Whiplash White IPA | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Whiplash White IPAWhiplash White IPA
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
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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12
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

decent but nothing real special here. i dont get the white part really, at least not as much as others in the style. its only a little cloudy and wheaty, still more of a regular ipa to me in grain composition and flavor, although there is a slight hint of belgian yeast fruitiness to this that may take it there, but its so subtle as to be an accent. the hops are also a little mild for what i like an in ipa, and would call this more in the session family, except its over 6% abv, so it doesnt really fit there either. i need to assess this just as a beer, not how well it fits into a style, especially one as poorly defined as a white ipa. its clean drinking, no yeast or grain weight to this slowing it down, and carbonation is high, all of which i like, but i am looking for more hops in this, and for a sturdiness that matches its alcohol content.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter (plus light revision with sample on tap at the brewery in Nov. 2014).

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. Less hoppy and bold than the outstanding "regular" Sweetwater IPA.

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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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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 smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Moved onto the MST3K version of "The Brain That Wouldn't die". Good times. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises powdered sugar, light lemon rind, coriander, and mild oats. The taste holds notes of dark greens, light black pepper, and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a liquid feel. Overall, a very meh w"white IPA", a style whose continued existence continues to perplex me, considering I've yet to have a really good example. Oh well...

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexFields
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Whiplash White IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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