Thursday, June 4, 2015

Two Roads Honeyspot Road White IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1366) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2015
The so-called “White IPA” is an emerging sub-style that hasn’t be completely defined by the zeitgeist just yet. Usually, I associate that term with a really hoppy witbier, but some breweries are making an otherwise traditional American IPA and throwing in a lot of wheat and calling it a White IPA. That’s definitely what Two Roads Honeyspot Road is. And as an IPA it’s a good beer; if you want witbier character – it’s not here, sorry.

I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 3/31/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale whitish/maize hue. Lots of sediment and particulates are visible (but not carbonation) despite the very cloudy body. Pours to an average size, white, foamy head that retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Lovely American hop aroma; citrusy in nature (orange especially). No spices or yeast esters, though.

Taste: Since this beer is not brewed with spices nor with Belgian yeast, it’s better to approach it as an otherwise standard IPA with plenty of wheat. And viewing it as such (or, should I say – tasting it as such), it works well. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness to match, though in no way aggressive or absurd. The wheat imparts a slight tartness or dry, cracker-like flavor to the body. Otherwise, not much in the way of malt distinctiveness or sweetness. Quite bitter from beginning to end, though it seems to become intensely dry on the finish. Some orange peel or spices would probably complement the citrusy hops perfectly. As it stands, this is a more-than-solid American IPA.

Drinkability: I’m so used to drinking huge beers I’ve kind of lost appreciation for 6% ABV IPAs like this one. There’s plenty of body to Two Roads Honeyspot Road White IPA. Not quite crisp and crackling, though far from tepid or velvety (there is a smoothness to the mouthfeel due to the wheat). The hops do linger on my tongue and leave a dry, pasty sensation. It’s refreshing for a moment, but I wouldn’t drink this as a liquid refresher. I could see it standing up to any casual dinner fare quite well, though.

Score: 8/10

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