For me, white wine is a potato masher. It’s nice in specific instances—with fish, on a summer patio, while mashing potatoes—but most of the time I don’t reach for it. Well, that was true before I tried Sixpoint Brewery’s Spritzer Bomb, which combines sauvignon blanc grapes with a hazy IPA. Now I think I need to stock up, because I’d be thrilled if all my hoppy IPAs included a white wine topper.
Despite an 8.0% ABV that might make you think twice in triple-digit temperatures, Spritzer Bomb appeals to your senses like it’s an ideal summer sip. In a pint glass, it’s a rich gold color and its aroma hits your nose with strong tones of bitter grapefruit and hops.
But, as opposed to brut or rosé brews, Spritzer Bomb’s sauvignon blanc infusion doesn’t overly tarten this beer. In fact, the dryness of the grapes tames the strong bitterness of the hops. A normal hazy IPA can have an IBU above 50, but Spritzer Bomb clocks in at five. And despite the high alcohol content, I caught myself breezing through the first can. It’s extremely easy-drinking.
Maybe the name’s a bit deceiving, because this isn’t a traditional spritz—which typically combines wine and soda—but Sixpoint has cleverly achieved the same balanced partnership. Who knew the ideal white wine pairing was a hazy IPA?