Style Details

Name
Spe­cial­ty IPA - White IPA
Cate­go­ry
IPA
BJCP Style Code
21 B6
Appearan­ce
Pale to deep gol­den color, typi­cal­ly hazy. Mode­ra­te to lar­ge, den­se white head that per­sists.
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.
Fla­vour
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.
Mouth­feel
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.
Histo­ry
Ame­ri­can craft bre­wers deve­lo­ped the style as a late winter/spring sea­so­nal beer to appeal to Wit and IPA drin­kers ali­ke.
Comments
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
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 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
Color
5 - 8 SRM
Alco­hol
5.0 - 7.0 %vol
Bit­ter­ness
40 - 70 IBU