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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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166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,008
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JRed
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright and cloudy body with white head. Aroma of papaya, pear, and elephant peanuts. Tastes of pear, papaya, light grass, citrus rind, and lightly bitter. Light in body with medium carbonation. Wildly fruity but somehow it works. Refreshing and bright. (252 characters)

Photo of greentam2
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very clean feel for an ipa, without any back bitterness. There are spicy flavors of both citrus and cumin in a full mouth feel that is not confused, but distinct and complimentary. The final taste is one you expect from an ipa, some lingering hops, letting you know you have tasted a beer that will leave you with sensory memories. (347 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Semi clear yellow int he glass with a one finger head.

S-Wheat, lemon, spice, grass, the hops are there but not in the forefront.

T-Starts with a nice lemon and wheat notes. Then come some spice and a slight bit of grass. The finish has some hops and slight bitterness.

M-Lighter, crisp and nice carbonation.

O-Still a style that seems hard to pull off, this attempt was solid. (383 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the bottle neck had a ton of stuff around it that looked like peanut butter. I'm assuming it's yeast sediments that somehow got plastered against the bottle neck. I haven't opened my other bottles yet, it may just be an anomaly. Anyhow, the beer is a bright, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body and a bright, dense, low profile, white head. Aromas of banana, clove, nutmeg, subtle citrus notes, and some bready characteristics. Flavors are roasted and bready forward, with some of the Belgian yeast qualities highlighting, including the clove and nutmeg spice blend, as well as some fruity and farmhouse esters. There is a touch of citrus throughout, with grapefruit and lemonpepper if you really dig, but the palate leans more towards the more familiar Belgian palate. Well balanced flavors on a smooth, soft, somewhat effervesced body. The aftertaste is more of the spice blends, with some banana sweet in there, as well. The finish is quick and frothy, with a subtle spice linger. Not a bad beer. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale narrow chalice-type glass. Body is hazy golden with a 1-finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Some Belgian yeast with modest spice over a bread doughy malt foundation.

T: Nice. Vibrant citrusy hops over wheat malt tang, with fruity and spicy yeast. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering modest lemon zesty bitterness.

M: Light to medium in heft, with an active but fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Good stuff. (473 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a SN pint glass with a fairly hazy, golden yellow body. A crown of foamy, creamy fluff builds to two fingers. Head retention is good but it eventually falls to a thick ring and full sheet on top of the brew. Thick sheets of lace coat almost the entire top of the glass with thinner but still plentiful sheets following.

S- At first I mostly get Witbier aromas of citrus zest, slight banana bread, fruit phenolics and spice like coriander. However, after a few sips the citrusy SN hop profile comes out to provide another angle of orange citrus, grapefruit and floral notes.

T- The same effect with the smell occurs for me here. At first there was a lot of Witbier yeast with notes of clove, banana, coriander, spices, lemon zest and some bread. With time hoppy notes of oranges, grapefruit, slight tropical fruit, herbs and earth come into play.

MF- Fluffy light body that has a slight creaminess and silkiness. Carbonation medium-high but comes in smoothly. Fair amount of bitterness lingers.

Solid and quaffable which is usually the case for Sierra Nevada brews. The Witbier yeast might be just a bit strong for the amount of hops they present. It causes a clash of flavors at times for me and throws the balance off. Calling it a White IPA is a bit of a stretch for me, it is more of a hoppy Wit, and yes that does matter. (1,363 characters)

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

It's going to be a "black and white night" for me, as I review both of SN's new IPAs.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a cloudy, light gold. Opaque. Decent head (1/4") and excellent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Big hit of a "catty" hop. Must be one of the "dwarf varieties" mentioned on the label. I also detect a spiciness that smells remarkably like Marris Otter malt. All-in-all a great bouquet on this brew.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet and this runs immediately into the Middle, which is dry and filled with an alkaline hop taste which has none of the tale-tell hop flavors (citrus, etc.). Finish is dry and in the top of the palate, with a huge wave of earthy, almost stinging hoppiness. Aftertaste is short and sweet, with a kick to the center of the palate with more of the alkaline hops.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Conditioning is spot on for this style.

