I consider myself a man of many passions. I’m passionate about beer. I love all kinds of different styles. I’m willing to drink just about any beer. I’m passionate about fruit. Watermelon, cherries, oranges, raspberries. I love them all. I’m not sure about passion fruit though. Would I be passionate about passion fruit beer?
Green Flash’s Passion Fruit Kicker is a wheat ale. I’ve written before about how boring I find wheat ales. Sure there are some fine ones out there, but generally wheat ale just means not much to it for me. That’s kind of the point though. It makes for a very neutral and light tasting beer. What are you going to do to that wheat beer to make it interesting?
Really, wheat beers are like vodka. By itself it’s not special. It’s best attribute is that doesn’t have any strong flavors. I usually don’t drink vodka. But I’ll admit there are some really good vodka cocktails.
So is Green Flash’s Passion Fruit Kicker a “good cocktail”? I have to say yes. I really wasn’t expecting much, which is stupid because Green Flash has proven they know what they’re doing. On first impression though, I didn’t think it was too good. After a few sips turned into a few beers I really started to enjoy it.
First off, it doesn’t taste much like beer. I think that’s what turned me off initially. The fruit was overwhelming and by putting that on top of wheat beer, it seemed to crowd out any resemblance to beer. But beer comes in many forms and this was still beer. It still has alcohol, and this beer at 5.5% had more than you would expect by drinking it. But that’s not what made it enjoyable.
After a while I really started noticing a tartness to the beer. I must have attributed that to the passion fruit at first but I could tell it was more than that. It complemented the fruit, it wasn’t a result of the fruit. This was a much more interesting beer than it originally seemed. And it was still so easy to drink.
If you want try something new but you don’t want to get too adventurous, then this beer is a good choice. I can’t guarantee you’ll like it but I did. And trust me, it’s a lot different than most beers you’ve had.