Shock Top Wheat IPA

And…I’m back. It was a crazy week at work, coupled with the Academy kicking my ass and entertaining an incredibly cute 4 year old. It’s been busy to say the least. I had this one at one of my favorite places to watch a game in New Jersey…Chickie’s and Pete’s. After some crab fries, I saw this one was on draft. I have to admit…I was curious, so I had to try it.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shock Top Wheat IPA is no traditional beer. It’s a unique hybrid that combines the fresh flavor and smoothness of wheat beer with the crisp hop bitterness of an IPA. The result is a beer that is truly like no other. To serve, pour down the side of the glass until a half-inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam that releases the citrusy Cascade hop aroma.”

Random: I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be a great beer, but a lot of people will use it as a gateway brew.

The head of the brew poured with a thick two fingers full and a slightly off white color. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. Very surprising. The body was a very hazy orange color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was pretty much all citrus, a lot of orange specifically…but nothing really indicative of an IPA. The taste was very similar to the nose. It was a lot of orange but not grapefruit, which I expected. I really didn’t get a lot of hoppiness…just a crapload of citrusy flavors that lingered until the finish. The body was thicker than expected with lower than expected carbonation. The finish was long with…you guessed it…orange. I definitely wouldn’t have this one again. It was a definite disappointment.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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