Whistler Unique Brew Snow White IPA

Reviewed by on March 21, 2016 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whistler, BC, CA

  • Rated On: March 21, 2016

  • Best Before: 'the time it's gone.' (or Aug 3, 2016)

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American White IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Whistler, British Columbia’s eponymous brewery has taken to producing a series of brews dubbed the ‘Unique Brews’, the current one being a ‘Snow White IPA’, which comes to us right on the first day of spring 2016, ironically (it snowed today here, so, yeah).

This 946ml, old school medicine-type bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a tumultuous amount of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some attractive, if splotchy tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale and wheat malt, some zesty orange and lemon fruity fleshiness, coriander and another earthy spice element, zingy yeast, and further leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, more heady white pepper, coriander, and allspice, um, spice, muddled, but still fresh-seeming domestic citrus, vaguely acerbic Belgian yeast, and some plain earthy, herbal, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in both its fizzy and frothy meanderings. the body a decent medium weight, and so-so smooth, as both the yeast and the varying hoppiness kind of stumble uneasily through here. It finishes trending dry, the graininess starting to peter out, while the yeast and spice strike up their own private band of sorts.

Overall, a fairly decent offering from this brewery – a pleasant enough version of the style, and doesn’t that packaging beat all?! Maybe a touch too edgy in the way of the yeast, but there’s enough plump citrus fruitiness going on to maintain a certain sense of drinkability. Worth checking out, even as the season it promotes is not long for this still early year.

Brady White

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