Tasty Brews: Kona Big Wave from Newick’s Lobster House

Kona Big Wave, on tap at Newick's Lobster House. JON BODELL / Insider staff
Kona Big Wave, on tap at Newick's Lobster House. JON BODELL / Insider staff

We don’t always get seafood for lunch, but when we do, we get a beer to go with it.

That’s exactly what we did last week, when we hit up Newick’s Lobster House for a little midday recharge. You can read all about the food on the next page, but what about the tasty brew we washed it down with?

While the restaurant offers mostly classic, tried-and-true beers, they did have Kona Big Wave on tap last Tuesday, so we ordered one of those. Kona is a Hawaii-based company that has a brewery in Portsmouth, so it’s simultaneously exotic and local. We had tried this golden ale before, but not in years, so we were excited for this one.

First impressions were that it was very light in color – we could see right through the glass as clear as day. After taking the first sip, the taste matched the hue – it was light.

We found this to be a very refreshing, easy-to-drink beer that made us think of summer. It had minimal scent but a floral, hoppy, almost fruity taste to it. We could imagine sitting on the beach all day with a cooler of these things close by.

Kona Big Wave only has 4.4 percent alcohol by volume and 20 International Bittering Units, which means it goes down like ice water.

If you’re in the mood for a cool, crisp, refreshing summer libation, give the Big Wave a ride.

Author: Jon Bodell

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