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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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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 125 | 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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Ratings: 1,000 | Reviews: 169
Photo of hail_seitan
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of cwreay90
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours out a slightly cloudy light gold colour after a careful decant, with a foamy, rich dirty white head. much retention and fanciful lace. melon hop aroma with spicy accents definitely provide a belgian flair, not to mention the candy like nuances. the taste ratchets things up a notch, with a hearty dose of citric zest and drying spiciness. the lemon and coriander are very prevalent, making this sort of festive in the holiday sense. certainly unique and interesting. finishes outlandishly dry. medium bodied. coarse and bitterly dry mouthfeel. nice drinkability. this would be a treat after any sort of winter time activity.

overall, this is a winter winner. belgian wit with an american hop flair. not too shabby. SN should consider making this a limited winter seasonal. Hits the spot on a crappy, wintery mid-April day.

Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass: color is straw gold, dense looking, head is bright white with a 1/2 inch top to start that dissipates to a ring and thin top, nice head lacing on the glass.

Smell is nice blend of belgian yeast aromas: some clove, light banana; hops mix in to produce a subtle fruitiness, light apricot and grapefruit. Malt aromas noted are some biscuit and bread.

Taste amplifies and expands the aromas experienced: belgian yeast flavors dominate, some clove, banana and apricot sweetness; malt flavors are pleasant some biscuit and bread/wheat; hops are nicely bitter with some additional fruitiness contributed, maybe light grapefruit and additional apricot like notes.

Mouthfeel is bitter and biting on the tongue, but not overpowering; the lighter strength of this ale allows it to create the biting and strong mouthfeel without the longer lasting tastebud nullification of similarly styled brews.

Overall, this is a very nice, easy drinking bipa/wipa; regardless of the style or type of brew it is categorized this ale tastes delicious.

Photo of SharkNado
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Snarf1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cmq103
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/07/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy, muted orange with a finger's worth of white head. Good retention, leaving a thin layer of surface suds. Spots of lacing is left on the glass, with fair stick.

Smell - Wheat and solid hoppy citrus notes; orange with hints of grapefruit. Slight spice.

Taste - Hits on your typical wit flavors upfront: wheat and some corriander spice that evokes clove and orange character. Hops peak through about mid-taste and peak in the finish, leaving a fair amount of citrus pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down smooth. Much more body than your typical wit.

Overall - Think typical Witbier with a light to moderate hoppy citrus bite, and you have Snow Wit. It's decent, but wits don't really do it for me. Something about that wheat/orange/spice combo that doesn't excite my taste buds. That said, if you love wits and you love hops, you'll love this. Great execution in marrying the styles.

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Snow Wit seems appropriately named in my view, while the White IPA moniker not so much. Snow Wit pours a hazy lemon orange into a large wine glass and sports an inch of nearly white foam. The pour shows decent retention and lacing in a Wit sense.

Aromas of Belgian yeast notes, some coriander spice and just a hint of wheat. Dubbing this as a Belgian IPA seems more precise than a 'white' or American IPA in my view. Alas, at 5.7% all concept of IPA is suspect, unless this is a Session White Belgian IPA that is, style pending. That aside this beer does offer a touch of sweet citrusy wheat on top of a light spicy Belgian component and is overall quite pleasant.

Taste offers more light citrus and wheat in a true Witbier sense and adds a hint of bitterness on the back end. Still to call this or have in its name, IPA, is a bit of a reach. Seems everything is an IPA today. Offers a fullish mouthfeel and a light pleasant soapy finish of nobleesque hops.

Nice but no IPA qualities in any way I know of but then a bit rich for a witbier. OK, it is rather hoppy vs. wheaty. Slightly chewy, crackery. Give me another....

Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Banana, clove, floral hops, some hints of wheat

Taste: Again, banana and clove are up front, some nice floral hops, wheat is noticable. Some bitterness to let you know its an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, a bit creamy

Overall: Very good, though it probably isn't something I would purchase by itself. Would gladly get more in the mixed pack though.

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy light yellow color with a nice foamy 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good lacing and rings as it went down, leaving a white layer on top. A lot of yeast remained at the bottle of the bottle after the pour.

Smells of malt, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, light caramel, grapefruit, orange peel or citrus hops, biscuit, grass, pepper, mild funk and spices; it is more like a Belgian than an IPA and reminds me of a Hoegaarden more than a Sierra Nevada IPA.

Taste also reminds me of a Hoegaarden more than a Sierra Nevada IPA, with of lemon zest, yeast, coriander, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, biscuit, dry grass or hay, pepper, cinnamon, pine cone/piney hops, tart green apple, mild bready funk and light spices; as a Belgian IPA this hits the mark and it on the refreshing side while keeping a complex flavor profile and pretty good balance. The hops are not Sierra Nevada in your face, but play a very nice role in keeping everything active and balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a feel that is not slick but near smooth, with mild carbonation that’s almost watery, a medium body, and a slightly bitter grapefruit-like finish that is funky and almost dry. The aftertaste is like lemon and coriander with some yeast of funk, and then dries up quickly which makes it fun to drink.

Had this a few weeks ago with sushi and it was a perfect pairing. Overall a very good new beer by Sierra Nevada, once which they should keep in the yearly rotation.

Photo of Cooker_stp
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Snow wit

Pours a pale straw color with size able frothage. Aroma has some bright fruit notes accompanied by a bready, wheat smell. In the taste, pine and edible flowers amongst citrus and light spicy notes. Über refreshing and there is a nice noticeable hop impression that is very fresh and complimentary to the light wheat elements. Has a small dry clove and hop bite. Finishes clean. Medium bodied but crisp and easy drinking. Recommended ice cold, this really hits the spot. Of course, Sierra Nevada delivers with this white ipa. Much better than most in the style.

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