Ghost Ship White IPA | Capital Brewery

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Ghost Ship White IPAGhost Ship White IPA

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 104
Photo of Ferretferret
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

What a disappointment! The initial taste brings a wave of IPA flavors - hints of grapefruit, pine, citrus, etc... Only to be inundated by the bitterness I associate with cheap beer. Some of this bitterness may come from the CO2; this is the fizziest beer I've had, out of at least 100, but, it really does seem like they mixed some cheap beer with a really nice IPA.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ghost Ship pours a hazy golden color with a small, but lacing head. Very spicy aroma, with lots of coriander notes. Taste is citruses, lots of coriander, and just a slight bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, not much of an IPA, but the sweet is nicely balanced by the bitterness.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light spices. Taste is citrus, some malts, hints of spice, mild bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking and beer.

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Photo of bfrank8
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Does not resemble an IPA to me, and the good wheat beer aspects don't come through either. I had high expectations, hoped for a Belgium like IPA. It was more of an "off" slightly English hopped American wheat beer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is mild with a bit of hops and malt. Appearance is a dirty amber with a fairly long lasting head. Flavor's stale hops, malt, bittersweet with a little tang. Off flavors in the finish.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze under a 1” rapidly receding off-white foam collar.

S: Spice, citrus, light grains, fruit, orange and grapefruit. The fruit aromas are medium to medium high, the malt aromas are medium to medium low.

T: Begins with spice and light grains developing into a fine balance of spice, fruit, citrus and grapefruit over a malt backbone of light wheat and sweet malt. Has a grapefruit rind bitterness and a lingering fruit bitterness. The hop driven and added fruit flavors are medium to medium high, the malt flavors are medium.

F: Medium to medium light body and medium high carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable American Wheat ale that is a little more hop forward than most with an interesting balance of flavors.

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Photo of laketang
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours cloudy orange with white head

I get expected pine and citrus notes

taste is hoppy grapefruit and bitter lots of pine

no real sweetness, a bit of carbonation, bitterness on the finish

this beer here, buy and enjoy a sixer and move on.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was bemused when I saw this during my most recent WisCANsin visit as it is further proof that in this day and age, everything is an IPA. I figure that if they went to the trouble of a) making it and b) putting it in a CAN, then the least that I CAN do is include it on/with The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Wheat Ale with Coriander and Citrus Peel"; "This unfiltered ale is brewed with wheat, spices, and citrus, which are accentuated by the bright grapefruit flavor and aroma of Amarillo hops. Don't let its plae color fool you, it's scary good!"

The loud Crack! inspired me to CANduct an inverted Glug and the foam began coming up pretty quickly, so I had to back off to prevent overflowing. I ended up with three fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention that began to leave loads of lacing as it fell. Color was a cloudy Golden-Yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with loads of floaties in evidence. Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sort of a letdown following the nose. It was nowhere near as intense and it did not seem to meld its CANponents very well with the coriander coming across as overwhelming. The finish was dry, thanks to the spice and hops, but I just felt like it could have been tastier. Capital Brewery used to be solely lagers and this does not play to their strengths.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Medium orangish-yellow. Cloudy. Tall white head. Pretty persistent.
S - Hops prominent, but not especially strong.. A little underlying malt sweetness. Bread and grapefruit, maybe something tropical.
T - Hoppier than I thought. Resiny grapefruit mild sweet malt. Unusual spiciness - coriander it would appear.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from the can in a tumbler at Ranalli's.

Dunno how this bachelor party made its way to this random Wisconsin-centric bar, but who am I to argue here, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises bright flowers, wet grass, greens, and a hint of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, then, quite unfortunately, things take a sudden and direct turn toward a kale- and cabbage-filled path, the former taking preeminence. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, this probably could have been a decent "white IPA", but the strange and thoroughly bitter vegetable character does a massive disservice.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a soapy, white head that has great persistence. A citrus aroma wafts up; orange peel and pine-citrus hops. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a bitter, citrus flavor. You can really taste the orange rind. There is a slight floral aspect of hops behind this. Sweet malt develops briefly, but bitter orange rind comes right back in.

This is one of the better White IPA's I've had. The hops used blend perfectly with orange rind (which is a super common flavor I get in a lot of hops), so this all works well. Definitely worth a try. I'd actually probably buy this one again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white, well-retained head. Patchy lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is spicy coriander, orange, grapefruit, possibly a hint of lemon, and a wheat tang.

The taste is of sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit backed by wheat tang and spicy coriander. It's an interesting, flavorful mix that works well. Dry, spicy, sweet and bitter (slightly sour) well-balanced, refreshing finish.

It is creamy smooth. Refreshing and easy-drinking.

Amarillo hops are enough to make it citric juicy but allow a subtle wheat tang and a dash of pepper to come through. A unique, refreshing brew that is complex and well-made! Very enjoyable!

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Ghost Ship White IPA from Capital Brewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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