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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:
295
Ratings:
1,750
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
35.21%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
656
For Trade:
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Photo of ZAP
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-Mostly clear but a slight haze to a light golden colored ale. Nice creamy white head...

S-Very citrus forward...sweet citrus....oranges...tangerines....apricots....peaches...yes a lot of peaches the more I smell...

T-Not full flavored but has a nice citrus component....peaches and oranges....lighter than on the aroma...could use a little more malt backing.

M-I know this was meant to be a session ale but it is too light in the shorts for me. The very watery body takes away from the flavor some actually as your attention is drawn to that instead.

O-I really like the aroma and the flavor to a lesser regard...the body is very light...I guess in the heat and sun a low ABV tasty ale like this would drink nicely but I wonder how much better this could be with a little more malt at say a still sessionable 5%?

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Very bubbly in texture, it doesn't have the best retention. A nice ring of lacing sticks to the glass, though.

S: There are some subtle tropical notes I'm really digging. Lychee, mango, melon, and papaya come through nicely, with lesser notes of pine and mint. Crackery malts also come through.

T: The malts come through to start - very much like white bread, in a way. It finishes more interestingly, with a combination of tropical hops (and yes, there's a subtle juiciness to it), table sugar, and cream. The main flaw with this is that it tastes rather 'restrained'. Still, it doesn't do anything wrong, either.

M: Really refreshing and light in body. The crisp bite makes it go down spectacularly on a hot day. Maybe it could be drier, but who cares. Just fizzy enough, too.

O: I don't think it's as interesting as it could be - typical for a Kona beer, its trump card is how light and refreshing it is. Flavor-wise, it could have accomplished more, especially considering it uses Galaxy and Citra (two of my favorites). This will definitely make my rotation for hot weather duty, though.

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Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color with practically no head.
Nice tropical fruits aroma with predominant notes of pineapple, passion fruit and mango.
Likewise, fruity flavor with notes of honey, papaya, orange citrusy, passion fruit and melon. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness. Hops are very present in flavor and aroma, similar to an APA, but not much for bitterness.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Positive surprise, I was expecting a boring beer. This is a flavorful beer with lots of tropical fruits. Assertive, clean and utterly pleasant. If it was easy to find I would always have this in my fridge to chill out.
Ap.3 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.4 Cj.3,75

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Kona Brewing Company's Big Wave Golden Ale a couple days ago at the Lager mill. It's been a long time since I've had a beer from Kona and since they just entered our market I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I think it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly white head that faded to a thin ring fairly quickly and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I really liked the color, but I thought the head and head retention were lacking.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt, lightly grain, light bready and crystal malt like aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice citrus hop aroma with a slight tropical fruit aroma showing up in the background. The aroma was pretty nice, I wasn't expecting such a nice bright fruity hop aspect.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart those same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the bready and grainy hops being the first to show up. Up next comes the hops which are much lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart a very light citrus hop flavor with an equally light floral hop flavor. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a grainy, bready and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. the mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a solid example of a Blonde/Golden Ale, it had most of the aspects that I would expect from the style, it had a pretty bright aroma, but I found myself wishing it tasted more like it smelled. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these when it's warm out, but I think after two I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice and I thought it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that taste, it came off a little bland and I wish it was a little more like the aroma. I might buy this beer if I want an easy drinking beer, but I don't think it's something that I need to keep in the fridge and I think it's worth trying at least once, but I doubt it will be an instant favorite. I think it's a nice beer to enjoy in warm weather. All in all I thought this was a fairly solid beer, it wasn't the most memorable, but for a Golden Ale I thought the aroma was pretty memorable and it had a pretty even amount of pros and cons. So far this is my favorite beer from Kona, but it isn't a favorite of the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice easy drinking beer, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear, pale golden-yellow, it does look like a blonde. The head is about half a finger tall, pure white, and densely bubbled. It leaves behind more than a modicum of spotting that clumps up to patching in areas.
It's a little grainy on the nose, pale malts and toast in there along with tangy and sweet fruitiness, a bit of spiciness and some leaf.
It's a little stronger in the taste and not quite as grainy. The main takeaway for me is lots of fruity esters, pale fruits flesh with a hint of something not quite plummy. Biscuit and leaf meld together pretty well.
It's light, very crisp, and creamy in the carbonation. It could be a little cleaner in the feel from the grains, and it dries a little early,

