Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Whiplash White IPAWhiplash White IPA

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 283
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 4.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of curleegirlee1
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

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. (176 characters)

Photo of serotoninronin
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (2,110 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of theranchstar
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 !!!!!!!! (360 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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. (514 characters)

Photo of bareju
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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. (177 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (807 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 (247 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a finger of near white head. good retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Minimal caramel sweetness, biscuity malts, lighter grassy/floral hops. Smells very fresh and refreshing. Maybe even a hint of grapefruit.

T - Light citrus and grassy hops, very very clean drinking. A bit of clovey spice.

M - Light bodied, certainly well carbonated, great drink ability. (394 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (867 characters)

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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