Sunday, September 16, 2012

Blue Point White IPA

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (728) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
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. 
 Grade: 9/10

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