosby7
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - This brew sort of looks like apple juice. Nothing too special going on here. Light carbonation, so the bubbles aren't anything too special. Absolutely no head retention.

S - light hops, citrus, perhaps a little bit of pineapple and apple, but mainly hoppy notes and subdued fruity undertones.

T - This is a very light beer. The hops are a bit masked by the fruitiness. I pick up mainly lemony notes and pineapple notes. Nothing too special or complex.

M - This is a very watery beer, much more so than I had anticipated. A fair amount of carbonation, though, which was a plus.

O - This beer is a little boring. I almost regret buying it. I do think it is refreshing, though.

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Photo of Braz
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear vibrant gold color with a one inch white head. Head disappears rather quickly leaving a thin lace. Smells of faint floral and grapefruit notes. Taste is very delicate with a very subtle sweetness. Mild fruit/citrus flavor. I didn't pick up much hop flavor but the aroma is there. Easy drinking, reps the style well. Smooth light body.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This has to be one of if not the lightest bodied ales in existence. This unique property is by no means a good things, this beer is boring, bland and unexciting to drink. The aroma smells spicy and hoppy but its all misleading! One sip and you might as well be drinking a bmc beer. Don't buy a six pack of this, maybe get single if you want to try it. As far as kona brewing goes I did like their fire rock pale and their island lager. Those are good beers don't let this one turn you off the rest of their lineup.

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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 lostinfla
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to a Sam Adams glass.
Started of great - good mid to golden clear pour, with a nice body head and remaining lacing.
Smell was excellent. Clear notes of pine and citrus.
Taste was rather less than expected. Good mouthfeel, a little to the thicker texture but a bit too malty for my palate. The citrus pine hoppyness never really stood out for me.
Just average.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. A fitting choice to yet another day of asphyxiating humidity here in Ohio. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew has no head, barely any lacing, and a clear golden body.

I smell malts with perhaps a sweeter tropical aroma as well. Not roasted malts either, very lively. All in all, it smells like it will be a refreshing brew.

The taste has also got a slightly sweeter tropical hint going on here. Just VERY slightly. Other tastes include a lighter malt complex and virtually no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Sure hits the spot on a hazy scorcher like today. Smooth and clean.

Overall a solid 3.25 for Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. Its very light and refreshing. Just a little TOO light, or I would've ranked it higher. But in summation a very good quencher. Not life changing, just above decent. I may buy this brew again

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very decent brew for a hot summer day -- a nice change of pace from stronger IPAs or another type of summer go-to beer. Pours a very pale yellow with a slight foamy white head. No significant lacing appears on the glass as you finish. The smell is slightly astringent but mostly has a moderate hop aroma. It's a very easy beer to drink as it is not too bitter, not too much carbonation -- very solid choice for a hot day or to pair up with some burgers or ribs on the grill.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as a part of a mix and match sixer. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, hazy golden blonde color with a decent, one finger head that dissipates a quarter of the way through the beer and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit, grass, hay, and a touch of breadiness. Very light nose

Taste - Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and subdued. A touch of fruitiness, some grass, a bit of hay.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated, light body. Pretty thin. Nothing much to speak of.

Overall - Fairly mediocre. Nothing to really get too shook up about. Its not bad, but just isn't anything real good either. Just grab it in a mix and match pack, drink it one time, and decide you won't buy it again.

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Photo of Vixie
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a small white head.

Smell is mainly malt and yeast.

A lot of malt up front, as well as yeast. Has a bit of floral hops at the finish to keep things balanced.

Ok feel, a touch watery, has a lot of carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing really stands out. Easy to drink, would be nice on a hot day. I am hoping to try more from Kona, now that they are available in my area.

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Photo of soju6
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is on the mild side with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness, grassy with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Taste follows with citrus, some malt sweetness, tropical fruit and just a touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

T: Light body, smooth with just enough honey to give it a bit of flair without making it too sweet.

O; Pleasant beer to relax with on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer both on tap and in the botle in Hawaii. It pours a clear gold color with floral md pale malt aroma. The taste is soft, balanced and slightly hoppy. Fruit is present as well..subtle and mildly sweet. Lightly-medium in body and lingering oh friuty in mouthfeel. Okay.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Honey blonde with loose silvery white froth like sparkling wine.
Clean fresh cut grain with hints of white sugar, waxy rind and flowers.
Honey and melon, some husky grain in the middle, and faint floral hops. Lemon peel as it warms.
Grassy finish and sour linger.
Thin, flaccid, tinny, some stick.

Neither the malty depth of an English blonde nor the hop bit of an American. Throws lager shapes, but even ice cold it's hard to picture this one as a quencher.

Actively unpleasant.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde ales aren't usually my thing, but this was the default choice when compared to the BMC lineup at a restaurant while staying in Oahu.

Was having a bunch of seafood for dinner, and thought this would be a nice matchup & palate cleanser.

Nothing too out of the ordinary here. Typical blonde ale appearance, not much of a hop note on the nose. Good mouthfeel though, and definitely provided way more body than the usualy Am. adjunct lager. I don't have any complaints here though, if you are looking for a light tasting beer but still want some flavor and character, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear, golden pale yellow sunshine color. Nice two finger head after the pour. Strong film o' foam for all twelve ounces. Nice bubbling too.

Clean, yet faintly unmalted grain and water cracker aroma. Hints of grass and maybe lemon, plus a pilsner like musk.

Clean and astringent palate from start to finish. Clean hops then somewhat musky and earthy hops on the finish. Malts taste faintly toasted, raw, and crackery all at the same time.

This beer is easy to drink, maybe just a little too earthy/musky for me. Its a pilsner, let its an ale.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pleasant. Appearance is a dark yellow/orange with a white head. The smell was very subtle although there were some hop notes. The taste was very crisp and refreshing with some grapefruit from the hops but overall very mellow. The mouthfeel was nice and light. A nice easy summer beer.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,814 ratings.
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