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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Ottoj55
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer started with the wonderful cloudy yellow and white head I expect from a wit. Then it proceeds to screw it all up. The aroma is a hellish blend of phenolic Belgian character and American hops. It tastes like bananas, cloves, bubble gum and hops, a terrible terrible idea. The flavors all fight each other for attention. The mouthfeel is average for a wit, and terribly cloying from an IPA, WTF? A bad idea. Sierra Nevada should stick with what they do well and stop ruining other beer styles.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Hazy banana yellow, with a one-finger, white head of even size bubbles.

S - Strong aroma of grapefruit, Belgian yeasts, and clove.

T - "Grapefruit forward" would be a colossal understatement; it's almost like a mix between beer and grapefruit juice. Some clove and cracked pepper in the mid-palate. No malts anywhere to be tasted. Finishes with an almost chemical tasting astringency. A mind-numbingly simple beer that gets tired after a few sips.

M - Light bodied, almost to the point of being watery. Acidic. Did not mesh particularly well with the taste in my opinion.

O - A real misfire here. If this is what "dwarf hops" taste like then maybe SN should stick with the fully grown variety.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

PRESENTATION/INFO: 12 fl oz bottle with uninteresting label art and branded brown pry-off pressure cap. 5.7% ABV. Reviewed as an IPA. Acquired as part of a 12-pack variety box at my local H-E-B Grocery. "Brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops."

Side-poured at fridge temp into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers in width. White in colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Recedes fully within a minute and a half, leaving no lacing. Pretty unremarkable overall.

BODY: Murky nontransparent yellow-copper with straw hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of bubbles. Fizzy as hell. Subpar vibrance. It's even a bit weak and watery looking.

Overall, it's a below average appearance for an IPA, but I'm optimistic. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Crackery malts. Floral hop notes. Belgian yeast notes, including biscuity character and clove. Flaked wheat. Starches. Herbal hop notes. Not real citrusy or juicy; I'm not a big fan of this hop profile based on the aroma. It's not the clean straightforward hop aroma I was expected. Pale malts are actually less prominent than flaked wheat here, which helps lend the beer more of a Belgian style vibe.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength, but isn't particularly remarkable for the style.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Slightly coarse and dry. Unrefreshing. Medium bodied. Has too much weight and heft on the palate for the lack of diverse and deep flavour. It feels a bit stale. Poor presence on the palate. This texture makes the beer seem reticent and doesn't suit the style well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Has an odd almost farmhouse-esque lemongrass twang accompanied by some muted citrus. Coriander? Sure. There's ample flaked wheat, some pale malts, and a pretty restrained hop profile - vague floral character, herbal notes...and that's about it. Hints of Belgian yeast include clove and biscuity character. It's surprisingly starchy and even crackery for an IPA. I'm not digging the hop profile, and it doesn't play well against the malts.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration.

Pretty simple for an IPA, lacking much in the way of intricacy or nuance. It's not a subtle flavour profile by any means, nor is it gestalt (or even cohesive). It's a scattered brew, but it isn't a mess. They're trying to muck about mixing an IPA profile with a witbier profile or something, and it's clearly not working. I applaud the experimentation, but this isn't well executed or balanced.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Downable but forgettable. Another mundane Sierra Nevada brew. I wouldn't go for this again nor would I recommend it to friends. I get what they're after, but they didn't hit their mark. While it hides its average ABV decently, it's far from the most drinkable IPA out there. Offers little to the discerning drinker.


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Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is pine, earth, hops.
Pale yellow appearance. Good carbonation.
Taste Harsher taste than sierra nevada nooner. Pine, sap. Mineral.

Just OK.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pale golden glass shows excellent clarity and holds a solid finger of white foam.

Smell: Odd mix of coriander and hops, comes across as floral, and a bit like a Saison.

Taste: A bitter lemon lime peel tonic at the front really reinforces the Saison profile for me along with the fruit esters. A lot of lemon, which often doesn't do much for me in a beer (a fresh lemon wedge is a different animal; I'm talking brewing with lemons). A grassy hop note as well, not a hop driven beer like an IPA should be.

Feel: A bit fizzy, light body, dry finish.

Overall: Love Wits, Love IPAs, don't love this so much.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a hazy golden color, with a one-finger large white foamy head.

Smells like sweet cloves, apricots, and banana, with some noticeable Belgian yeast notes as well.

