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Honeyspot Road White IPA

Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The White IPA style conjures up a melodic blend of hop-derived goodness intertwined with Belgian-style spices, sometimes featuring a dollop of wheat, and usually with some sort of yeast-derived funkiness.

This beer poured a lazy, hazy Mello Yello color with a head that fell fast – faster than expected for a "white ale." Beyond that, aromas of spiced mango with very subtle hints of coriander were enjoyed.  

The underlying bready malt flavor was supported by medium hop bitterness levels. Though there was enough hopping to make it to the Pale Ale range, the beer fell far below the bitterness ranges so prevalent in many contemporary American IPAs. Hop flavor quickly faded, taken away by the beer's medium carbonation level. A tinge of alcohol, not hot or detracting, was also identified.

This beer, while not much of an IPA as I would favor, would be a welcome addition to any summer cookout ice chest. Enjoy heartily.

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