Overall 3.75: Very unusual but very good beer. Its notes on the palate and nose are a bit strange, but certainly not "off." Features some off-putting (IMHO) "catty" scents, but nothing overwhelming. Light (remarkable for a SN beer), refreshing and would be perfect for a summer day. (1,134 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Lacing on side of the glass is good. Floral aroma with hints of citrus. Can discern banana as well. Malty taste of front with moderate hoppiness in the middle. It ends with a banana taste. Mild bitterness at the end. Good light IPA. White IPAs are not my favorite type, but this one will do. Would definitely drink again. (369 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gainesville House of Beer

A - pours a thick, hazy deep yellow/light orange. Finger of bubbly white head. Can't see any carbonation due to the haze.

S - fruityness hits the nose first. Backed up with sweetness from malts. A hint of banana bread. Not much of a hop profile here whatsoever.

T - Starts with the bitter, earthy tones that the nose is lacking. Great first sip, has a very refreshing and summery taste to it. Hop bite at the end, not much malt characters here at all. Slight citrus.

M - medium body, very drinkable. Smooth and yet has a bite to it. Sessionable Belgian for sure.

O - solid, no complaints but nothing that knocked my socks of. Just a solid IPA from a craft giant. (696 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/5/14

Appearance: Hazy, but not cloudy, pale gold - pours with a large, fluffy, creamy head, that sticks around quite impressively - leaves some nice webs of lacing

Smell: Pale malts, wheat, spices, and some light citrus - some solid witbier aromas, with some light grains, wheat, coriander, clove, and some yeasty esters such as banana - the "IPA" component of this is rather light, with some faint touches of orange and grapefruit - lightly grassy

Taste: Hoppier than the average wit - hop aromas were somewhat overshadowed in the aroma, but they have some presence in the actual taste - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some zest and pith - more bitter than a usual witbier - some juicy sweetness - pale grains, wheat, some grass, and some yeasty flavors - bananas, with a touch of bubblegum and some phenols - clove and coriander - finishes simultaneously clean and spicy/bitter

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, great carbonation, smooth, easy drinking

Overall: Citrus in a wheat beer? Impossible!

I'm not sure if I really would label this as a Belgian IPA. It has some Belgian influences, but it doesn't really taste Belgian. It has some IPA-like qualities, but it's not really hoppy (even compared to other wheat beers). It is good though. Not the best from this mix pack, but I'd be happy to drink another. (1,337 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the 4-Way IPA 12 Pack from Total Wine for $12.99. Bottled on 1-24-14.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is hop forward with citrus and tropical fruits standing out, some floral hops are in the mix. Wheat base is small which lets the different hops show themselves.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is another nice brew from SNBC, the kings of quality and consistency! (490 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "stubby" twelve-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in appearance, with a big cloud deck of whipped egg-whites.
Aroma-Citrussy hops
Taste-light-bodied citrus and hop notes, wheat, faint spiciness. Nicely balanced and very refreshing. (264 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin later. It is a super cloudy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Floral, tropical, resiny, grassy, pale malts, bready, and a little yeasty notes.

Taste: Definitely hop forward for a BIPA. More of a wheaty IPA, but this is still good. Im just used to those triple and IPA qualifies mixed together

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a little chewy, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice BIPA. I have had better, but this is still a good go to. (627 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date from the sampler pack. punny name as it's brewed with 7 different "dwarf hops"

look is cloudy and golden, with a small cap of white foam. smell is faint citrus funk and some belgian notes. taste is belgian yeast, buttery lemondrop hops, bitter peppery finish.

the hoppiest and best out of the pack (323 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is real genius here, and this is further confirmation that sierra nevada is the best of the big boys, head and shoulders best. a white ipa, finally one without orange peel! they substitute lemons instead and to great effect, they really show up in the finish and give greater acidity to aid the refreshment factor of this brew. thats not the only interesting feature either, they use what they term dwarf hops, apparently more of a hedge set up than a tall vine system, producing denser clusters of cones according to the label. i dont know much about this, but i do know the hops are interesting in this brew, very punchy and citric, grapefruit and new zealand white wine come to mind, but so do passion fruits, nectarines, and sprite soda. a nice combo to say the least, and not solely confined the finish, but present throughout. wheat malt base is light in color and flavor, but creamy and frothy in body, just the way i like it. the label declared belgian yeast as yet another twist, but i dont get a ton of that. this is one of the few successful fusions of ipa and belgian wit though, where the belgian part doesnt trum the ipa or vice versa, it is truly in line with both styles. the yeast adds a higher carbonation level and dryness, but doesnt really do the whole fruity ester clove spice thing. more subtle, but highly refined. this is the beer of the summer so far by me! (1,388 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy straw, slight carbonation, pours a decent amount of white, stick head that tightly hugs the glass as you drink.

