731: Southampton Double White

731 - Southampton Double WhiteName: Double White Ale
Brewery: Southampton Publick House
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: New York, New York
Style: Witbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.70%
First Brewed: 1998
Price: NA

Tasting Notes
Hazy yellow as the New York City sky in August, this aromatic (citrus and spice) winter looks like a summer cooler. One gulp of its big, malty body tells you to slow down. Begins tart, like unsweetened orange juice, finishes sweet and fizzy with a warming alcohol knock.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I landed this beer in a trade… But I can’t remember with whom. It has been in the fridge for a few months, and we are back on a list kick. I like that… A list kick. We have a few boring beers in the fridge, including Guinness and New Castle, but this one sounded like summer. It was 93 degrees today, so basically summer is here!

We are also on a witbier kick. I hope this one, because it is a double white ale, delivers more aroma and flavor. Here goes nothing!

In the Glass: The beer looks like a witbier. Go figure! What did you think it was going to look like? I am getting sick of these summer session beers. However, this one should be somewhat spiced and have twice the flavor. I mean… It IS a double white ale! Let’s see what a double white ale smells like.

Nose: I am getting a ton of clove and almost a coriander aroma. Grab a glass of Blue Moon and smell that… Those same aromas and even a hint of citrus is coming out. I hope it tastes as good as it smells. I also hope my palate isn’t ruined. I have been drinking IPA all night. Session IPA… But still IPA. Man, I love hops!

Flavor: That is good. Whoa. There is a TON of tart flavor that I didn’t see coming. Is that the double they are talking about? This isn’t a witbier in my eyes. This is almost a sour. This is ice cold, and I am sure the sour will tone itself down as it warms up. But man, I didn’t expect this to be good. It is. VERY good.

Mouthfeel: There is so much tart, I can barely feel the mouthfeel. Say that 5 times real fast. It’s funny… I have half a glass of the Stone Go To IPA and they are basically the same color. Ha. Anyway, the mouthfeel is not a focal point of this beer. It’s all about flavor.

Aftertaste: The sour continues, but it turns to a nice almost bittersweet flavor. Oh, and Dakine would be proud. I am going to review this beer on RateBeer. I am hooked.

This is good, and to whomever I traded with to get it, thank you. You took a beer off “the list” and you provided us with an unexpected treat this evening. Happy Tuesday, as they always say. Wait… Who says that? No one!

Double White Ale – The bottle says: “Enjoy our original “Double” version of classic Belgian-style white ale. Traditionally unfiltered and delicately spiced.”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Once again, I don’t really know much of anything about this beer. I really should start doing my review more of how Ricky does and listing out the different aspects of it. I’m afraid all of my reviews sound too much alike. But I also don’t want them to be just like Ricky’s. There’s a reason that we both review the beers… so that you guys, our audience, can get more than one perspective on them. Anyway… I guess I’ll stick with what I know. On to the beer!

In the glass, this one almost looks like a plain, domestic lager. It’s a golden yellow color and looks pretty thin, with a few little bubbles floating to the top. There’s not much head, either, and the lace doesn’t really stick to the glass much at all. My beer has actually been sitting here a while while I edit and post some of our previous reviews, so some of the nose has kind of faded. What is left to smell though, to me kind of smells a bit fruity and flowery. It’s pretty faint, though. Let’s see how it tastes.

I know this is an ale and not a lager, but to me it tastes a lot like a basic lager. It has slightly more flavor than one, though. It almost reminds me of a European lager… you know beer always taste better in Europe, even the most basic lager. I don’t really taste much hops in it. I like the flavor, but it really is pretty basic. This might be a good starter beer for someone that’s been drinking domestics. Or I think I’d like it as a session beer. It’d be something good to drink at a baseball game.

While this beer isn’t overly special, it’s a good everyday drinking beer, and I would potentially buy it again if it was pretty cheap.

Rating: 3/5

730 bottles of beer on the wall…

One Response to “731: Southampton Double White”

  • Tim

    It shouldnt be sour, bud. I had it was yeasty and strong. Huge Wit flavors, but the only perceived tartness came from the orange peel and coriander.

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