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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Our brewers wanted to make a beer that went down easy after a day out on the water. Big Wave Golden Ale is just the ticket. Big Wave is a lighter bodied golden ale with a tropical hop aroma and flavor – a smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The use of caramel malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and our special blend of hops provides bright quenching finish. 10.3°

Malts: Pale (Premium 2-Row), Caramel
Hops: Galaxy, Citra

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Thin, watery, taste of some corn or other non-malt products here. Just not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kseecs16 (1202) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Dfraft at the brewpub 11/02/2006. Faint aroma a little hops and floral notes. Clear golden with minimal head. A little richness to it, somewaht sweet flavor somewhat reminiscent of a wheat in some ways with a slight bitter finish. Smooth and medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 I originally enjoyed a bottle of this ale in Kauai, but sampled again in Kona. The ale is a lighter golden-amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. A slightly sweet flavor, but more bitter and sour. Featuring a malty caramel aroma, with perhaps some citrus hops. A light, thin and oily body, with mild carbonation and average wetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (4358) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
A refreshing beer if nothing else. Pours a golden color with little white head. I light malt and hop aroma. Flavors of malt and hops with a tad bit of citrus fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear golden color with bubbly white head. No lace. Smelled of sprucy hops and light cereal grain. Flavor was similar with a touch of light apple. Oaky beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
From a twist off 12 oz. bottle with a packaged on date, Feb.22.06. Poured a cloudy tarnished golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of apples and melons, a light clove and sweet grainy malts. Moderate carbonation and a crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant, but average tasting, a nutty graininess, pears and apples with lemon squeezed over them, a light leafy hoppiness and a dryish malty and leafy finish. Not bad, but not great either, pretty average overall, inoffensive drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2006
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.

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