The Making of The Long Thaw White IPA
By: Ken Hermann, Brewer Published:
We first brewed the Long Thaw White IPA as part of the 100 Barrel Series in 2012. The inspiration for this beer came from a cask beer I made for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I took UFO White and added a generous dose of Cascade and Citra dry hops in the cask. The result was a very hoppy “wit” beer that was an interesting twist on the base style.
The White IPA is a relatively new “style” of beer. My interpretation of this style is that the beer should incorporate the best features of an IPA and a Belgian Wit. From the IPA you get the bitterness, a little malt backbone, and the bright hop aromas and flavors that you get from generous late hopping and dry hopping. From the Belgian Wit you get the light color, the haze, the head retention, the spice character, and the soft mouth feel you get from a healthy addition of Wheat Malt.
I am so happy that Harpoon has decided to bring back the White IPA new spring seasonal, The Long Thaw. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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