Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
good
1,864 Ratings
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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:
1,864
Reviews:
321
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
729
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,864 |  Reviews: 321
Photo of frankflores
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of TubbyDullard
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of neomdivad
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Clemsontiger81
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty light beer. Smell is slightly hoppy at first but fades. Taste is light and beery with not much else going on. Would only drink on a hot day. nb

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Photo of BeerTest
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of EricKelly386
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Billolick
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, with brewed on dating on the label. (JUl 06 15, so just over 2 months ago)

Pours near clear, lighter near golden amber. minimal head, nothing left behind, no film, no collar, no lace...boo

Strange nose with mostly a plastic character.

Sweet malt, honey, and ripe fruits are what I get on the palate.

Pretty bad...

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Photo of ZombieHead
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WJVII
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this from my sister-in-law who went on her honey-moon in Hawaii. Never would have been able to try this beer in WI so I finally opened it. Poured into a pint glass this was a light golden color. Not much of a head at all and no lacing. This beer has a very sweet smell and a little citrus. Upon tasting this beer had a very thin and almost watery taste. Not much to it at all. I suppose with intense heat on the beach it may be a nice change from the mass produced Mexican beers, but here in WI it doesn't have much appeal. I am glad I got to try it, but I am not too impressed. Maybe if I make it to the big island I will give it another shot?!

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Photo of Phishbum
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%

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2.6/5  rDev -26.8%

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2.6/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Initial grain taste, but then nothing. Body is watery, no palate or lingering aftertaste. Light grain/malt aroma. Looks like a lager on pour. Pass on this one.(might be a good thirst quencher in the summer)

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Photo of CycleHops
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of sam_bliss
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into mug

This one pours crystal-freaking clear, the color of coors banquet--maybe a little darker, but not much. A nice little white bubbly head tops it off. Smells of grassy and citrusy hops, but not strongly enough: I leaned in further to get a better whiff and my nose got wet. I inhaled some foam but detected no more powerful aromatics. I guess Big Wave is just a super clean, weak-smelling brew. An adjunct corny flavor comes through in the taste. I could almost mistake this ale for Bud Light Platinum... It is a bit bready but very lightly malted with a thin consistency. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

I suppose this is Kona's attempt at an ale that is sessionable and easy-drinking. The fact that I could drink this all night without getting drunk merits a 2.75 overall score, since it's much better than most 4.4% beers such as Keystone Light..

The pilsner-style malts, though very weak, make this one taste almost like a lager. Overall, it is just watery.

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2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a random ABC Store in Maui, HI. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin broken foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and maybe some grassy/veggie aromas. A bit of a metallic aroma as well. Taste is of malt/grains, grass/veggies, and salt. Why is this beer salty at all? A mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation but it is slightly thick feeling for some reason. Overall, this is not a very good beer. I am still curious as to why this is salty.

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Photo of Miami66
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It has a low ABV which is great, the taste is slightly hoppy and a tiny bit of fruit flavor. Beautiful golden color!

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Photo of brdc
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. On tap in Hawaii.

Poured into a pint, it is light yellow in color, and it came with a minimal head, but that could just be the pour, as this is not exactly a beer bar.
Aroma is faint, grains, some fruity notes, no vanilla as others found.
Thin, it was refreshing for the situation, but it lacks flavors in a major way, so descriptions here are limited.

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Photo of radius129
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paco1029384756
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Scent of light grain, sweet bread and mild grassy hops. Fresh grain, bread and light, grassy hops in the flavor.

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Photo of V1per41
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure golden ales are supposed to be this hoppy, but it was too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of Lard_City
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Unremarkable light ale. Very light fruitiness but almost no taste. OK on a hot day.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,864 ratings.
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