As many of you may already be aware, back in October of last year Shock Top announced that they would soon be producing a “hybrid” profile beer called the Wheat I.P.A.. Unfortunately for the beer consuming masses, very little information about Shock Top’s new project has surfaced since that announcement. That is, until now. Earlier today I managed to get a hold of a bottle of the new Wheat I.P.A. and let me tell you, this is one interesting beer. Set to release country wide on February 6, 2012, the WIPA combines the bright citrus notes of a wheat beer and the traditional hoppiness of an India Pale Ale. Once again, Shock Top has continued to broaden the scope of profiles in which beer manifests itself.
Once poured from the bottle, the brews most notable trait is its cloudiness. Similar to an unfiltered hefe-weizen, the golden hued Wheat I.P.A. is nearly opaque and contains sediments left over from the brewing process. The nose of the beer is instantly recognizable as a wheat beer boasting a variety of several crisp citrus aromas. As I took my first taste, the WIPA’s citrus profile immediately grabbed my attention. However, within a few brief seconds an out-of-the-ordinary bitterness typically associated with strong and bold I.P.A.’s takes center stage. Just as quickly as the flavor appeared, the WIPA’s bitterness begins to subdue and the brew begins to transmute, yet again, into a classic wheat beer. I have to admit that I had a fairly difficult time finding and isolating the coriander notes touted on the bottle’s label, but regardless the beer is well balanced and chocked full of flavor. To say that the WIPA is a unique and innovative new style of beer would be an understatement. The Wheat I.P.A. is truly a one-of-a-kind creation that should be experienced by all. Especially amongst those of you who typically tend to shy away from the bitter hops profile found within most I.P.A.’s. Thanks to its clean and refreshing finish sans the bitterness, the WIPA can essentially be thought of as a set of training wheels for the typical non-I.P.A. drinker.
There you have it, a new unique and delicious hybrid beer that delivers bright flavors and bold profiles to satiate almost any drinker’s palette. If you’ve never had one of Shock Top’s creations before or you’re just looking to stay on the cutting edge of brewing, the new Wheat I.P.A. is definitely worth you’re hard earned money. So go give it a try and experience for yourself what it’s like when worlds collide!