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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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very good

176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 1,074
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 28.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 1,074
Photo of silverking
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy gold with a thick pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising at a steady rate in the glass. Excellent head retention, spotty lacing.

S- it smells really light and fresh. It has a decent herbal quality and I think that I detect some coriander. It has a nice yeast character as well, a little banana and some spice. Overall though, the aroma is really light.

T- it tastes pretty damn good. Grapefruit, orange, coriander. There is a notable hop bitterness as well, and it carries right into the finish.

M- light, refreshing, prickly carbonation. It feels like a witbier.

O- pretty good, but strange. Nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: a slight haze on a mostly straw yellow body. I actually wouldn't mind a decent amount more haze here. actually it is not that bad. plenty of conditioning yeast left behind in the bottle.

S: mild hop character in the aroma. a little bit of lemon. some fermentation aroma, but that is mild as well. I want more.

T: sweet and slightly tart? maybe that's just the wheat snap talking. a little sulfury. yeast bitterness into the finish. a little too much. grainy as well.

M: average carb on a medium-ish body.

D: not a bad stab at a wheat IPA, but it leaves me wanting more of everything. more fermentation flavor, more hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter (from notes).

A full pour produced a smallish but durable head and left a ring of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

"Seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops"? No doubt, but the most striking aspect of this "IPA" for me was the complexity, spiciness and other properties from the Belgian yeast. The wheat base is also very obvious. Unusual but, after some adjustment, appealing and decently balanced mix of flavors.

Medium-light body; medium+ carbonation; dry finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a tulip. 015 14 C2 0735 or 012414C17:18 is the bottle code.

Pours cloudy, pale yellow, small white head, dissipates slowly. Lots of fine carbonation. Smell is Belgian fruity with a nice crisp hoppy character. Some banana.

Taste is mild Belgian wit, bananas, citrus, some piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, but not very notable. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Swirled up the dregs in the bottom of the bottle, so the pour into my Sam Adams lager glass was a hazy bright yellow with rocky white head that persisted. Smells of orange, coriander, grapefruit and wheat. Very bright and citrus like. Tastes orange like and citrus forward. Soft hop flavors that scream summertime like citrus, orange, pineapple, melon, etc. light and easy drinking. Soft bitterness that plays nicely with citrus and seemingly acidic fruit notes.

I first tried this in late winter/early spring and did not like it. Now that it's Memorial Day and temps have started hitting the high 80's, I'm really starting to dig this. Refreshing on a hot day, it certainly quenches my thirst. Now I had only wished I had the others left from the 4-way IPA case.

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - light gold. slightly cloudy with a big two inch foamy head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is above average.

S- Lemon is the dominant note with floral and earthy notes as well.

T - Very citrus forward with a sweetness that is fresh oranges and a big lemony presence. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness.

M - average carbonation, not much of an aftertaste

O - easy to drink, fairly tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 013114 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of lemons
Head large (7.5 cm), rocky, white, most diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing nearly complete rings of small to medium bubbles, some gaps present
Body light yellow, hazy from sediment
Flavor begins slightly bitter with a soapy taste. It ends slightly sweet, but a chalky aftertaste appears. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, with soft carbonation

At 5.7% ABV this seems very pretty weak for an IPA, but maybe I’m just used to DIPAs. The flavor is not very good, with a little soapy taste along with the lemon, sort of like lemon Joy, but not so pronounced. The dwarf hops make small addition to the flavor but at least overbalance the malt. Maybe it’s just the age (I had to go to MI to find this mixed 12 pack), but I won’t be buying any more of this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocking head. Sticks around for a while and makes for great lacing.
S - Belgium yeast is very pungent and fruity and has a nice pineapple smell with mild hops. Sweet smelling.
T - Decent Belgium pale ale. Very fruity and not too dry. Has some hop twang and is sweet. Good Stuff.
M - Light to medium on par with the ABV.

Overall another member able beer from Serria Nevada but even though its tasty I see no reason to grab it again. Not that it will be available for long being a limited beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a slightly hazed light yellow with a three finger dense rocky head that fades slowly with excellent lacing
S: smells of corriander, spices, fruity esters and some citrus.
T: taste is citrus, corriander, spices, some light fruity esters, and some clean pale malt. swallow is more spice, citrus and some floral hop
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things but feels smooth on the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. This beer has a refreshing finish
O: Overall this is a tasty brew. It has good flavors and it isn't off putting. It isn't style bending or earth shattering but it's definitely well crafted and worth a try.

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Photo of JRed
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of greentam2
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.