BREWER: Kona Brewing Co., Hawaii, USA

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.4%

VESSEL: 355ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @KonaBrewingCo

INSTAGRAM: konabrewingco

DATE POSTED: 8th November 2019



Big Wave has to be one of the most understated beers that I think I have ever consumed let alone reviewed. I have known in the back of my mind for some time that Kona brew some decent pop as I have had the odd one over the years and the word on beer street is that these specific Pacific kids know precisely what they are up to. So when I broke the lid off of the beautifully embossed bottle and finally got stuck into my test and review two thing immediately hit me.

First off, where had half of my beer gone?

Well, oddly, I had drunk it. To say this Golden Ale is refreshing, juicy and instantly crushable is an understatement (literally three visits to the glass and it was GONE).

Secondly, I was a little taken aback by the lack of hard hitting flavour. It tasted great but wasn’t all up in your face like I had maybe expected it to be. I had to go searching a little for what Big Wave was offering up flavour wise but once discovered oh very my my was I taken aback once more!!!

This is an insanely good brew!!

Big Dub is so very smooth and so very crisp with lime and grapefruit notes subtly meandering around the whole tasting experience. There is a soft sweetness to this masterstroke of an ale that is then finished off by a very slight almost undetectable bitter hint. The whole invention just works in perfect harmony and is just an absolute wonder of a thing.

This may not be a big obvious hitter but what it is is total genius and I really can’t say more than that.

Liquid Aloha ♥

Jymi’s Rating: 90%



I’m going to start by saying that I’ve never been to Hawaii before. It’s not that I don’t want to; I’d love to. But, let’s be fair, its a long way to go and quite costly at that! However, if I had of been to Hawaii, then I reckon Big Wave would be a pretty good reflection of such a trip.
Big Wave looks like it comes from Hawaii and it sounds like it comes from Hawaii. And that’s a good thing. But it has much more going for it than just it’s clever marketing…
You see Big Wave has it all. Its got a great nose, which is actually incredibly refreshing. It’s not heavy on tropical aromas and you may find this surprising for a beer that you might think would have a tropical aroma, given its origin and all. It’s also quite unusual to describe an aroma as refreshing, but that’s exactly what it is.
And then you drink Big Wave. And wow, it’s good. It’s subtle on the flavours, which some may find a little disappointing, but not me. But this light flavouring makes it incredibly refreshing. In fact, a couple of sips in and I’m heading to the fridge for another. It’s well balanced with light fruity hints that are almost non-existent. They’re there just enough to keep you interested.
Big Wave has it’s roots in Hawaii and that’s exactly what it tastes like. And I love it.

Sammy’s Rating: 92%




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