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Hop-Lace White IPA | Rivertowne Brewing

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Brewed by:
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woodychandler on 04-14-2014

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Once more, The Friendly Greek bottle shop comes through with the latest offering from western Pennsylvania! Man, I never envisioned the plethora of CANs that are now available when I embarked on The CANQuest (TM), but neither am I CANplaining.

From the CAN: "This modern, creative interpretation of a classic Belgian-white ale is hop-forward, in flavor, or 'laced' with hops. Hop-Lace, a White IPA made with sweet orange peel, Amarillo and Citra hops create a tight formation of 'Belgian Lace' leaving an intricate flavor that will have you clinging for more. Cheers and thanks, The Rivertowne Brewing Crew".

The famous Rivertowne fish is wearing a monk's robe on this one and as Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder, I highly approve!

The Crack! was loud and caused a spritz so an inverted Glug was definitely in order to celebrate. The cloudiness of the beer did not allow for much cascading to take place, but the pour still created two fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention. The color was a really cloudy golden-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with floaties evident. In total, it looked like a slice of lemon meringue pie. nose smelled of cloves, black pepper, oranges and pine. I have said before that I am not fan of the Cascadian/Black IPA style because the dark malts CAN overwhelm the precious hops. I am a fan of the White IPA style for the exact opposite reason - the spices and yeast actually enhance the hops! Now, my mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but that was forgivable. The taste had a slight tartness to it, but the overall flavor was quite citrusy, lemons and oranges with some mustiness thrown in for good measure. Sure enough, great lacing was beginning to form as I drank. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. I have had better iterations of the style and when coupled with its ABV, a couple might be enough. It is worth a try, but not actively seeking out.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is a sizable tower of stiff yellow-tinted cream, rising high above a thick pale orange-gold brew. The head settles down with time to a heavy foam and leaves patching from the very top of the glass down.
The smell is a bite of ripe pine and citrus peel, fresh rather than dry, some light pith as well as a bit of sweetness working in tandem. It's floral with something thickly earthy riding it out all the way.
The taste follows suit, and a leafy dryness builds up on the tongue as the pine, earth and leaf take charge. The finish has a hint of briny pith.
A nice, medium body holds it up with some thickness that doesn't get to be too heavy. Otherwise, there's a nice bite of crispness and it maintains a smooth feel with it.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a hint of orange haze. Head was frothy but dissipated rather quickly. Lacing is good. The smell was fantastic; citrusy, yeasty, phenolic, and very in your face. The taste was just as good; sweet, with hop presence, and the perfect amount of orange peel. There is some wheat, biscuit, and caramel flavors going on as well. The beer was smooth, a little creamy, and light bodied. Definitely sessionable. Overall this was a very pleasant experience. Surprisingly complex beer. I was searching for reasons to dock points because I was surprised at my ratings myself. Keep in mind that I do love Belgian style IPAs and I think this is a great one.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You guessed it. The the master of all things canned, woodychandler, came through with this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head and a few floaties in it. Smell is of spices, oranges, some hops. Taste is hop forward, light bitterness, orange and spices are present, but subdued compared to the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Psg5062
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of waskojat
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cistercian12
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ttylicki
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ashlinn
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kristougher
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stanley23
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a standard pint. The brew appears a clouded yellow color with a white finger of cap that fades leaving spotty strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of clove and lemongrass/coriander. For a witbier, it doesnt smell bad. They really nailed the white aspect of this brew, however the IPA portion seems lacking.

The taste is bitter with grass/coriander. A bit of herbs and clove into the finish. Whereas the nose was dominated by the white side of this hybrid style, the taste is more driven by the IPA side of things.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It displays an oily hop feel but overall seems a but clashing. Not a bad beer by any stretch but also not something I would seek out or really desire having again. It really is a strange halfway house between 2 styles and it doesnt really work for me.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow with a hint of orange; a one-finger head and good carbonation
S: Loads of citrus rind, a drop of pine sap and a pleasant soft wheat aroma underneath
T: A touch sweet, the wheat/malt comes through here more but backed by pleasant citrus notes
M: Soft, medium-bodied, a touch sweet
O: I think this definitely fits the 'white ipa' description well. I like the wheat notes added to the normal malt of an IPA, though I think this could benefit nicely from a touch less sweetness/more hop character

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Photo of GregStoner
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean_King
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What is it with the labels on cans? Once in a while is okay. But hopefully this doesn't become a regular thing. Looks cheap.

Anyways. To the beer. Cloudy view looking in the glass. Beer has a nice floral tone to it, which I assume is hop influenced. Kind of a clay tone to it as well, on the backside. Overall, this is actually pretty good. Not a perfect example of the style, but well done. I like it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rivertowne is starting to be a favored brewer for me. This one is an example of why.

It has a cool pee-yellow appearance - kind of bright, with loads of lacing. The aroma is funky and skunky.

The taste is complex. It's dry and bitter with loads of hops, of course, with bitter fruity dryness. Wonderful. The aftertaste lingers clean and bitter.

I am going to seek this out again and I recommend it highly.

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