Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Every once in a while a beer comes out of nowhere and takes me by complete surprise. Blue Point White IPA is a good example as I’ve never been very impressed with this brewery and I don’t tend to fawn over hybrid and experimental styles. I initially tried it on tap at The Bier Abbey in Schenectady and was amazed. While it’s not quite as good in the can as on tap, it’s still a delicious and fun beer to drink.
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy golden/orange color - similar hue to an apricot skin. Forms a large, bright white, fluffy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Strong orange citrus with significant candy sweetness. Likely a combination of orange peel and Amarillo hops (the brewery’s website is mum on the details of the recipe).
Taste: Judging from the brewery’s deScription, it seems that Blue Point White IPA is intended to be a witbier with a lot of hops, but it drinks like a west coast IPA with subtle witbier components. Big juicy citrus flavor, bitterness and sweetness all around. Orange being the most predominant flavor with a subtle dryness of coriander and some other spice rack seasonings in there.
Obviously the hops are the star of the show, which is fine by me because the result is reminiscent of a San Diego hop bomb. This is ironic considering this beer is only 40 IBUs (according to their website), yet it seems to have the bitterness of something much higher. The bitterness lingers on the tongue as does an orange sherbet and candy-like sweetness. On draught it has a juicy, nectar-like robustness which is much less intense in the can. Still, it’s a delicious combo.
Drinkability: I actually did a double-take when I looked at the can and noticed Blue Point White IPA was only 6% ABV. Not that this is a boozy brew by any means, just that it’s impressive it’s so strong in flavor for a (technically) mid-range potency. The drinking experience itself is easy: there’s energy to the body but nothing excessive. It’s crisp for sure, but still easy to drink in big swigs. The aftertaste is a little dry but never cloying. A versatile beer for sure as it works on its own or with food.
PilsnerPeter (3032) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Sunswick: Orange pour with good clarity. Piny citrus aroma with faint plasticy phenol aroma. Light body with some one dimensional citrusy hops and plasticy notes. Somethings off.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle hints of citrus in the nose and flavor, this is a pretty good white beer. I went back for seconds at the tasting.
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi hazy yellow body, white head. Very sweet piney hoppy aroma with bit spices and some citrus and apricot. Flavour has very much sweet maltiness, almost lactic kind. Lots of fruits, peaches first.
rocbyter (1983) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate citrus hop. Clear golden color with a small white head. Mild bitter flavor with a light palate.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at lucky lab. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma has some pine and orange. Taste is medium bitter with some citrus on the finish.
jjuf1853 (1290) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Trinity Brass Tap. Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a thin white head. Nice aroma from the Belgian yeast. Good hop presence in the finish.
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml can. 0050. Canned Jul 14 2012. (Metropolitan Citymarket) Brooklyn, NY.
Hazy golden colour with small white head.
Fruity and slightly tart hops, some yeast and yoghurt notes in aroma.
Flavour is quite alike. Mild sourness, bitter hops, Belgian style yeast and yoghurt. Quite strange brew. Not bad. Aftertaste is hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast.
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Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first of this new trending "white IPA" style. Not sure if it is the style or the beer, but it simply doesn’t have the same interest as three corresponding black IPA. That is the hops over shadow a lot of the Belgian yay and chorus classically associated with a witte. That said it does seem to mild or the hops a bit which some people might like. To an extent I might just say that it pours like a witte, but it drinks like a mildly citrus IPA. Pork it up if you support risk taking.
r464 (2131) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth and full bodied, a bit yeasty. Hops roll through the flavor till the end. Breadiness with a long trailing finish. Not as punchy as most IPAs.