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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 MattyG85
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label bottling date of Nov 15, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A laid back aroma of citrus fruit and soft malt. Soft pale malts with hints of wheat, grain, cracker, and biscuit. Decent hints of citrus orange, lemon, and a little mango. Hop scents are very faint. A very light smell but the citrus hint is nice.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a pretty light taste with citrus being the dominate flavor coming out. Pale malts with some notes of wheat, cracker, grains, and biscuit. A nice taste of citrus orange, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Light earthy hops and grass towards the finish. A decent taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and somewhat juicy. Goes down very easy.

Overall: A decent version of the Blonde ale style. Light and crisp with a nice citrus fruit taste.

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

A golden body, very clear with a small cap of white fizzy stuff. Barely any lacing as retention isn't considered.

Corn, pale grain ,stale bread and a small amount of herbal hops and underlying berry and macintosh apple fruitiness.

Pale grains, lightly bready and some sweet corn. Sweetness increases as it warms. Very faint herbal hops on the back end notes of pine and lemon citrus with a bit of snappy crispness on the back end.

Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a blonde ale. Finishes crisp, not bitter but gets a little sticky as the beer warms.

A decent beer, boring in some places but I can see this being very refreshing on a summer day. Better beers out there but not a bad blonde.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a date on the label August 13, 2013. Another year round offering from Kona Brewing, acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a finger and a half of fluffy white foam. Body is a light lemon-orange color with just a bit of sediment floating around. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is of light crackery biscuit malts, honeyed graham cracker, some lemon zest, and piney hops. Not a strong aroma, but well enough for what it is.

T - Taste is of crisp bready malts, with just the right amount of lemon / pine hop zest to it. Maybe just a touch of caramel malt, and a touch of honey sweetness from the honey malts. Very nicely balanced.

M - Feel is crisp, light, and refreshing. Mild hop stickiness / bitterness on the palate.

Overall, an excellent, refreshing, light, and delicious beer from Kona Brewing. This is probably one my favorite beers from these guys yet. This beer would definitely make a great summer sipper to pair with some BBQ.

Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale gold, massive white foam head.

SMELL: Fruity, grain, honey

TASTE: Smooth, light-ish body, light sweetness, cereal grains, fruity, mildly tropical, toasty, honey finish

If the average non-beer geek drinker were to close their eyes and imagine what beer might taste in Hawaii, they might expect to taste something like this beer; a light ale with seemingly tropical fruity notes. Decent and drinkable.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is straw colored with a chill haze to it. I got a fleeting off-white head that settled to a skim.

S - The smell is floral and fruity with a hint of caramel malt.

T - The taste has the floral hops aspect. That is the main flavor. It's like drinking potpourri.

M - Moderate to medium

O - It is actually better than I anticipated. My friend a macro drinker loved it when he had it in Hawaii. I bought a sixer for him and snuck (sneaked) one. I was not in a hurry to try any Kona beers, but this one was decent enough to make me want to try some others.

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Photo of pkalix
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw color pour. hope that isnt a bad sign. 4.4% that is a bad sign.... no head to speak of.
smell is pine-y, floral, grapefruit.
taste is . . . . pine-y, floral, grapefruit. eh, nothing special. drinkable, i guess. wouldnt be interested in having more than two of these in a row. maybe 1 and a half.
mouthfeel.... is good.
overall, not my style. it's a hop-py version of a landshark. not much more to say than that. this was beer #6 to fill out my mix-a-six at whole foods this afternoon... i think i had to use the restroom or something and didnt put a whole lot of presence into the decision... but that's why i have the side of Woodford Reserve bourbon. and the LAkers game....

