The idea of a white IPA brewed with wheat is an intriguing one. After all, we've done black IPAs, dry-hopped IPAs, double and imperial IPAs, so why not a white IPA? It was only after picking up the bottle that I saw it was a joint project from two of my favorite breweries, Green Flash and Founders. I could hardly wait to get it home.
Beer Details: Linchpin White India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Company and Founders Brewing Company (IPA brewed with wheat, 7% ABV)
Appearance: Light hazy yellow against the light with honey-brown glints and a nice sturdy blanket of foam.
Aroma: Super aromatic. The whole room started smelling like a hops bower as soon as I opened the bottle. Under this, I caught whiffs of sweet Meyer lemon and a touch of wet stone minerality.
Taste: This beer is surprisingly dry with a lot of grapefruit and green banana flavors: bitter, tart, and astringent. Also a touch minty? The wheat comes through in a sour fruit flavor, but without the milkshake creaminess that I've come to like and expect in wheat beers. The beer mellows out and picks up more citrusy flavors as it warms.
This one caught me completely off-guard: I expected something like a hopped-up witbier and instead got...something else. The citrus flavors are tart and bright against the light cracker-like malts. Even after some reflection, I think I still would have like a bit more sweetness and soft fruit character in this beer. If you're a hophead, it's worth trying this one just to taste something out of the ordinary.
Food Pairings: Try this beer with a salumi and cheese plate: salty cured meats, some rich and buttery cheeses, and tart crunchy pickles.
Have you tried this white IPA?
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