White Cap
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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IPA - Belgian
3.62 | pDev: 11.88%
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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deebo from Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottled poured into a pint glass.
A-A heady beast with large bubbled white sticky foam atop a clear traditionally colored light golden with a green tint.
S-equal parts fruity yeasty esters and orange/lemon citrus aroma hops. Smells like a white IPA for sure.
T-leans more IPA than Belgian wit than say the original Deschutes Chain breaker. Lots of lemony and rind hoppy flavor layered in with weak Fruity Belgian yeast esters.
M-thin bodied with fairly high carbonation with a fairly high bitter finish. Quite dry.
O-a decent white IPA. A bit heavy on the west coast IPA hops. Resiny and lingering that is overpowering.

Dec 30, 2015
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from a local grocery store, no idea on the freshness as there is not a bottling date/best by. Dear Lord, breweries, put dates on your bottles/cans! Anyways, I let the beer sit for 15 minutes for a more ideal temperature.

Look: The beer pours a nice tangerine color, with a thick white head and is slightly opaque.

Smell: I initially got lemon, pine, and then that Belgian bubble gum yeast. Beautiful

Taste: The initial burst, which is very short lived, is that hop forward citrus and pine, and then melds into the yeast taking over.

Feel: The beer runs slightly dry with bitterness occurring throughout the beer.

Overall: This is a good attempt at a style that seems tough to do. I can appreciate the beer, but may not seek it out as often as some others.

Dec 02, 2015
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golphnut from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Kenya for three years and this was my beer of choice. Tusker is definitely the most popular beer but White Cap is a better beer. Pilsner is another good beer but White Cap was my favorite.

Jun 17, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date indication

Poured into a tulip. Its hazed lighter honey, under a large and lasting lite tan cap. Goes to a thicker froth and leaves gobs of lacing on the glass.

Grapefruit and honey nose.

Pleasant enough quaffer, emits some notes of grapefruit and lite wheaty malts. Sort of thin body wise in the midsection , but finishes with a grapefruit infused flourish. Nothing special, but just a pretty drinkable lighter bodied IPA/Wit/Belgian IPA kinda thang. Nothing amazing nor anything awful going on here.

Feb 24, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow-gold color, definite hazy cast to the body, with a clean white head, tight, but persistent. Pretty extensive lacing.

S - Front is a bit funky. Pine notes and pineapple underpin the front, and a mild honey note, as well.

T - Pine and fruit is forward, with a slightly medicinal quality coming in the middle, and a honey drop note coupling with a bitter line in the close. The medicinal aspect fades some as the beer warms.

M - Crunchy hop bite, with moderate carbonation that does not keep the bitterness from building.

O - Seems a bit off balance, for me. There are solid aspects - pineapple and pine in the nose and open - and some less positive elements, such as the medicinal element. Together it is a mixed bag. Decent, and surprisingly punchy for its low ABV, but not one I'll be rushing to grab among the IPA options.

Jan 28, 2015
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 27 December 2014

Appearance: Pours a bright, crystal clear yellow with a substantial head. Leaves minimal lacing, but lacing nonetheless. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: First it smelled really funky- skunky or almost weed-like. After letting the beer decant for a while, the smell really improved, but still had an edgy quality to it. The bouquet became dominated by bright citrus and pine notes with a touch of weed.

Taste: Light malt base makes for minimal additional sweetness with a huge hop punch on the palate. The flavor hops are essentially the same as in the nose- citrus and pine- but lacking the astringency. The finish is medium-dry.

Mouthfeel: Rather light body, but the high carbonation makes up for it. Exceedingly quaffable.

Overall: Definitely not a "Belgian IPA" at all- no yeast notes, no suspended yeast, and too hoppy, but not a bad light IPA. At 4.2% this is essentially a hopped-up light beer, and one I could pound all day. Comes in cans too, which they were selling at Lambeau Field- this would be a great football game/tailgate beer. Underrated.

Dec 30, 2014
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/21...Hazy but clearing gold. High fluffy white foam, drifts, active bubbles ascending. Citrus pine nose. Soapy. Bitter open, quick fade, sharp citrus peel behind. Persistent bitter. Crazy foam - WTF?

