The new, limited edition line of beers from the Bridge Brewing Company is dubbed in contrast to their logo as the Ironworker’s Series line of beers. The Imperial White IPA has emerged in this line and subsequently disappeared before most people had even heard of it. This beer may be tough to find today on the liquor store shelves but keep an eye out as you may just fine it or be ready next time around. From the bomber bottle this beer pours as an amber colour with a slight amount of sediment suspended. An aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, caramel and a kick of earthy, northwest, piney hops hits the nose. The “White” aspect of this wheat-containing Imperial IPA is rather masked and mild. The body is smooth and lightly creamy with a sense of high alcohol content but the taste masks it well. The flavour is rather light for the style and a creamy, fruit-filled hop flavour takes charge. The wheat content adds a certain mellow to the beer while the White Wine Oak used in the brewing process adds an earthiness to the flavour that further mellows the strong beer’s expected hit. As the flavour progresses, notes of grape and gooseberry come out making a very unique and smooth beer that is rather different in the line of IPAs. I may just go out on a limb and say that this is one of the best Bridge Brewing beers to be released to date. No wonder it went so fast!
Alcohol – 8.0%
IBU – 75
Hops – Magnum, Centennial, Nelson Sauvin
Size – 650ml
Price – $8.50 (Craft Retailer)