Wasatch GhostRider White IPA
Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA
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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #285
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,857
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
359
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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA
Notes: Legend has it Ghostrider roams Utah's Wasatch Range seeking revenge: “someone” stole his White IPA recipe. Smooth and crisp, it's made from pale barley and citrusy hops. It's too good to hide!

Ghostrider is an unfiltered White IPA brewed with coriander.
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazed pale gold with a nice foamy head and good lacing.

The aroma is a nice meld of gentle floral and earthy hop aromas and tart and spicy yeast.

The brew is initially pale-malt sweet with mild citrus zest on the tip of the tongue. Herbal and yeast notes arrive in mid-stream, with coriander arriving and citrus increasing. The brew closes with a touch of booze and a citrus-tart flavor. The flavors are solid, although muted.

The brew has a nice soft feel. Medium bodied, I suppose, but well-carbonated, and the tartness, hops, and booze keep it lively.

This is a tasty brew that would be excellent if it had a bit more flavor, and looked a little prettier.

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Photo of defunksta
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a pale, clear champagne lemon color with a fizzy white head. SRM of 4.0 (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of tropical citrus, flower, herbs, and light pine. Smells very herbal, flowery, and juicy (3.75)

Flavor: Initial flavors of herbs, pine, and coriander. Then comes a sweet tropical tangerine sweetness on the end. Not very bitter. Finishes clean and dry. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter bodied, crisp. Well-carbonated. It allows it finish clean, crisp, and dry. Given the low bitterness it really leaves nothing on the palate. Alcohol is slightly apparent given the lighter body. (3.75)

Overall: A lighter, flowery, and juicy IPA. Flower like the English, yet has American citrus, and a lighter body like a Saison. It's a hybrid beer and it's extremely tasteful and complex. I could enjoy it in the summer like a Saison, or I could drink this during the holidays with it's piney notes. It's the Suicide Soda of beers. (Final Rating: 3.95)

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and golden colored with an impressive head; strong retention and good lacing

Smell: Floral and grassy with coriander and citrus tones

Taste: A hint of grain, in the front end, with some floral and grassy flavors building; through the middle, the citrus builds, a bit, and the coriander arrives; somewhat grassy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Some nice elements here but I would prefer to see more of a hop presence

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light golden color. The head is very impressive, never completely fading as I very slowly drank this down. If you are familiar with Belgian wheat beers and white IPAs, you should be able to have a grasp of what this tastes like before you drink it. It's quite light and goes down easy, with a zesty lemony hop-forward flavor. The finish is very dry and mildly bitter, with hardly any maltiness present. This is the only white IPA I've ever had, so hard to say how it compares, but I surely enjoy it, and it would likely be palatable to anyone scared off by the intense hoppiness of a normal IPA as it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of huthuty
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

cloudy yellow with a fat head
smell is ripe with hops with just a little spice note in there
taste is hoppy and funky, i some yeast and spice flavor
overall this seems unique with dense flavor while still being pretty drinkable

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Photo of D1noB
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, Hops and citrus that fades into a low coriander and finishes with a dryness that is impressive for a beer.

Taste Rating in Words: It's an infinity pool in the middle of the desert on a beautiful day.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A cloudy off color gold, slight head

S: A classic IPA smell, with soft bready notes. Orange slices, coriander, some fruity fresh hops, nothing too juicy though

T: Juicy honey and oranges, softer flavors coming from the hops. Not too bitter

F: A smooth beer with lighter carbonation. Very drinkable

O: I like this beer. Its very simple and too the point. A fine beer to pair with a spicy dish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Internet ate my review, so here goes from memory 10 minutes earlier
Pours a hazed gold with 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Great lacing & good head retention, stays hazed

S: Coriander, tangerine & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front. Pomelo & a little mango once warm . Finishes with grapefruit, a little grassyness & tangerine

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks very easy, a pleasant surprise, usually not a White IPA fan

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Photo of hophugger
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow-gold in color with about a finger of white, frothy head. Aromas of zesty lemon, orange and grapefruit with a background of wheat and coriander. Balance is citrus forward, not much malt to help balance. Finish is crisp and clean and alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of colts9016
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy pale yellow color with a fair amount of carbonation. The head is one finger thick, creamy white, and has fair retention.

Grapefruit orange, perfume, grass, toasted biscuit, herbs.

A pleasant, orange, coriander, grass, hay, toasted biscuit, grapefruit, and yeast.

A very clean, IPA with a clean finish.

A fair amount of hops, but has a non harshness to the beer. A good example of beligum IPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy golden yellow. Coriander and orange peel notes dominate the aroma, much more so than a hop presence. It's slightly estery with a pleasing citrusy hop character. Belgo notes don't overpower

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head into a tulip glass. The head is very pillowy and frothy, not quite creamy though. Pretty much completely white, maybe a hair off white. Looks to be hanging around well, but we’ll see how that turns out. The beer looks more like a wit than it does an IPA, I know it’s a white IPA, but still. Very cloudy, basically zero visibility. Orange in color. Carbonation isn’t visible. Overall it’s a very nice looking beer, so far.

The nose is ok, nothing special though. Light coriander up front, with some light wheat in there. A small bitterness too, but not enough for an IPA, at all. Very clean smelling. Perhaps a little orange as well. The smell is pleasant, just not enough going on, and it doesn’t smell like an IPA (even considering it’s a white IPA). It’s a nice smell, but just not enough to be more than a 3.5.

