Kona Brewing Co.’s Wailua Wheat Ale (5.4% ABV and 15 IBU) is a wheat beer that uses passion fruit during the brewing process. Wailua pours crystal clear (has to be filtered) with great carbonation. It has a nice bouquet and one can easily smell the fruit from the use of the passion fruit addition. Wailua is very easy to drink and has a distinct taste of a wheat beer with a finish of the passion fruit. I usually do not like fruit / vegetable beers, but this one is not bad. The name of this beer is inspired by Wailua falls in Maui and I visited the falls a number of years ago. It is a beautiful site and one can never forget driving the road to Hana.
Website description of Wailua Wheat Ale - “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, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.”
Suggested Food Pairing – “It typically pairs well with lighter fare like grilled fish and shrimp, roasted chicken, salads and Asian foods. Perhaps even a dish of vanilla ice cream.”