Review: Wailua, Kona Brewing Co.

Kona Brewing Co. — Kona, Hawaii

• Style: Wheat Ale
• Bitterness: 15 IBU
• ABV: 5.4%
• OG: 12.0 P
• Malts: Pale, Wheat
• Hops: Hallertau
• Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise. On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place – Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrusy flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.”— from Kona Brewing's Website 

Random thoughts:  I’m sure any beer would taste like heaven if you could drink it while soaking in Wailua Falls. I picked this one up because it’s a limited edition (available Mar-Sep), and it's brewed with passion fruit. I’m not exactly sure what a passion fruit looks like—or even tastes like, but I thought I’d give it a try.

The tasting:  I didn’t smell any passion fruit when I took a whiff, nor did I taste it on the first sip. It’s a nice light wheat beer—the kind you’d want to drink on hot summer day, but I was disappointed. I expected passion fruit—and Wailua didn’t deliver. I tasted it again after it warmed up, and then I did pick up a faint taste—but it was too little, too late. So if you’re dying to try passion fruit in a beer—be sure to drink it warm.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I’d drink it if someone gave it to me.  Have you had this beer?  Tell me what you think.