Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Southampton Double White Ale

Double White Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
Southampton, New York, United States


6.70% ABV

Commercial Description:
A "double strength" version of classic Belgian-style "white" ale. A deceptively light ale spiced with Curacao Orange Peel and coriander seed.

General Pricing:
12oz Bottles: ~$11.00 6 pack

I picked up a six pack few weeks ago and saved one to review. No special background, I’m just ready for another review.

The beer pours a hazy straw with golden hues and a modest bright white head.

The nose is nice with classic Belgian yeasty aromas with notes of clove and spice.

Taste and Mouthfeel
That was a very nice first sip; almost warming but very refreshing. The sip starts out with a very non-descript touch of sweetness up front on the tongue followed by a cleansing effervescence as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow including a carbonation release that continues to mask any flavors. The finish is great; clean crisp and refreshing with light wheat malt sweetness followed by yeasty notes of citrus and peppery spice. There is very little of a final aftertaste just a hint of those yeasty notes.

The subtle complexity is very interesting. With each sip I’m picking up more flavors; citrus, clove and spice on that one.

This beer has a very light and refreshing mouthfeel. It is very clean and refreshing but also leaves a hint of warming; Very Nice.

As the beer warms it seems to be more filling and more robust but still maintains a light mouthfeel. I know that sounds odd.  I guess it’s just more flavorful as it warms; that subtle complexity again. Although the mouthfeel remains light it seems smoother and creamier as it warms.

This is a B+ to an A- for me. I really enjoyed this experience.

A - | Southampton Double White Ale is an excellent Belgian Witbier with light wheat malt flavors with notes of citrus, clove, and peppery spice all riding and a bed of classic Belgian yeastiness. What a nice experience.

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