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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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BA SCORE
83
good

809 Ratings
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 77 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014)
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zaptone

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-22-2014 22:00:26 | More by zaptone
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-22-2014 08:12:36 | More by Gatordaddy
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, lemon, corriander, orange peel, and light earthy hops.

T - Follows the nose with Belgian yeast upfront. Belgian yeast flavors fade into corriander, clove, lemon, and banana. Some pepper in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp dry finish.

O - Really enjoyable. This would make a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:07:15 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a case of the new IPA pack from Sierra. This is the first new three brews I will be trying (already had the torpedo, which is a classic standard IPA in my mind)

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The pours a very hazy orange-straw color with a huge and billowy pure white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, fading very slowly over time as big bubbles of the head pop within. Upon fading the head ends up leaving a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heavy of a yeasty smell along with aromas of a more biscuit and spicy aroma with some coriander and cardamom both there. Along with these smells are some hoppy aromas. The hop is biggest of a grassy smell, but has notes of a bitter grapefruit aroma mixed within. Rounding out the smell is just a tad of a more cracker smell as well as a very tiny amount of black pepper.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and biscuit flavor with other tastes of a more yeasty and spicy nature. A moderate amount of an orange sweetness and lots of yeast cake is present straight from the start, with these joined by a moderately strong grapefruit hop flavor. The orange and biscuit remain relatively constant throughout the taste creating a base flavor for the brew. The yeast and spice grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on through to the end with the spice of coriander getting quite potent. All the while the grapefruit hop gains a bit more strength and is joined by a grassy hop flavor. While in the middle of the taste the grassiness is rather light, toward the end it gets quite strong. The mix of grainy, biscuit, grassy hop and light orange, yeast and spice don’t meld all that well together in the end, leaving a slightly harsh flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. For the somewhat off mix of flavors that is left on the tongue at the end, the mix of chewiness and carbonation is actually quite nice for melding all the flavors a bit more than they would be with a brew of body otherwise. So… for the flavor profile, I have to say, Sierra Nevada likely nailed it here.

Overall – The brew looked and felt pretty nice, but the flavors never really complimented each other very well for me always leaving a slightly off flavor on the tongue. Just OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:07:03 | More by Darkmagus82
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cwd

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-22-2014 02:03:06 | More by cwd
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, white tint. Foamy, white 1 inch head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Belgian Yeasts, orange, coriander, mild earthy hops, lemon, light malt backbone.

Taste - Starts out much like a Belgian triple, with yeasts, spices, lots of lemon. Hops add a floral note, and some bitterness at the finish. Malts are light, and provide some minor biscuit flavor. Lots of spices, along with grapes, pineapple and orange.

Mouthfeel - Straight up Belgian yeasts with floral hops coat the tongue. Palate picks up some malts, spices and lots of lemon. Aftertaste is yeasty sweet, a little bitter from the hops.

Overall - Decent, I can take or leave this beer. Too much Belgian style for me. Barely enough hop profile to even call this a ipa. I would rate and enjoy this higher if it was closer to a ipa, but still, good flavors, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:19:06 | More by wvsabbath
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-22-2014 00:27:27 | More by muddyh2oblues
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-21-2014 23:48:39 | More by hoppymcgee
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Yellow, some clouding, with a straight white head and extensive lacing.

S - Mostly dank hops, with grass and pine and a slight fruit sweetness. Some sour notes, which is not in itself bad, but the edge leads toward cat urine, which is never my favorite result. Not too bad, but it is there, taking it down a peg.

T - The sourness is up front, but no feline edge in the taste. Instead, the sour is more of a citrus line, more lemon or lime. A certain malt line backs up the hop, offering a good dose of sugar notes to counter the sourness. The close is perhaps the best aspect, delivering a very clean end that has almost no trailing bitterness at all.

M - Aggressive carbonation and sour acidity, but coupled with enough sweetness to avoid pucker.