The taste follows the smell, with the Belgian characteristics of this beer being quite noticeable. Drinks like a slightly more bitter version of a German hefeweize. It's quite dry, which is not necessarily my preference. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is light.

Not my favorite Belgian-styled IPA, but it won't offend you (especially not if you are into Belgian Beer).

Purchased as part of the Sierra Nevada Winter Sampler Pack. Got a 12-pack for $15 (with MN liquor tax).

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, coriander and some earthy yeast and hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, a little fruit and coriander, earthy yeast and a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, interesting white IPA - good bitterness but a kind of odd mix of earthiness, coriander, bready malts and grassy hops.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Bosoxfan20
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a bone white head of about 2 fingers that lingers for a while. Outstanding lacing that clings for dear life.

S- Lemon zest, Belgium yeast, coriander, and abundant fruity esters. Not aggressively hopped as expected. Displays more of the wit character than IPA.

T- Citrus and pepper spice pretty much sums this one up. It seems to work well. Not a ton of depth, but a nice earthy and herbal profile.

M- Seems to prickle as it dances across the tongue. A bit heavy for the style at mid body.

O- Not bad. A nice dry, peppery wit. Could have used a bit more dry hopping and may sit a little heavy to be a summer style ale.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Got this at the Brewer's Haven on Vista... Pours a hazy dark golden with a decent enough 1 finger white head.. splotchy lacing.

Nose begins with a sorta sweet fruit cocktail hoppiness that makes me think of apricot and melon... something that I associate with coriander, but that could be my imagination.

The yeast phenols go a little crazy IMO on the palate with a pretty pronounced Bazooka Joe element.. light pithy zest hops and plenty of wheat maltiness to tie everything together... Finishes with that apricot note once again.

Body seems a bit more full, probably because of the wheat... carbonation is fine.

Weird.... this one seems all over the place... I don't dig it too much and am very happy I was able to purchase a single.


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Photo of smanson56
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a light orangey yellow color in my snifter glass. A nice foamy white head on top.
The nose is mostly an earthy bready type of aroma. Not much of a hop aroma that I could find.
The taste followed the nose for the most part earthy bready with almost a little funky (a slight Brett like taste possibly) even though they list it as having a Belgian Style yeast. There is a sharp bitterness to the finish of this beer.
The mouth feel is smooth.
To me this a beer that needs to come in a mix pack as I could see no way I would ever buy it again on it's own. I guess when 3 out of the 4 beers in a mix pack are good you just got to live with the 4th. Perhaps they should have called this something other than a white IPA.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (014 14 C-2 2118 S)

A: Pencil head with ok lacing. This is a very hazy straw-colored beer.

S: Lemony with a lot of citrus. Smells like a lager, but I can't place the exact beer it reminds me of. I get some mango too.

T: Citrus, lots of orange. There is grass here as well, but it kind of balances out the floral citrus. This is interesting, but the malt body is lager-esque, which throws off the flavor. I would say that it is a poor version of Citra Mantra. I could swear this was a lager.

M: Light carbonation with some slight coarseness.

O: This is definitely the most interesting of the 4-Way IPA Variety Pack, except I still haven't had the Torpedo.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow, white fluffy head that degrades into a ring; tons of lace. Smell is peppery, a bit of bitter earthy hops. Flavor gives more attention to chalky herbacious yeast, bringing out flavors of oregano and peppermint. The pepper bit is still there. Supremely dry, but none of the quenching hops flavor or bitterness. Highly carbonated.
I don't think the brewers even knew what to make of this. Is it Belgian or an IPA? The telltale sign of confusion is when a brewer mentions 'experimental hops'. The smell was promising with a good strong note of spicy pepper, but the flavor focused more on the construction material (drywall) notes, and the hop flavor never came through. It's pretty uninspiring, but not enough to make me stop buying their mixed 12 packs.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy straw off yellow, trace white head
solid lacing

S: belgian yeast, straw, orange peel, lemon grass

T: lemon, orange peel, Belgian yeast, mild bitter lemon grass

M: med body, mild oily, hint of pucker

O: Another 4 WAY SN offering...solid.
Should be a fine summer beer offering if
still around.


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Photo of JRed
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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 mdcrouser
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About the lightest golden you can imagine from an IPA, with only flecks of orange at its darkest, capped by snowy white head.

Bananas, spicy cloves, hoppy on the nose - most definitely a Belgium of sorts, though there is something a bit acidic that leaves a great deal to be desired.