Dec 26, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very good white ipa, i had mine in a stemmed glass poured from a pint can. the color is great, cloudy yellow wheaty look to it, some density, and a bone white head over an inch tall and lasting as long as it takes me to drink the whole beer (which isnt long at all, but probably could have been). nose is nice, not as hoppy as i expected for an ipa, its tempered by a real cereal wheat front end and a pinch of coriander, although i really dont smell much belgian yeast, which i am thankful for. flavor is good and fresh, maybe a little overdone with the wheat malt. it detracts from the hop finish, which i think i like but its so reserved its hard to tell. the body and grain character is huge for a beer thats not even 4 and a half percent. minimally yeasty, but still loosely belgian. better than most, but its still there (for those who dont know, i have a long critique of the style being a hoppy belgian wit, not just a wheat ipa). it all comes together quite well, and i do enjoy the bigger body. i could put back a fair few of these, but a more crisp hop finish would improve the overall experience.

Oct 16, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hinterland "White Cap"
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.99 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits #19, Tampa, FL

Notes: Interesting... truly a witbier & IPA blend. Flavor of wheat/tart lemon with raspy, grassy, and herbal hops. Bitter. Good at first but then bitterness builds, and even with a built up base of wit bier, it has trouble maintaining balance. Dry, hoppy finish lingers. Worth trying.

Jul 05, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $2.45 for the single at Vintage Estate.

A - A rather dark orange color, clear with a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Good lacing.
S - Smells rather hoppy with a bit of wheat and coriander. It's actually quite intense despite the low ABV.
T - Somewhat balanced mostly herbal bittering hops mixed with a sweet malt body.
M - Rather watery but to be expected for such a low ABV. Not great or terrible.

Overall pretty hoppy so I was impressed but it came off like more of a session IPA than a white IPA.

Jun 27, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus fruits - especially grapefruit and orange.

The taste is of grapefruit and orange with peppery coriander in the finish.
Zesty and crisp. It is light-bodied, but not watery or thin. Refreshing!

A hoppy, spicy, easy-drinking, refreshing brew!

Apr 22, 2014
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hinterland White Cap White India Pale Ale. One pint, can. No ABV found, if it's given.

Hazy, clouded, pale yellow, beautiful, crystalline snow-cap head, lace-leaving, long-lasting.

Aroma: Lovely blend of coriander and citrus zest. Ah! Belgian yeast funks it up, too. Not getting anything in the way of hops, really.

Taste: Okay, here they are. Hops are bouncing on top, with the Belgian yeast character and witbier flavorings keeping them company. Medium-bodied, smooth, wheat, malty, with hop bitterness laying low after it's initial pounce. Refreshing, easy-drinking, with enough of a hop bite to keep my taste buds tingling.

Okay, here's another one I liked. More of these, please.

Mar 29, 2014
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Walter12590 from Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance n smell appealed me but once i took a sip it was real bitter in a non appealing way. taste like like ur grandma washed ur mouth out with dish soap. im not a picky person love weiss n ipa n this was just not good. if u want a good wheat pale ale check out 80 acre hop wheat or gumballhead.

Jan 20, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip
4.2% ABV

A - Underneath it's rocky white cap, an ever-so-slight haze forms over the pale golden beer, reflecting the bottle's label quite well. Jagged lace jets up from the beer creating a rocky silhouette around the glass, completing portrait very well.

S - Dry and crisp, the aroma is hop-forward, with dry hopping bringing freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pear skin, and pine sap into play with lemon and orange peel citrus. Spicy yeast ester undertones add a charming "white" twist of coriander, clay, and wet grass to the dry pale malt base.

T - White Cap's bright hoppiness continues from the aroma into the flavor without skipping a beat; pine and bold grapefruit juice overwhelm the more subtle of the aroma's nuances of "white" yeast characteristics. White Cap tastes more like an IPA than a Belgian-influenced one.

M - My only complaint, if any, with Hinterland White Cap is the lack of body for how bitter the beer is. This drinks like a bold IPA because there is little balance on the back end. Nice carbonation keeps the crisp, dry beer lively though!

