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Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Big Wave Golden Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "54 5 JAN 22 15"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Kona has always produced solid, quality beers and this one is no exception. I was fearful that it might just be another blonde ale, but it's actually fairly unique. It's a clear dark gold that's probably a touch darker than expected, but it remains light bodied and gently crisp. There's a bit of hop in the nose along with a nice fruitiness, and that fruitiness carries over into the flavor. It's surprisingly tropical! I find distinct pineapple, but there's also a light spritz of citrus, and some other tropical fruits (papaya, mango, etc.). Easy to drink, refreshing, and interesting - a great summer ale! Or, for anytime you want to be reminded of the tropics.

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Photo of obrike
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinking, light pale ale. Enough flavor to keep it interesting. Light tropical fruit with a touch of hops. A good gateway beer for people ready to get off the bmc kick.

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Photo of byanka_lemon
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear Golden with a foamy head, and nice lacing.

Smell: This Golden Ale provides a very strong and clean fruity aroma of: Pineapple, banana, mango, and guava. It is very aromatic.

Taste: Has a soft sweet pineapple and malty texture that dissolves into a very quick not long lasting crispy bitterness at the end.

Mouth feel: It is light in body. You can feel a slight carbonation at the tip of the tongue. It is slight warm in the mouth but yet very sooth and soft.

Overall: Light Summer golden ale. Goes down the throat very smoothly. I expected more fruitiness in the flavor but there was more malt. Maybe if it had been a bit colder it would have tasted better. It is a great beer to get relaxed with some chips and fruit as snacks. Its appearance is great, and foaminess could be described as a big wave, because it starts out big and travels down very bubbly to finally settle with a very thin layer of lace throughout the circumference of the beer. Very aromatic and light in taste. Not the greatest but I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden ale with a foamy head upon vigorous pour. Appealing look and proper amount of flavor. Not much in the finish but that only improves the drinkability of this beach beer. Great experience for summer days in sunny Florida! Good stock for a vacation too.

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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 Pantalones
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle from the Kona variety pack; bottling date is February 16th, 2015.

The color is pretty appropriate for something called a "golden ale" -- very clear, bright golden sort of color. Bubbles occasionally visible rising up from the bottom. Not a lot of foam on top, but what is present is white and audibly fizzy for the brief period of time before it shrinks away into a scattered layer on top and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell reminds me of freshly-cut grass, but at the same time there's a sweetness to it. Not a super strong smell, not a complex smell with a bunch of different elements mixed together, but it is a very pleasant one.

Flavor is light, but like the smell, what's there is nice. The "cut-grass but sweeter" type thing is definitely present in the flavor (probably the one feature that stands out the most overall), but there's also just a hint of bready/grain type malt flavor, present mostly at the end and sometimes hanging around for just a bit. This flavor seems to come out more as I get near the end of my second glass (...yeah, I had two of them in the same sitting for this review rather than waiting a day or several like I usually do. XD) There's also occasionally something that reminds me a bit of the clear sodas, like Sprite. I'm not picking up any hop bitterness at all until near the bottom of my second glass, and even then it's only just barely noticeable.

Feel is -- as you should've guessed by this point! -- light, but definitely not bad. "Fizzy but it works" is definitely in effect here -- there's definitely the feel of a fizzy drink going on here, but rather than coming across as harsh mouth-prickling it actually feels pretty nice. It's not hard at all to drink bigger gulps of this rather than just sips.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. Unexpectedly nice, actually. I had no idea what it would be like before I cracked open that first bottle and started drinking, but was pleasantly surprised -- enough to go ahead and have a second bottle and write a review right then and there, even. This seems to be pretty much the ideal sort of beer for this hot weather we've been having lately: light enough and low enough alcohol that you can drink multiple bottles without regretting it, and also tasty enough that you'd actually WANT to drink more than one, even if they're not accompanied by food! I may just have to pick up a six-pack of this one before the summer's over (I've noticed that this one's appeared on shelves alongside the Longboard lager recently -- seems like middle-of-nowhere Virginia is beginning to get more Hawaiian beer, heh), as I'm sure the one bottle remaining in the variety pack isn't going to last too much longer.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing citrus nose on this. There’s very little to not like about this beer. It’s smooth, refreshing, easy drinking, slightly bitter and sweet. I mean how do they do it?

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Photo of Tlloyd417
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a good head that decreased, but with good lacing. Living up to it's name sake with a pretty golden color with lots of carbonation and clear. Pleasant light aroma. Good light and refreshing taste. Easily drinkable. Nothing stands out too strong or leaves you thinking "wow." Mild pleasant aftertaste and has a light and pleasing mouth feel. Overall a good refreshing easily drunken brew.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into an English pub glass.

