pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours out light golden color with a small white head, well carbonated. Aroma is not very noticible, but of sweet malts and some grass notes. Watery mouthfeel with not very well established flavor. Notes of hop on the finish otherwise not really much going on here
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Bottle: Aromas of honey, coriander, tea, malt (hay, grain, pear), and hops (flowers). Poured hazy golden/amber/ Small, rocky, off-white head did not last. No lacing. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is malty and tastes of dirt, honey, sourdough, and some spice I cannot identify. Also a bit of a herbal hop flavor in the finish. Medium sweet. Not really bitter. Not well balanced. Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, malty, strange tasting finish. Overall, uninspiring. Not a bad beer, but really not good either.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t really understand why this beer needs to be made in addition to all of their other lighter offerings. (See my review of their Duke’s Blonde Ale.) No flaws here, just not a lot of flavor or dimension.
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden color with a thin, fizzy, white head. Aroma is of yeast, caramel, and some sweet malts. Nothing too complex. Flavor was the same with yeast, caramel, and some slight earthy tones. This brew was ok but I would never go out searching for it.
paintz55 (3) - USA - MAY 18, 2006 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I was mostly disappointed to hear that Kona brews all of the bottled product and most of the draft in Oregon, I thought I was buying Hawaiian Local Beer, the "Big Wave" was an okay beer, decent aroma, but the sharp bite hit hard, and left me with a bitter finish.
coll3735 (4) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good when consumed on tap and bottled, a warm, golden color, kind of fizzy, however it has a foul finish. A disappointing way to end a semi-good beer.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
For my dad. The body was dark gold with a very thin white head. The aroma had sweet pears with a little caramel and hay. The taste had caramel, tea and some honey. There was also some cardboard. This was ok, but I would like to try a fresher sample.
Foxbush (1262) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 This is not my first beer from Kona brewing on the Big Island. This ale was enjoyed in the bottle on Oahu at a resturant in Hale’iwa on the coast. The big waves of Hawaii were just off the beach. The head formation was white and stayed with the beer. This was enjoyable drink with dinner. It is not a complex beverage. There was some sweetness and hints of yeast. This is very similar to a Bud or Miller product. It would be great for the beach and picnics.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at a bar in Kona: Hazy and bright orange, with a frothy white head (nice looking!). Creamy-soft texture up front; lively carbonation cleaned out each swallow. Malts had a mild sweetness (sweet bread) followed by a bread dough stickiness and a big yeast cake aroma. Very mild bitterness, mostly herbal. Too yeasty and a little too cloying to be refreshing, but otherwise not so bad.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. Beer was a clear, light-gold color without any head to speak of. The aroma was moderately hoppy with notes of apricot and pine and miscellaneous banana, honey and juicy-sweet tropical fruit esters. The flavor began lightly bittersweet with a short, moderately bitter finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was fizzy.