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BJCP 2015 Guideline

IPA Specialty IPA - White IPA

BJCP 21B

BJCP 2015 21B Specialty IPA - White IPA example
21B - Specialty IPA - White IPA

Aroma

Moderate fruity esters - banana, citrus, perhaps apricot. May have light to moderate spice aroma such as coriander or pepper from actual spice additions and/or Belgian yeast. Hop aroma is moderately-low to medium, usually American or New World type with stone fruit, citrus and tropical aromas. Esters and spices may reduce hop aroma perception. Light clove-like phenolics may be present.

Appearance

Pale to deep golden color, typically hazy. Moderate to large, dense white head that persists.

Flavor

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.

Mouth Feel

Medium-light body with medium to medium-high carbonation. Typically no astringency, although highly spiced examples may exhibit a light astringency which is not distracting.

Overall Impression

A fruity, spicy, refreshing version of an American IPA, but with a lighter color, less body, and featuring either the distinctive yeast and/or spice additions typical of a Belgian witbier.

Ingredients

Pale and wheat malts, Belgian yeast, citrusy American type hops.;

Comments

A craft beer interpretation of American IPA crossed with a witbier.

History

American craft brewers developed the style as a late winter/spring seasonal beer to appeal to Wit and IPA drinkers alike.

Commercial Examples

Blue Point White IPA, Deschutes Chainbreaker IPA, Harpoon The Long Thaw, New Belgium Accumulation

Notes

Specialty IPA isn't a distinct style, but is more appropriately thought of as a competition entry category. Beers entered as this style are not experimental beers; they are a collection of currently produced types of beer that may or may not have any mark

Style Comparison

Similar to a Belgian Wit style except highly hopped to the level of an American IPA. 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.

VITAL

  • OG:  1056 - 1065
  • FG:  1010 - 1016
  • ABV: 5.5 - 7
  • IBU: 40 - 70
  • SRM: 5 - 8
BJCP 2015 21B - Specialty IPA - White IPA Commercial Example