Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPASierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,006
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 3.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 166 | Hads: 1,006
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Normally I am not a big fan of Belgian IPAs, but there was something about this one that I really enjoyed.

White head. Color is a slight hazed golden yellow.

Flavors: Belgian yeast with some spiciness. Floral notes. A big grapefruit citrus blast (this must be what I like). Very herbal and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little bitterness. Medium bodied.

Overall, good white ipa. Very enjoyable. Loved the grapefruit. (423 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pale golden glass shows excellent clarity and holds a solid finger of white foam.

Smell: Odd mix of coriander and hops, comes across as floral, and a bit like a Saison.

Taste: A bitter lemon lime peel tonic at the front really reinforces the Saison profile for me along with the fruit esters. A lot of lemon, which often doesn't do much for me in a beer (a fresh lemon wedge is a different animal; I'm talking brewing with lemons). A grassy hop note as well, not a hop driven beer like an IPA should be.

Feel: A bit fizzy, light body, dry finish.

Overall: Love Wits, Love IPAs, don't love this so much. (618 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not very partial towards Belgian IPA's (too many different things going on). However, I'm quite partial towards Sierra Nevada. Let's see how they do here. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear yellow. Pours a nice head that leaves a lot of lacing. Some carbonation, but not a lot considering the style. OK. Also a lot less yeast than in other beers of the style.

S: Mix of coriander, Belgian spices, candied sugar and...hops. Hops are piney and grapefruity. However, rather than each of the scents complementing one another, they produce a rather weird concoction.

T: OK, but not great. Candied sugar, spices followed by some hops. However, it's quite watery. I'm used to a more bready mouthfeel from Belgian beers - this is too different from what I'm used to.

F: Watery - not very good.

O: An OK beer, but has some serious flaws. (843 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 5/9/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - a cloudy yellowish orange, with bubbly carbonation that builds a creamy, thick white head. Lacing is superb!
Smell - a spicy, herbal nose with banana, mandarin oranges and cloves!
Taste - tasty and refreshing, but not much that suggests an IPA, let alone a Belgian IPA.
Feel - very little bitterness, more of a wit or Hefe feel. Very nice, but even the "white" IPA label is misleading.
Overall - easy to kick back with a few of these, however, I get the feeling the characterization of white IPA may have been a ploy to sell this as apart of the 4 Way IPA mixed 12! (652 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit Winter White. A pun on "snow white?" Say, what do Californians know about snow or winter, anyway? Me, I'm sick of it, and I could do without a reminder. What can we do, it's everywhere we turn. Don't look out the window, don't leave the house, let's have a summer beer, and pretend.

Hazed, golden appearance, surprisingly slim head. (Maybe my pour was off? Did I wash the glass wrong?)

Aroma: Witbier spices are here, some citrus, and coriander. A little hoppier than normal, but not by much. Lovely, though.

Taste: Bold, bright and fruit-forward. Now, finally, in the flavor, I'm getting the sense of an IPA. Lots of citrus zest taste, just gets brighter and brighter, wheat feel comes forward, too. Tropical fruits too, pineapple, banana. I'm liking this more and more. Medium-bodied, supremely drinkable. It's good beer, and you can drink it. Yum. Tast-y!

Hey, what's the official word: "Snow Wit is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. (Okay, bringing the Snow White reference full circle.), giving it a complex, grapefruit and herbal hop character accentuated by spicy notes of an authentic Belgian yeast." (1,157 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Other than Torpedo, I liked this one the best of the IPA sampler.

In a pint glass it was a hazy gold color with a small tan head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma was funky, spicy, and a little flowery.

Funky taste. Cinnamon. Some pine. Melon, which I didn't get in the aroma.

Crisp, easy drinking.

I easily drank the three of these in my sampler. (356 characters)

Photo of chip26
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, coriander and some earthy yeast and hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, a little fruit and coriander, earthy yeast and a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, interesting white IPA - good bitterness but a kind of odd mix of earthiness, coriander, bready malts and grassy hops. (483 characters)

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange with billowing, white head and great retention.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, clove, banana, coriander and pepper.

Taste: Witbier base of wheat and spices, balanced by grapefruit, mango and lemon notes from the hops. Finish is somewhat bitter, with clove, coriander, pepper and lingering citrus.

Feel: Relatively light body with high carbonation. Somewhat silky and quite dry.

Overall: This is the closest to a true "White IPA" that I have tried, with great balance between the Witbier and IPA characteristics. Refreshing and flavorful. Very nice overall. (639 characters)

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dankjohn
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ccurrid
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and fruity Belgian IPA style aroma with good hints of hops, yeast, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy hop hints of grass. Also some fruit esters of banana and green apple. Bready malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian IPA taste with good notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with notes of coriander, peppers, and clove. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass. Fruit esters of banana and apple along with a slight bubblegum note. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, juicy, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian style IPA. Good mix of yeast and fruit esters with hops. (1,265 characters)

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit

From the 4 way ipa pack

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy and cloudy straw colored brew with fizzies floating to the top of glass.

S: Wheat. Some citrus notes but again. . . Where's the hops ?

T: Good. Nothing to get excited about but a solid wheat beer and nice flavors.

M: Easy drinking. Smooth yet just a slight crisp as with alot of wheats.

O: Snow Wit will be a nice addition to the many wheat beers that will soon flood the shelves this summer. S.N. advertises this beer as an ipa but I really don't see it as such. A little dissapointed with the lack of hop flavors so far from the 4 way. (622 characters)

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.