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Heavy Seas - RiptideHeavy Seas - Riptide

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Spring

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Added by tdm168 on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by August 2013, so just made it.

Poured a golden yellow, with good carbonation. Head was bright white, thinning to just a covering. very little lacing.

Nose was mostly yeasts with a little spice.

Taste was pretty good. Hops had faded, most likely to being at the edge of it's limits. Spices, coriander, were still strong though. Abv of 7.25 started to come through towards the end.

Mouth was about medium, spices everywhere, quite refreshing. Finish was on the dry side.

Overall, an okay summer offering. Not something I would seek out outside the summer months. Would be interesting trying closer to it's bottling date to see how the hops affect the taste, although in my experience, (and perhaps I don't care for that style) more hops have not necessarily meant a better beer.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the DoG (Duke of Gloucester in Williamsburg, Va.) Street Pub on cask. It starts out the color of a Belgian Wit. Starts out like a witbier but them the hops kick in. Unlike any cask ale I've had to date. I tend to rate this beer a little high but anyone who makes cask ale in the states deserves all the support they can get. Kudos to Heavy Seas and their cask program.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has flavors of coriander spices, wheat and orange peels along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it seems like a hybrid between a witbier and an India Pale Ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, sediment in suspension, moderate, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint hops, spicy yeast note
Taste-Spicy yeast, citrus hop notes. A bit unbalanced to my taste. A valiant effort that almost works.

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Photo of pls2087
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange. Nice frothy head. Good lacing. Small carbonation bubbles.

S: Yeasty, citrus smell. Just a small trace of hops.

T: Very nice orange/wheat flavor. However, did not pick up nearly as much hops as I would have liked. This is my first Belgian IPA, but I would consider it be closer to a Witbier.

MF: Soft, lightly sticky

Overall: This wasn't what I expected. Hoping for more bitterness balanced with the sweetness, but if I'm craving a Belgian Ale, this is a decent option.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice White IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of raznug
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Riptide pours a hazy golden color and is topped with white head that leaves to a thin layer after a few minutes
Smell: Belgian spices dominate the aroma of this white IPA but there are a few hops in the background that I think I can smell.
Taste: There is a nice blend of spices and hops in this beer but like most beers that have Belgian on it to me the spice notes are just to dominating and that is the way I feel with this hops play second fiddle to the spices and I think they should be side by side complimenting each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a good medium bodied beer that is easy drinking compared to most Belgians but the flavor is something to be desired for me.

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Photo of Brew_42
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Keep in mind with this review that I do not generally like IPAs but I am currently trying to find one that I like, because when I tell beer lovers that I don't like IPAs they look at me like I just punched their grandma in the face.

Pours hazy golden with a thin white head.

Smells strongly of pine and citrus

Bitter IPA taste with plenty of citrus flavor which was pleasant but the bitterness was just too much.

Overall my search for a tasty IPA continues. IPA fans may like it but I just couldn't come to terms with the bitterness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy lighter yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops. In the taste, lighter pine like hops, , mellow malt all the way through. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry and minty pine hop in the aftertaste. A nice mix of hops, quite nice and pleasant.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Well damn this looks all f-ed up. Hazy clumpy yeast throughout with just a layer of head that forms just a mild ring of lace. Checking the date it expires Sept. 2013 nope not too old.
S - The Belgium yeast character is fruity and spicy and the hops smell strong enough. I go in for the taste.
T - Well it's pretty great the hops are citrus in nature not getting too bitter or lingering on the palate and the yeasts are dry but also never get too dry. The fruity aspect of the beer never gets too cloying this is just a load of averages that makes this a very drinkable beer.
M - Light to medium not only easy on the palate but drink ability as well

Overall I am still more of a fan of the Loose Cannon. The Belgium yeast really does take the bitter edge off this great IPA. May be best since some really love it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It figures that these guys make a really good beer like this.

It opens looking like a nice "light" Belgian treat. It turns out to be a bit more. Every aspect of this beer is well balanced. The color, light head, aroma (especially), are all just right, and very appetizing.

