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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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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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is real genius here, and this is further confirmation that sierra nevada is the best of the big boys, head and shoulders best. a white ipa, finally one without orange peel! they substitute lemons instead and to great effect, they really show up in the finish and give greater acidity to aid the refreshment factor of this brew. thats not the only interesting feature either, they use what they term dwarf hops, apparently more of a hedge set up than a tall vine system, producing denser clusters of cones according to the label. i dont know much about this, but i do know the hops are interesting in this brew, very punchy and citric, grapefruit and new zealand white wine come to mind, but so do passion fruits, nectarines, and sprite soda. a nice combo to say the least, and not solely confined the finish, but present throughout. wheat malt base is light in color and flavor, but creamy and frothy in body, just the way i like it. the label declared belgian yeast as yet another twist, but i dont get a ton of that. this is one of the few successful fusions of ipa and belgian wit though, where the belgian part doesnt trum the ipa or vice versa, it is truly in line with both styles. the yeast adds a higher carbonation level and dryness, but doesnt really do the whole fruity ester clove spice thing. more subtle, but highly refined. this is the beer of the summer so far by me!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/24/14.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, earth, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly underwhelming aroma, but the taste has a nice balance of citrus forward hop and Belgian yeast characteristics.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Resting upon an armature of Belgian Wheat Ale, its doughy and spicy undertow is perfectly suited for the experimental hops that push the beer's bitterness into the IPA stratosphere.

Its heavily hazed appearance carries the expected yeasty haze from the Belgian side of the fence, the protein of wheat from the Wit, and the hoppy haze from IPA. This beer's clarity simply didn't stand a chance! But leave all that in if it comes at the sacrifice of filtering out its flavor. That unfiltered character ensures a creamy and liquefied head that creates a calderon of froth to outlast the session easily and laces with random specs along the way.

The beer's scent of Witbier is paramount and not-so-subtle. Its bright and tangy citrus character from wheat and yeast is elevated with citrusy coriander and overt orange peels. But even that character is kicked into high gear with hop aroma- tangy grapefruit, tart lemon, lemon pepper, fresh-cut grass and damp straw all weave into a bready and citrusy matrix.

Snow Wit's flavor opens with the taste of fresh baking wheat bread- doughy, cracker-like and rich with direct vegemite. Its subtle sweetness is lightly of sugar cookie before trailing off quickly- favoring hops at middle palate. That's where hops start its citrus dominance: white grapefruit, dried oranges, lemons, tangy green berries and green apple carry a fruity tone across a spicy balance of white pepper, soft coriander, sassafras, and fresh-cracked black peppercorn. All that concludes in an effortless finish of bitter grass, pine and citrus pith.

Lighter in body than even your average IPA, the beer's dry texture is much more attributed to its Witbier infrastructure. What starts creamy and with only hints of sweetness quickly dries considerably and leaves the hop dryness, spiciness and smug astringency to liven up the finish with peps of alcohol warmth for a minty-peppery sensation.

With whatever convergence of highly hopped Witbier could be imagined, Sierra Nevada might not have hit a home run, but it definately made it to the warning track. Its a highly rewarding beer for fans of hops and Belgian wheats and just might challenge both onto the other side of the fence.

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2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 1/31/2014. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon peel, pear, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, bubblegum, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, spice, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon peel, pear, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon peel, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of hop, spice, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with great flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice white IPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop, spice, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Normally I am not a big fan of Belgian IPAs, but there was something about this one that I really enjoyed.

White head. Color is a slight hazed golden yellow.

Flavors: Belgian yeast with some spiciness. Floral notes. A big grapefruit citrus blast (this must be what I like). Very herbal and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little bitterness. Medium bodied.

Overall, good white ipa. Very enjoyable. Loved the grapefruit.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice large pasty white fizzy frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of frothy lacing, very hazy tan golden color.

Nose starts like a wit, lots of grainy toasty wheat with mild spices like coriander, faint touch of banana, a mild citrus orange peel like, grassy, little lemongrass and hay, with a mild grassy lemony like hop. the wheat brings a mild creamy note as well.

Taste is more of the same, but citrus takes off first, with a mild orange peel and come mild orange juice added in, into a little lemon grass and grassy hay like wheat, a bit of a creamy wheat with mild grassy but grainy flavors. Also a hint of coriander and spices, zesty spring spices with straight up dried orange peel. Hops also bring a little grapefruit pith and zesty citrus rind, with a little lemony grassy note as well. Fairly bitter throughout but not a lot, with the finish turning the bitterness up a notch with more grapefruit rind and lemony notes, little sticky but dry, that long lingering rind bitterness like I bit a grapefruit rind 10 minutes ago and it won't go away.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little creaminess, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall OK, not bad, but nothing too special, another one that's not really my style, usually wheat based beers are not my forte, but the hops seem to blend well with this, nice citrus, grapefruit pith, rind, lemony notes, grassy, all around goes together nicely. Just that long rind bitterness on the finish is a little difficult to get through.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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