legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice amount of hops balanced nicely with a small hit of malt. Well done considering how hard it must be to get the hops right.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy golden, white head. Nice classic USIPA aromas, grapefruit and pine.
The flavour lacks a little bitterness, coming off slightly sweet. This may be due to the age of the can. The hop flavour is bang on.
A solid, well made US IPA.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells grassy with lemon-lime and sugar. Flavor of sourdough, cardboard and aspirin tell me that this beer may not be at its peak freshness, at least I hope this is not what they are going for. Pretty light overall for and IPA in body and flavor. The hop profile is especially muted in the taste of this. Not bad at all, just not great for the style. Thanks Maui. 2010 12oz. can.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice surprise from the island in the middle of no where...they definitely know where to put the hop flavors...dank stuff. Would definitely drink this and the Coconut Porter non-stop if in Maui...!!
beernbourbon (1552) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Kona wine. Pour is clear light copper with a pretty large white head. Aroma is wonderful with large amounts of citrus and pine hop dominating. Also a nice light caramel malt aroma lingering in the background. Really smells good. Flavor is a bit maltier than expected with sweet malt leading the way. Hops are certainly present, but they take a backseat. This can is about 6-7 weeks old. I would love to try a really fresh one b/c the aroma leads me to believe tis could be really great beer.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Body is a bright, vibrant amber color that has minimal fogginess. Pours with a nice approximately 1 finger slightly off-white head. Head eventually fades to a thick collar and some lacing can be seen down the glass.
S- This has a nice crisp, hoppy nose. Piny hops dominate but there are some citrus hops in the background.
T- Good, classic, West Coast IPA flavor. Lots of hop flavors upfront that are mostly citrus and pine with a slight sweet malty background. The finish is all refreshing piny hop flavor and no bitterness lingers. Pretty clean all the way through.
P- Light body with medium carbonation. Body is a bit lighter than most IPAs but not thin in any way and offers some hop oils.
O- This is one awesome IPA. Its not the biggest, or the hoppiest, or the most complex, but it sure is one of the most enjoyable. Great classic West Coast IPA with nothing crazy going on.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 03-23-2009 19:43:05
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big flavorful IPA. Not sure if it’s exactly my cup o tea, but the Big Swell has plenty of hops and an overall unique taste. Definitely worth a try.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. No glass available to pour, but you can instantly smell hops. The flavor is very good, very bitter with hints of citrus and floral notes. Lasting bitter finish. This is my first IPA in a can and I admitedly thought I would be dissapointed. I was wrong. It is very freshing and a decent IPA. I am not a big fan of English Kent Golding hops, but I still enjoyed this beer.
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (survived the journey back from Maui), pours pristine copper with a towering fluffy white head, aroma is sharp w/citric hop and balanced w/ some sweet malt, flavor is cereal malts w/ more sharp citrus at finish, smooth flavorful brew
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can (thanks to Jessica). Pretty pleasant overall here. A fairly thick, hoppy aroma with some sappy pine, fruity citrus, light herbal grass, and nutty bread. On the pour, a large creamy, white head, translucent body and golden orange in color. As expected from the aroma, the body of this one is pretty chewy, and slightly sticky, not all in a negative way though. A nice hop profile that is fairly well balanced with nutty caramel and cracker grains. Bitter notes mostly of woody pine, and mixed citrus fruits, also with a some herbal grass. Not too bad.