O - White Cap is quite refreshing and wonderfully hoppy in both the aroma and flavor but the hoppiness is a double-edged sword that also becomes taxing with how little body the beer has to support the hoppiness. Sticking with it's "white" theme, which is wonderful in the aroma, I might (if it were my beer) decrease kettle hops and lower the sharp bitterness. It would take this very good beer to new levels of really balancing the Belgian influence with the hops rather than allowing the subtle notes to be overrun. Either way, White Cap is fragrant and bright hoppy beer with tons of character.

Oct 05, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, this cap is black (save for the yellow Hinterland logo, of course)... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white, sudsy foam. The nose comprises orange rind, a twist of lemon, and mild funky wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of lemon peel up front and plenty of funky citrus, a flavor akin to fungus-laden grapefruit and lemon peels. Suffice it to say, odd and unappealing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is just a mess of a beer, with flavors that not only don't add up to something I would call a "white IPA", but also don't add up to anything I would call a good or tasty beer.

Aug 14, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It smelled fruity - dried fruits like apple and plum. Also, a good bit of yeastiness in the nose. Spicy and yeasty with a burnt toast maltiness. Some fruity flavors, too. . It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

Jul 26, 2013
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Light golden yellow with a 1.5 finger bright "white cap" head. Thin ring remains for the session and spots of lacing dot the glass.

S - Dim citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops. Only a little Belgian yeast and minimal malt.

T - Light, bitter grapefruit and minimal citrus hoppiness. Belgian yeast is very subdued and the malt presence is lacking. Some piney bitter and grapefruit on the finish.

M - Light bodied, made to be an easy drinker. Carbonation is also light. Some minor bitterness lingers.

D - Light sessionable beer, like CW Hop Rise and Founders All Day. Not much Belgian yeast or malt to be found in this, which is intended. Not something I will get again.

Jul 18, 2013
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This had a lot of promise. I think the label said White IPA. Had it said Belgian IPA (same diff, I guess) I would have been even more enthused. I guess I built my hopes too high. And this is a first beer of the week too, so it should taste real good.

It opens looking a bit straw colored, but with very nice head and lace. A bit hazy, but that is appropriate. The aroma is weak but not foul in any way. Just not out front at all. The taste is also weak. It's nice and bitter, but there isn't any hint of the yeast flavor I want to see in this style. It improves as it warms. The aftertaste is nice and bitter. I like that.

Overall, it would be easy drinking if it weren't bitter and true to the style. It would be more fun if it were more like an American/Belgian or at least a bit yeastier. It's light. I could certainly drink a few of these. One would be nice with a flavorful meal.

Jun 26, 2013
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shand from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Cap pours out a hazy yellow-gold color with two fingers of well-retaining head. The aroma is actually very good for the style, there's a strong hop presence with an actual well-integrated Belgian yeast. Again, I'm grading to style because I usually don't like Belgian/White IPAs, but this is much tastier than the majority of them on the market. The Belgian flavors are very present, but very well integrated with the hops, instead of the clash that most of the beers in the style present. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, White Cap is very good in two areas - session and Belgian IPA. One of the best examples of the style.

May 09, 2013
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy golden with a thin fluffy white head leaving spotty lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus hops, bubblegum, light pine.

T - bubblegum, citrus hops, light spice, Belgian yeast.

M - light side of medium and well carbonated. Lingering hop resin.

D - had a test batch that was more bitter. They dialed this one in nicely. Should make a great summer drinker.

May 09, 2013
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AmitC from New York

4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it during the beer tasting.

A very nice pour. One finger thick off white head. Straw pale colored. Clear. A few bubbles. Good retention and excellent lacing.

A very nice aroma that is a mix of Belgian type yeasts and very nice floral hops. Strength is strong. Smells really good of strong hops - floral, some citrus and pine.

Taste is of wheat, yeast and bittering hops. Presence upfront is bitter, well balanced middle and a bitter end. Good interplay of texture, sweetness and bitterness. Citrus and floral hops. Finish is dry bitter.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. No warmth. Easy to drink. Very sessionable.

A perfect sessionable, smooth and quaffable delicious white IPA that will give even Founders All day run for its money. Excellent stuff. Must try.

Apr 20, 2013
White Cap from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 118 ratings