A weizenbier, India Pale Ale combination… I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. Though I’ve recently become quite fond of how Vancouver Island Brewery and its colleagues have been using their seasonal lineups to experiment, I really thought they were off their rocker with this one. And yet, the final product was actually quite tasty, not to mention consistent from a paired-characteristics point of view.
For example, wheat beers are typically brewed with citrus and spices in order to achieve a more complex palette. At the same time, IPA’s boast a rich hop flavor which is usually described as citrusy and fruity. So really, merging the two is not that big a stretch. In the end, what you get is something that combines the rich malts of a wheat with the natural citrus-flavored bite of an IPA.
Appearance: Deep golden amber, cloudy and translucent
Nose: Sweet, malty aroma typical of a wheat, slight floral touch of hops
Taste: Smooth wheat profile, giving way to strong citrus bite reminiscent of fresh grapefruit
Aftertaste: Bitter and lingering, the taste of grapefruits staying on the tongue for some time to come.