Thursday, September 3, 2015

Great Divide Whitewater Review

Name: Great Divide Whitewater
Style: Wheat Ale
ABV: 6.1%

Summer may be wrapping up but I still have a couple of summer seasonal beers sitting in my fridge. Which brings us to Great Divide's Whitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale. Once known as Whitewater Wheat Ale, a hefeweizen, they decided to tweak the recipe, add more hops to it and increase the ABV as well. This is also the second hoppy wheat beer that I've had this year, with the first one being New Glarus' Hopster Ale.

There really isn't too much else to say, but it is nice to see the outline of something else besides a human being pictured on the label. Plus I do like the artwork on this label for some reason, more so than the other Great Divide labels I've seen so far.

Appearance - Mildly hazy bright yellow color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head is very thin with some light retention but the lacing is quite good and sticky

Aroma - Malted wheat and floral hops followed by some orange peel notes, some pale maltiness and even a touch of light hop bitterness.

Taste - Strong bitter & floral hoppiness upfront that is followed almost immediately by a solid malted wheat flavor. On the back end of the flavor is where the light bitter hoppiness starts to shine through and it's more prevalent than in the nose. I'm also getting that light orange peel sweetness. As for the aftertaste, it's almost all bitter hops save for a light malt wheatiness.

Much like before, there really isn't too much to say here aside from that it's a good beer. The flavor is a little more complex than the nose, which is always a nice surprise but it isn't too overly powerful at the same time, which will no doubt help in its appealability.

Great Divide Whitewater - 8/10

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