Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

Snake River Pale is an American pale brewed with domestic malt and plenty of Cascade hops. Golden in color, it has a citrusy hop flavor which is followed by a crisp, firmly bitter finish. Pale ale is a great foil to spicy ethnic foods and can also complement a salad well.
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 112
Photo of sporklift87
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into snifter. Pours one finger soapy off-white foam, with good retention and some sticky lacing. Clear, and golden in color. Disspiates to a medium film. Smells floral and well balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops. Tastes a bit piney and quite malty and on sweeter side. Notes of tropical fruits, like pineapple and mango. Hints of fresh-cut grass. Medium/light body, and has a somewhat watery feel. Bitter hops linger on back of tongue, and leaves a tickling sensation on lower gums. Medium/high carbonation. Very slightly astringent. Not quite the feel I am expecting in a pale, but flavor is pleasant, though a bit basic. Would buy again.

Photo of cfalls
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head with lacing and clear gold color.

Mostly malt and earth on the nose.

Taste is a little on the sweet side for me. Fresh baked bread. Not a lot of hops.

Fairly high carbonation, and light-bodied, as an APA should be.

Not a bad beer, but I can't imagine when I'd choose it over, say, MBC Peeper.

Photo of chugalug06
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy white head, brew is solid crisp, bright orange/yellow color. Good lacing too. Great clarity.

Very earthy; pine, crystal, bready, milky, ricey...

Crisp, light, clean, dry, very pilsner like. Earthy and bready. A very English Pale... Easy drinker, yet seems to need a bit further tweaking, IMO. Carb is high and sweetness is lacking...

Hum. It's a good brew, but seems to be missing something, balance. A bit to much of an English Pale for me to give high marks...

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid pale ale offering by snake River. The beer poured a clear pale golden color with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carries fresh hop. The taste is crisp and clean, very well balanced that finishes just a touch bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a very sessionable pale ale and well worth the try.

Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where this popped up from, but sure.

A creamy head rests at half a finger on a hazed, dark yellow brew that's just shy of amber. Retention is very good, and lacing as creamy as the head itself clings hard to the glass with some thin curtaining on one side.
Ultimately, this beer is a standard (good) APA with pretty good strength to it. It balances caramel malt with an additional honey-like sweetness against a moderate bitterness consisting of flora and pine with a little citrus. It does have a light bite of peppery spiciness and finishes with grass and orange zest.
While remaining crisp and smooth from start to finish, with a nice bite and a good flow, there's something just lacking in the depth that holds it back slightly. It's clean in its medium body.

Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a 1" sudsy white head which recedes slowly with significant lacing. Color is a mostly clear golden-orange with plenty of carbonation present.
Aroma: pleasant combination of floral and pine hop aromas with a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Finish is dry.
Flavor: delicious combination of well balanced hops and malt. There is some floral, pine, and citrus from the hops. This is met with a sweet maltiness as well as some cracker flavor. It is easy to see why this ale is a multi-year medal winner at the GABF.

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with a thin thick head with low retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma of fresh oranges, honey and biscuit malt.
Taste follows nose, crisp citric flavor with notes of predominant fresh oranges, later grapefruit, just a bit of pine and caramel. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Straight forward APA, but extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Great if you want to session with an APA with less pine and more citrusy. I could drink this the whole day.

Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz brown bottle at The Granary (Jackson Hole, WY). Reviewed from notes.

A: Dusky amber with a hint of sunlight yellow poking through with a 1/2-finger frothy small bubbled off-white head with decent retention and a thin line of lacing.

S: Light caramel malt is dominated by grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops

T: Solid APA flavor, not flashy, but it gets the job done and matched well with my underwhelming pasta primavera-like entree. The malt component is more than adequate with a solid caramel and bready/light toast combination. Hops are ahead, but the beer is balanced. Grapefruit, pine resin, and orange are the chief flavors with a little bit of grassiness/herbal character. A good hosp complexity overall. No yeast component detectable and the bitterness is a touch under moderate.

