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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA
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Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
27.76%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 317
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 biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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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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 mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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 smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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 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 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 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 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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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 VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow. Decent head. Body glows lightly.

S-Interesting. A bit musty. Light, crackery malt. Fruity yeast. Lighter hops bring some tropical fruitiness.

T-Quite similar to the nose. Fruity yeast and some pale maltiness. Subtle hoppiness which brings soft citrus and a hint of grass.

M-Light, crisp and it drinks easy.

O/D-A neat brew. Would like to see some more muscle here in the flavor but I enjoyed my sample.

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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 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 cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +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 Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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