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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 280
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 27.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Lemke10 on 12-19-2012

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 280
Photo of mmmbeer89
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i've had maybe three or four white ipa's and this has gotta be the best one so far, very tasty. i'd recommend white ipa's over regular ipa's anyday, they have a better taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ghostrider pours a bright straw color with a small but lacing head. There is a bitter aroma. The taste has some spices, a crisp malt backbone, and some bitter hop flavors. Good body and flavors. Overall, the larger bitterness just doesn't fit.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice faded yellow hazy color with a great lasting white head. Slight hop smell but you can really smell the coriander. Fruity citrus taste. Smooth and creamy. Pretty good white ups!

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a white and smells a little like one, but it pretty much ends there. Sweet up front with a bitter finish along with some alcohol warmth. Bitter seems to be from hops and yeast. Not a bad brew; drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pine, strong hops, hint of spice (rosemary), alcohol, slight earthy malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, strong pine, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, hint of spice, and slight citrus. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel. This is a great IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : I like that they use the term "ghost" because the appearance is exactly that. It's a ghostly yellow banana color, about 80% opaque. The head is short lived but initially sticks at 2 fingers. It recedes to a creamy lid with sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S : It actually smells like a clean bar. I like it. It's somewhat reminiscent of a macro lager, with floral aromas and toasted barley. Pizza dough, faintly baked. Some fresh mowed grass. Faint lemon pith can also be nosed. It's bringing me back to a pizza parlor with macro lager aromas, I have to prop this one.

T : Ghostrider strikes a stellar balance of lemon and pine, sure to please both sides of the hops fan club. Under that is a bready wheat flavor, but it's taken over again by more pine and finally wrapping up with a tropical finish (pineapple rind, faint cantaloupe). The "white" doesn't stay very long, and it ends up tasting just like a creamier IPA.

F : Creamy and dense, with electric stabs of lively carbonation underneath. It ends with a sandpaper finish.

O : A fair IPA. Not really outstanding, but not terrible either. I had Deschutes' Chainbreaker the other night and that was a much better offering. I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy straw pour builds a clingy, rocky 3” white foam collar. S: Big grassy hop nose T: Fruity attack with a touch lemon culminates in a drying, hoppy finish. F: Medium body, medium high carbonation. O: A good, solid IPA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with off-white head. Pine and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with hop bitterness and wheat.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy golden color, as is typical of most white IPAs I have found. Leaves a medium white head fading into medium lacing throughout. Smells floral, citrusy, and smells a little like bread. Taste: perfection. Perfect balance of hop flavor, malt, and wheat. Feels solid, somewhat robust but not overly hoppy, certainly not assaulting. Overall, this is the best white IPA I've had so far. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprise by this one. Maybe the White IPA branding left me suspicious, thinking this to a be a lighter, less assertive IPA, but that is not correct. There are a vast array of hop flavors here, all working in harmonious balance with the added coriander. The lighter body makes for an eminently drinkable beer, but this does not result in any loss of flavor or complexity. This would be a perfect IPA for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pretty strong IPA that tastes like grapefruit. I'm still getting into craft beer and craft beers specifically, so I'm sure that this beer isn't nearly as potent as I'm making it sound.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy bright yellow with a medium rocky white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet perfumey spices and fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with a lot of citric fruit and spicy floral hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a decent fruity spiced IPA.

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Photo of stephens101
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with an off-white head that breaks down slowly, leaving cumulus clouds of froth in its wake. Smells of malt, lemon, orange and faint, resinous hops. More citrus (coriander, orange) flows into a slightly bitter end and some grain and peel are noticed later. Lighter in body and dry and is gone before you know it.

Not that much IPA to this one, but tastes good nonetheless.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Light golden color slightly hazy 1/8'' white head. Smells of grapefruit, hops, wheat. Very mild hops flavor fades to a grainy wheat. Refreshing.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and spice. Taste is good. Hops, citrus, coriander, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%

From a can:

Big head billows up in the glass, perhaps Ishould have just drank from the can. Oh well, head settles nicely, rocky and sticky to about 2 fingers.

Very light bodied. Straw color. Dare I say "ghostlike"? A bit hazy. Head is really nice now

Aroma is light on the hops, and has really not much else. Hint of esters here and there.

Very light taste. The hops are not IPA level and provide small doses of florals. Malt backbone is fragile and light. Esters in the nose do not come through in the flavor. This is a very light IPA, and I wouldn't even call it an IPA. Nice dryness on the end, but it's a rather boring beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, a random selection from the King Soopers across from my hotel in Denver last week.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium whitish yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky and frothy bone-white head, which leaves some stellar and consistent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly drops away. Now that is a 'white' IPA.

