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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA

Brewed by:
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: 53 | Ratings: 317
Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of MistahBeah
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Interesting for an IPA. Murky straw colored with lots of carbonation but little head retention. No lacing to speak of. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was either a witbier or a saison. Bonus points for originality

Aroma: Citrus and a yeasty wet hay smell. If I didn't know any better I'd say this was a witbier or a saison...

Taste: So I think this may be a witbier afterall. There's a light citrus profile and a wheaty twang. Some spice like pepper on the finish. There's not much else to it. Honestly tastes somewhat shandyish

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. Pretty refreshing. Tingly from the citrus and spice. Clean. Watery

Overall: Not for me. Granted it's something new (to me at least) so I will give them credit for not making another average IPA. Unfortunately this brew is below average in my book

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Photo of bmwats
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hay colored hue. Pours a 1 finger, dry, bubbly, white head. Lots of rising effervescence. Disintegrates slowly. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, with lemon, coriander, and grapefruit.

T: Light bready flavor. Seltzer water, and little bit of lemon pith.

M: Kind of shallow and over carbonated.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Loose dry head, lots of effervescence, and some solid lacing. Nose is sourdough with some fruit and spice. Light and shallow bready characteristics with a hint of citrus zest. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly chill hazed gold with a massive white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Smells strongly of pine. Little bit of soda cracker malt scent but it is mostly hops.

Starts out far sweeter than I expected. Fairly sweet with a flavor of pine needles and some woodiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is an OK beer if White IPA is your thing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%

From a can:

Big head billows up in the glass, perhaps Ishould have just drank from the can. Oh well, head settles nicely, rocky and sticky to about 2 fingers.

Very light bodied. Straw color. Dare I say "ghostlike"? A bit hazy. Head is really nice now

Aroma is light on the hops, and has really not much else. Hint of esters here and there.

Very light taste. The hops are not IPA level and provide small doses of florals. Malt backbone is fragile and light. Esters in the nose do not come through in the flavor. This is a very light IPA, and I wouldn't even call it an IPA. Nice dryness on the end, but it's a rather boring beer.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ghostrider White IPA pours a hazy, yellow-straw color and is capped with a good amount of white foam. Light aromas of wheat and sweetness, very light. As the name implies, this brew lands somewhere between and IPA and Belgian Wit. The wheat and pale malts open up the palate to a finish of peppery hops and a touch of lemon. Moderate carbonation and a medium body round out this interesting brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium sized big bubbly head slowly settles above a pale straw golden colored beer that is pretty cloudy with a whole lot of small particles suspended throughout.

Citrus and fresh mowed grass like hops styles with a bit of malt grain trying to sneak in there.

A carbonated fizzy tasting beer with a bit of hops keeping it slightly bitter with a bit of the citrus aspects the aroma held.

A slight dryish aftertaste without much taste on this lighter bodied beer.

Similar to Hopside Down in the fact that the aroma is much bolder than the taste.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts with some citrusy hops in there.

Taste: Not sure what's up here. Very bready and chewy with faint citrus hops. The beer kind of tastes like citrus grits.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a bit smooth, low carbonation, refreshing, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Not sure of this is supposed to be a white IPA or a try on one. Impressed that it was bottled a few weeks ago, but not too impressed when drinking this as my after gym beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

had I not enjoyed so many wonderful white ipas over the past year or so, I may have rated this one more favorably. instead, this one gets average marks. it pours a hazy pale yellow color, almost totally flat. the nose lacks any of the hops intensity one would typically associate with an india pale ale, and the wheat malt seems watery and a little stale. the flavor is also deficient of hops that at best this can be called an American wheat, not a white ipa. there is some funny coriander flavor in there too, and a cleaner-like essence which comes out of nowhere. its still refreshing and not all that bad, but it just doesn't fit the ipa category at all, and so I have to be a little harsh with it. the carbonation was well short of where it needs to be, and the body is a stagnant lighter medium as a result. this one is well conceived, but needs a lot more work to become something that I would buy again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice cloudy white/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, and slightly hoppy, wheaty, with some coriander. The taste is mostly malty/yeasty, with some hop notes. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Overall a tasty brew, but most likely will not buy again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy bright yellow with a medium rocky white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet perfumey spices and fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with a lot of citric fruit and spicy floral hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a decent fruity spiced IPA.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Reviewed in North End Boston over linguine. Not exactly a beer mecca so was surprised to find.
Poured from a bottle into an iced glass. Hazy, relatively dense in appearance but mouth feel is lighter than it looks. Fruity to the nose and light on palate, but a good amount of complexity to save from being insipid. Would drink again but more as an interesting accompaniment to food rather than for its own sake.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy yellow, sunny, with a bright white head of two fingers. Lots of spongy lace.

Aroma: wheat, flowers, citrus, bread crust, spices.

Taste: low bitterness, fruity hops, citrus, flowery, grassy, biscuity, light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, lower carbonation.

Overall: not a shining example of a white ipa, but its not bad at all.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 tone77
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and spice. Taste is good. Hops, citrus, coriander, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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 TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Algebrew
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, dull yellow with an airy, tall head which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Citrus hops along with a very sweet, fruity aroma - peach, apricot, ect.

Taste: The beginning rises into the citrus hops; the middle carries the most of the bitterness from the hops, but there wasn't enough of this; the end finished with the peachy sweet flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was strong upfront, but carried through well; smooth enough.

Overall: This one was decent, I was expecting a slight bit more bitterness versus fruitiness.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy gold with a rocky head. Smells like a slightly hoppy wit: crackery grains and citrus. This really is a tasty witbier, but I'm not getting much IPA. Tastefully done in regards to spicing. Nice crisp, dry malt body. Hops are not in the forefront. Quite a bit of fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Solid witbier, but lacking as a white IPA.

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Photo of stephens101
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with an off-white head that breaks down slowly, leaving cumulus clouds of froth in its wake. Smells of malt, lemon, orange and faint, resinous hops. More citrus (coriander, orange) flows into a slightly bitter end and some grain and peel are noticed later. Lighter in body and dry and is gone before you know it.

Not that much IPA to this one, but tastes good nonetheless.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky light-yellow hue with a strong effervescence and three-plus fingers of frothy white foam. The head seems to have quite a lot of tenacity; I like it.

Smell: sweet malt with a lightly fruity, lightly floral hop aroma. Whimsical, yet alluring.

Taste: lightly sweet malt with some fruity character up front. This develops into a more floral flavor, although the hop bitterness is harsher than I would expect based on the rest of this beer's character. It is decent, but it doesn't entice me as much as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Quite creamy and satisfying.

Overall: this is a decent and drinkable white IPA. I think the flavor could be smoothed out a bit, but it's still a good-drinkin' beer.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle
A: Poured into a pint sized beer mug. Very little head. A very light amber color with lots of particulate in it since it is unfiltered.

S: A nice smell. Bready, citrusy. Malt as the background.

T: Very light for a unfiltered craft brew. Same notes in the taste as the smell. No hint of alcohol. Well balanced.

M: Once again very smooth and light. No giant note sticks out. Quite a bit of carbonation. Well balanced. Nice clean finish.

A nice, well balanced, light tasting brew. I would say this beer is an excellent beer to use to introduce adjunct lager drinker into the realm of craft brewing. Also a great session beer for craftys.

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