Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
2.08/5 rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Shock Top Wheat IPA pours to an orange/gold color with a nose that is faint, featuring the aroma of wheat and some fruit. The head of foam is also faint, but it at least maintains a thin layer as you consume.
This beer attempts to combine the qualities of an IPA with a wheat beer but from an IPA perspective, it fails to impress. The taste is one of sweet malts, bread, a very small amount of coriander, and orange. The finish is grainy and sweet, with only a dash of hop bitterness that quickly switches back to a sweet malt flavor in the aftertaste.
Shock Top Wheat IPA attempts to marry the qualities of a wheat beer and an India Pale Ale, but if this beer is any indication, the two would be better off divorced. The combination sounds interesting, but this beer simply doesn’t pull off the feat. The wheat flavor is most dominate, but there is really nothing here that would lead you to believe that IPA was part of the product’s inspiration. Even the wheat character is lame and it isn’t robust in any way. The citrus taste is present, in the form of oranges, but it is also sorely lacking. The coriander is barely detectable and I think it is safe to say that most drinkers wouldn’t even realize that coriander was present unless they read the words on the label.
If you want an IPA, I strongly suggest looking elsewhere because there is little to nothing present in this flavor combination from Shock Top that will satisfy your IPA hop cravings. The combination of wheat and IPA sounds intriguing, but it just doesn’t work very well with this product.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2012 03:08:55 | More by BryanCarey
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