It tastes very Belgian. Loads of nice yeastiness pouring though. The aftertaste is a very satisfying Belgian linger. I like it a lot,

This is a beer I will seek out and buy again. It is recommended for when you want a full flavored American version of one of these without the over the top syrupy taste.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy, orange golden color with just a fingers worth of foam. Loose white bubbles that fell quickly to a thin film and ring. Fine lace covers the entire glass. Very pretty. Nose is a blend of hop delight and Belgian character. Yeast, spice and herbal. There's ripe peach, a little tangy, some tangerine, pepper to tickle the nose and floral. Malt is sugary and bright. Toasted. There's a hint of corriander and it reaches complex. The taste is an outrageous combination of two worlds. Hop forward, your first sip greets you with delicious ripe fruit. Plenty juicy and sweet. Peach, tangerine and some pink grapefruit. There's a hint of tartness. Then the light sweet bread from the malt comes over the mid palate to bring a supple wheat dryness. The body is smooth, lush and vibrant. It's even kind of creamy and the carbonation is soft. The kick you get is from the yeasty spice and the pepper. The slight sour from the yeast and the wheat dryness are a perfect match for the sweet fruit. It finishes with a moderate bitter, semi dry and with a light pine resin. Herbal with plenty of wheat and light bread.

What a delectable beer. It's spirited. Rambunctious but not overly forceful or conceited. It's the happy collision of two fantastic worlds where the characteristics of an IPA meet a proper Belgian. Poised and unique this is my first white IPA and I love the style. It's graceful but fun loving.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pale orange with a solid top of whitish foamy froth. Head manages to stick around. Well laced.

S-Hops aren't exactly silent but they are close to it. Spicy and yeasty. I guess the hops are perfume but not in a pleasing way. Its weird because I find their Loose Cannon to be perfumery in aroma and flavor and I love that beer. This doesn't work quite as well.

T-Yeasty and spicy. Hops are far too dull. A bit peppery. Orange peel. Wheat. Lingering sweetness.

M-A bit sticky. Not bitter. Soft carbonation.

O/D-Belgian IPAs are really hit-or-miss with me. This was pretty close to a miss. Spicy and sweet with not many redeeming factors.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a dense, frothy one inch white head that lingers. Thick sheets of lacing form as it dissipates.

Coriander, clove, wheat, and citrus form the initial aroma. There's a bit of belgian yeast ester character that surfaces later.

Flavor reveals more hop character, fairly floral initially, then earthy and complementing a lightly toasted bready malt backbone mid palate. Deeper citrus notes of grapefruit emerge. The finish is slightly resiny and a bit bitter. Coriander, spotify, and peppery notes add complexity.

Body is moderate, smooth, with carbonation a bit on the high side. Alcohol warmth is present, but does not overwhelm.

Smells like a witbier, drinks like a cross between a witbier and an apa. Interesting, characterful brew that's fairly refreshing.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. for brewery fresh taste purchase before AUG '13.

A: a decent amount of haze on this bright orange/golden colored brew. a decent amount of yeast on the bottom of my bottle leads me to believe in some bottle conditioning. or perhaps just an unfiltered brew. I digress. mostly bright white head is comprised of moderate sized bubbles. good retention and sticky lacing.

S: cotton candy jumps out at me initially. seems to be the only hop-esque aroma im gettng here. a bit of hibiscus. lemon grass. aromas closer to a Belgian tripel than a brew with the words "IPA" in it. sweet and dry all at once (I know, that doesn't make any fucking sense!).

T: similar to the nose. sweet, slight bitterness but nothing overwhelming. a solid malt backbone provides a meatiness for the yeasty esters. slightly chalky. those same yeast esters linger into the finish with minor sweetness.

M: average, tingly carb on a medium body.

D: overall, not a bad brew by any means, however I think it is missing the mark a little regarding being a BIPA. drinks more like a Belgian golden or a lighter ABV Belgian tripel. bring some more hop component Heavy Seas and you will have a solid offering.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Purchase Before Aug 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick sheet of surface foam. Thin, semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving clots behind.

