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Wednesday, August 29th 2012

White IPA
(Blue Point Brewing Company)

Blue Point Brewing has the distinction of being the first American craft brewery to can a White IPA style beer. This relatively new "style" of beer is a combination of a Belgian Wit and an American IPA. Subtly different than the Belgian IPA, this is combo that works extremely well during the summer (or anytime for that matter). We love the can design that features a NYC subway stop design. Very cool. By the way, this is a brand new beer for the Long Island brewery and it can be found year-round.

From the Blue Point site:

"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."

Here we go...

Pour - soft in appearance, a little cloudy with a with wispy white head that leaves some decent lacing. Looks very much like a witbier.

Aroma - some nice sweet citrus tang, some floral hop notes, a bit of tropical fruit aroma, along withi some yeasty spiciness. Quite aromatic.  

Taste - soft on the palate and super smooth on the tongue. Blue Point's White IPA first delivers some some citrus flavors that dance around in the mouth and are followed up by a bit of yeasty spice. A very thirst quenching beer that provides an almost juicy finish with some nice lingering bitter, piney hop notes. A bit of lemon and orange zestiness round things out nicely. 

Overall - definitely fans of this yet-to-be style of beer. The combination of the two styles works so well together and this delivers the best of both worlds. So easy to drink and very satisfying on a warm summer night. We expect to see a lot more breweries provide their take on this style soon. Cheers!

Note - Along with their White IPA, this summer Blue Point also released their flagship Toasted Lager and their Summer Ale in cans. 

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White IPA
Style: White IPA
Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Company
Patchogue, New York  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 40
Date: August 29th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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