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 is mildly sweet; featuring wheat, orange, spice, and backed by a touch of floral hops.
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.
Its feel is smooth — almost creamy — with a less-than-medium body and low carbonation.
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.
Narragansett recommends Mexican foods and pork belly as food pairings with their White Ship Belgian IPA.