Description: As part of their Flagship Beer (aka. regular lineup), the Big Swell is a classic example of a Northwestern IPA. It combines pale malt with four different Pacific northwest hop varieties, which are added both during and after the boil to add an additional layer of dry-hopped flavor to the mix.
Tasting Notes: This is my first sampling of the Maui brewery, and given my soft spot for IPAs I naturally I had to start with theirs. And this one definitely delivered in all departments. The malt was smooth and rich, the hop flavor was powerful, explosive and at once citrusy, grassy, herbal and dry on the tongue. Definitely a faithful Northwestern IPA! Onto the next Maui brew!
Appearance: Light amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, mixed nose of hops – grassy, piny, floral, lots of citrus
Taste: Smooth malt, syrupy, grassy, dry hop and powerful notes of citrus, and grapefruit
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, citrus rind and mild malt sweetness