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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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 zimm421:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

zimm421, Jul 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

DuckDodgers, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Jason, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 22, 2004
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4/5  rDev +7%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

williamjbauer, Aug 03, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 09, 2004
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, May 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7%

richkrull, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

LXIXME, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

acurtis, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Brenden, Jun 10, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

brewQ, Sep 28, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 08, 2007
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

beerbrains, Oct 30, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Apr 05, 2002
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

electricfields, Aug 28, 2009
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Larrydoherty, Apr 30, 2013
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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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