Beer Review: EL SEGUNDO WHITE DOG WHEAT IPA

Beer Review: EL SEGUNDO WHITE DOG WHEAT IPA

El Segundo Brewing Co. introduces the White Dog Wheat IPA, a unique concoction paying homage to Rob’s canine companion. Despite the reference to wheat in its name, this beer deviates from conventional perceptions of wheat beers. The utilization of 50% wheat in the malt bill contributes to a lighter texture and mouthfeel, accentuating the vibrant citrus notes derived from West Coast and New Zealand hops. A brew designed to capture the hearts of Hop Heads while remaining approachable to a broader audience.

Appearance:

The White Dog Wheat IPA pours with an amber-orange hue, accompanied by a thin layer of white swirls crowning its surface.

Aroma:

Immersing oneself in the aromatic experience reveals danky hop notes intertwined with hints of pine, peach, and mango—a fragrant symphony that sets the stage for what’s to come.

Taste:

Embarking on the tasting journey, the presence of citrus-like hops dominates, complemented by a dry malt backbone. A touch of spiciness reminiscent of a Sculpin-like profile adds complexity and intrigue to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel:

The beer boasts a full-bodied character, offering a somewhat juicy sensation on the palate. The carbonation, while a bit robust, contributes to the overall mouthfeel of this White Dog Wheat IPA.

Overall:

Now, let’s put things in perspective. Admittedly critical of the LA craft scene and skeptical about the ongoing White IPA trend, this beer managed to impress. Contrary to expectations, it avoids the common wheat beer pitfalls, delivering precisely what one seeks in a West Coast IPA. For a brewery merely a year old, this brew stands as a promising testament to El Segundo Brewing’s prowess in crafting noteworthy beers.