Similar to the nose, with a focused unique hops spiciness and acidity coming through, as well as ripe bananas.

Low carbonation, but still spikes the tongue and accentuates the cloves and spiciness within.

Nothing of this beer says "Snow" to me other than the marketing to position it that way - just as timely as a spring seasonal as anything. Not wrong with the beer, but nothing great about it either.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy golden color. The white head is huge, puffy, and even extends over the rim of the glass. Retention isn't superb, and that's actually good in this case. Some streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: At first, it's shockingly low on hoppiness. Yeah, I get lots of clove, coriander, black pepper, and lemon peel, but not much in the way of hops. Actually, it seems like the hops here accentuate and meld with the lemony, herbaceous notes, rather than sock the olfactory senses with tons of pine and grapefruit. It's not much of a proper white IPA, but it's a damn good witbier.

T: It opens quite bitterly, with a healthy herbal bitterness. This quickly turns into a subtle fruitiness in the middle. It closes with a gentle wheat flavor. Just like with the nose: it's a damn nice wit, but really isn't much of an IPA - white or otherwise. The hops aren't the star of the show (like they should be in this style), they just mesh some of the more bitter flavors well.

M: Mmmmm. This one is so dry, just the way I like it. It's rather full bodied, which means it's not particularly effortless - that just means it's not watery. Well carbonated, but not ridiculously so.

O: I like this one. It doesn't really bring the hops that amazingly, so I can't give it a great score. But it is a refreshing and easy to drink spring-time treat with a bit more welcome bitterness than normal.

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Photo of matcris
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Yellow/Amber from aggressive pour into Nonic Pint glass. Pillowy off white 3 finger head that lasts all the way down the glass, and leaves a killer lacing. Lots of small bubbles.
AROMA: Smells like bubblegum, banana, cloves, banana bread. Can't pick out any hops over the smell of the yeast.
TASTE: Very mild flavor as far as the banana/yeast qualities go. A little bland. A nice bitterness throughout the sip.
MOUTHFEEL: Lots of carbonation, which I like in this type of beer. Medium light body, very dry.
OVERALL: Falls a little flat in the taste. Delivers a nice amount of bitterness but everything else is quite subdued. Glad I tried it, not my favorite by a long shot from SN.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little too fast into the glass and suddenly 80% of it turned to head and overflowed, be warned, so there's a huge white bubbly head, fades at a decent clip but still retains quite an amount, good amount of sticky lacing on the glass, a pale straw color with a bit of hazy but no sediment.

Smell is a mix of lemony zest and a slight touch of clove, not picking up much of a hop aroma, more yeasty instead.

Taste is fairly straight forward if considering this a Witbier or an underwhelming Belgian IPA, flavors are typical of a Witbier with a large citrusy presence with some peppery spice, hops are still quite lacking in any aspect and the only bitterness I'm picking up is the kind you might get from eating a lemon rind, carbonation is on the high end but it is much softer in the mouth than I would have though, finishes semi-dry with a lemon aftertaste.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the new 4 way IPA mixer. Yellow-white, huge head, extremely cloudy, looks like a typical witbier. Smells like spices, Belgian yeast, witbier. Tastes peppery, definite Belgian yeast flavors, and to be honest I couldn't detect the hoppiness. It was a pretty solid beer and one I might drink again but not something I'd ever buy a sixer of.

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Photo of qchic
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 4 Way IPA pack:

Hazy orange-yellow with modest off-white head. Some citrus and Belgian yeast spice. Tastes different than other white IPAs--maybe it's the experimental dwarf hops? Hops are herbaceous and the yeast keeps it so dry. Hints of pineapple and grain in the finish. Not my fave example of the style, but not a chore to drink, either.

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Photo of leantom
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not very partial towards Belgian IPA's (too many different things going on). However, I'm quite partial towards Sierra Nevada. Let's see how they do here. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear yellow. Pours a nice head that leaves a lot of lacing. Some carbonation, but not a lot considering the style. OK. Also a lot less yeast than in other beers of the style.

S: Mix of coriander, Belgian spices, candied sugar and...hops. Hops are piney and grapefruity. However, rather than each of the scents complementing one another, they produce a rather weird concoction.

T: OK, but not great. Candied sugar, spices followed by some hops. However, it's quite watery. I'm used to a more bready mouthfeel from Belgian beers - this is too different from what I'm used to.

F: Watery - not very good.

O: An OK beer, but has some serious flaws.

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