White Ship, a Belgian-style IPA by Narragansett Brewing Co.

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White Ship is a Belgian-style IPA brewed by Narragansett Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a 16 oz. can.

Appearance

The IPA pours an opaque yellow-orange and is topped by a thick cap of white foam that offers modest retention. Streaks of residue coat the sides. Ample sediment is visibly afloat within the glass.

Aroma

Aroma is mildly sweet; featuring wheat, orange, spice, and backed by a touch of floral hops.

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Flavor

The palate offers a spicy hop bite. The herbal flavor then adds lemon and grapefruit. That bitterness yields to sweet malt and a taste of syrupy caramel that lingers on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth — almost creamy — with a less-than-medium body and low carbonation.

Overall

Its feel is a little light for the style and needs more carbonation. Its appearance is adequate while the aroma and palate are okay. The White Ship is an easy-drinking brew but otherwise, this Belgian IPA is a mixed bag.

The Story Behind the Beer

White Ship is the 5th in a series of beers based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The White Ship tells a story of a lighthouse keeper’s adventure aboard a mysterious ship where his curiosity and greed win out over his better judgment.

The label, designed by local Rhode Island artist Pete McPhee from Swamp Yankee, features an image of the story’s grey lighthouse as the north point of a compass rose and represents the narrator’s trip to the other world and back.

Recommended Pairings

Narragansett recommends Mexican foods and pork belly as food pairings with their White Ship Belgian IPA.

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