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Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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85
very good

45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 329
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 30.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GABrew on 11-16-2013

What happens when a 500year old Belgian style ale gets rear-ended by a truckload of pompous American hops? It equals one heck of an ambulance chaser of a beer.
This is an American style Belgian IPA, with a subtle phenolic flavor in combination with citrusy/piney hops, well balanced at 6.2% and 55 IBUs, with a tart, dry finish.
2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner for American-Belgo-Style Ale category.

Grains: 2-Row, Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops: Bravo, Ahtanum, Centennial, Cascade
Dry Hop: Ahtanum, Centennial, Simcoe

55 IBUs
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Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is bottle conditioned. Enjoy by 2/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks really good. The aromas have tons of fresh grass. Subtle yeast notes with hints of banana and citrus. The flavors are very earthy. More fresh grass. Nice solid hop bitterness. Hints of lemon and lime zest. Hints of pine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. The mouthfeel is nice. It's light with very active carbonation. It's prickly and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This might not be my personal favorite Beligian/White IPA, but it's well crafted. It's very sharp, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lush, clear orange color is topped with a frothy white head after a hard pour. Aroma is crackers light pine and peppery hops with a tilt to the Belgian side with the yeast spicyness and esters. Taste is smooth not overly bitter hop profile with light spice, herbal and piney with a good foundation of toasted malt and stoned wheat crackers. Flavored all work good together to make an easy drinker that is good with most American cuisine.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater seems to have a bunch of mainstream brews that are pretty simple and conformist. These may have been more "out there" a decade ago, but in today's American brewing landscape, they are mundane.

This one looks great in the glass. Great little bubbles, and great color. The smell is weak, but correct for the style and inoffensive. The taste is slightly sharp, slightly bitter, very slightly yeasty. It has a lot going on.

Although this is a well made brew of decent quality, it did not wow me and it doesn't seem a great representation of the style. You can do a lot better.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good, not much more special compared to their 420 or Hop Hash brews, very comparable to them. Great re-drinkable beer, but nothing spectacular. Reminds me very much of there other 2 brews mentioned. I still love sweetwater though!

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Photo of superb2194
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance
copper. only like half a finger head, which was totally fine with me. nice lacing.

Nose
it smells kind of malty imo. a bit of peach or mango. not super impressive in this area.

Taste
excellent!! lots of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. a little peach comes in too imo. not too bitter. an excellent "starter" IPA if you're trying to show your friends that not all IPAs are super bitter.
Mouthfeel
crisp. this beer is somehow mouthwatering and dry at the same time. medium carbonation.

Overall
I enjoy this seasonal IPA offering from Sweetwater more than I enjoy their regular IPA. I think more citrus comes through in this beer than their regular IPA. Good "starter" IPA because it's not super bitter, but at the same time, seasoned IPA drinkers will enjoy this.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled ina glass

The color is golden with slight hazed appearance and very thick white head with 3 fingers of foam and lace that sticks. The smell has a sweet orange peel aroma with wheat in the malt adding a sweet odor with slight nutty accent and mild yeast ester with subtle lemony smell. The feel is good with medium body and moderately high bitterness with light sweetness and moderate carbonation with slight yeast texture adding to the body with very dry finish with some spice in the feel.

The taste is a good hybrid of a wit and IPA with tangy and fruity combination of yeast with citrus flavor both of orange rind and hops with a slight yeast phenol and mild dry quality as the herbal flavor of the hops comes in late in the taste wtih a fruity mix of yeast and mild citrus tangy with light spice and toast as it finishes on the dry side with low alcohol in the taste and lingering hop bitterness. Overall a pretty decent take on the style with decent citrus synergy of peel and hops with a good amount of balance from the wheat and wit yeast. i would try this again if I saw it on tap.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale blonde with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Mango, dank, lemon, and candy sugar.

Taste
Smooth wheat malts with notes of banana, honey, and candied lemon. Light mango and papaya with some dankness. Finishes with some resin and residual sugars.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, silky, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
A nice mellow beer with a smooth hop profile.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater is a great brewery and yet you don’t see them very often or in enough variety. I was glad to see this 6.2% ABV white IPA so I picked up a six pack and chilled it. Then I poured it into a tulip glass.

