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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Lemke10 on 12-19-2012

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 325
Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
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 +19.9%
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 mmmbeer89
4.39/5  rDev +18%
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 AliceHarley
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nicely done! Unfiltered, which leaves a good deal of the particle element which contributes nicely to any beer (in my ever unhumble opinion). Pours a light cloudy amber. Thin head. Nice, citrus aroma. One of the best hop deliveries I've seen, low on the bitter side but very present. In the world of light colored beers it is my dog's favorite, and that's quite a complement!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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 CraigP83
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Light golden color slightly hazy 1/8'' white head. Smells of grapefruit, hops, wheat. Very mild hops flavor fades to a grainy wheat. Refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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 russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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 OregonGrown7
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't tasted anything in the Wasatch lineup too special until I had this one.

One finger head initially, little lacing.

A: A nice light cloudy golden color, definately looked different.

S: Light sweet hop aroma, not very strong but definately there.

T: Almost a mix between a good Hef and an Ipa. Nice fruity hop kick with some zest of citrus and spices.

M: Medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel, you can feel the cloudiness. Definately works well with the taste.

Overall. This is definately not an awesomely hop punched brew like a typical great IPA, but it is very refreshing from the line of Ipas I've been sampling that all taste basically the same. Great sesion beer, easy drinking, but very tasty. I was surprised.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good head for a bar pour. Lots of ring lace with plenty of web strands in between. The color is whitish yellow. Cloudy.

Excellent bitter and floral smell.

Refreshing drink. A bit on the thin side body wise. Above average carbonation. Starts with a pale malt base. The hop comes in slowly, subtly. Although the black pepper flavor never overwhelms, it is predominant in the swallow. The aftertaste lasts a moderately long time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/1/13 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, wheat, light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a quick burst off lemony citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by some wheat and a thin malt character breadiness. Then a very strong hops bitterness comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to pound for a long time.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm a white IPA, sounds interesting! It pours a cloudy pale yellow color; much like a summer shandy looks in a glass only with a lot better head retention. The aroma is full of bitter hops just waiting to tickle you nose. The taste is quite citrusy with a pretty good bitter bite. It almost taste like a lemon zest beer infused with lots of hops. This is an interesting, different style of brew for sure. Something you have to try to for yourself.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A--Extremely light yellow, very close in color to some lagers that I've had. In fact, I'd like to try this next to Wasatch's new Snap Down Header IPL. One finger head disappears quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing on the side of the glass.

S--Citrusy hops are the first and foremost thing on the nose. It's followed by a hint of pine and maybe just a bit of a bread type smell.

T--Very good. Again the hops are the first thing you get, and it's a great barely bitter taste. The finish is actually lighter than I expected: bright, crisp, and citrusy.

M--Very light and crisp. Great amount of carbonation to make it refreshing. Easily the most drinkable of any version of IPA that I've ever had, though admittedly it's the first white IPA I've tried. I'll be interested to compare it to others in the style.

O--Great, refreshing beer with just the right amount of hop kick. I'll definitely be buying it again.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. New Wasatch labeling features a great rendition of a ghostrider against a black background. 6% ABV. Bottle marked enjoy by 8/8/14. Recommended food pairing: "Squirrel over an open fire." I love Wasatch.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is very good. Citric, lemon, slightly piney aroma. Slightly, lemony, malty taste up front. Maltiness is light. Mild hoppy bitterness doesn't show up until the end. Piney, citric aftertaste. Not too bad but wouldn't ever be my first choice.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Can poured into a chalice glass for the review. The body is very hazy and beyond pale, it seems to lack any heated grains. A head fills out to one finger with a frothy consistency and decent retention. A tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Tropical fruit nectar notes emanate from the glass in a hop based aroma. A bit mild for an IPA but still nice notes of stone fruit pulp and some citrus.

T- Hops deliver notes of tangerine, mango, tropical and stone fruit nectar, citrus peel and floral hints. Not as juicy or pungent as other IPAs but still satisfies. Seems to be some spicy and bubble gum yeasty notes but the hops used meld everything together. Just a hint of malts.