M: Good dryness with a light-medium body and even carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Another very god effort from Snake River Brewing. I have tried 3 beers this trip and all have been very good, spanning from hoppy (SR APA and Pako's IPA) to bready (SR Lager). Check these guys out if you are in Jackson Hole or the surrounding area.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to small thin patch with a large very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange hops along with some light aromas of pine hops and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange hops and a lighter amount of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness which linger for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is well balanced with the light amounts of malty sweetness and hop bitterness, which makes it pretty easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue. The head has tight bubbles and is short and leaves a small wall of lacing.

The aroma is of honeyed bread, light toffee. The hops are of a tropical nature but not very strong. A tad too sweet for my liking.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Honey and toffee malt provide a candy like sweetness. The hops are grassy and have a pineapple note. Not very hoppy, more sweet.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. A bit thicker than it should be. This beer would be better if it was more crisp. More sweet than anything else.

Just an ok APA. It should be more refreshing but its a bit heavy and a tad too sweet.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Apparently I like it a lot since I basically pounded the thing.

Strong malt base with cal hop influence. Pine, mild oranges, and the Malta really work as well here as I've ever seen in a beer. Smooth and consistent. Nice feel. Very easy drinker. I'd actually make this a go-to beer.

Photo of katan
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours hazy, golden in color. Light white head, mostly a film with some lacing.

S - Balanced nose, a combination of some nutty malt notes and a few light citrus hops.

T - Starts off light and smooth, a little nutty malts and then some citrus hops. Almost tastes like tea in the mid-stream, some earthy flavors come in to make it more balanced. Finishes smooth and flavorful, very balanced.

M - Full bodied and a lighter carbonation. Comes off strong and thick.

O/D - A very balanced PA. Not really breaking out in any particular attribute, but it has a nice solid set of flavors. Perhaps a little too nutty for me. Worthwhile to try.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with initial hints of caramel malts and sweetness; this is followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced and very easy to drink. The hop aromas and flavors won't blow you away like an IPA, but it is a solid representation of the style.

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted caramel malts with some grassy hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts and a little fruit with a light bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me a nice mix bag of snake river cans!!! had this one in bottle about 2 and a half years ago. enjoyed from my bluepoint snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent golden with some soft visible carbonation bubbles. the brew poured with a nice finger plus of head and as it dissolved, it left big foamy chunky lines of lace on the glass.

s - honey, malt, and a hint of citrus. fairly biscuity.

t - much like the nose malty and biscuity. classic malty pale ale. not really much of any hops. not sure of the age on this one, but seems to be lacking in the hops that i had picked out last time i had the beer and what i'm seeing others review about. none-the-less there is a nice flavor profile.

m - smooth and easy. feels like a beer i can drink all day long. nice carbonation and a tinge of a bitter uptick on the extreme end of the finish.

o - overall, solid pale ale. nothing fancy, nothing crazy...just a classy malt forward pale. snake river makes some really solid beers. if i was in WY i'd be super happy to have them as my local.

Photo of spark3148857
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep gold with slight orange ting. Eggshell white head quickly diminishes to a quarter finger. Good lacing. Aroma is of slight citrus and floral hops. Some caramel malt sweetness is present. A very balanced pale ale, though the malt may dominate the palate a little more than I would like. Hop bitterness is present, however the lingering flavor left on the palate is of bready malt. A serviceable pale ale, though it doesn't deliver on the hops like I would like.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man KC hooked this after his recent trip to Jackson Hole!

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint bottle.

A - The beer pours a nice yellow golden color with decent retention and lacing.

S - A good aroma consisting of a some biscuit malt character along with some mild fruit tones and mild hop character.

T/M - The beer is similar to the nose and starts with the nice malt character. It develops to a more complex palette with some mild fruit, mild bitterness, and mild hop flavor. A nice sweetness accompanies the palette. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, I am quite fortunate to have been given a few brews to sample, thanks again KC. I would drink this again if I found it ;)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-27-2011 02:40:54

Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl. oz. can of this from The Trap Bar & Grill in Alta, WY for $4. Poured from the Green/Black Labeled can w/ a Swan in front of the Tetons into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the can but am sure its fresh since we are within miles of the brewery.

Aroma- This aroma pops at you with tons of citrus and better yet pine! More like an IPA and I'm never against this. A bit dry hopped as well.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head thats frothy and lasts forever! Has a medium orange colored body and clear (maybe not too much dry hopping?). Leaves thick lace both in ring and random form.

