Wailua is Hawaiian for two fresh water streams mingling. This was just the inspiration we needed for our limited release wheat ale brewed with tropical passion fruit. A refreshing, citrusy, sun-colored ale with the cool taste of Hawaii.
Here’s the problem, I don’t really know what passion fruit smells or taste like. This could make reviewing this beer difficult. Please bare with me.
The bottle cracked open with a slight hiss, allowing a plume of fruity smells to come forth. I imagine what I’m smelling is passion fruit, but to me it smells like peach with orange undertones. And I swear that I smell peanuts some where in this beer. I may be crazy, though.
Wailua is a beautiful golden-straw colored (similar to a blonde ale). There was a significant pure white head and plenty of carbonation running through the brew. The head subsided quickly and left almost zero lacing.
The taste of this beer is an odd bird. It’s tart, but kinda bland. There’s an initial biteyness that disappears once the beer is consumed. Some sort of fruity taste hides in the background, but I can’t say if it’s the passion fruit or not. The mouthfeel is light and isn’t bitter or dry.
It’s hard for me to make a decision about this beer. There isn’t much in the way of flavor, but it’s not necessarily bad. I imagine if you just wanted to hang out and get loaded off a wheat ale, Wailua Wheat would be a great choice. Its light body and lack of any sort of abrasive flavors would make it a decent session beer.
Overall: 3.5 out of 10
As a WHEAT ALE: 3.5 out of 10