smell; nothing discernible, pleasant wheat aroma

taste; smooth, somewhat bold wheat beer taste, touch of citrus, hint of some spice in there, and a touch of welcome bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel; medium body, slightly creamy, but not heavy, high carbonation, dry for a wheat beer.

overall; if you like wheat beer, and want to taste something that distinguishes itself from a generic one, try this. (536 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

PRESENTATION/INFO: 12 fl oz bottle with uninteresting label art and branded brown pry-off pressure cap. 5.7% ABV. Reviewed as an IPA. Acquired as part of a 12-pack variety box at my local H-E-B Grocery. "Brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops."

Side-poured at fridge temp into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers in width. White in colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Recedes fully within a minute and a half, leaving no lacing. Pretty unremarkable overall.

BODY: Murky nontransparent yellow-copper with straw hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of bubbles. Fizzy as hell. Subpar vibrance. It's even a bit weak and watery looking.

Overall, it's a below average appearance for an IPA, but I'm optimistic. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Crackery malts. Floral hop notes. Belgian yeast notes, including biscuity character and clove. Flaked wheat. Starches. Herbal hop notes. Not real citrusy or juicy; I'm not a big fan of this hop profile based on the aroma. It's not the clean straightforward hop aroma I was expected. Pale malts are actually less prominent than flaked wheat here, which helps lend the beer more of a Belgian style vibe.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength, but isn't particularly remarkable for the style.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Slightly coarse and dry. Unrefreshing. Medium bodied. Has too much weight and heft on the palate for the lack of diverse and deep flavour. It feels a bit stale. Poor presence on the palate. This texture makes the beer seem reticent and doesn't suit the style well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Has an odd almost farmhouse-esque lemongrass twang accompanied by some muted citrus. Coriander? Sure. There's ample flaked wheat, some pale malts, and a pretty restrained hop profile - vague floral character, herbal notes...and that's about it. Hints of Belgian yeast include clove and biscuity character. It's surprisingly starchy and even crackery for an IPA. I'm not digging the hop profile, and it doesn't play well against the malts.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration.

Pretty simple for an IPA, lacking much in the way of intricacy or nuance. It's not a subtle flavour profile by any means, nor is it gestalt (or even cohesive). It's a scattered brew, but it isn't a mess. They're trying to muck about mixing an IPA profile with a witbier profile or something, and it's clearly not working. I applaud the experimentation, but this isn't well executed or balanced.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Downable but forgettable. Another mundane Sierra Nevada brew. I wouldn't go for this again nor would I recommend it to friends. I get what they're after, but they didn't hit their mark. While it hides its average ABV decently, it's far from the most drinkable IPA out there. Offers little to the discerning drinker.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours two finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma has a little banana, lots more grain and some lemon.
The taste starts would with some soft fruit flavors: banana and plum. Then there's a moderate grapefruit and lemon bitterness that takes it to the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This Wit version appeals to me. (352 characters)

Photo of Cozuma
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden maple wood stain kind of color with no head produced from a fairly vigorous pour. Some lacing around the edge of the glass but remarkably lame foam.

S: Light sweet pine aroma, can smell the light banana clove scent of the belgian yeast.

T: Pine at the front followed by a bitter acidic grapefruit peel flavor, very light bread dough yeasty flavor lingering in the middle. Not a very clean finish the bitter lingers for quite a while and really isn't silenced for a while but then gives way to some herbal notes that are hidden under the pine and grapefruit peel.

M: Kind of creamy feeling which is surprising given the lack of foam on the top of it, some alcohol warmth with tiny bubbles making it smooth.

O: Nice easy and easy to drink like many others I would buy it again in a mix pack but probably wouldn't invest in a case, it would be a nice contrast if something like Torpedo was getting too heavy for a hot afternoon and thus the mix case would be the best option. (991 characters)

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have equally good retention. The head is a fluffy, cotton-white while the body is a dull lemon to straw that appears brighter and hazier in the light. Lacing is mostly sheeting with some perforation.

Nose- Starts off with mild but enjoyable peach which rests on a bed of citrus- orange and lemon mostly but also some grapefruit. Light floral and perfume notes around the edges. Touch of cherry. Touch of honey. Swirling reveals nothing.