MF- The body is light and only has a slight creaminess. Carbonation is on the high side and only cushioned a bit. Slight bitterness.

Hmm. There seems to be more yeast character here than most IPAs but not white as in Wit strength. Solid fruity hops are the star of the show and bring everything together. Nothing is off and it really hits the spot with strong but not palate wrecking hop flavor.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 XxNitExX
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for pint night in matching glass

A- Cloudy yellow with a small white head that doesnt stick. Looks very light.

S- Sweet smell with flowers and peppers. Not a strong hop smell.

T- Nice wit taste upfront with a sweet peppery hop taste after. Finishes with a nice ipa hop taste on the toungue.

M- Lightly carbonated very smooth and easy drinking

Overall very nice beer, not truely an IPA but very good. Excuse the typing on my iphone.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white head on a hazy light golden brew in the tall glass. Very nice aroma of flowery hops and pineapple. Nice carbonation that lasts all the way down the glassful.

I'd have to call this a hopped-up Witbier, which is maybe the right category. Brewer says it's dry hopped (45 IBUs) with a touch of coriander. Light bodied, pale malt flavor, and a spicy flavor. A very nice mouthful of hops but only a moderate bitterness. You certainly wouldn't mistake this for the usual hop-crazed IPA. A little funky graininess, almost a hint of plastic, along with the spice. But it's actually quite quaffable and would be worth seeking out on a Utah beer expedition.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Utah Brewers Cooperative brewery store in Salt Lake.

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Photo of kagent777
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the UBC beer store poured into my perfect pint after about 15 minutes out of the fridge.

Appearance: I was sure to swirl up most of the yeast on the bottom of the bottle. It poured with a massive white head that stuck around for a while. The beer was a cloudy straw yellow white sort of color. Would be fun to try to float a stout on top of this. Has got to be a good portion of wheat in this because the head retention and lacing are awesome.

Smell: Citrus, both from the hops and I suspect from the yeast. Not much, if any, malt smell present.

Taste: Light cracker type malts (and wheat) to go along with citrus aroma and flavors. Lemon and a bit of maybe clementine. A slight bitter bite on the end.

Mouthfeel: With the yeast and wheat, this one is a medium bodied beer. Nice crisp dry finish.

Overall: An pretty interesting style. Not sure why they introduced this during the winter, I would much prefer this to be a summer seasonal. Tastes like a hopped up witbier.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem. $1.79 Pours a cloudy yellow with a good sized thick and bubbly white head. Fresh spicy,lemony hop aromas..very lively. Taste is much the same as the aroma with a bit of pepper thrown in..quite delightful and zesty!! Good and alive mouthfeel..nice Nice drinkable beer

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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 colts9016
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Rhf9120
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citrus is the best way to describe this beer. Drank this one from the bottle and upon opening the first thing you smell is citrus trailed by a hint of hops. The beer tastes just as it smells...citusy. The taste over all was pleasant and i enjoyed it. The mouth feel of this beer was very very carbonated. Over all I really liked this beer and believe it to be a great example of a white IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, a random selection from the King Soopers across from my hotel in Denver last week.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium whitish yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky and frothy bone-white head, which leaves some stellar and consistent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly drops away. Now that is a 'white' IPA.

It smells of bitter, and slightly dank pine needles, peppy orange and white grapefruit rind, somewhat astringent yeast, crackery, doughy pale malt, and further muddled leafy and tropical fruit hop notes. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, orange juice pulp, leafy pine resin, sedated yeast, a bit of mixed and matched antipodean fruit, and a certain wet, almost flinty leafiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, just a fizzy tic here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and well smooth, with a growing creaminess as it warms. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the malt and inherent fruitiness of the hops starting to strangle out the bitterness from the same.

A pleasant version of the style, one which puts more effort into its looks (and succeeds wildly), than in insisting that yeast be front and center. The result is a tasty, softened sort of IPA, one I could see indulging in multiple rounds, the next time I have fresh squirrel to BBQ.

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