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 puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2014.

Pretty typical looking cloudy pale yellow pour with a big white, foamy head that lingers and leaves lacing in the glass.

The aroma is fascinating with its mixture of white Belgian spice and malt characters intermingling with a subtle but noticeable citrus hop sensation.

A pretty good light to medium body with a kind of smooth texture to it.

The taste has a definite grapefruit-like and citrus hop bite to it along with those Belgian spicy and toasted caramel and biscuit. But it is not the usual grapefruit flavor. It resembles a grapefruit-cantaloupe mashup. But not in a bad way.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with plenty of haze and a finger of frothy white foam atop. Not too bad at all!

Smell: sweetish, with a slightly funky and grassy character, kind of like a saison. Hops have a light character of tropical fruitiness which really round out the aroma. I like it.

Taste: a little bit more of a mess than the aroma, but still good. There's sweetness and graininess from the malt, a bit of funk and a hint of tartness from the yeast, and a moderate bitterness and grassy, herbal hop character. All over the place, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a huge, satisfying creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to buy it again, but I will definitely finish the few I have left.

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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 Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"You don't need a magic mirror to see the lure of this beer. It's brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. These hops are so called because of their uncommon growing method- shorter hedgerows rather than tall trellis systems- that yields a denser heap of cones with unique flavors that diverge from their full-grown botanical counterparts. Snow it is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops, giving it a complex grapefruit and herbal hop character accentuated by spicy notes from an authentic Belgian yeast." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. Available exclusively in the 4 Way IPA variety pack, in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off-white creamy frothed head over a hazy straw yellow amber body. Carbonation is sparse and modest. Retention is good, lacing is moderate and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Mildly bitter hops with a moderate grassiness, fruitiness alongside a cracker and pale malt body. The yeast profile lends a mildly dry, floral and spicy nose to the aroma. Altogether it's a fairly mild and approachable aroma with a nice balance of hops, yeast and malt profiles. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker and biscuity pale malts with a floral, fruity and mildly bitter hop profile. The yeast profile generates a dry, peppery and zesty flavor, not too much unlike a milder saison. Very easy drinking and sessionable without an overly assertive yeast profile, it's very well balanced in flavor and light enough to enjoy more than one. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, mildly chewy, slightly dry. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a mellow frothiness and a touch of zip. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is just about even. Alcohol presence is very light, off characters are minimal. 4

(Overall) I like the subtlety of all the flavors in play here- they all work together collectively to build a complex but mild mannered White IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable and I recommend giving this and the 4 Way IPA pack a try. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Snow Wit White IPA

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Photo of lwillitz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of bright yellow under a 3-finger rocky head; visible carbonation is low

S - light grainy malts, Belgian funk (bananas & cloves), hint of lemon

T - bready and grainy, grapefruit/citrus, funk, herbal hops, plenty of peppery spice in the finish; pleasantly complex

M - solid medium body; carbonation is low to moderate, but prickly

O - Snow Wit is a respectable Belgian IPA. I'm still not the biggest fan of Belgian ales in general, but they're growing on me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large, white head. It settles slowly with plenty of lumps, both on the glass and in the froth itself. The liquid is very cloudy with a gold color.

A bit sour and a bit like stew aroma wise. Not my favorite.

The flavor is a step up. I can detect the Belgian lace as it shows up in the front of the taste. Plenty of biting hop in the swallow. Low level of carbonation on the above average body. There's a bit of cream in the aftertaste, otherwise it's all black pepper.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a glowing honey with a frothy and thick greasy white head that faded into a sticky and rocky film. Sheets of bubbly thick clinging lace were left down the glass. Well retained head.
S: Tangerine, chalky yeast and orange juice, wheat, and herbal, spicy hops.
T: Very spicy hops with herbal, earthy, and dry hop flavors. There's a kiss of citrus rind and grainy wheat. The finish is lightly bitter, and the aftertaste is full of creamy wheat and spice. There is faint hints of clove and peppery hops as well.
M: Medium body, soft and tingly carbonation. Fluffy and clean mouthfeel. Drinks well.
O: Bitter, clean, and quaffable. Good creamy wheat, tons of unique spicy hops. Drinks well.

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Photo of matjack85
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this single 12oz bottle at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color with a huge 4-finger rocky white head. Good retention and nice lacing

Citrus and spice aroma with a bit of funky mustiness underneath.

Wow! Wasn't expecting the huge grapefruit hop taste right up front. Under the citrus there is a wheat malt flavor along with some peppery spices.

Light to medium bodied with some very spritzy carbonation.

Surprised this isn't listed as a witbier considering the name, but in any case it's very good, very hoppy, and a very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the 4-way IPA 12pk. Poured into a tulip glass...

A: pale, straw gold; hazy; one finger of white suds; no lace.

S: light citrus; Belgian yeast / peppery / cloves; orange peel.

T: light bready malts; Belgian character; nice citrus peel hoppiness - Sorachi Ace like.

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; good.

O: my favorite of the 12 pack; a nice white IPA; good summer time beer.

