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Whiplash White IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
What happens when a 500year 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.
This is an American style Belgian IPA, with a subtle phenolic flavor in combination with citrusy/piney hops, well balanced at 6.2% and 55 IBUs, with a tart, dry finish.
2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner for American-Belgo-Style Ale category.

Grains: 2-Row, Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops: Bravo, Ahtanum, Centennial, Cascade
Dry Hop: Ahtanum, Centennial, Simcoe

55 IBUs

Added by GABrew on 11-16-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
361
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 361
Photo of superb2194
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance
copper. only like half a finger head, which was totally fine with me. nice lacing.

Nose
it smells kind of malty imo. a bit of peach or mango. not super impressive in this area.

Taste
excellent!! lots of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. a little peach comes in too imo. not too bitter. an excellent "starter" IPA if you're trying to show your friends that not all IPAs are super bitter.
Mouthfeel
crisp. this beer is somehow mouthwatering and dry at the same time. medium carbonation.

Overall
I enjoy this seasonal IPA offering from Sweetwater more than I enjoy their regular IPA. I think more citrus comes through in this beer than their regular IPA. Good "starter" IPA because it's not super bitter, but at the same time, seasoned IPA drinkers will enjoy this.

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Photo of tmm313
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Light orange, golden color. Poured a nice creamy 1 finger head. Dissipated pretty quickly into nothing.
S- Tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, caramel, earthy aromas, a little dank and some floral.
T- Sweet grapefruit, caramel, tropical fruit, and honey up front. Followed by nice pine, orange and lemon rind over a noticeable malt backbone. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter.
M- On the lighter side of medium. Oily and slick on the tongue. Nice drying finish.
O- This was a damn good beer. It was very well balanced with a nice complexity. I will be having this many more times to come.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle picked up as a 6 pack.

A - Golden yellow, with clarity and 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Belgian yeast and hops. Nice combo for sure.

T - A hopped up belgian ale. Grapefruit, candy (but not too sweet..just right), and tons of dank hops. Excellent!

M - Highly carbonated, sizzles in your mouth.

O - Sweetwater nails this belgian IPA. Glad to have a new seasonal. A very close cousin to their IPA but with a belgian yeast strain. Great brew!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA, good balance, nice wheat taste in there as well. Pours coppery with a white head. Pretty good brew by sweetwater. Good mouthfeel as well. give it a try

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Photo of rangerred
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with just a small fizzy head. Not really any head retention and just a few wisps of lacing on the sides of the glass. I'm a little disappointed with the appearance on this one.

The aroma more than makes up for what the appearance lacks. A huge hit of juicy, tropical fruit in the nose with some pleasant Belgian yeasty undertones. Not a ton of malt but this is really nice.

The flavor is just as great of the aroma. Lots of juicy fruit mixed with a bit of yeast spiciness. Grapefruit and orange dominate along with some orange peel and coriander. Bitterness is high and does well in balancing out the sweetness. Not much malt flavor but it isn't really missed.

Overall, I wish I would have tried this sooner. What an awesome IPA. Sweetwater never fails to disappoint with just about every beer they release.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden amber appearance, with haze in the body, made it clear, that this was a beer drawing on both IPA and wheat beer traditions. The smell was sweet, delicate, floral, and lightly citric. The taste struck a good balance between a Witbier and an IPA, as I could first detect bubblegum, banana, and a peppery yeast, and then got a dose of grapefruit, and some pine. This was not quite a thorough melding of the two style, but more of a layering effect, with two distinct waves of flavors. The mouthfeel was creamy and soft, being close to basically a Witbier, while the finish was drawn out hops similar to, but not quite as intense as an IPA. Nicely done blend of styles.

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Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sourd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

draft shaker pint

tangerine in color...cloudy would be an understatement

floral hop scent with substantial wheat funk

glorious floral grapefruit taste with a slight wheaty sourness

almost creamy with a thirst quenching finish

an almost perfect white ipa/american wheat ale. absolutely lovely. cant understand why this is sub-90

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 1 inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving a good bit of lacing down a goblet glass.

Smell is really good. I get a lot of Christmas tree pine hops with a hint of wheat in the background.

Taste follows the nose with a really good amount of the pine hops up front with wheat malts coming in on the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a good amount of carbonation to give it a kick.

Overall, a good beer. It gives you the taste of an IPA with the look of a witbeir. A nice combo in my opinion.

