Style Name: Belgian IPA or White IPA

Substyle Region: This is a Belgium-inspired, but purely American beer

Appearance: Belgian IPAs are pale to deep golden in color and typically hazy. They have a moderate to large, dense white head that persists.

Flavor & Aroma: The moderate fruity esters of banana, citrus, and apricot along with the spice aromas of clove, coriander, and pepper often disguise the hop aromas. The flavors are similar to the aromas along with a slight bready flavor from the malt. The hops make an appearance in the flavor adding a high bitterness which leads to a moderately dry, refreshing finish.

Palate & Mouthfeel: With a medium-light body and a medium to medium-high carbonation, Belgian IPAs typically have no astringency. The highly spiced examples may exhibit a light astringency which is not distracting from the overall experience.

Food Pairings: There are a variety of cheeses that go well with White IPAs. Try sharp cheeses like aged cheddar. If you want something sweet try a creme brulee. The creaminess compliments the banana flavors. For your main course go spicy with Asian dishes. Anything with wasabi or horseradish will be just dynamite, literally, your mouth may explode, but it’ll be awesome.

Comments: A craft beer interpretation of American IPA crossed with a Witbier. American craft brewers developed the style as a late winter/spring seasonal beer to appeal to Wit and IPA drinkers alike.

Serving Suggestions: Like the Double IPA, the ABV on White IPAs is between 7-10%, so it should not be slammed or chugged. It should be sipped and enjoyed from a tulip, wide-mouth wine glass or goblet at a cool temperature (think 40-50°F or 4-10°C).

Similar Beer Styles: If a Belgian Witbier and American IPA had a baby this would be their love child, so they are both very similar. Bitter and hoppy like the IPA but fruity, spicy and light like the Wit. Typically the hop aroma and flavor are not as prominent as in an American IPA.

Learn more about beer styles

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