Beer Reviews

Wowie (Ale with Pineapple and Passionfruit)

Meet the wild child, our tropical troublemaker with effervescent intentions. This ale pairs bright pineapple with apple and tart passionfruit in a sensual carimbo. Make the getaway, destination unknown, set off into sparkling skies. Let’s get out of here. The possibilities, the thrill, the adventure; Wowie.

Reviews are done by our Sensory Specialist Travis Houston, a Certified Cicerone and FoBAB judge.

Wowie (5%) is an Ale with Pineapple and Passionfruit. How was that specific flavor combination conceived and how was it produced in this beer?

The beer was originally conceived as a tropical partner for Bubbles, but a debate quickly started as to what fruits should be used. Pineapple was almost a necessity, but it can be a bit boring. We whipped up some test batches, and quickly found that we love the lively tartness and bright flavor from passionfruit. From there, it was just a matter of tweaking the levels to find the perfect balance of juices.

Wowie rounds out our seasonal Fruited Ale lineup. How does this brew complement Zango and Slangria?

We develop each recipe with a specific season in mind. Slangria pairs well with colder fall/winter nights and heartier food, while Zango gives that citrusy first taste of spring. With pineapple and passionfruit, Wowie screams summertime. It pairs perfectly with poolside lounging, hanging out on the beach, or just relaxing in your backyard.

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Bright, fresh, and tropical fruit aromas jump from the glass. The flavor is well balanced, with sweet pineapple and tart passionfruit dominating.

What makes this beer unique?
Wowie is packed with fruit flavor without being thick, heavy or syrupy. The light body and clean finish make this the perfect brew for a hot day, while the bright tropical fruit notes will satisfy even the slowest sipper.

What are some other Fruited Ales that you dig?

Rubaes from Founders, Nellie’s Keylime Caribbean Ale from Taft’s here in Cincinnati, and Dark Horse Raspberry Ale are all excellent.

Appearance: Crystal clear and gold colored, with a very thin white head.

Aroma: Pineapple and passionfruit, with a hint of apple.

Taste: Sweet pineapple and tart passionfruit. Mild sweetness leads to mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Slightly sweet, slightly tart, and bursting with tropical fruit flavors. This brew is loaded with flavor, but is still an easy drinker.

What foods would pair well with Wowie?

Chicken tacos with mango salsa

Ideal glassware for Wowie?

Standard pint glass!

full pint glass of beer around leaves
yellow can on yellow background
can of beer with lei and pineapple
can of beer between two pineapples