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Photo of juanny
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful coming together of India Pale Ale and Belgian Wit! A nice hazy honey-yellow color with a full creamy head (too full with my pouring skills). Smell is very wit-like with corriander zesty and a background grassy hop nose. Taste was ideal wit in my book, smooth lemony wheat with a strong kick of the end of corriander and pepper, along with a good burst of grassy hops. Fairly carbonated in the mouth-feel, light but smooth and drinkable. Totally nailed the wit for my tastes.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a wit: Pale gold beer, very cloudy, with a small head. Smells like a wit too: nice coriander, lightly curacao peel aroma, though a faint grassy hoppiness. Bitterness comes through very well in the taste, along with a lot of coriander flavor. Hop flavor is there as well, but restrained, kinda herbal, a little spicy. I like the coriander better, myself. Much dryer than a typical wit. Light bodied, appropriately.

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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 Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a small bubbly white head that has good retention

S- herbal hop with some citrusy notes, spicy and peppery yeast, slightly musty & earthy

T- Belgian yeast gives a nice peppery flavor up front, mixes of fruity and citrusy hops, some herbal notes with a hint of must on the finish

M- medium body with foamy and bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- nice spicy yeast notes and very drinkable

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, effervescent, orange-gold beer, this one is a great summer brew. It has a bright white head (lots of longevity) and lot of yeasty haze. Clean and hoppy aroma. Some citrus. The taste is moderately bitter and very herbal. Some soft, yeasty anadromous spice notes. Flavorful and solid.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the 12 pack from Market Basket.
Hazy deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head that makes it difficult to pour in one a single attempt. Aromas of Pepper and clove with hints of sweet light fruit and some yeasty earthy esters. The flavor has a bit more spicy earthy hop flavor than I found in the aroma that mingles nicely with the peppery clove and mild malty sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy bubbly mouthfeel. Nice WIPA a bit bubbly for my tastes, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TonyC
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snow Wit and the 7 Experimental Dwarf hops White IPA. Another offering in the 4 Way IPA pack.

A: A nice golden color, with a giant thick white head and a great lacing.

S: Where to start...a wonderful floral, spicy, aroma, with essence of bread and citrus. A nice rendition of a Wit/IPA balance.

T: Pure Wit start, spicy and fruity, a nice Belgian style with a surprise of hops to finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: Nice offering from a great brewery. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Four Firkins snifter.

Appearance: Pours a nice looking, yellowish-orange color. A decent sized off white foam head, with okay retention. Good lacing.

Aroma: An absolute explosion of oranges upon first sniff. Some wheat in there as well. Hints of honey. A little bit of maltiness in there as well. Overall, the orange dominates.

Taste: First sip reveals an excellent balance of orange, lemon, and wheat. Bready malts. A little spice. Despite the good balance, it's got a relatively underwhelming taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a perfect amount of carbonation. Could've benefited from being slightly thicker.

Overall: A decent beer, but nothing to write home about. Well balanced, but as far as Sierra Nevada goes, this one can be left off their list of must-have beers.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second white IPA, after New Belgium's Accumulation.

This one -- part of Sierra Nevada's 4-Way IPA variety 12 pack -- pours a lovely cloudy gold/straw in color with a tight, very white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast and bread with notes of spices like coriander, though I'm sure that's an ester from the yeast, and not actual spice. A note of vegetables, too.

The taste is Belgian wheat, with a bright hop flavor and medium bitterness. I'm quite fond of it.

Lovely body with that wheat beer heft.

Overall another excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. Will it be offered stand-alone, or only in this mix pack? And will this mix pack be year-round or seasonal?

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Photo of watermelon
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Golden yellow body with a huge white head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S: Mostly faint citrus as well as some grassy hops

T: Spicy and citrusy with a fair amount of yeast flavor

M: Light with mild carbonation

O: Its decent I would drink it again but probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and fruity Belgian IPA style aroma with good hints of hops, yeast, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy hop hints of grass. Also some fruit esters of banana and green apple. Bready malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian IPA taste with good notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with notes of coriander, peppers, and clove. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass. Fruit esters of banana and apple along with a slight bubblegum note. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, juicy, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian style IPA. Good mix of yeast and fruit esters with hops.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/29

Pours hazy light golden bronze. Fluffy patchy sticky white foam. Citrus nose, strong. Peppery nose too. Taste is light lemon white wheat, mild bitter. Sour aftertaste. Like grapefruit. Sticky bitter finish. Creative IPA with a wit blend. Enjoyable.

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Photo of silverking
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy gold with a thick pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising at a steady rate in the glass. Excellent head retention, spotty lacing.

S- it smells really light and fresh. It has a decent herbal quality and I think that I detect some coriander. It has a nice yeast character as well, a little banana and some spice. Overall though, the aroma is really light.

T- it tastes pretty damn good. Grapefruit, orange, coriander. There is a notable hop bitterness as well, and it carries right into the finish.

M- light, refreshing, prickly carbonation. It feels like a witbier.

O- pretty good, but strange. Nice on a hot summer day.

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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 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 snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a tulip. 015 14 C2 0735 or 012414C17:18 is the bottle code.

Pours cloudy, pale yellow, small white head, dissipates slowly. Lots of fine carbonation. Smell is Belgian fruity with a nice crisp hoppy character. Some banana.

Taste is mild Belgian wit, bananas, citrus, some piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, but not very notable. Overall, pretty good.

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