Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Whiplash White IPAWhiplash White IPA

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very good

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: GABrew on 11-16-2013

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Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with just a small fizzy head. Not really any head retention and just a few wisps of lacing on the sides of the glass. I'm a little disappointed with the appearance on this one.

The aroma more than makes up for what the appearance lacks. A huge hit of juicy, tropical fruit in the nose with some pleasant Belgian yeasty undertones. Not a ton of malt but this is really nice.

The flavor is just as great of the aroma. Lots of juicy fruit mixed with a bit of yeast spiciness. Grapefruit and orange dominate along with some orange peel and coriander. Bitterness is high and does well in balancing out the sweetness. Not much malt flavor but it isn't really missed.

Overall, I wish I would have tried this sooner. What an awesome IPA. Sweetwater never fails to disappoint with just about every beer they release.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear light gold with decent head retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Tangy grapefruit, light toasted notes, some spiciness.

Taste: Tart and tangy grapefruit dominates along with some tropical notes. Toasted malt body and some Belgian-like spiciness, but really the "Belgian" seems limited. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Nice, dry finish.

Overall: More a tangy grapefruit IPA vs. a true Belgian influenced IPA. No matter, it tastes very good.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter (plus light revision with sample on tap at th brewery in Nov. 2014).

Pours slightly hazy, orange-amber, and with a rather weak head that leaves better than expected lacing.

Aroma; fruity with a hint of baked white bread and a touch of Belgian yeast. Less hoppy and bold than the outstanding "regular" Sweetwater IPA.

Flavor: fruity and mildly spicy with a hop level on the low end of the range for style. Moderately complex.

O: tasty, interesting and easy drinking.

Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev +5.5%

draft shaker pint

tangerine in color...cloudy would be an understatement

floral hop scent with substantial wheat funk

glorious floral grapefruit taste with a slight wheaty sourness

almost creamy with a thirst quenching finish

an almost perfect white ipa/american wheat ale. absolutely lovely. cant understand why this is sub-90

Photo of curleegirlee1
1.25/5  rDev -67%

this is the beer you give you 13 year old that thinks they want to drink beer. They will NEVER touch it again. lol. Very bitter strong grapefruit taste and thick on the tongue.

Photo of Retroman40
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I acquired this as part of a "Tackle Box" consisting of four different Sweetwater Beers.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a good head that retreats to a strong lacing.

S - Citrus and pine with a hint of malt.

T - Citrus and pine start with a some Belgian yeast flavor to finish.

M - Very rich and creamy with good carbonation levels.

O - They claim it to be a 500 YO Belgian recipe hit with a truck load of hops and that is pretty much what you get. This is definitely worth having again.

Photo of aleckpa
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: An orange, golden, honey color. Not much carbonation from the glass. A tiny head and some lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, orange, pineapple, Piney and lemon.

T: Similar to the nose. But you get that Belgian yeast taste. It's sweet but balanced.

M: I think it's light. Although you don't see much carbonation in the glass, you feel the carbonation on your tongue. It's nice.

O: This beer isn't amazing and I wouldn't seek it out. But it's new, and I love what Sweetwater has to offer. I think it's solid and well balanced. I'd recommend you try it at least once.

Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light yellow color with a decent head and some off the chain amazing lacing that coats the inside of the glass and holds on for dear life. Aroma is full of grapefruit. Taste is decent, hop bitterness and some grapefruit and citrus peel. Feel on the palate is thick and holds on for dear life before going down the gullet. Good hopped beer !!!!!!!!

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one Heck of a hybrid ale. Wit grain bill, strong ale yeast, American IPA hopping. Sizeable head, good lace, wispy covering. Cloudy orange gold. Nose is lively with wheat twang, light pils breadiness, tropical fruit hops. Taste is an amalgam and it works out beautifully. Light malty body that seems to be overwhelmed by the huge hop content but the yeast and mellower hop artifacts bring a balance to the finish that makes this highly quaffable and refreshing. Feel is smooth with a mild carbonation that brings a gentle dubbing of the mouth. I like this stuff. It's hard to define out pigeonhole bit it's good.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light wheat. Taste is also strong of citrus, a bit of wheat is present, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Good till April 20th 2014.

Real nice crystal clear body, just the perfect amount of fine carbonation only rising up through the middle along a bronze colored bright brass body. Head is barely three fingers tall, very fine off white bubbles and some soapy retention. Pretty good looking beer.

Hop angle is very subtle, kind of a mushy tropical fruit sense. Some clove like spice a bit and even some woody like smoke hop angle. Not bad.

Palate just unfortunately doesn't seem to deliver. Comes off as a basic pale ale with some real chalky aftertaste. Hop forward, a little lime like in taste but not enjoyable. Very fleeting finish as well with a sort of dried out bread character, even stale tasting. Some faint citrus and tropical fruit somewhere that hides under a bit of lifeless flavor, slightly getting better as it warms.

Overall it's more of a weak pale ale, and doesn't really come across as anything even remotely different in this style.

Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Best if Enjoyed by: 02/09/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- I'm willing to bet Citra hops were used in the dry hopping because this smells lovely. Very bright, citrusy, dank and sweet.

T- Damn. The flavor doesn't even come close to matching the aroma. Mild hop bitterness with some decent grassy flavor. Not getting much wheat or Belgian yeast. Just drinks like a normal IPA.

M- Slightly prickly from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- The aroma got me all pumped up but the rest of the beer wasn't quite as good. Still one of the better "White IPAs" I've had even if I'm missing the white part.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, orange appearance, an enormous amount of white sediment spiraling about, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of the sweet, pine resin, light grapefruit type thing, and the flavor is of white bread, hop resin, rather low bitterness, sweetness, and grapefruit. The key word, here, is "citrus fruit". Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is pale orange, bordering on gold, and is fairly clear (a slight haze). The head is thinner than I'd like, but does retain nicely. The nose isn't too assertive, but does have some nice mild American hop aromas of oranges, pineapples, and lemons.

