Pig War White IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.01/5 rDev +10.2%
22oz bottle. Nice bit of American history that was heretofore unbeknownst to me detailed on the label, in terms of this offering's curious Black Sabbath-adjacent name.
This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy chalky white head, which leaves a pleasant array of layered tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of slightly dank pine resin, muddled citrus pith, earthy yeast, gritty pale and wheat malt, mixed tropical fruit, and further leafy, floral, and perfumed hops. The taste is sharp pine needles, denatured orange and white grapefruit rind, edgy yeast, an even more laid back bready and wheaty graininess than in the nose, ethereal notes of pineapple and kiwi flesh, and more leafy, perfumed hop bitterness.
The carbonation is fairy active in its tightly frothy rendering, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the hops playing the role of the Sword of Damocles here. It finishes mostly dry, the hops and now well-faded yeast seeing little in rebuttal or uprising from the malt.
A pretty tasty and enjoyable IPA, the 'white' characteristics clocking out shortly after they show up for their shift. Acerbic, bitter, and with very little malt balance, this one should appease the hopheads out there (my thumbs are too busy typing this).
08-21-2014 00:56:02 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
16oz can poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours to a thick ivory head with a slightly hazy and golden Hue.
Smell: Citrusy and yeasty aroma with hop and wheat undertones.
Taste: Citrus, especially lemon, hop bitterness that gives way to a noticeable wheat flavor. Not nearly as bitter as expected being an IPA. Light spice flavors that finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Semi-light mouth feel with a moderate amount of carbonation that finishes dry
Overall: First Hopworks beer that I've tried and my first review on BeerAdvocate. I am usually not a fan of wheat beers but the hoppy bitterness and light feel made it much more palatable.
06-02-2014 01:01:29 | More by Skew
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
Pounder can picked up this afternoon at the COOP... Pours a clear light orange with a nice white head.. decent lacing.
The nose is pretty proper... nice citrus elements and phenolic hoppiness...
Flavor mirrors the nose.. something that I pick up as bubblegum phenols... but the IPA notes are nice and still lite coriander elements show...very dry on the finish.
Great canned brew... I would LOVE to have this out camping in the Sawtooths
09-08-2013 05:57:37 | More by JohnGalt1
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
Pint can bought from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.29. Slightly hazy pale orange in colour,good sized creamy/thick eggshell white head. Very strong resiny,citrus hops,sweet with a small touch of bread. Smooth ..citrus hop and caramel flavours..some orange peel in the end, touch of bitter herb. OK mouth feel its low carbonated and easy on the tongue. OK white IPA had better though!
09-22-2013 15:33:27 | More by Reidrover
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with silkscreened label and notes about the beer being carbon neutral and organic, as is the case with all Hopworks bottles. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - Pours a hazy peachy yellow with liquid gold highlights where the light shines through the orangish shadows. Topped with a stark white head about three-fourths of a finger thick. The head doesn't retain for long before slinking back to a edge of frothy bubbles around the edge and a film of microbubbles in spotty islands across the top of the liquid. Lacing is present but sparse and silky.
Smell - Predominantly bright citrus and fresh greens and pine needles. Some lighter fruity phenols as well, maybe orange and pineapple. I don't much of the wheat that is used to make this a "white" IPA, other than a bit more body/fullness to the smell. Like the roundness that wheat brings.
Taste - A very solid IPA, with light grapefruit and stronger generic citrus and now maybe a faint hint of bubblegum. The wheat is more noticeable here, but is still definitely taking a backseat to the more traditional hop-forward aspects of an IPA.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and carbonation on the lower side of moderate. Very juicy, but with a mostly dry finish that entices the next sip. Extremely refreshing beer.
Overall, this is probably my favorite of the handful of beers I've sampled from Hopworks. If this beer were labeled as a standard IPA, sans the "white" component, I doubt many people would question it, because as an IPA it's quite good. I just don't get much of the white aspect. It's definitely a beer I'll buy again if the opportunity presents itself.
09-22-2013 21:12:36 | More by LambicPentameter
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Light and sudsy. Some spicy hop notes. A pleasant piney and flowery aroma.
Very drinkable with a resiny, gummy aftertaste. Flavors are mild with a browned biscuit taste. From the 16 oz can bought at Frontier Market in La Conner, WA.
08-18-2014 05:11:23 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber that appears as a pale amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has already been left behind.
Nose- Very nice and inviting IPA nose. Lots of grapefruit and hints of tropical fruits. A hint at matchstick. Some pine and resin in the background. Fades fairly quickly though.
Taste- Fairly reflective of the head- starts off with lots of citrus, orange, lemon, and their subsequent peels. Moves into grapefruit, then bright and spicy matchstick. No much of a finish or linger to any of it though. Fairly juicy with not a lot bitterness. A little bit of earwax and grapefruit (the matchstick really fades) but not much else. Slight hints of spice but nothing that really says white IPA or at least nothing that really distinguishes it from a regular IPA except for the slightly dry finish. Slight hints of green tea. A good beer but nothing special. Almost solid.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with slight syrup to the texture. Good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. A little lacing in presence in complexity but a decent enough beer. Not worth 9-10 bucks for a 4 pack of tall boys though. Probably won't get this one again.
Overall- A good beer that doesn't really stand out much. Worth a try though. No real flaws. Probably won't be a repurchase.
09-30-2013 02:32:43 | More by artoolemomo
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
Served from the bottle into a globed glass
A- Poured a mostly clear orange color with big soapy white head that left chunky dense lacing.
S- Big sweet orange citrus notes, candy sweetness, pungent citrus hop character, and some apricot notes.
T- Big orange citrusy notes, apricot, some bubblegum, light spicy notes, Very minimal hop bitterness, mostly juicy citrus and fruity notes.
M- Semi-dry finish, light carbonation, a little slick in the mouthfeel.
O- A really nice white IPA that definitely pulls from IPA and witbier, but without any of the hop bitterness of an IPA and less spice notes than the average witbier.
08-26-2013 03:36:56 | More by Hoptometrist
3.91/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a little touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is one thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. I like it.
Smell: fruity, yeasty aroma with a bit of a springy, grassy character. Light but refreshing; it works for me.
Taste: citrusy hops with a light malt character; sweet but not at all too sweet. There's more of a lemon and tangerine feel to this than grapefruit. I actually like it quite a lot; subtle, but it delivers. Bitterness is relatively low for the style.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess for the style.
Overall: a tasty and satisfying beer. I tend to like white IPAs in general, though, so your mileage may vary.
10-21-2013 20:58:13 | More by flagmantho
Pig War White IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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