This brew has a surprisingly chewy and foamy head and ridiculous amounts of lace. Rushes of carbonation continuously surge upwards in the glass while the body is true to the beers name---Golden---with perfect clarity. 4.5

There's a lemony quality to the hops here and a light malt presence. Nothing spectacular to be made out but it's not bad to smell either. 3.5

Not much to go on with the flavor, although I am reminded of something coconut-like that lingers on the finish. There's a slight malt flavor at the start but it's very tame and the hop presence is light and grassy. It's pretty unoffensive in the sense that it's an approachable flavor. 3.25

An interesting feel here, as it almost borders on watery, but has enough maltiness to sway my opinion and call it refreshing and light. There's a bit of hop bitterness but it's light and easy to miss. 3.5

It's an easy-drinker, but doesn't offer the flavor of a session IPA, pils or something else just as slammable. I'd call this a training wheel beer for newbies or folks that just don't like most beers.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draught at our local Old Chicago.

Pours a clear gold with a good head of foam and good lacing.

The smell is of earthy malt and grain with a light hint of hop bitterness.

The taste also leans towards the malty side. No sweetness, more earthy and grainy than anything else. The hops impart very little to the overall flavour.

Good enough mouthfeel but I don't think I will drink this again. Boring.

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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 bmeehan
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what to say about this beer other than that it's about as average as a beer could be. Not bad by any means, but it isn't special in any way and it doesn't have any qualities that jump out at you.

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Photo of Tonedef
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with good amount of head and some lacing going down..smells like honey malty goodness with a slight touch of hops..taste follows the nose..malty smooth and a touch of hops..a good tasting enjoyable beer..a solid B

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Photo of DevAJ
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Alright after not being able to get even halfway through 3 different American style ales this evening, I think I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like any significant amount of American hops. Supposedly this is the least bitter of the 3 that I tried tonight (Celebration Ale, Audible Ale, and this) and while that may be true, the aftertaste (hop) is still horrible to me. While I thought Pilsner Urquell was a tad more bitter than I like, I was at least able to drink the entire beer. The 3 mentioned, not even close.

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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 McAfee85
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus smell and taste, lighter bodied with a hint of peach, goes down easy. Great beer for a hot summer day. This has become my go to beer of the summer.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on-tap at the Astros spring training facility in Kissimmee, FL. On a hot 90+ degree day where I literally turned red from sunburn, I couldn't have asked for a better beer. It was a good hoppy while being exceptionally refreshing and having a clean finish. I walked away very impressed. I really like the Kona offerings.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 4th 2015

Look - Pours light golden amber with thin white head that dissipates quickly to a film with medium bubble distribution. Very little clinging. 3 paws.

Smell - Notes of apricot and honey, small amount of steely hop character. Not too bad. 3.5 paws.

Taste - Not terribly flavorful, the apricot that was on the nose is present in the taste as well. Slightly bitter finish, nicely balanced. Reminds me of a more "robust" Budweiser. 4 paws.

Feel - Crisp and refreshing, thin and watery. Finishes smooth, most of the tingle is one the sides of tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - I've had bad experiences with Kona so I wasn't expecting much, but was actually pleasantly surprised. 3.75 paws.

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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 supervike
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden orange color, the smell is faintly metallic, but that doesn't carry over to the taste. It has a malty flavor that isn't overpowering. Smooth and flavorful, no bad beer aftertaste at all. Mild carbonation gives it a good overall feel and taste.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of crackers, biscuits, minerals, honey, grass, herbs, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, biscuits, crackers, minerals, grass, lemon, and herbs wash across the palate. The finish is clipped, offering lingering flavors of biscuits, crackers, and lemon.

M: Medium in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp.

O: This is not a bad blonde ale. I could see this really hitting the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Clear golden body with slowly rising bubbles. Foamy white head that leaves massive sudsy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops that bring a woodsy cedar note, with lots of citrus in the way of lime and subtle grapefruit peel.

Taste: A little more subdued than the aroma, but the same bright citrus zest with more of an orange flavor coming through. A softer malt presence brings down the sharpness of the hops as compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Clean, bright, light bodied.

Overall: Quite delicious, very refreshing with loads of citrus zest.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Riding the wave.

It looks : 1 finger of creamy bubbly head, white. Body is very true to the name, golden in color, and mostly transparent

It smells : citrus hop out front, with rice, ritz cracker, and wet flowers.

It tastes : very delectable malt taste out front, followed by an offensive punch of hop, which thankfully subsided quickly, and then ends with a golden baked bread flavor. I understand the hop must balance the malts, but the way the stenchy hop comes in really screws the pooch. Ends slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel : creamy, light bodied, ends semi-dry.

Overall : it's a good ale, and would be a superior one if it weren't for the rush of garbage hop that comes in halfway through the taste. That being said, I'd have it again, and share it with friends. It is one of the best golden ales I've had, and is satisfying and smooth.

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Photo of guru_gonzo
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How this could he anything less then a 5 blows my mind. Light, crisp, refreshing, and that hint of island that makes you feel like your in hawaii. Very unique.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 2/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass thumb print stein.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner white foamy head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some yeast, grass with a hint of fruit even. More going on with the taste as there are some light hops, grass and hay. Very tasty and goes down easy. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and a easy solid "8" if not a "8.5" Hang ten baby!

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,736 ratings.
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