Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
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!
12-25-2013 21:21:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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
3.79/5 rDev -1.3%
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
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. Subtle hops, perhaps connected to the dating: just past BB date.
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. Seems best classified as a BPA.
04-09-2014 23:09:34 | More by chinchill
4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-19-2014 00:09:02 | More by avalon07
4.29/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a beautiful clear amber with some white head. Hoppy aroma has a strong citrus undertone, more Mandarin orange than grapefruit. Flavor is monumentally hoppy and has a bold sour citrus tone, as much grapefruit as Mandarin orange. Texture is quite fizzy so you feel it inside you as it heads downstairs. This is one whiplash you will be glad you got!
12-16-2013 02:36:48 | More by Cyberkedi
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-18-2013 04:10:13 | More by Immortale25
3.51/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-24-2014 23:53:41 | More by barczar
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-03-2014 01:13:19 | More by MacQ32
Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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