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Citrus and clove driven IPA with evergreen flavors
Winter is here, and so is our first White Ipa! Snowdrifter is luxurious and tasty with notes of navel orange, clove, and a bitter pine finish to remind you that this is definitely an IPA. Touches of wheat and a generally very light mashbill allow this specially crafted IPA to show off its big aromatics. This brew is yellow in color with a light body, tight refined carbonation, and a meringue-like head.
We chose to brew White IPA for December as this is generally when we see our first snowfall of the year. With all the rich holiday flavors and spice tones, scents of evergreen, and a crisp rush of winter air, we thought that a white IPA with its light clove and citrus tones would be an interesting and versatile offering for your December beer boxes.
White IPA’s are so much fun to pair food with, it’s frightening. Chicken and fish dishes are largely the easy way to go, but feel free to spice things up! For your mains, try out some Chicken Enchiladas with chili verde sauce, a sprinkle of cotija cheese, and a side of cilantro lime rice. For a cheese pairing, you want something creamy and rich, so try Camembert or Brie. To line this killer beer up with a dessert, try out lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar.
Light malt flavor, perhaps a bit bready. Fruity esters are moderate to high, with citrus flavors similar to grapefruit and orange, or stone fruit like apricot. Sometimes banana-like flavors are present. Hop flavor is medium-low to medium-high with citrusy or fruity aspects. Some spicy clove-like flavors from Belgian yeast may be present. Coriander and orange peel flavors may be found as well. Bitterness is high which leads to a moderately dry, refreshing finish.