Look-It pours a relatively clear golden color with some carbonation trails floating to the top. The head is foamy with big bubbles and is white. The lacing is delicate and drooping.

Smell-It smells pleasantly of citrus hops. I also smell a tinge of floral hops.

Taste-The taste is brilliant. I clean expression of a variety of citrus based hops such as clementine, orange, tangerine, grapefruit rind, lingering acidity, and then a smooth malt backbone. Like a note floating high above the citrus chorus, a tinge of floral essences are expressed nicely.

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is smooth and fizzy and is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. There are plenty of hop oils that coat the tongue and linger in between sips.

Overall-This is a refreshing brew that is best served chilled. Another tasty beer by Sweetwater.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass. Dark amber hazy color with a fluffy bright white head that lingered. Tropical and fruity aromas with some Belgian yeast and bread. Taste was complex: primarily citrusy hoppy flavor with some estery Belgian notes and a good malt backbone. Dry finish. I don't like this style in general, but this seems to be a better representation than others I've tried.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like nice citrus and pine hops, with a little earthy malt.
T: It tasted like pine and unripe apricot, with some citrus zest and earthy malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice and smooth body.
D: This was a nice IPA, not exactly sure what makes it white. The scent and taste were decent, and the body was nice. The finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 !!!!!!!!

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Photo of curleegirlee1
1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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

decent but nothing real special here. i dont get the white part really, at least not as much as others in the style. its only a little cloudy and wheaty, still more of a regular ipa to me in grain composition and flavor, although there is a slight hint of belgian yeast fruitiness to this that may take it there, but its so subtle as to be an accent. the hops are also a little mild for what i like an in ipa, and would call this more in the session family, except its over 6% abv, so it doesnt really fit there either. i need to assess this just as a beer, not how well it fits into a style, especially one as poorly defined as a white ipa. its clean drinking, no yeast or grain weight to this slowing it down, and carbonation is high, all of which i like, but i am looking for more hops in this, and for a sturdiness that matches its alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev +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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of bareju
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 the 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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"What happens when a 500 year old Belgian style ale gets rear-ended by a truckload of pompous American hops? It equals one heck of an ambulance chaser of a beer. Hold on tight!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian/White IPA. Sweetwater's newest seasonal release, first released in late December 2013, available in 12 oz. six packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp plaster-white head of a frothy consistency over a moderately hazed honey-amber body with very fine, yet plentiful sediment in tow. Retention is below average, lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is sporadic and plentiful. 3.5

(Smell) Whiplash delivers a strong citrus and grapefruit hop aroma up front with a moderate perceived bitterness. Beneath the hops is a smooth mildly toasted biscuit malt base, a touch of caramel syrup sweetness and a thin wheat malt body. Belgian notes of peppery spice are pleasantly mild, in touch with the hop aromas and do not dominate the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Biscuity malt with a touch of peppery grain body follows through with a mild lemon and grapefruit hop flavor and a very mellow bitterness. Belgian accents are even more limited to a mild perky spice accent on the clean finish. Overall the flavor is fairly mild, yet better rounded than most Belgian IPAs that I have tried, the Belgian aspect doesn't go overboard, and the hops do come through really well, especially the flavors of grapefruit. Some might find the flavor potential not quite where it should be, in terms of both the hops and yeast profile, but this beer manages a great drinkability and accessibility, especially for those treading light into the style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, fluffy and mildly chewy. Carbonation adds a very soft, subtle frothiness that accents well the Belgian notes and doesn't crowd out the subtlety and detail of the hops. Body is light/medium for the style, medium amongst all beers. Balance is fairly well maintained between sweetness and bitterness, with neither making a serious dent in the drinker's palate, this is a fairly good session option for fans of the style. Alcohol presence is light, very well hidden behind the hop profile. 4.5

(Overall) I find Whiplash a great representative of a style that I find more difficult to enjoy than not, especially due to a usual lack of balance between the American hop and the Belgian yeast. Whiplash finds a comfortable rift between these two, and the drinker can expect a light, accessible body with a juicy grapefruit hop profile and a modest, Belgian yeast accent. This would be a great first stop to the style for emerging Beer connoisseurs to see what the fuss is all about. 4

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Whiplash White IPA
3.86/5.00

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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