Honu BeerMay 1, 2004 Portland OR
Honu Brewing Co. Portland OR Available: HI, CA, OR, WA Honu is the Hawaiian word for sea turtle. Fifty cents a case is donated from the sale of Honu Beer to the World Turtle Trust, a Honolulu-based conservation group that funds grassroots sea turtle preservation projects around the world. Current projects are in Hawaii, Costa Rica and India. Alcohol (wt.): 3.8 Alcohol (vol.): 4.8 Color: 2.5 Bitterness: 14 Gravity: 1046
All dressed up in Hawaiian garb and no place to go! A quick check of her passport reveals a Portland stamp. A tiny nose, an airy head and a mouth feel with promise but little substance gives a corona of one more dumb blond. A frigid French kiss exposes careful hygiene, clean and long, but with little character. Although Honu’s got a pretty face, she’s a little shallow and way too thin. Can’t be beat with tarts.
- Charles Finkel
An all-barley malt beer can’t get any lighter in color than Honu. A Hawaiian thirst most likely dictates cold servings, and the head, malt flavor and clean taste hold up well at these temps. Though light in body, malt character emerges. Hop character is subtle at best, competing with the mass produced lagers. The difference is that Honu has a malt base that is more notable. Very refreshing for those hot and thirsty times.
- Charlie Papazian
This is the palest beer I’ve ever seen—makes Stella Artois look like stout! It throws a lively, fluffy head and has a pleasant aroma of juicy malt with hints of vanilla and citrus fruit. Sweet, sappy malt, a gentle hop bitterness and tangy citrus fruit dominate the palate. The finish is short but with a lingering hint of tart fruit and gentle hops. It’s a good refresher that reminds me a lot of another famous island beer, Red Stripe from Jamaica.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.