Life of the Party:
Riptide pours to a cloudy gold with a somewhat frothy head, low carbonation and considerable lacing. Resembling a Belgian Wit, it has a springy, balanced mouth feel with a balanced taste of hop and wheat and smooth, surprisingly dry finish that leaves just a gentle reminder of what you've just drunk. I tasted notes of slightly sweet citrus, floral hops, pine, honey and biscuit (American biscuits, English biscuits are cookies dammit). I was a bit surprised to learn it came in at 45 IBUs, I would have expected a few more given the firm hop presence. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this beer was that the aroma leaned towards the wheat while the taste leaned towards the hops. Bottom line: if an IPA is too bitter and a wheat beer too sweet for you, DRINK THIS.
Some purists might think white IPA is a betrayal of the style (especially given Americans' obsession with blistering IPAs) but this beer is so well put together as to silence the haters. There's also a slight tinge of alcohol on the end but the flavors of this beer are more than enough to compensate.
I toured the Heavy Seas Brewery at the end of March 2014 (which was a good decision, they had both the end of the winter seasonals and the beginning of the spring ones) and the owner of the brewery gave us the tour but first gave his own beer-inspired version of the Lord's Prayer. Really. The line that stuck with me was "Lead us not into incarceration, but deliver us from hangovers" so that's an indication of the whimsical love of craft that goes into this beer, and it shows. This is a great springtime beer (hence why it's their spring seasonal), perfect for drinking on the first nice, sunny day of spring after a cold winter.
+Great meld of styles, tastes
-Slight tinge of alcohol on the finish, but not nearly enough to be a turnoff