Big Wave Golden Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
81
good
1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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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Ratings: 1,837 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mklisz
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and floral notes. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hint of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight sugar, hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, some malts as well. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, drinks more like a pale ale than a blonde, pretty tasty and well hopped for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool, Kona gets it. This is an easy-drinking summer beer (of course I say this in summer) with a spicy citrus rind element from the Willamette and Hallertau hops leading the flavor. The body is quite thin and the barley character is too light. I don't want to call a decent beer like this watery, but something seems missing. Still, there's a decent hoppy finish which is dry but only a little bitter. I'd say this a good crowd-pleaser in that its got clean, distinct hops for beer geeks and a light, easy character for the BMC crowd. Worth a try on a hot day.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dar482
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer comes in a medium gold color.

The aroma offers hints of citrus and stone fruit, hints of tropical, with a sweet grainy malt character.

The flavor is instead dominated by a grainy sweetness, a hint of wheat, a light flavor profile throughout, with a medium carbonation and a medium minus body with a smooth lightly sweet finish, hints of grassy hops.

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Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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