Review: Sleeping Giant White Out Hazy India Pale Ale

Several weeks (now months) ago I saw this beer (Sleeping Giant's White Out) at my local LC and briefly chuckled thinking "imagine if the Jets had a good enough team to get more than two playoff games at home this year.. this could be a beer people could drink to cheer on the Jets." The beer has nothing to do with hockey, but with a name like White Out, kinda seems so.. and Sleeping Giant is one of the closest breweries to Manitoba if coming from the east.. so there's that, but I have no idea what I'm trying to say.

From the can: Unlike the unpredictable weather in Northwestern Ontario, this beer is predictably delicious. With aromas of papaya and a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel, this Hazy IPA is dominated by juicy and tropical fruit notes making it a go to for blizzards and heatwaves. 6.1% ABV

Appearance: Surprisingly clear for a hazy IPA, not 100% clear but way, way more clear than I expected. Moderate carbonation in the body and a fairly thick amount of snow white head on top that diminishes pretty quickly, leaving behind a light layered lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Floral hop presence to start off with a bit of alfalfa. Somewhat sweet with notes of grapefruit and papaya, oh - the grapefruit gives off a slight pepperiness to it. Lemon, slight toasted malt and a hint of caramel sweetness at the end.

Taste: I'm quickly trying to write this as fast as I can - this is a very smooth one by Sleeping Giant! It's sweet with a good tropical presence (papaya/orange zest/grapefruit), floral hops, a hint of pine, slight breadiness, lemon and an aftertaste that slightly reminds me of grocery store brand cake icing for some strange reason.

Overall Thoughts: No where near juicy or hazy as expected but it's smooth and I've had a few of these already so do I like it? Yeah. We need more Sleeping Giant beers out here in Manitoba. It's all thanks to my mom's friend Sue I ever got to try their beer in the first place way back when, I haven't had a bad beer from them yet. 

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