The beer has a rather light body and a fairly firm (slightly thin) feel. The flavor is predominantly hoppy, but has a little tartness to it as well. I definitely get the sharp, citrusy flavors of the Centennial hops and I'm glad the Cascade hops aren't over-done (not a big fan). The beer starts out tart and fruity up front with pineapple and orange notes and digs in with some bitterness in the back of the palate. The finish is also fruity. Very drinkable beer. Refreshing.

Not a bad offering from Sweetwater. It's not what I typically look for in an American IPA. It lacks a substantial malt backbone and feels a bit sharp and thin, but the flavor is rather nice. I like the fruity character of the hops and found this beer to be one you want to drink 2 or 3 of.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine hops over the top of very light aromas of grainy + wheat malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy, pale, and wheat malts with a touch of subtle sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - a nice white IPA with the touches of wheat as well as the moderate hop presence. Definitely worth grabbing and better than I expected.

Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden body capped by a creamy off-white head. Great lacing and head retention.
S: Spruce, citrus, pine & floral nose.
T: Fruity, lightly peppery & herbal flavors.
M: Light body with moderately spicy yet not overly bitter hop profile.
O: Delicious white IPA.

Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - light hazy gold with a towering foamy head great retention and great lacing.

S - very citrus forward with bread and earthy notes present

T - citrus and floral tasting with a dry sour finish. Closer to a Belgian than an IPA IMHO.

M - bit of an unpleasant aftertaste, lots of carbonation

O - not crazy about this one.

Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blue Moon appearance, IPA taste

Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Had this beer on-tap, poured into a pint glass at Gene's Haufbrau. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, light spices, and hops.

T: Tasted of some hops (not as much as in most IPAs), coriander, and citrus (orange). Like the aroma, the flavor was light and sweet. This beer actually tasted like a witbier with overtones of an IPA. Not a bad combination.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Definitely a different take on the IPA, but not unwelcome. It's light, refreshing and easy to like.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With an inspired spice, smoothness and drinkable demeanor, Sweetwater's Whiplash White IPA captures well the citrus and wheat flavor of Belgium, but also introduces American hops with an acidic bitterness that brightens the beer from its early aromas to its fleeting finish.

Opening with a richer-than-expected golden hue, its color is much more golden than canary, its appearance takes the shape of Belgian-style golden ale than of Witbier. As the beer settles in the glass, its head character holds semi-stern and dissolves only after the halfway point, and leaves random clumps of lacing behind.

Its perfumy aromatics are alive with rose pedals, citrus peels, delicately crushes coriander seeds, cardamom and honeysuckle. Its background of malt is of honey a light biscuit and gives the beer a lightly toasted scent. Along side, the fruity influences weave in with lemon, apple, delicate pineapple and apricot.

With a supple honey and thin caramel taste, the early palate is greeted with malt sweetness, toasted bread-type graininess and slight nutty character. Its richer bread and yeast character is modest but present but is also content to allow the fruit and spice to tell the tale thereafter. Orange peels, pear and apple share a stage with white pepper, clove, and cardamom for something that comes together like potpourri. As the spicy alcohol weaves in, a light detergent-like character prevails.

Early on, the beer's carbonation is high and zesty, but after it surpasses creamy and then subdued character the beer becomes more and more weighted on the palate. Its exuberent carbonation ushers in high drinkability for the first fleeting moments but after that, the beer is sweet and tacky, leaving fruit and honey lingering on the palate in less-than-preferred character. Minty-vanilla cooling/warmth causes gives the beer the reprieve that it sorely desires.

The ale is a little messy, but is still quite desirable as it does something compelling and unique- creamy-dry like American Ale, fruity and spicy like Belgian Ale and then with a clean perfume character that is somewhat flamboyant.

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 12/9/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Wheat/pine/florals/a hint of caramel
T: Matches the nose note for note
F: Light to medium-bodied, crisp
O: Solid, very drinkable just nothing outstanding

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 1 inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving a good bit of lacing down a goblet glass.

Smell is really good. I get a lot of Christmas tree pine hops with a hint of wheat in the background.

Taste follows the nose with a really good amount of the pine hops up front with wheat malts coming in on the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a good amount of carbonation to give it a kick.

Overall, a good beer. It gives you the taste of an IPA with the look of a witbeir. A nice combo in my opinion.

Photo of bareju
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Heavy tropical fruit and citrus nose and flavor. Sweet. Finishes with balanced hop bitterness. Easy drinking.

Nothing special, but solid. A nice change of pace from spicy ipas.

Photo of RyanPoff
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into stein.

A: Clear, medium amber with about two fingers of bright white head with a little lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate pine notes along with fruits. Aromatic, but not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA.

T: Some citrus fruits and medium hopes. Tasty, but again, not remarkable. Somewhat of a residual hop aftertaste after it's drank.

M: Mouthfeel is light bodied, perfectly carbonated, really an excellent mouthfeel.

This is likable enough and not offensive at all, but it feels like Sweetwater really played it safe and went the moderate route. Not sure it's worth a purchase over other white IPAs this yar like accumulation.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle picked up as a 6 pack.

A - Golden yellow, with clarity and 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Belgian yeast and hops. Nice combo for sure.

T - A hopped up belgian ale. Grapefruit, candy (but not too sweet..just right), and tons of dank hops. Excellent!

M - Highly carbonated, sizzles in your mouth.

O - Sweetwater nails this belgian IPA. Glad to have a new seasonal. A very close cousin to their IPA but with a belgian yeast strain. Great brew!

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.