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Wasatch GhostRider White IPAWasatch GhostRider White IPA

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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: 52 | Ratings: 314
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 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 Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 goochpunch
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 kwc017
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light. Almost lager light.

S - Wonderful. Citrus. Mild hops. Fresh and clean.

T - Similar to smell. Citrus. Light and clean taste. Very nice for the style.

M - Lots of carbonation. Almost bubbly.

O - A very nice take on a white IPA. Very drinkable. Great session brew for tailgating. Nice beer to introduce newbies into craft beer. Well done Johnny Utah!

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of bmwats
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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 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 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 EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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 MistahBeah
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
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 LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -11%
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 Algebrew
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Wasatch
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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 TheSSG
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a truly ridiculous, frothy white head of large-ish sized bubbles that fizzes loudly and collapses into an open celled froth sticky with resin, clinging to the sides of the glass. A bright citrus hop aroma with a touch of a soapy back to it (maybe the spices?). Hazy, yellow-straw color is reminiscent of a Wit. Starts piney with notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, builds to a medium bitterness, and then a SMOOTH, RICH malt back flies out of nowhere. The finish is a lingering bitterness on top of that smooth malt. As it sits on the palate, and the hop bitterness recedes, a nice coriander flavor starts to creep out from the malt.

Overall, this is my first White IPA. I was hesitant about the style, but it's similar to a Belgo-IPA (just more malt-centric, so it's pretty awesome. I LOVE Hoppy Wheats, so this is a great style for me. The Wit aspect maybe makes for a bit of an odd-ball in terms of clashing profiles/flavors, but it works well enough in the sense of coriander and citrus hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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 phishsihq
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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 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 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 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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Wasatch GhostRider White IPA from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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