It smells of bitter, and slightly dank pine needles, peppy orange and white grapefruit rind, somewhat astringent yeast, crackery, doughy pale malt, and further muddled leafy and tropical fruit hop notes. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, orange juice pulp, leafy pine resin, sedated yeast, a bit of mixed and matched antipodean fruit, and a certain wet, almost flinty leafiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a fizzy tic here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and well smooth, with a growing creaminess as it warms. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the malt and inherent fruitiness of the hops starting to strangle out the bitterness from the same.

A pleasant version of the style, one which puts more effort into its looks (and succeeds wildly), than in insisting that yeast be front and center. The result is a tasty, softened sort of IPA, one I could see indulging in multiple rounds, the next time I have fresh squirrel to BBQ.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is very good. Citric, lemon, slightly piney aroma. Slightly, lemony, malty taste up front. Maltiness is light. Mild hoppy bitterness doesn't show up until the end. Piney, citric aftertaste. Not too bad but wouldn't ever be my first choice.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Reviewed in North End Boston over linguine. Not exactly a beer mecca so was surprised to find.
Poured from a bottle into an iced glass. Hazy, relatively dense in appearance but mouth feel is lighter than it looks. Fruity to the nose and light on palate, but a good amount of complexity to save from being insipid. Would drink again but more as an interesting accompaniment to food rather than for its own sake.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Can poured into a chalice glass for the review. The body is very hazy and beyond pale, it seems to lack any heated grains. A head fills out to one finger with a frothy consistency and decent retention. A tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Tropical fruit nectar notes emanate from the glass in a hop based aroma. A bit mild for an IPA but still nice notes of stone fruit pulp and some citrus.

T- Hops deliver notes of tangerine, mango, tropical and stone fruit nectar, citrus peel and floral hints. Not as juicy or pungent as other IPAs but still satisfies. Seems to be some spicy and bubble gum yeasty notes but the hops used meld everything together. Just a hint of malts.

MF- The body is light and only has a slight creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side and only cushioned a bit. Slight bitterness.

Hmm. There seems to be more yeast character here than most IPAs but not white as in Wit strength. Solid fruity hops are the star of the show and bring everything together. Nothing is off and it really hits the spot with strong but not palate wrecking hop flavor.

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Photo of AliceHarley
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nicely done! Unfiltered, which leaves a good deal of the particle element which contributes nicely to any beer (in my ever unhumble opinion). Pours a light cloudy amber. Thin head. Nice, citrus aroma. One of the best hop deliveries I've seen, low on the bitter side but very present. In the world of light colored beers it is my dog's favorite, and that's quite a complement!

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A--Extremely light yellow, very close in color to some lagers that I've had. In fact, I'd like to try this next to Wasatch's new Snap Down Header IPL. One finger head disappears quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing on the side of the glass.

S--Citrusy hops are the first and foremost thing on the nose. It's followed by a hint of pine and maybe just a bit of a bread type smell.

T--Very good. Again the hops are the first thing you get, and it's a great barely bitter taste. The finish is actually lighter than I expected: bright, crisp, and citrusy.

M--Very light and crisp. Great amount of carbonation to make it refreshing. Easily the most drinkable of any version of IPA that I've ever had, though admittedly it's the first white IPA I've tried. I'll be interested to compare it to others in the style.

O--Great, refreshing beer with just the right amount of hop kick. I'll definitely be buying it again.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. New Wasatch labeling features a great rendition of a ghostrider against a black background. 6% ABV. Bottle marked enjoy by 8/8/14. Recommended food pairing: "Squirrel over an open fire." I love Wasatch.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly chill hazed gold with a massive white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Smells strongly of pine. Little bit of soda cracker malt scent but it is mostly hops.

Starts out far sweeter than I expected. Fairly sweet with a flavor of pine needles and some woodiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is an OK beer if White IPA is your thing.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy gold with a rocky head. Smells like a slightly hoppy wit: crackery grains and citrus. This really is a tasty witbier, but I'm not getting much IPA. Tastefully done in regards to spicing. Nice crisp, dry malt body. Hops are not in the forefront. Quite a bit of fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Solid witbier, but lacking as a white IPA.

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Photo of Rhf9120
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citrus is the best way to describe this beer. Drank this one from the bottle and upon opening the first thing you smell is citrus trailed by a hint of hops. The beer tastes just as it smells...citusy. The taste over all was pleasant and i enjoyed it. The mouth feel of this beer was very very carbonated. Over all I really liked this beer and believe it to be a great example of a white IPA.

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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.