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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3.68/5
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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

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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,875
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
1,199
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,199 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of JMcCoy_96
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcole524
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFMB
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAngel
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one surprisingly solid brew. And not because Sierra Nevada doesn't do great things, but rather I didn't expect this much hopping in wit style beer to be such a great combo! This beer pours a clear golden/orange *unless you swirl the bottom yeast loose...with a dense 1.5 finger white head on a controlled pour. The smell of the belgian yeast and hops comes through at the first whiff. The first part of the taste is a black pepper hop bit that slides into the spicy sticky belgian yeast goodness that I love! The body of this beer is very good and and I highly recommend. A wit with a kick!

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Photo of mindfuldave
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlennWB
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tankg
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KeithE
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy peach color with a large, foamy head. nose; smells like a saison! belgian yeast, banana, citrus hops & bubble gum. taste; belgian yeast, grapefruit pith, banana, white peppercorn, citrus hops & some light apple/pear sweets. coriander & gum on the aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. yeast funk builds to an artificial & dirt taste. this seems like a sierra nevada pale ale and a decent belgian farmhouse in one. no exceedingly high marks in either area, but a nice aside.

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Photo of SicemWT
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, lemony citrus, herbal almost woody, biscuity malt, and a hint of light sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some spicy and floral notes, maybe a little pine, earthy herbal dank, mild Belgian yeast funk, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, kinda creamy.

O: The last time I had this one it was straight out of the bottle and I wasn't a fan at all. Today given a proper pour it's really grown on me and I'm usually not a big fan of Belgian style anything.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewale4me
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance Yellow with a slight haze. White fluffy head. lots of lacing.

Aroma grape fruit and the earthy Belgian yeast.

Taste Banana clove bubble gum and citrus fruit. It is a Belgian ale so you get the wet horse blanket yeast taste.

Mouth feel High carbonation.
I would recommend any one who likes an IPA and Belgian give it a try.

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Photo of Ironman84
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer hits the glass in a hazy, straw yellow color. A small and dense, frothy head forms and retains a little bit with just a little bit of lacing. When you take a whiff of this beer, the impression is somewhere between Belgian white ale and IPA. Banana and clove are prominent up front before some mild to moderate hop bitterness kicks in. The hops are mostly a light, pine bitterness.

When the beer hits the tongue, there is some confusion for my taste buds as to whether this is a hefeweizen or an IPA. Clove, coriander, and banana-like esthers mix with mild, citrus hops to provide a unique overall flavor. On the palate, this beer is moderately carbonated and easy to drink. The combination of hefe and IPA provides for an easy drinking beer.

Overall, this is really a unique take on a white IPA. There are plenty of hefe qualities and still enough IPA qualities to make it appealing to a hop head.

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Photo of ToddSoonerFan
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt1147
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky blonde color with a towering soapy white head. Leaves generous flecks of lace.

Near perfect marriage of yeast and hop in the nose. That sharp note so artfully hushed by the softness of wheat. Stale barley behind the rest of it.

Upon the taste I have to say I've had far better Belgian IPA's. But this isn't the worst by any means. Some sharp citrus notes (namely mandarin orange surfaces) meet with stale pine stabs/discarded grapefruit rinds; the yeast and wheat take a back burner but still manage to deafen the loud bitterness somewhat. Notes of pepper and quite a bit of coriander also surface. I could have taken more Belgian inspiration here on the palate.

Feel is creamy like a wit, but still zaps the palate with hoppy zing. A delicate electricity, if you will.

Overall this beer comes across as half hearted and very muted. Snow Wit is a beer I will pass on in the future. It's not terrible, but similarly priced, styled, and available beers like Accumulation and Isolation completely destroy this one.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daem3384
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,199 ratings