Review: Fort Garry White IPA

I was at the local LC the other day and noticed that Fort Garry Brewing has a new IPA. This marks the first new IPA the brewery has made since Hoeschens 11 Double IPA. I swear I wrote a review about Hoeschens 11 last year but I have no trace about it - that one really surprised me for a Double IPA. It's been a good moment since I've seen a White IPA so it popped out at me more than most of the other 150 IPAs available at my local LC.

From the label: The White IPA is a marriage of two distinct beer styles, the American IPA with its high hop character and the wheat-based Belgian Wit with a refreshing, yet spicy presence. Hazy gold in colour, loaded with Citra and Centennial hops, this beer boasts citrus and fruit with a touch of coriander that makes for a refreshing beer enjoyed anytime. 7% ABV / 41 IBU

Appearance: Pours pretty much like your typical North American IPA - mild cloudiness to the body with a bright golden hue (tad amberish with a lot of carbonation in the body, thick off-white/beige head on top.

Aroma: I pretty knew what to expect every before the can was opened - I expected a huge whiff of Belgian Witbier dominance up front but American IPA notes in the background.. and that's pretty much right. The beer is sweet with notes of coriander, orange peel, has a hefty amount of straw to give it off a whiff of graininess to it, and a faint hop presence at the end.. mostly grassy hops with a hint of citrus that plays into the Witbier aspect of the beer. Tad metallic.

Taste: This time around, I got more of the American IPA up front - it has a light pine presence for bitterness, mildly floral, lemony citrus and then a hefty amount of wheat and barley to give off a good amount of breadiness to it, a heavy dose of coriander and some orange zest at the end. The mouthfeel is a tad watery but the aftertaste is a medley of hops and citrus with a hint of pepperiness from the coriander/bitterness from the hops.

Overall Thoughts: The thing about White IPAs is that one of the styles always ends up being the dominating profile in the beer, which, has the dominance coming from the Witbier aspect of the beer. Well, the #1 complaint is "why do breweries only brew IPAs?" This is definitely an IPA I'd recommend more for the summer patio demographic who dislikes IPAs.. if patio season ever comes! (It's pretty much here as of publishing.. except for a bunch of rain!)

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