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Whiplash White IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Whiplash White IPAWhiplash White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by GABrew on 11-16-2013

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 360
Photo of curleegirlee1
1.25/5  rDev -67.1%

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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Moved onto the MST3K version of "The Brain That Wouldn't die". Good times. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises powdered sugar, light lemon rind, coriander, and mild oats. The taste holds notes of dark greens, light black pepper, and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a liquid feel. Overall, a very meh w"white IPA", a style whose continued existence continues to perplex me, considering I've yet to have a really good example. Oh well...

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Photo of serotoninronin
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Pure clover honey, but slightly more translucent. A ton of drifting bubbles, but none of them seem to be in a particular hurry, clinging to the side of the glass. Nice 1.5 finger head that craters in quickly in the center, but stays real sticky around the edges, like meringue almost. Decently thick, very constant lacing all around.

S: Lots of tart breadiness, even more so than regular old sourdough, almost reminiscent of a gose. Some candy-like sweetness to go along with it. Not quite citrus, but more like the center of a gobstopper. Some spiky woodsy notes as well. Burning leaves on the edges.

T: Sweetness shifts to a less tart place up front. Moves into an orange-rindy citrus. Maybe kumquats. Tons of belgian yeast, with pure pine hop resin on the back end with a much more aggressive charred bitterness lingering than I was expecting. A little too structured and linear; the flavors don't meld as well as they could have.

M: Really ideal carbonation level. It feels really active in your mouth, broadly speaking, but you don't get the sharpness on the tongue that would usually go along with it. Clear and concise movement across the palate.

O: Not a bad beer, but not one that I'm likely to buy again. It's refreshing, but I wouldn't call it drinkable. Maintains its IPA teeth rather nicely.

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Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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 RyanPoff
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden with frothy ivory head.

Floral hops, resin, and citrus pith in aroma.

Citrus pith base, substantial bitterness at finish. Resiny underpinnings. Slightly harsh. Phenolic aftertaste.

Medium to med full body, carbonation a touch high, astringent finish, alcohol warmth.

Very flavorful. Not much Belgian character. Too bitter for my liking. Couldn't get past the phenols.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 aleckpa
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 theranchstar
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So I noticed this beer in Publix and had never seen it before, so here we are. I really like this beer. It seems to be vastly different from Sweetwater has usually done. Has a great balance and all in all is very drinkable. This is pretty new beer and I would definitely suggest you go and pick some up to try for yourself.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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 SGT_Cookie
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent White IPA with balanced hop bitterness and a good wheat character. Drank it out the bottle so I didn't get a look at it. It was good but I think I would prefer the Hop Hash or their other IPA's.

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Photo of bareju
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best If Enjoyed By: 02/24/14.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, yellow-orange body with just over an inch of white foam. Lacing is light on the descent.

Smell: Florals, pithy citrus fruits, predominately, with lesser hints of earthiness and even spearmint on a deep sniff. Underneath, a fairly soft scented, mild maltiness.

Taste: A light, soft taste of pale malts augmented by a lil' smidgen of wheat. Subtle sweetness. Soft breadiness. Citrusy, lightly floral with a thin, underlying earthiness. Medium-plus bitterness. The hop flavors recede, leaving a stone fruit taste with minor phenolic spicing on the soft, smooth finish and final kiss of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Better than expected!

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Photo of BigGold
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "03/24/2016," into snifter. According to the bottle, Belgian style ale rear-ended by a truckload of American hops. Yep.

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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