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kegged
It is a good looking beer with golden body & full on white microscopic sized bubbles foaming a good head
Malty aroma with some citrus notes
Flavour is Floral perfumed
good easy drinking but not flimsy but slighly too fizzy IMHO
light easy to drink

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale has a fairly thick, rocky, off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass), some lacing, and little white specks floating throughout. The aroma is of fruit (think pineapple), faint bread, and mild sweetness. Taste is all of those, with a strong tap water note. Bitterness is mellow and pleasant, but ho-hum, to an extent. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Kona Big Wave Golden Ale finishes dry, crisp, refreshing, lager-like, and drinkable. Overall, this is alright, and I suppose it’s worth checking out.

RJT

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Photo of trevorpost
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Pours clear golden; small white head of about a finger diminishes rapidly

S: Smells sweet. Hints of citrus, pineapple and mango from the hops. Relatively promising

T: Hint of hop bitterness. A bit of citrus but not a ton of flavor from the hops. Way too sweet for a beer of this sort. A bit of butterscotch as well (diacetyl?) Seems almost under-attenuated. Not great.

M: Sweetness leads to this being a bit heavier tasting than anticipated at 4.4%.

O: A highly flawed, but serviceable session beer. Sweetness gets a bit grating and the flavor of the hops doesn't shine as much as the aroma would suggest but better than some similarly styled brews, but not by much.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with, of course, a golden color that had a general thinness about it. The head was fizzy and thin but it held a nice bit of lacing.

The nose is a light herbal hop of pine and lupilin. Not much else comes out.

The flavor is a light and refreshing Pilsner malt, with a cracker, dough and breadiness. The hops are mostly pine but it has a touch of lemon.

The feel is very light but never watery, refreshing and quenchable.

I actually drank this at home but would have loved to have had it at the beach as it does a good job of giving out enough flavor but holding that thirst quenching personality.

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

I had this a few times on Maui in lieu of the lager and found it a simple refreshing ale that hits the spot when it is warm or you are getting the grill going on the Lanai. The hops are there but this not the focus of this beer. I got bored after a couple in that I wanted more complexity but still worth drinking.

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

A pretty standard Golden Ale. A nice light drinker. With the firm malt base from aroma to drink there a nice whiff of hops to start off (with a bit of fruit), a mild blending hops and then a soft bitterness that blends with the dryness in the finish. Certainly golden with a very short lived head. A touch of sweetness. A nice alternative to a lager for hot drinking, or wanting a lower alc. serving.
Thanks for the gift.

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Photo of cherche
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer I have loved, hated, liked and now think is just pretty good. Definitely a light summer type of beer. The flavor is pretty solid for such a light beer but I would suggest passing if you are not planning on being at the beach or at a BBQ in the sun and you like a little flavor to your beer. The taste to me seems like a lager with some fruitiness to it. Color is a light gold, not much of a head to it. Smell is light and fruity. If I am drinking this beer I am happy because I am on a beach in the sun :)

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out.

S - juicy tropical fruit.

T - sweet and tropical upfront with citrusy bitterness taking things to a tart and dry finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This was the final Kona brew I tried. Thankfully. Some hop bittering but I didn't care for the aftertaste. Ended up leaving most of it behind in my glass.

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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 PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color with an off-white head. Decent, in fact, pretty good head retention. Some scattered lacing is left behind.
Smell is a little malt, wheat, hops and citrus blended well together. It gets better as it warms, though.
Taste is pretty much the same. Notes of malt, citrus & evergreen from the hops, slight caramel. Again, the flavor gets better as it warms. In fact, I would suggest waiting 10-15 minutes before starting.
Medium body, carbonation is tart at the start but fades fairly quickly. It's a pretty innocuous beer, a good step in the correct direction away from mega-lagers. Nothing special but at least some flavor and a more restrained hop profile.

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Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,750 ratings.
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