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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale

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117 Reviews

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 215
Reviews by DrewS:
Photo of DrewS
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was not blown over by this beer. It has a nice flora aroma and decent but not enduring head. It's slightly hazy and golden yellow. Has the familiar citrus/grapefruit flavor but not excessively so. Slightly bitter but bland in the finish. I found it pretty easy to drink. Comparable to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a bready smell mixed with a little bit of a caramel and hoppy smell of some grapefruit. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of grass and a little bit of a floral smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready with these taste being the bulk of the flavor. Right from the start there is a little bit of a caramel sweetness as well, which remains throughout the taste of the beer. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor are present from the start with these getting stronger as the taste moves on. Along with these hop flavors, are some light grassy and floral flavors, which in the end, leave a rather malty and lightly sweetened and hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of malt, hop, and light sweet the feel is rather nice and makes of a rather easy drinking brew overall.

Overall- A nice easy drinking pale ale overall. I usually prefer a little more hop, but this one was very enjoyable just as is. This is certainly a nice brew to sit and sip over the long haul.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could slightly be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was here and there.
The smell had a sweet caramel and breadiness in the front and leading into a citrusy zesty kicking around a little bit of sweet grass and bitter grapefruit rind to balance.
The taste was more bitter than sweet but ended up developing more of a caramel to bready flavor sweetness that maintained separation from the bitter side. I'd say it was pretty uncohesive in the flavor altogether.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed fine as there's a slight tingle to hit my tongue but doesn't distract from the overall feel.
Overall, I'd say decent at best as the flavor, one of the most important aspects of practically any beer just doesn't want to come together. Was it old? Was it just an off bottle? I'm not sure, but I might be a little hesitant to have again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a can while sitting around a campfire.

Smell is clean and fairly hoppy to the nose with a dominant citrus aroma. Lemon and orange are the strong scents here unlike most that are on the pine and grapefruit side of the hop aroma scale. Malt here almost entirely stays out of the way and only lends a little sweetness.

Taste is slightly sweet and almost neutral bowing to a good herbs and citrus flavor. Slightly spicy in flavor I would almost claim that there was a little coriander in this. Good bitterness level this makes a mild beer highly flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of AlexInJH
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One of a handful of beers available in the bottle from Snake River. This is one of their flagship beers: a dry-hopped American Pale Ale.

A bright, rich golden beer with a tight, creamy lace that sticks. Powdery pale malts in the nose, with mild fruity esters. Very smooth and creamy, with a full and rounded body. Starts with a slight carbonation sharpness that segues to soft hop and citric bite. Dominate pale malt sweetness with bready and toasty flavors. Malts are a bit powdery on the palate. Fruity berry esters toward the back. Toasty malt finish, with a touch of dry grain.

This is a very traditional American Pale Ale--which actually makes it quite appealing. It's easy to drink and has plenty going on to keep you interested. We could see this being a staple in the fridge, regularly pairing it with basics, like a chef's salad or cheddar cheese on cracked pepper crackers.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of DuckDodgers
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a best enjoyed before date clearly printed.

Appearance: Bright golden with a slight chill haze. Soft bubbly white lace covers the top of the brew.

Smell: Dry hopped aroma with sweet floral / citric hop in the nose. Mild fruity esters in the back ground.

Taste: Smooth and malty with a chewy mouth feel, medium bodied with a good amount of residual sweetness. Toasted malt flavor throughout. Beautiful aggressive and pungent hop bitterness that fades slowly with a long drawn out citric flavor, typical American hop character. Bitter-sweet finish.

Notes: Distinctive in its American characteristics between the hop makeup and the malt profile this brew is spot on for style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with its loud-mouthed hop bitterness, makes it that much more drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this beer. This is the first beer I have tried from Wyoming.

Pours yellow with a white head. The aroma is grainy malts with some grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same, with the hops overshadowed by the malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Wish there was a little more hop presence in this one.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden blond in color. Fairly thick and somewhat lasting white head bubbles up from the pour. Aromas are subdued piney-citrus, with a good dose of malty sweetness. Flavor is more of the same. Well-balanced flavor, with a nice orange rind-pine cone mix of hoppy character that is somewhat offset by the current of caramel running underneath. Finishes surprisingly sweet, albeit with a hop snap at the end to remind you what this is made of. Mouthfeel is decent and this is certainly drinkable, especially after a few softball games in the summer heat.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of rhinonau
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up while I was in Idaho. Standard pale ale appearance, light copper, 1" head, not much lace to speak of. Aroma was also copper, that metallic bitterness and mildly hoppy. For the claims of dry hopping, this one seems to barely qualify. Still nice though.

Easy to drink pale, I'd guess the ibu's are in the high 40s range, standard hopping, enough to qualify, not enough to make the aroma or taste result in me saying, hey this is a hoppy beer. Achieves balance. Nice pale malt is complimentary to the tame citrus flavor. Definitely a good gateway craft beer, or just plain good, can please palates of many interests.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper orange large white fluffy head forms even lacing solid looking brew. Aroma: Slight hop profile great stuff pine floral touch of citrus hops as well nicely balanced with caramel malts not to sugary at all even session pale ale. Taste: Mild hop dose subtle sweetness great mix for the overall flavor solid offering from Wyoming. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied evenly carbonated this beer doesn't know how to offend. Drinkability: Very drinkable version of a classic American pale ale, and one that I will whenever it's available to sip on.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy to the golden yellow body with a tiny ring of foam floating on top. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding through the body.

S- The smell of citrus hops has a slight green bitterness to it but the smell if pretty light.

T- The sweet taste of pale malt has hints of dry biscuit malt and raw grain in the background. The note of green bitter hops has a slight orange flavor to it in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is boosted by the carbonation.

D- Nice beer with some flavor but not much complexity or interest.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of VinceMig
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazyy gold body with a nicely constructed head. Fine bubbles leave a delicate lacing.

More citric than floral nose. just enough malt to hold up the hops. Not a big biter. Very refreshing finish. I like this as a first beer of the day. Am I sick?

Sorry I only grabbed two singles. Not world class- just worthy.

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.