Blue Point White IPA

I’m finally home from work. For the past two days, it’s been insanely busy and we’ve been getting done really late. I was on 8 different conference calls today and barely spent any time at my desk. It’s not necessarily a bad thing because it makes the day go much faster, but at one point I thought my ear was bleeding from being on the phone so much. Here’s a review from a week or two ago that is one of the more popular hybrid IPA styles now.

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ABV: 6%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Remaining at the forefront of experimentation, the brewers at Blue Point have produced a white beer/IPA hybrid that is well on its way to creating a new style for the beer description books. Our White IPA is an unfiltered European-style white ale with a fresh American IPA finish. Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and just the right amount of west coast hops, it’s fermented with German yeast to give it a perfectly balanced character with less bitterness than traditional IPAs.”

Random: How about them Eagles? The first game was so much better than I ever expected. I hope the season goes the same way.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that was very slow to dissipated with decent lacing left on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy, dark straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was not what I expected. I didn’t get any sort of IPA characteristic to it. There were notes of orange, lemon and coriander. It was definitely more towards the “white” side of white IPA. The taste was also more towards the “white” side of white IPA. I got lots of citrus with Mandarin oranges and lemon peel. The IPA characteristic came out at the end with a touch of bitterness and grapefruit, but given the other flavors, it was relatively muted. The spice was present, but did not make a huge appearance. The body was medium thickness and had high carbonation present. The finish was long with citrus. This beer highlights every issue I have with hybrid IPAs. It wasn’t a true hybrid and went way too far to the witbier side. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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