Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

Big Wave Golden AleBig Wave Golden Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
1,905 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#38,314
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
1,905
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
749
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,905 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle and label looks plain, but the beer taste delicious. Reminds me of a rebel IPAA.

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Photo of susandyoung
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking beer. Very light in the glass, but it didn't get a nice, foamy head. Flavor has a bit of a tang that comes across as grapefruit at first, but as you drink it seems generally tropical. It's not heavy on the smell and the feel is smooth and light in the mouth.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Barleycorn
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden blonde color.

Subtle floral tropical fruit aroma.

Taste kind of followed the smell, though with a light crisp feel.

Very drinkable summer ale.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glowingz
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 0z bottle. Bottling date- April 17

Pours a clear golden body with a white head. Little retention, some lacing

I'm not really smelling anything here.Maybe a little grain...maybe a little tropical fruit... I've got half my face pushed into the glass but I'm not smelling much of anything

Taste kind of follows... Not a lot going on here

Feel was crisp and light . Spot on for a blonde ale

This beer was 4 months old so maybe that explains my poor impression... The feel was nice but I am all about a prominent smell and there was none. Kind of boring overall.

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Photo of jpsizzls
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DutchGermanguy
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
03/10/13

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: wheat, rice, grains, lemon
LOOK: Gold color. No head.
TASTE: wheat, rice, grains.
FEEL: Good carbonation.Very refreshing beer.

Not great, but it goes down nicely and is not without flavor.

**

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Photo of Golfontap
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skagerrak
1.71/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is a poor quality IPA rather than a golden ale. Tastes like a Coors Lite that has had Pine Sol added to it.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, very true golden yellow. Thick foamy head with about a fingers worth of foam. As I mentioned in my "Longboard" review, what's really disappointing is that it dissipates quickly with no real lacing. Smells of a nice citrusy mix of papaya and kiwi. Slight sweet corn or wheat in the background, but mostly that nice fruity smell. Tastes of corn and slight citrus notes. Thin mouthfeel... almost washes down a little too easy. Definitely an easy-to-drink brew. Would recommend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A "craft" beer huh? Ok, sure. You might be owned by a megacorporation, and it might be a blonde ale, but we'll give it a shot.

Pours light and yellow, solid 1/2" white head and good clarity. Nothing wrong here, in fact, above average for sure. Aroma, reminds me of vegetarian zombies: GRAINS!!! There isn't much more beyond the mild toasted barley vibe, which is fine, beyond that what else could there be, a mild hop note? A mild fruity yeasty ester-feels?

Mellow ride rides mellow, it isn't bitter, or malty, just an easy going brew for an easy going day. Mild sweetness. I'd offer it to a girl or a non beer drinker of my obsessive compulsion.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thommo_nk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with 1cm white head which quickly dissolves to leave a thin film.

Medium carbonation.

This beer is very very mild almost weak in nature, quite a thin mouthfeel.

Nice beer.

Highly drinkable, you could guzzle this stuff down on a hot day.

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Photo of apartin
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 0panther0
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear, golden... small head that quickly dissipated
S - lightly fruity...very little aroma overall
T - light, clean but weak flavor and watery... very subtle bitter
M - smooth, low carbonation
O - very light, weak but comfortable Summer beer... not challenging... highly drinkable

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Photo of gboley
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elcarajo
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I have a disagreement with many of the existing reviews for this beer. Many reviewers mention a hint of tropical fruit on the nose but I was distressingly overwhelmed by a huge, perfumey, floral aroma of tropical fruits. This is normally a show-stopper for me but this beer is genuinely good. The overall experience is great but the mouthfeel is exceptional. I highly recommend giving it a full try.
I enjoyed this on draft in a standard American pint glass. I had a bottled version later and found it almost as enjoyable, with a very good but less superlative mouthfeel.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,905 ratings
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