What Is a White IPA, Why Is Braxton Brewing It, and Why Do I Want It?

This Friday, we’re tapping Spotlight White IPA and releasing it in cans. This is a new beer to Braxton and a new style to many. We can’t wait to lift one to life with you but before we do that, we wanted to let you know what exactly is a White IPA, why we’re brewing it and why you will want it.


First, a white IPA is a hybrid style that combines the characteristics of a Belgian Witbier with an American IPA. The goal in our interpretation of the style is to create a more interesting, flavorful IPA, and to marry the bright citrus notes of the hops (Citra in this case) with the complex flavors of bitter orange peel and coriander seed that are typically used in witbiers.

Listen, we like the straightforward character of a good American IPA as much as the next bunch of brewers…but we were intrigued by the idea of a beer that would provide plenty of hop character while being less one-dimensional. It was with this goal in mind that we first dreamt up Spotlight.

The first time we brewed this style, we released it under our experimental IPA series, as Beta 3.0. The reception was so positive that we decided to refine the recipe, brew a whole lot more of it, and put it in cans for your enjoyment. This is the first time a beer from our Beta series has been scaled up in this way, but I’m certain it won’t be the last.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!