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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986 Ratings
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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 117 | 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)
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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
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NooseJustice
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ethanmc12
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

I guess this is a night for Belgian IPAs. My third this evening.

A decent and easy drinking version of the style. Nice citrus tones with a minimal earthy edge and some sweetness as well. I could deal with a bit more hop influence. But what's here is nice. Could go for several of these over a night.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tegman
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.