Whiplash White IPA - SweetWater Brewing Company
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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
3.86/5 rDev +0.5%
"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
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Whiplash White IPA
04-05-2014 17:48:08 | More by Jadjunk
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-28-2014 15:55:32 | More by bsp77
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-22-2014 16:52:34 | More by Paincane
Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.