S- Wheat, yeast and hops commingle to make a nice combo of aromas. Notes of citrus, banana and sweet custard.

T- Very good balance of wheat and hops with no one taste clashing or overpowering the other. Slightly yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly bitter. It all flows to create a fun melange of flavors. Alcohol is also well-masked.

M- Maybe the beer's only shortcoming. Needs more bite. Still, slightly creamy from the yeast and wheat which is good. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty much just as good as Dubbel Cannon only a touch less zesty. It seems like, at least in my experience, that the only Heavy Seas beers that are any good are the ones where hops are involved. Otherwise, they range from terrible to okay. I would recommend this one though.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spices, bready and sweet malts, citrus, pineapple, and tangerine.

Taste: Same as the above. Hops are delicious with mild tingly bitterness. Pineapple, grassy, tangerine, and citrus happiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly, medium bodied, very drinkable for 7.25%, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A good BIPA. More tripel characters like others would be nice, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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Photo of dpianka
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 5-31
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Riptide
brewery: Heavy Seas
brewery location: Halithorpe Maryland
type: ale
style: Belgian IPA
abv: 7.25
ibu: 45
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 50F

Appearance: like floating in a golden cloud... a golden cloud with angels playing harps and singing praise to the great beer god in the sky

Smell: picture an orange grown in Belgium in the middle of a wheat field and cared for by a heavy set jolly fellow who reeks like the werthers originals and red jolly ranchers he keeps in his left breast pocket.

Taste: subtle sweet grapefruit supremes (no white pith bitterness whatsoever) just a slight hint of coriander, georgia peaches and perfectly ripe strawberries

Mouthfeel: like the froth on a perfect cappucino laced with the perfect amount of carbonation

Overall Impression: I really like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on a patio overlooking a dense deciduous forest on a cool summer’s eve.

Food Pairings: banana gelato, a juicy mid rare cheeseburger with that really thick american cheese on a potato bun with ketchup, mayo and butter lettuce. grilled chicken over an apricot salad. Beef Satay with a spicy peanut dipping sauce

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was quite a surprize to me because when i seen spices on the label I'm thinking wit beer. This was not the case. What I got was a good BIPA.
A small wimpy head sits on top of a sediment infused hazy golden yellow beer. The gentle cabonation is the death blow to the fast fading unresponsive head.

The aroma has a fresh floral hop aroma, maybe with a tich of citrus. Its quite sutle and confident. Belgian yeast give a slight fruitiess. Subdued spices like in a wit. All work well together.
Taste was very good with a good depth of flavor here. Plenty of fruitness spiciness and Belgian yeast. All working well.
And whats great is that nothing dominates but compliments.
On the palatte it's smooth and dry with a sutle bitterness.
Gotta be one of the best white IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice yellow/gold, 1 finger head, real nice lacing going on, some yeast floating around.
S - Lots of great aroma in this beer, belgian yeast, clove, cinnamon, pine, mint, a little lemon peel, and wheat.
T - Theres a much larger presence of nice fruits in the flavor than the aroma, a tamed belgian yeast flavor, which i really appreciate, mint, clove, banana, peach, creamy wheat, and some mild bitterness.
M - Well balanced, and very refreshing at the same time. Good medium body and feel.
O - This is not what I was expecting, this is a great blend of belgian white/wheat and a mild IPA. Dont come into this beer expecting wild bitterness, but a beer thats bursting with a truck load of flavor. I'm not a fan of this style, but this has changed my mind.

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Photo of jacewg
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden copper color with a big, long lasting head. Spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Tons of belgian wit characteristics. Big yeasty presence. Fruit and coriander notes. Citrus hop aroma is present.

Taste: Big juicy flavor. Lots of witbier yeast and spice. Bitterness is light but still asserts itself. Lots of orange-y citrusy hops melding with citrus peel. Drinks very light and easy for 7.25

Mouthfeel: Spot-on. Well-carbed. Lifts off the palate easily. Super easy to drink. Perfect for hot weather. Long, dry finish.