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Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally cold in Florida , picked up the tacklebox from Sweetwater Brewing a sampler pack we havent tried before to go along with chili,homemade bread this evening.

poured into a malt glass strong fine carbo. with heavy lacing as swirled
settles quickly appears natural carbonation so far almost amber appearance.

nose- cascade hops and another i can't ID citrusy nose

described on the bottle as a wreck between a 300 year old Belgian style and a pompous American hop collision
I have grown to like the Sweetwater Brews they have continued to Impress me and and in price range for the average working guy who cant afford the $6-12 a bottle craft beer err i like to call them microbreweries still.. you want to steer bud drinkers? this is how ..good flavor ale you'll purchase again and it's not junk
i give them a 4 across the board

Nice work and cheers to the brewmaster

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater is a great brewery and yet you don’t see them very often or in enough variety. I was glad to see this 6.2% ABV white IPA so I picked up a six pack and chilled it. Then I poured it into a tulip glass.

Look-It pours a relatively clear golden color with some carbonation trails floating to the top. The head is foamy with big bubbles and is white. The lacing is delicate and drooping.

Smell-It smells pleasantly of citrus hops. I also smell a tinge of floral hops.

Taste-The taste is brilliant. I clean expression of a variety of citrus based hops such as clementine, orange, tangerine, grapefruit rind, lingering acidity, and then a smooth malt backbone. Like a note floating high above the citrus chorus, a tinge of floral essences are expressed nicely.

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is smooth and fizzy and is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. There are plenty of hop oils that coat the tongue and linger in between sips.

Overall-This is a refreshing brew that is best served chilled. Another tasty beer by Sweetwater.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 12/9/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Wheat/pine/florals/a hint of caramel
T: Matches the nose note for note
F: Light to medium-bodied, crisp
O: Solid, very drinkable just nothing outstanding

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Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lush, clear orange color is topped with a frothy white head after a hard pour. Aroma is crackers light pine and peppery hops with a tilt to the Belgian side with the yeast spicyness and esters. Taste is smooth not overly bitter hop profile with light spice, herbal and piney with a good foundation of toasted malt and stoned wheat crackers. Flavored all work good together to make an easy drinker that is good with most American cuisine.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled ina glass

The color is golden with slight hazed appearance and very thick white head with 3 fingers of foam and lace that sticks. The smell has a sweet orange peel aroma with wheat in the malt adding a sweet odor with slight nutty accent and mild yeast ester with subtle lemony smell. The feel is good with medium body and moderately high bitterness with light sweetness and moderate carbonation with slight yeast texture adding to the body with very dry finish with some spice in the feel.

The taste is a good hybrid of a wit and IPA with tangy and fruity combination of yeast with citrus flavor both of orange rind and hops with a slight yeast phenol and mild dry quality as the herbal flavor of the hops comes in late in the taste wtih a fruity mix of yeast and mild citrus tangy with light spice and toast as it finishes on the dry side with low alcohol in the taste and lingering hop bitterness. Overall a pretty decent take on the style with decent citrus synergy of peel and hops with a good amount of balance from the wheat and wit yeast. i would try this again if I saw it on tap.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Whiplash White IPA
3.86/5.00

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Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one Heck of a hybrid ale. Wit grain bill, strong ale yeast, American IPA hopping. Sizeable head, good lace, wispy covering. Cloudy orange gold. Nose is lively with wheat twang, light pils breadiness, tropical fruit hops. Taste is an amalgam and it works out beautifully. Light malty body that seems to be overwhelmed by the huge hop content but the yeast and mellower hop artifacts bring a balance to the finish that makes this highly quaffable and refreshing. Feel is smooth with a mild carbonation that brings a gentle dubbing of the mouth. I like this stuff. It's hard to define out pigeonhole bit it's good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, orange appearance, an enormous amount of white sediment spiraling about, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of the sweet, pine resin, light grapefruit type thing, and the flavor is of white bread, hop resin, rather low bitterness, sweetness, and grapefruit. The key word, here, is "citrus fruit". Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.

RJT

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine hops over the top of very light aromas of grainy + wheat malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy, pale, and wheat malts with a touch of subtle sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - a nice white IPA with the touches of wheat as well as the moderate hop presence. Definitely worth grabbing and better than I expected.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass. Dark amber hazy color with a fluffy bright white head that lingered. Tropical and fruity aromas with some Belgian yeast and bread. Taste was complex: primarily citrusy hoppy flavor with some estery Belgian notes and a good malt backbone. Dry finish. I don't like this style in general, but this seems to be a better representation than others I've tried.

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Photo of BigGold
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "03/24/2016," into snifter. According to the bottle, Belgian style ale rear-ended by a truckload of American hops. Yep.

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
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