Taste- This is definitely not as fruity as I remember it being but it still maintains a fair amount of peach and citrus. The notes may be thinner but they work well with the overall aspect of the beer which is dry, crisp, and subtle. Light bittering hops on the finish. Some pine and resin. Some pepper. Coriander and lemon peel. Could use a little more on the front, especially as the back end seems imbalanced in comparison. Reminiscent of mimosas in delicacy and accessibility. Fans of witbiers who can handle a little hops will like this beer. Definitely, a solid and good beer in my opinion- I just wonder if it will open up more and reveal a really good beer, or even hints of one. Reminds me a little of a simple and clean saison. Oranges and grapefruit are much more present than the peach that was so noticeable on the nose. No one thing really stands out for me, it's more the entire package. Flawless and efficient. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied but still light and airy- it expands a good amount in your mouth. Good carbonation that tickles the palate playfully. Nice, dry finish.

Drinkability- Very sessionable and probably my favorite new beer beer from the 4-Way IPA pack. Standard Sierra prices and I would love to see this in six packs. Not exactly my favorite style but I would love to get this from time to time to change things up.

Overall- A good beer with hints of being really a good beer. The balance over all aspects of the beer are its highlight. This is a must try and a beer I will buy again. (2,044 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for gifting me with this. Standard 12oz bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded pale color with white froth atop that leaves a spotty webbing of lace. A swirl revives the cap displaying solid retention powers.

The aroma is lemony at first blending to dank and catty. Some wheat and herbaceous aspect that gets almost a perfuny oil thing going on towards the back. The taste is bitter lemony rinds with some grass and lightly fruity notes almost vinous. This is good stuff.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry with plenty of hop flavor and not too bitter. This is clean and easy drinking, I could down a couple of these. (685 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Got this at the Brewer's Haven on Vista... Pours a hazy dark golden with a decent enough 1 finger white head.. splotchy lacing.

Nose begins with a sorta sweet fruit cocktail hoppiness that makes me think of apricot and melon... something that I associate with coriander, but that could be my imagination.

The yeast phenols go a little crazy IMO on the palate with a pretty pronounced Bazooka Joe element.. light pithy zest hops and plenty of wheat maltiness to tie everything together... Finishes with that apricot note once again.

Body seems a bit more full, probably because of the wheat... carbonation is fine.

Weird.... this one seems all over the place... I don't dig it too much and am very happy I was able to purchase a single.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.25 (761 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - A hazy straw color with a frothy white head.

S - Crushed white pepper, lemon zest, and coriander. Undercut with an indistinct earthy spice smell.

T - Lots of grapefruit upfront. Then the palate opens up with peppery and grassy notes with just a hint of dank earthy tones. A slight cracker sweetness from the malt balances out the hops. The finish is dry, fairly bitter, and just a bit sour.

M - Pleasantly full for the style, with an effervescence from a sprightly carbonation.

O - Probably my second favorite from the Sierra Nevada IPA mix pack (tried and true Torpedo was top brew in my book). This beer succeeds because it showcases a whole host of flavors, but shows restraint in not letting any one dominate. The hop flavor is definitely heavy on the grapefruit, but it works well with the style. Overall, a solid white IPA. (873 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Speigelau IPA glass.
5.7% ABV,

A - Poured with the sediment swirled into the beer, Snow Wit is completely cloudy, hazed through by yeast but, it's plume of carbonation stemming from the etching in the glass can still be seen feeding the tall head. The giant white cap of foam that refuses to settle shrouds the glass in lace for a classic look.

S - Delicate and inviting, this gentle beer intertwines the hops' floral and light citrus nuances with a bright Belgian yeast that brings subtle coriander and white pepper spice to the mix for an exotic, intoxicating aroma.

T - Grainy pale malt and husky wheat create a nice course base for the hops and yeast to spring from. Herbal, earthy floral hop notes blend well with the yeast's coriander spice notes but slightly overwhelm them in the long run, leaving a lingering earthy presence on the tongue.

M - Snow Wit's carbonation is elevated but the tiny bubbles and smooth body make for a great combo that drinks wonderfully and finishes out with a moisture-robbing dryness and lingering-yet-delicate hoppy bitterness.

O - Balanced wonderfully, Sierra Nevada's Snow Wit teeters between spicy classic Belgian yeast and the "experimental dwarf" hops' herbal, floral, and slightly citrusy complexities for a refreshing white IPA that doesn't drink like it's alcohol percentage. (1,367 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)

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