Wasatch GhostRider White IPA | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
336
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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 DrBier
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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 smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Tone
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Wasatch
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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 tone77
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.74 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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