Not the best White IPA I've ever had (that belongs to DC Brau/Union Yonder Cities) but a damn good one that I'll be happy to sip on this summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh release into Ohio from Cavalier Distributing, pours a glowing orange golden hued slightly hazed as the yeast sediment disperses like cigar smoke in the room, light white head forms leaves fine intricate layered lacing. Aromatics heavy in the pinapple, mango, tropical fruit department with heavy spice arriving 2nd, big hops underneath the label of a White IPA. Smoking a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Reserva, a cigar influence by Cuba yet produced by the Holt's Cigar Company (Philadelphia, PA) the folks who brought us Ashton, and San Cristobal. This is produced in Nicaragua by Don Pepin Garcia at the My Father Cigar Factory wrapped with a beautiful Mexican San Andres wrapper, I'm in love with the pairing. And intrigued by the fact that this beer is brewed in Baltimore yet carries IPA and witbier characteristics that have been formed from a love of West Coast IPA and Belgian artisanal ales. What a hybrid of pairings, anyways on to the flavor of the uber fresh White IPA, heavy handed citrus and tropical fruit hops with bready yeast and spice laying down the law. It leaves a lingering bitterness catching those hops and house Belgian style yeast together but leaves an impeccable complexity of tropical fruit including mango and pineapples with tones of passionfruit. The spices come off very perfumey, like walking through a women's dressing room after a hoard of single females prepare to go out for a night on the town. It catches me with some balance but the extreme contrast of flavors that appreciate in a format that turns the volume up this loud is a bit distracting from what the base beer could actually provide to the drinker without all of the background noise. I know it's a trend to blend these two styles and this isn't a horrible version of it, it is just one that I'm not so keen on. The smell is beautiful even some green onion notes from the big hop barrage makes in through to my nares, it's just the clash of Belgian yeast and spice with the IPA that leave me wanting more cohesion and less clash. Know add in the cigar with earthy wood and sweet tobacco with black pepper spice and we have ourselves a magnificent pairing. Mouthfeel is very forgiving with a dry spice lingering bitterness and floral earthy pepper notes that linger kicking in but tasting rather good between sips, the mango fruitiness is complex because it limits the concentration of malt sweetness due to the fact that it's mainly derived from the hop varieties used in this beer. Overall I'm happier with my session with this beer than the flavor description details indicated, a very fine ale from Hugh Sisson and company of Baltimore keep bangin' out these beautiful complex ales and I will keep trying them.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notched best before Sept 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden that glows; small white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing. The aromas don't blast you in the face, but they're pleasant. Floral. The yeast and hops really do blend together and neither outshines the other. That's basically goes the same for the flavors. They really found a nice balance. There are hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Subtle grapefruit notes. Subtle spiciness, hints of black pepper. Very earthy and rustic flavors. Solid bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This would be great during the warm weather.

This is a solid Belgian IPA. I like this much more than Dubbel Cannon, which was their other BIPA which they recently retired. This isn't quite the Belgian equivelant to Loose Cannon, which I've been waiting to see from Heavy Seas. It's enjoyable, but leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Yeast hazed peach orange hue, lovely lacing. Citric herbal hops meets Witbier spicing in the nose, of course with some fruit esters as well. So smooth, lush crispness. Perfectly place hop bitterness within the Witbier spicing and yeast character. Citrus hopping with citrus spicing and Belgian yeasty phenols all mesh very well, long lingering finish that lands semi-dry.

All aspects of this beer work, not exactly the easiest style to tackle but Heavy Seas prevails. Long live the White IPA!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper and clear with a 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Not sure why this is called a white IPA when its not very pale.

Smell - Very pleasant Belgian yeast and spices prevail

Taste - A very well balanced hybrid beer. Flavorful Belgian spices and slight sweetness and malt is really well rounded out with a crispness and hop presence in the finish. Nothing bitter at all and the complexity of flavor through the taste is very well crafted.

Mouthfeel - Delightfully full bodied

Overall - A definite must try beer for anyone. This is a very well crafted Belgian IPA that is an easy drinker, full of typical Belgian flavorings and just enough pop in the finish for hop heads.

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