Total Score: 7.7/10
What is this new White IPA craze that is popping up around the craft scene in Australia? My craft beer aficionado boss even asked me to describe what a White IPA is… I honestly told him: “An IPA that is lighter than other IPAs”… not convinced by my own answer I looked it up and it is actually an IPA/Weizen/Wit hybrid beer designed for an ale-drinker during long summers, sounds like an ideal beer for Australia – we have loads of summer here.
Poured from tap into 100ml sample cup at the Sip & Savour event in Sydney.
A: Hazy golden yellow body with a thin wispy white head. Bang in White IPA territory then… could do with a bit more “hefe” in the glass though. 8/10.
S: Fruity and floral hops – lots of them. There is a sweet biscuit malt in there as well. Not really detecting any wheat (a characteristic of the White IPA I’m told) but I’m sure it’s in there. 8/10.
T: Ooo, tasty piney/citrus hops upfront at the back and all over, with a hint of a sweet biscuit base in the middle. There are some pleasing floral hop notes as well. The finish is a well-restrained medium bitterness. This is one beer I could get used to in summer, shame it’s a limited release. 8/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. A bit more density to the carbonation would be ideal, but now we’re nit-picking really. 7/10.
D: So overall we’ve got a nice hoppy White IPA, which is nothing special or outstanding, however it goes down a treat and I would gladly get it again (if I could – I hate you limited release: The bane of my beer-drinking existence). This White IPA could benefit from teensy bit more sweetness, the hops are quite good though. Nice job Hendo! 7/10.
Food match: A batch of battered and fried chilli calamari would be a great pairing for this brew. Do it.