Beer #38 - Wahoo / Ballast Point

 Beer #38 - W/C 16 November 2015



When Jack White (not that one) found himself in the tricky situation of being a keen home brewer without a decent supply of ingredients in 1992, he took matters into his own hands. Jack opened Home Brew Mart that year in his home town of San Diego and inevitably started brewing in the back room. Fast forward to today and Ballast Point is one of the most highly regarded breweries in America producing a range of award winning beers.


White beers are designed to be refreshing and tasty and Wahoo fits the bill. This style is often a showcase for the amazing, and too overlooked, flavours created by different strains of yeast. In many traditional wheat beers, the yeast imparts a distinct flavour of banana or cloves. Ballast Point went in a different direction and selected a special yeast which gives this beer its distinct tang. The citrus of the orange peel addition acts as a perfect foil for the spiciness of the coriander. In keeping with tradition, there is no hop bitterness in Wahoo which is just as well as hops would throw the balance out of whack. This is a great beer for the beach. 

BREWERY // Ballast Point
BEER // Wahoo
STYLE // White Beer
ORIGIN // San Diego, USA
ABV // 4.5%
IBU // 12
TEMPERATURE // Cool/cold - 8-10C
FOOD MATCH // White Fish Ceviche, Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar, Tomato & Melon Salad
GLASS // Wheat Beer Glass, Snifter. 

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