O - The beer offers a fine combination of flavor, ease and variety, but things get a bit out of hand and a few elements are less appetizing. Still, an interesting and uncommon take on the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:40:49 | More by Tsar_Riga
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jpd026

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-21-2014 23:27:56 | More by jpd026
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-21-2014 23:24:18 | More by DrStiffington
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dav2080

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 22:17:51 | More by dav2080
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cornejo

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 18:50:13 | More by cornejo
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Copernicus

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-21-2014 18:21:29 | More by Copernicus
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy goldenrod color with a humble topper. Fell to a greasy looking surface. Looks soppy.

A lot of coriander, Belgian yeast, lemon, herbal notes, and light citrus. Vapor trail of grapefruit. Solid malt base with biscuit thickness. Approachably light.

Zippy American hops with loads of herbal flavors. Marries with the coriander, herbal bitterness, chalky yeast, and hints of sage. Grapefruit, lemon, lime, and jasmine. Sturdy and rustic with dry pale biscuity malt. Pretty good backwoodsy Belgian IPA.

Smooth intro, light-bodied and wet, with a bittering middle and carbonated finish. I love this kind of mouthfeel for a sessionable IPA.

Better than anticipated. Sierra Nevada, showing they know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:52:26 | More by thecheapies
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Bieniek30

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-21-2014 03:08:56 | More by Bieniek30
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 02:11:08 | More by DerrickW
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 1/24/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow with a slight brownish tint, plenty of carbonation, a one-finger head
S: Sweet malt, citrus, a hint of bitter herbs, slightly floral
T: The floral and bitter herb notes come through up front on the palate, fairly dry, with light malts to finish
M: Light-bodied, quite dry
O: This is definitely on the lighter side as far as IPAs go and if tasted blind I think "white" would actually be a good descriptor. Very good, definitely worth a try but just shy of the 'outstanding' worthy of all 4's

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:55:14 | More by ONUMello
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b1515152004

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-20-2014 23:24:04 | More by b1515152004
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatt looking beer with a huge foam head. Huge Belgian yeasty clove smell with an herbal earthy hop and some fruity hop character in there but mostly the Belgian yeast smell. You get a sort of numbing hop taste which is very quenching and something I've never really had in a beer. Not too bitter but just with the best way I can explain it a numbing hop flavor that leaves a nice mouthfeel on the tongue.

Loads of Belgian yeast flavors with the spicy clove battling with the hops and its pretty even although the hops leave a bitterness. They are earthy herbal and somewhat fruity. I get some doughy yeast flavor in there as well. The malt is light but has a wheat like flavor and is mostly covered by the yeast strain. An all around spicy beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:51:10 | More by thebrood1987
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-20-2014 20:59:22 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-20-2014 20:19:56 | More by tdm168
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TastefulNudity

California

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1/24/14, bought today

A: Hazy golden orangey yellow with big fluffy white head that sticks around. Nice lacing, attractive.

S: Big Belgian yeast, orange zest, clove. Deep sniff is grapefruit, pine, resiny.

T: Sweet, yeasty goodness leading in to grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

M: Highly carbonated, drying.

O: Tasty, tasty brew. Glad I finally caved and bought the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 07:19:11 | More by TastefulNudity
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Sweffin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-20-2014 07:16:24 | More by Sweffin
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazed gold/bronze with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Floral hops & a little grassyness

T: Slight yeasty pepper notes, along with a kiss of grapefruit up front. Grassy notes mix with grapefruit pith as this warms, yeast only contributes a slight bit of phenol & pepper in the background. Finishes with grapefruit, lemon zest, & lemongrass & just a bit of white grape

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, that gets a bit assertive once warm, nicely balanced

Drinks easy, was really expecting more. Having said that; this is about the best offering in this mixed 12 pack, or perhaps blindfold??? I would buy this again as a summer seasonal, especially if canned

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 04:47:49 | More by russpowell
Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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