Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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81
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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:
1,837
Reviews:
309
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
707
For Trade:
2
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Photo of kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Everydayoff
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a pint glass at Taproom, Bangkok.

Clear bright gold in color with large silky white head with very good retention, it slowly dissipates to an eternal foamy layer on the surface and leaves plenty of lacing patch and spot along the way down.

Pretty mild aroma at first but it gets to develop by time, hop with notes of floral, light citrus, and mild fruity while malt with notes of biscuit, some suggestion of sweet honey, and caramelized toffee.

Pretty light and clean taste and more flat comparing to the aroma, suggestion of toasted grain and a bit sweet cracker from malt at first, hop then follows up closely with its mild frutiness and light citrus zest where bitterness seems a bit hard to find.

Light body with rather smooth mouthfeel and subtle carbonation generated just a bit refreshing feel through the palate, dry and clean finish.

Pretty easy drinkable and go down very easy with any food pairing or in the light day.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoosierGaijin
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 05/26/2016. Enjoyed on 12/19/2016.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Cabindan
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brittian
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of arevalo
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque golden hue.

White head; minimal lace.

Honeyed grain notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Honey hops up front, with a hint of strawberry; frosted flake finish. A nice treat for a hot day.

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

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch, foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not a lot of lacing here.

S: A very thin, underwhelming aroma of malt, honey, and some hops as well.

T: Tasted of fair amount of honey, light malt notes (not as noticeable due to the honey), a little bit of hops, some light citrus (lemon, in particular), and a bready quality. Slightly thin in the finish. Not a particularly complex flavor, but it's decent enough. Very light and focused on the honey and citrus.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a somewhat syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

O: Blonde ales are rarely great examples of complex and flavor, and Big Wave is no exception. Still, it's a light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Southpawwp
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TerryW
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ontap. Clear honey gold, good solid film, some early lace. Very gentle fruity hops. Watery in character, not big in any way. Quite subdued taste. Light beer good for maybe washing stuff down. Unremarkable.

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Photo of Lahey
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big wave is a great beginner craft beer for people looking to expand their horizons. Its light enough to be drinkable, but has enough hop flavor to open up a persons palate a little. My girlfriend tried this and it opened her up to trying other beers i recommend (they all don't work out tho).
If you want to like ipas but dont like the bitterness, this is your beer. It has flavor without being in your face. The hop flavor has been described by friends as grapefruit like. But its not sweet like a shandy. If you want a low abv smooth summer sipper, this is your guy. If you're a craft snob, this may be too light to hit the spot. Worth a try though.

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Photo of D1noB
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a light IPA or pale ale taste with pretty constant malt, sweet fruity middle that carries through to the end.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a pool party, there is always enough to keep you entertained and you always enjoy yourself. Afterward you are drained and tired all around satisfied.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent golden yellow color with minimal head but a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is pleasant with a fair share of hops and some sweet citrus. Taste does not follow the nose as the hop character is diminished. Really not much taste at all with some grain balancing the hops. Doesn't taste bad - just not much there. Feel is really the best part of the beer as it drinks like a heavier beer but without the ABV. Very good ale ..not much too complain about but not much to rave about either.

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

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice blonde ale, but a bit undistinguished.
But what does distinguish Big Wave is its low IBU. Just nice and mellow, like you'd expect from Hawaii.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,837 ratings.
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