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

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPASierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA
BA SCORE
55.1%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 1,197 ratings
Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPASierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,195
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
1,197
Liked:
660
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
11.41%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
197
Trade:
0
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2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
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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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very watery beer. Almost no taste at all.

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2.54/5  rDev -31%
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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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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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 55.1% out of 100 with 1,197 ratings
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