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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002)
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Ordered a pint of this at The Gun Barrel in Jackson, WY a few nights ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold body shows perfect clarity and gentle carbonation. A thin, white cap sits on top and leaves notch-like rings of lace on the glass walls.

Smell: Crystal malts and dinner rolls make up the malt aspect; lemon zest and soft pine resin show the hop side. A very mild aroma overall. No off-flavors that I can discern, but pretty bland as well.

Taste: Follows the nose very closely, with sweet bread, lemon zest, and pine resin all playing major roles. Hops meld with bready yeast in modestly bitter, somewhat grassy, finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy with mild bitterness and fine carbonation. I wish this had a bit more body and bitterness, but it's certainly smooth.

Overall: Very smooth and well-crafted, but also very mild. I'd prefer a bit more boldness and kick, but that's me. For those Trader Joe's shoppers out there, think Mission St. Pale Ale.

06-22-2011 16:38:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

09-27-2010 18:59:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

10-04-2012 22:59:07 | More by Beaver13
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DuckDodgers

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-11-2012 13:10:12 | More by DuckDodgers
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

06-04-2007 04:11:38 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

02-20-2010 03:16:10 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-17-2011 21:58:34 | More by Skye1024
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-22-2004 12:08:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +7%

10-28-2013 15:36:50 | More by rhinonau
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

06-22-2011 16:51:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-03-2013 02:43:43 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

09-09-2004 22:58:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

(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.

05-01-2007 20:02:22 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

12-07-2013 20:38:21 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-28-2014 19:12:45 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-13-2013 02:34:02 | More by acurtis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-10-2014 18:41:34 | More by Brenden
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brewQ

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

09-27-2006 23:31:14 | More by brewQ
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7%

Snake River- Pale Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Bright copper orange with a small but sticky head.
S- Oily pine hops with stromg caramel malt.
T- Pine hops up front with a sweet caramel malt body. Green and floral hops come out in the end.
M- Sweet up front with big flavor on the tongue. Finishes of crisp and clean.

Overall- A mild APA that makes this too easy to drink. I would drink 2 of these before moving up to something bolder.

11-08-2007 21:40:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -19.8%

10-30-2012 04:25:22 | More by beerbrains
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +23%

Pretty much the archetypical APA. Liberal citric hopping, with some floral tones as well. The floral tones are especially evident on the nose.
Pours a deep gold color that is hazy as well
Hits the tongue with a rush of the aforementioned citiric/floral flavors. A sturdy biscuit malt background makes sure everything stays together. Finishes up quite sweet, then dries out. Fantastically balanced.
This is a wondeful APA, one of my favorites for the style.
Easy to drink, yet a bier with some complexities.
Very recommended.

04-04-2002 23:31:20 | More by cokes
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dirtylou

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz brennan's, best by july (hopefully 06)

appearance: pours a very pale golden yellow, slightly hazy, frothy white head present with decent lacing...too watery looking

smell: slightly floral hops but still dull, lightly toasted malt, mild citrus aromas...aromas are rather boring

taste: better than the aroma...first tastes are watered down citrus followed by a toasted grain/malt aftertaste...lemon peel and other fruit sweetener...very average APA

mouthfeel: medium light, active on the tongue

drinkability: quite drinkable but completely not interesting

06-25-2006 01:57:52 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

06-10-2014 23:51:46 | More by WoodBrew
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electricfields

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Always seen this around, but never tried it until today.

A: Pours translucent gold with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly spiced citrus with a hint of bready sweetness.

T: Not really a stand-out pale ale so much as a really good representation of how a good pale ale is done. Honey and a some citrus with a good kick are the stand-out flavors. There's a nice spice to it, too. It's mild, and not super complex, but it's also delicious and has a good balance to it. The aftertaste is mostly crisp pine hops.

M: Light body with a nice tickly carbonation that helps it down almost perfectly. No complaints here.

D: Excellent. It's refreshing and goes down real nice. Very easy to drink.

This is definitely going to become one of my standard session beers. A bit pricey, but better than most other pale ales I've tried. I really like this.

08-28-2009 03:49:23 | More by electricfields
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-30-2013 21:17:34 | More by Larrydoherty
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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.