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.