Rocks White IPA is another in the series of Rocks Brewing Co’s limited release “Exiled Brews” series.
For those not in the know, a white IPA is generally somewhere between a Belgian witbier and an IPA. This can be achieved with the addition of some wheat into the grain bill and the use of Belgian yeast as opposed to the American strains often favoured in IPAs.
Two Distinct Styles Combined
The beautiful, if slightly hazy, golden liquid bubbles up into a billowing, snowy head which it retains well.
The initial aroma features lots of pine over some grapefruit which doesn’t come through as strong in the taste, but I’ll get to that soon. There’s little of the pepperiness or fruitiness I’d expect from the “white” part of this beer. If anything there’s very little yeast character in the aroma, it smells like a very clean ferment.
On the palate it’s predominantly grassy all the way through. There’s something a bit like dried straw. This always reminds me of New Zealand style IPAs and in this it tastes brilliant.
Aroma Vs Flavour
There are some gentle spice flavours that don’t come through in the aroma, which leads me to believe it’s more a characteristic of the hops rather than the yeast. Perhaps it’s something old world and European.
This touch of spice keeps it very interesting and does a lot to blend in intriguingly with the IBUs this beer is surely packing. The bitterness is drying in the mouth but not quite to the levels of noticeable astringency.
This isn’t what I expected from the beer but it’s a really enjoyable drink, especially as an afternoon beer. The grassy notes excite the palate all the way through (I drank from a 500ml bottle in a Spiegelau IPA glass) and I’ve heard first hand accounts of this going down well through an extended session.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend drinking a night away with this beer. For me, the booze isn’t exactly masked. You can taste the 7.2% which might actually be a good thing because after a few of these you could get yourself into trouble.
I used this to wash down hot roast chicken, a rustic baguette and a fresh green salad with balsamic dressing.
These one-off beers from Rocks Brewing are more and more interesting each time and this White IPA is a very well executed beer.
Shenanigans White Sky was another great example of this style.
From: Alexandria, NSW
Beer style: White IPA
Pair with: Hot roast chicken, rustic baguette, green salad with balsamic dressing
Have you tried Rocks White IPA? Leave a comment and let me know your experience of it.