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Review of Anchorage Whiteout Wit

20 Aug
Hi guys.  How’s everyone doing?  Well I hope.  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.

For today’s tasting pleasure I’m going to be trying the Whiteout Wit produced by the Anchorage Brewing Company located in Anchorage, Alaska.  This bottle is from Batch #2 brewed in March of 2012.

I absolutely loved the other two brews that I tried from Anchorage (The Tide And Its Takers and the Galaxy White IPA), therefore I’m really excited about trying this one.

Let’s see what kind of info we can find on the website, anchoragebrewingcompany.com, about the Whiteout Wit.

Unique to the north and feared by man and beast, the WHITEOUT comes without warning.

With quiet ferocity, how quickly this force erases the sensations and reduces any creature to its most basic elements. When enveloped in one, sight, sound and even tactile sensation are ripped away, as snowflakes in motion swallow all sense of being, leaving one to cower, hunker down and wait it out, hoping that it passes quickly or that the end is merciful. Of variable and unknown duration minutes seem like eternity in a whiteout.

But when it eases, and those final snowflakes drift in the blue sky, any survivor is changed. Suddenly, life is fuller and more robust. The thirst for this new life can be slaked in many ways. Whiteout Wit compliments the experience in both intensity and a rewarding calm. The quiet delicacy of the light malts are like those vanishing flakes. Sorachi Ace hops contribute the lemony aroma and flavor, imparting additional life to the brew, reminding you of how good it is to be alive. Lemon peel, Indian coriander and black peppercorns add the same invigorating zest whiteout survivors feel when stepping from the world of white. Triple fermentation, the long slumber in French Chardonnay barrels and a shot of brettanomyces provide an explosion of flavor when combined with the other swirling, enticing elements. It’s okay. Stand up, shake it off and feel alive; that’s what Whiteout Wit is all about.

Nice!!!!  Let’s drink it.  

It came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 6.5%. 

The pour produced a hazy, straw yellow to light golden color.  The crown was white, very fluffy, soapy and rocky.  It was sized very nicely and the retention time was very good.  The lacing was rather solid too.  When held towards a light source it kind of looked like pineapple juice.  Very attractive and seductive.

The nose released a rock solid dose of barnyard funk along with spices of pepper and coriander.  Hints of lemon citrus and meager white grapes.  It smelled of grassy hops, light hay, yeast and bread also.  A very delicate hint of wood was stumbled upon as it warmed and opened up a touch.  Overall, this bouquet was outstanding.  Very complex, harmonious and pleasing.

The taste hits you with a jolt of that barnyard funk with the first few sips.  A touch of sourness and tarty goodness arises from the lemon citrus.  A wonderful spicy bite takes hold on the back end from both the peppercorns and coriander, while a subtle “woodiness” contributes some roundness.  The yeasty morsels really kick in after a few moments as well.  A bit of well complimented grassy hops add some bitterness to the tongue and really help complete the flavor profile.  Not much by way of the grapes though.  I actually didn’t taste them at all.  No matter however, because it still tasted wonderful I thought. 

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, smooth, crisp, refreshing and quite thirst quenching.  The carbonation was lively and vigorous.  An awesome dose of flavor was left behind long after each sip.

Man.  I tell ya.  This particular brew only makes the third different beer that I’ve had from the Anchorage Brewing Company, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they are now one of my favorite brewers.  I’m infatuated with them.  The amount of “funk” and complexity that they provide with each individual style is perfect in my humble opinion.  The ease of drinkability with each one is amazing as well.  I dread coming to the end of each bottle.  The Whiteout Wit may be more suitable for the warmer months, but I could drink it year round with no problem.  Have you guys had the opportunity to try anything from the Anchorage Brewing Company yet?  What are your thoughts about their products?  If you haven’t partaken in anything from them yet, I would recommend you do so.  I don’t think that you will be disappointed.  I’m definitely going to have to seek out a few more in the near future.  I can’t get enough of ’em.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.55 out of 5
Grade:  A+ 

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