Flavor- The hops are very sweet in this one and almost can be characterizes as wet. Awesome! A small amount of malt is involved too. The grassy hop flavor overpowers towards the finish with a Light-Medium Bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, but then a bit watered down... Not sure where this came from!

Overall Impression- Things were on the up and up with this one until the mouthfeel... Not sure how it could have been a watered down finish with all the character in it. Either way, a great APA and while all attributes were more like an IPA, maybe this watered down finish helped with balancing everything out?

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a thin creamy white head. Smells of herbal vegetables and honey. Taste is a hint of sweetness up front, followed by some herbal hops, finishing with a lemon zest and caramel finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Overall a very good pale ale that I would get again.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A yellow pale in color with excellent clarity; the liquid portion is actually so pale and clear you'd think it was a standard macro beer. HOWEVER, a nice thick foamy looking white head makes itself known at the top. The head gives good lacing and sticks around for a respectable amount of time for the style.

Smell is good, smells clean. Well malted, little hints of caramel, grainy and hay-like. Well hopped, slightly more tart citrus aromas. I really like the smell, it's pretty straight forward, but good. Better if you let it sit for 5 minutes or so, smells best at that between refrigerator temp and room temp.

Taste is good. Hops are stronger in the flavor than the smell, again with the citrus. Hints of grain and carmel malts and clean straw/hay taste, grassy.

Light to medium bodied. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Good carbonation level as well. Overall a very good representation of the style.

Thanks huadog for the sweet extra!

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, a touch of citrus, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was part of my haul from the Nice CANs III BIF and thanks to Poeksbeerdude for sending me many nice CANs!

From the CAN: "This is a classic American pale brewed with Idaho-grown malt and plenty of Cascade hops. Golden in color, it has a fresh hop nose and a citrusy hop flavor followed by a crisp, firm finish. Snake River Pale has been a repeat winner at the Great American Beer Fest: 1995 American Pale Ale- Silver, 1996 American Pale Ale - Silver, 2007 Bitter or Pale Mild Ale - and The World Beer Cup: 1996 American Style Pale Ale - Gold, 1998 American Style Pale Ale - Bronze, 2008 Special or Best Bitter - Gold. Snake River Brewing has twice earned the recognition of 'Small Brewery of the Year' at the Great American Beer Fest."

The Crack & Glug was a welcome event and it produced two fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. The nose was very grapefruit-citrusy and mouthwatering for this hophead. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a really big citrus taste on the tongue. It was hard to believe that this was not an IPA! The finish was dry, pleasant and very refreshing. Now, I am anxious to try the IPA!

Photo of isualum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Boise Beer Festival put on by barley bros trraveling beer show. These guys where wearing shirts that said "let our river run through your liver."
A - This Pale pours yellow golden with white lite head.
S - A strong citrus blast of hops.
T - From the first taste I tasted hopes. As the flavor comes on it gives you a little kick. Citrus aftertaste.
M - creamy with a medium to lite flavor.

Overall this was an alright pale. Not sure about the brewers them selves. I was a voluenteer at the event this weekend working taps next to these guys fell on the jerk side of things...All well I am after beer not friendship from them...

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans from Northridge in Laramie, WY for $8 or so. Best before date of September, can't remember the date. Poured into a NB Globe. I must preface that I have had this beer quite a few times, and am really excited about it being in cans.

A: Slightly hazy gold color with an inch worth of frothy white head that leaves huge gobs of lacing as it recedes. Pretty solid looking beer.

S: Slight little bit of citrus and some grainy malt smells. Some notes of caramel and a mild yeasty ester note. Not incredible but not offensive in any way. Just a pretty mediocre smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose, little bit of citrusy hops with a nice caramel and grainy bite throughout the beer. Bitterness is balanced with the malty sweetness quite nicely. Pretty simple, balanced little beer.

M: Medium body, with mild carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish. Just about right.

O: A really solid simple, APA. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, bitterness is in check, but at the same time not dominated by crystal malt and sweetness either. Really a nicely balanced pale. A little fresher would be nice as the hops definitely shine more, but still a nice beer for relaxing and having a few.

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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