When Greg Schirf first moved to Utah in the early 80s, his first thoughts were where all the beers and breweries were.
With the large Mormon movement that had been in place for years in the state, no one had made the attempt to bring craft beer to the people of Utah on any consistent or regular basis. That all changed in 1986 when he opened the first brewery in the state, Wasatch Brewery.
Thirty years later, Wasatch is still cranking out good quality beer.
With a drink by date of July 30, 2016, I was able to drink this one on the 20th of July, 10 days before the best by.
The 12-ounce can reveals a hazy golden-yellow color when put into the glass with ample carbonation and a bout a finger or so of white, frothy head. Aromas hit immediately with fresh lemon, grapefruit and tangy orange. In the background I also receive small touches of wheat and spice from the coriander.
Balance is good with fresh citrus, piney hops and coriander but lacks a bit of a light malt backbone to bring the balance even more into line. The mouth feel is crisp, fizzy and it finishes very clean, almost too clean. Alcohol, at 6 percent ABV remains a minor player, even as Ghostrider White IPA warms up slightly.