UrbanCaveman (159) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely-cloudy burnished copper-gold, where one can see the shadows of their fingers on the other side of the glass all as a single mass, rather than distinct fingers. Forms a finger or so of loose, large-bubble white head, which dissipates rather quickly and noisily.
Smell: Ripe wheat wells out of the glass, bringing with it some hints of crackery malt, and faintly, the odd half-tropical, half-melon scent of a paw paw fruit.
Taste: That’s definitely a crackery wheat malt, indeed, with the essence of a wheat cracker flooding the mouth at first sip. Lurking somewhat behind and beneath that, the fruit flavors appear - it’s definitely paw paw, but as that means little to those who’ve never had one, I’ll attempt to describe it a little better. Cantaloupe melon mingles with a slurry of tropical fruit - mango, guava, starfruit - with some discernible banana notes and a very slight tinge of the sort of tartness one gets from an orange without there actually being much citrus flavor along with it. The finish leaves an echo of that subtle fruit mix, and the crackery malt.
TL;DR - Drinking this is not unlike eating a Wheat Thin with sparing traces of tropical fruit preserves, banana butter, and melon jelly spread on it.
Mouthfeel: This is lightly carbonated, almost flat, and goes down smooth and slick.
Overall: Not a bad beer, and it does showcase the paw paw. Also, any beer that’s over 9% but involves almost no taste of alcohol is brewed pretty well! However, for the price point, it’s not one I’m going to repeat often.
Ahuth (6) - - MAY 26, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a fruity beer. Great smell. Really wheaty taste. If you like wheat beer you will love it. I’m not a big wheat beer person but a decent beer.
rumproasts (3758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep golden with small head. Wheaty and a bit sweet. Some light general fruitiness, almost fruit-punchy. Booze comes through plenty. Eh.
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is hazy, orange color with medium, off-white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of mango and citrus, some floral and earthy tones. Taste is similar with the mango, banana fruitiness over a subtle earth tone or woody flavor. Not overly acidic. Palate is medium-bodied, light carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma was of fruit and light booze. The taste was of vanilla, banana and some melons. Different.
jbuskirk (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Praise and thanks to phaleslu for this beer. Paw Paw Wheat is one of the few fruit-infused wheat ales I’ve enjoyed drinking. I’ll be honest, I had no idea what the hell a paw paw was before I consumed this ale. Now, I’m a fan. This ale pours yellow and heady. Smell is a bit unusual. There’s booze, some fruit, floral notes, and even a woodsy/peaty aroma that reminded me of whiskey. Taste is remarkably tropical. Nectar, melon, honey, and sugary stone fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sticky. Apparently, Jackie O’s knows how to incorporate paw paw. This beer is weird in a great way.
HuskerTan (721) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Banana, whiskey, peat, wheat, citrus, paw paw.
A- Orange golden color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Banana, honey, subtle whiskey, melons, paw paw, bubble gum.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish.
O- I’m not sure what the hell paw paw is supposed to taste like but I guess it’s like what’s in this beer. A unique taste that reminded me of banana and honey and citrus that turned into a more boozy peat finish as it warmed. I can’t decide whether I liked this or not but I’m leaning towards yes.
MacBoost (1472) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
375ml Chugged in 10 seconds. Taste was garbage fruit soaked in pepsicans butthole. Sweet, cloying. Well below average. Get a new fuckin fruit, Ohio.
TheCaptMatey (180) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy orange amber colour with a thin white head with poor retention and no lacing. Sweet aroma of fruit, wheat malt, and a hint of herbal spice. Flavor is rich of the tropical fruits, candied sugars, light wheat bitterness, and spiced yeast. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Crisp finish and alcohol is hidden well. Initial fruit flavor had caught me off guard and are definitely quite quirky, but is still an enjoyable journey.
jkwood04 (4515) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of fruits (paw paws I guess, not sure what those are like), some light malts and wheat and dough, and hints of bitterness, plus some spiciness from the wheat and yeast. Flavor the same with a decent blend of everything, hiding the 9% well. Average texture. An interesting beer.