Style Details

Spe­cial­ty IPA - White IPA
BJCP Style Code
21 B6
Pale to deep gol­den color, typi­cal­ly hazy. Mode­ra­te to lar­ge, den­se white head that persists.
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.
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.
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.
Typi­cal Ingredients
Pale and wheat malts, Bel­gi­an yeast, citru­sy Ame­ri­can type hops.
Ame­ri­can craft bre­wers deve­lo­ped the style as a late winter/spring sea­so­nal beer to appeal to Wit and IPA drin­kers alike.
A craft beer inter­pre­ta­ti­on of Ame­ri­can IPA crossed with a witbier.
Com­mer­cial Examples
Blue Point White IPA, Deschu­tes Chain­brea­k­er IPA, Har­poon The Long Thaw, New Bel­gi­um Accumulation
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 mar­ket lon­ge­vi­ty. This cate­go­ry also allows for expan­si­on, so poten­ti­al future IPA vari­ants (St. Patrick’s Day Green IPA, Romu­lan Blue IPA, Zima Clear IPA, etc.) have a place to be ente­red wit­hout redo­ing the style gui­de­lines. The only com­mon ele­ment is that they have the balan­ce and over­all impres­si­on of an IPA (typi­cal­ly, an Ame­ri­can IPA) but with some minor tweak. The term ‘IPA’ is used as a sin­gu­lar descrip­tor of a type of hop­py, bit­ter beer. It is not meant to be spel­led out as ‘India Pale Ale’ when used in the con­text of a Spe­cial­ty IPA. None of the­se beers ever his­to­ri­cal­ly went to India, and many aren’t pale. But the craft beer mar­ket knows what to expect in balan­ce when a beer is descri­bed as an ‘IPA’ – so the modi­fiers used to dif­fe­ren­tia­te them are based on that con­cept alone.
Ori­gi­nal Gravity
1.056 - 1.065 SG
Final Gra­vi­ty
1.010 - 1.016 SG
5 - 8 SRM
5.0 - 7.0 %vol
40 - 70 IBU