#604 Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale & #605 Coopers Original Pale Ale

Yesterday afternoon (10/02/2015) Ryan and I stopped by South West Collective in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to try out their Friday Pieday, which included your choice from a selection of different pies and a beer for only $10 CI. We both tried the pork, cheese, and mushroom pie. I must have been really hungry because I forgot to take a picture of the pie until halfway through eating it. I actually know I was pretty hungry since I also got a sausage roll and we split a coconut craisin cookie (pictures below).

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The beer that I chose to go along with my Friday Pieday was Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale, a 4.4% alcohol by volume (ABV) Golden Ale from the Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA. The Kona Brewing Company is owned by the Craft Brew Alliance based out of Portland, Oregon.


According to Kona’s website, Big Wave Golden Ale is brewed using premium 2-row pale and caramel malts, and galaxy and citra hops. Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale has an original gravity (OG) of 10.3° P (Plato) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 21. I have added a description of Big Wave Golden Ale taken from Kona’s website below:

“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.” – Kona Brewing Company

We decided to stay and have another beer. The guy working at South West Collective was very knowledgeable about the beers they carried so I went with his recommendation and tried Coopers Original Pale Ale next, a 4.5% alcolol by volume beer brewed by Coopers Brewery Limited, the largest Australian-owned brewery based in Adelaide, Australia.


Coopers Original Pale Ae is listed as an English Pale Ale by BeerAdvocate, an Australian Pale Ale by Untappd, and a Golden Ale/Blonde Ale by ratebeer. Coopers’ website suggest pairing this beer with stir fires, salads, poultry, seafood, and spicy foods. I included the description of Coopers Original Pale Ale from their website below:

“Coopers Pale Ale The Original Pale Ale. Beware of pale imitations. Guaranteed to turn heads, this is the beer that inspired a new generation of ale drinkers. With its fruity and floral characters, balanced with a crisp bitterness, Coopers Pale Ale has a compelling flavour which is perfect for every occasion.” – Coopers Brewery Limited

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