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Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Whiplash White IPAWhiplash White IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GABrew on 11-16-2013)
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HOPHEADNATIONMATT

Florida

2/5  rDev -48.1%

04-10-2014 22:50:38 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
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thereal_adam

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-13-2014 03:11:57 | More by thereal_adam
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goodshiz

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

07-04-2014 14:10:20 | More by goodshiz
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TheNakedStiletto

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

03-18-2014 13:04:13 | More by TheNakedStiletto
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-18-2013 23:18:02 | More by khargro2
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GMan

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-29-2014 22:11:47 | More by GMan
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serotoninronin

Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

12-04-2013 19:36:49 | More by serotoninronin
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user785335

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-12-2014 13:46:24 | More by user785335
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

01-22-2014 01:31:29 | More by PA-Michigander
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pixieskid

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-07-2014 10:21:03 | More by pixieskid
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -13%

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.

01-12-2014 01:07:50 | More by RyanPoff
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mte1972

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-12-2013 18:31:12 | More by mte1972
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-08-2014 22:03:00 | More by tdm168
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-09-2014 02:36:23 | More by zp6167a
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-11-2014 22:54:05 | More by smakawhat
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Arch-Harris

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-24-2013 03:11:14 | More by Arch-Harris
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-09-2014 01:59:31 | More by AngusOg
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-21-2014 23:20:51 | More by sweemzander
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wshell1

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-22-2014 21:11:06 | More by wshell1
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-14-2014 01:26:13 | More by Mikecap
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-15-2014 16:15:21 | More by jaswilson2
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-12-2014 17:08:56 | More by SFC21
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

01-13-2014 06:49:37 | More by BEERchitect
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Born_Beerknurd

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-12-2013 00:40:56 | More by Born_Beerknurd
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-16-2014 01:07:46 | More by rudabegga9
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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.