On the initial taste, some low end grain comes through, not a great start. Maybe corn even? There is a light coriander from beginning to end. A hint of bitterness, but again, just not even close to enough for the style. Like in the aroma, the taste is very clean, but that borderlines bland. I’m close to giving it a 3, but it’s just a hair above, so 3.5.

The mouthfeel is very nice, with as cloudy as it is, I would expect a wheaty feel. Carbonation is low, but definitely there. While it does have a backbone to its mouthfeel, the wheat and overall chewiness is lacking a tiny bit for the style. I’m thinking 4, but I think I have to go 3.5 again.

The drinkability is very good. It’s light, and un offensive. Problem is, it’s just not that great of a beer. It’s a relatively average beer overall, so while it’s easy to drink, I’m not ecstatic about drinking it. I’ll give it a 4 for drinkability though.

The appearance turned out to be very nice, good lacing throughout the whole beer. The body, while being a little unusual, looked nice from the beginning. The head did not last the entire time, for that reason I think a 4 is fine.

Overall this was a pretty average beer, nothing special at all, but nothing offensive. There isn’t a whole lot to say honestly. Lacking in flavor and keeping to the style were the two big problems. 3.5 overall because it’s by no means a Blue Moon.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with coriander (hey, if I don't like it I can always dump it in my chili). Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. I get the coriander on the nose immediately after opening the can. Not very highly carbonated, but a rough pour does produce about a finger of fluffy white head. The beer is kind of hazy and pale gold in color. On the nose I get coriander, lemon zest, sage, and a hint of pineapple.

Medium body with an earthy flavor. Not at all hop-forward and far more herbal than citrusy. I would say this drinks more like a Saison than a true American IPA. There is a firm malt presence up front, then a very strong wave of herbal flavors. Lots of coriander on the palate along with black tea and a hint of fruit. The herbs and tea intensify across the palate and linger on the finish, which is husky and mulchy.

Refreshing and unique. Doesn't really fit the style description of an American IPA. Fairly easy-drinking, but a little too herbal. I would like this beer more without so much coriander in it, or perhaps with just a bit more malty sweetness to balance it out a bit.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date 1-9-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger white head, excellent retention, there is a nice white cap that remained throughout, significant lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, coriander, lemon citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and bready then coriander and lemon citrus hops, very balanced, the 6% ABV is imperceptible.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer, it's a different hop profile than a traditional IPA, this is a milder citrus hop profile and makes a more balanced beer, this beer does not burn out your palate and I could definitely drink more than one in a sitting, I would definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone that enjoys the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i've had maybe three or four white ipa's and this has gotta be the best one so far, very tasty. i'd recommend white ipa's over regular ipa's anyday, they have a better taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ghostrider pours a bright straw color with a small but lacing head. There is a bitter aroma. The taste has some spices, a crisp malt backbone, and some bitter hop flavors. Good body and flavors. Overall, the larger bitterness just doesn't fit.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice faded yellow hazy color with a great lasting white head. Slight hop smell but you can really smell the coriander. Fruity citrus taste. Smooth and creamy. Pretty good white ups!

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a white and smells a little like one, but it pretty much ends there. Sweet up front with a bitter finish along with some alcohol warmth. Bitter seems to be from hops and yeast. Not a bad brew; drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pine, strong hops, hint of spice (rosemary), alcohol, slight earthy malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, strong pine, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, hint of spice, and slight citrus. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel. This is a great IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : I like that they use the term "ghost" because the appearance is exactly that. It's a ghostly yellow banana color, about 80% opaque. The head is short lived but initially sticks at 2 fingers. It recedes to a creamy lid with sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S : It actually smells like a clean bar. I like it. It's somewhat reminiscent of a macro lager, with floral aromas and toasted barley. Pizza dough, faintly baked. Some fresh mowed grass. Faint lemon pith can also be nosed. It's bringing me back to a pizza parlor with macro lager aromas, I have to prop this one.

T : Ghostrider strikes a stellar balance of lemon and pine, sure to please both sides of the hops fan club. Under that is a bready wheat flavor, but it's taken over again by more pine and finally wrapping up with a tropical finish (pineapple rind, faint cantaloupe). The "white" doesn't stay very long, and it ends up tasting just like a creamier IPA.

F : Creamy and dense, with electric stabs of lively carbonation underneath. It ends with a sandpaper finish.

O : A fair IPA. Not really outstanding, but not terrible either. I had Deschutes' Chainbreaker the other night and that was a much better offering. I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy straw pour builds a clingy, rocky 3” white foam collar. S: Big grassy hop nose T: Fruity attack with a touch lemon culminates in a drying, hoppy finish. F: Medium body, medium high carbonation. O: A good, solid IPA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with off-white head. Pine and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with hop bitterness and wheat.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy golden color, as is typical of most white IPAs I have found. Leaves a medium white head fading into medium lacing throughout. Smells floral, citrusy, and smells a little like bread. Taste: perfection. Perfect balance of hop flavor, malt, and wheat. Feels solid, somewhat robust but not overly hoppy, certainly not assaulting. Overall, this is the best white IPA I've had so far. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprise by this one. Maybe the White IPA branding left me suspicious, thinking this to a be a lighter, less assertive IPA, but that is not correct. There are a vast array of hop flavors here, all working in harmonious balance with the added coriander. The lighter body makes for an eminently drinkable beer, but this does not result in any loss of flavor or complexity. This would be a perfect IPA for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pretty strong IPA that tastes like grapefruit. I'm still getting into craft beer and craft beers specifically, so I'm sure that this beer isn't nearly as potent as I'm making it sound.

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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 359 ratings