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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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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beerphilosopher

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass froma 12 oz bottle.

A - Slightly less than clear golden color with a rather thin white head. Little retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Quite hoppy, as expected. Some pine and yeast noted detected as well.

T - This is where I was let down. The smell caused me to expect a good hop attack ... one which never really came along. Somewhat piney and clean, but tasted rather watered down to me. Not a lot of substance here. I tried this one the night after trying a Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA ... maybe not a good back to back, but the Flying Dog IPA was much, much better. This one is disappointingly thin and uninteresting.

M - Again, thin and average in every respect. Decent balance and none too bitter since the hops never asserted themselves. Finished clean.

D - You could drink this one and enjoy it so long as you're not expecting much from it ... it's thin and light, so you can drink several ata sitting. Don't expect the sought after "pucker" you'd get from a substantially hopped IPA. Sort of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 23:28:42 | More by beerphilosopher
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, well carbonated medium amber. Topped with a two finger pillowy off-white head, leaves puffy short lived bits of lacing.
Citrus, alcohol, pepper, wood and herb filled aroma.
Lightly flavored, toffee, floral, disappointing taste, it needs to be magnified.
Medium bodied, goes down easy, very easy. If the taste could be brough up it would be a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 22:01:55 | More by mschofield
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle ordered from the brewery as part of a mixed 12-pack. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a light copper-hued brew with a thin white head. The nose is comprised mainly of a touch of bready malt with some caramel meandering in the background. A bit stale with a touch of cardboard. There is no real hop component. The taste hits the same rotten notes--there is cardboard and oxidation plus a bit of bread. No real hop component to speak of. Pretty generic and light; not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:08:24 | More by Thorpe429
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RJUGA03

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pale golden yellow semi-transparent body with a 1/8" powerful white head.
S-Slightly hoppy with sweet malted undertones.
T-Light and unremarkable on the draw with a somewhat hopped finish.
M-Watery at first then a carbonated dry finish.
D-Not my 1st choice for beers, but if I need an example of a pale ale for non-beer drinkers then I could use this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 09:48:09 | More by RJUGA03
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LarryKemp

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Pale Ale poured a lifeless dark gold with a puny white head. The head was quick to disappear and left a poor lace on the glass.

The aroma was underwhelming. The malt nearly overpowered the hops. I found no citrus in the nose and maybe a very little earthiness. Maybe.

There was a hint of citrus on the tongue. The malt sweetness is quite prevalent here also. After the first several sips, there is a citrus finish. And I just burped and it left a citrusy taste in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was watery and lacked any carbonation. Quite a disappointment.

After drinking their Zonker Stout last night, I was excited about trying their pale ale. As good a the stout was, the pale ale was disappointing. The beer was date stamped for July and I had it chilled to the suggested 40 degrees. All around this beer had no off tones in any aspect, BUT it had NOTHING to make it memorable either. If you would get this on sale, it might be worth it, but there are too many good pale ales out there to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 03:32:48 | More by LarryKemp
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-30-2013 21:17:34 | More by Larrydoherty
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MarshMan71

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-21-2013 21:01:31 | More by MarshMan71
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-24-2013 21:05:17 | More by Imstillthegman
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-03-2012 08:41:26 | More by DerwinWentworth
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casapy

Idaho

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-04-2012 03:45:41 | More by casapy
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whahappened27

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-01-2012 06:48:17 | More by whahappened27
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-10-2011 15:40:04 | More by jenray
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woemad

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Daanan's Delicatesen in Hayden, ID. I purchased this because it was a new micro to me and because it wipes Wyomiing of the list of states I haven't sampled beers from. The label is quite different from the one pictured here. The bottle is marked best by January. No indication of which January.

This poured a slightly hazy pale gold color with a modest white head that dropped at about Mach 3.Very slight, spotty lace left behind.

Very mild nose on this one. I detect grainy maltiness and a slight, citrusy hop scent. Neither is very dominant, so it comes across as balanced.

The flavor is pretty much like the scent. This is a very restrained, unagressive pale ale. Very slight dry zap at the swallow. It almost reminds me of an English pale ale, it's so mellow and unassertive, yet doesn't taste "off" in any way.

The mouthfeel is soft and light. In fact, it could use a little more carbonation to live things up a bit.

Drinkable in the way that most bland but well made beers are drinkable. I could probably drain several of these bottles in a sitting and my taste buds would be unaware they were in use. Not a bad tasting beer, but no reason to try it again, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 22:12:31 | More by woemad
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, honey-hued body with a thin, creamy white head.

Smell: A soapy, hop-minded aroma with notes of grass, as well as lemon and grapefruit rinds.

Taste: The hop flavors jump in right away, bypassing the vague hint of caramel malt, and deliver the citrus fruits, a touch of grass, a moderate bitterness, and a caustic citric bite. Finishes with more of the citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 20:11:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from JohnnyM2002.

A: The pale ale is an amber color, trending closer to orange. The head weighs in at 2.5 fingers on initial pour and retains nicely, thoroughly lacing the glass.

S: The aroma is a very grainy biscuit malt that is highlighted by intermitent citrus notes.

T: The pale ale has a nicely balanced malt-hop mix. The malts are grainy, biscuity with a sweet cereal taste. The hops spruce things up a bit, adding a citrusy tang but they are short-lived. After the quick retreat, the finish is a grainy thinness.

M: The mouthfeel is average, providing a nice transition from malt to hops and back to malt.

D: The ale is refreshing, having a pleasing but ordinary taste. This would be a good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 00:36:52 | More by akorsak
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isualum12

Idaho

3.15/5  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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 20:20:14 | More by isualum12
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DuckDodgers

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-13-2013 02:34:02 | More by acurtis
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zimm421

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-07-2014 21:11:56 | More by zimm421
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DavidGross

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-06-2013 02:01:49 | More by DavidGross
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-13-2013 00:33:54 | More by djrn2
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crhensel

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into pint glass) Poured a rich amber color with a very small head that fell quickly and almost disappeared by first sip. The nose was very heavy with grass and a slight hint of some flowery hops. A little slick in the mouth, and the grass flavor was very up front at first. Mellowed a little throughout the glass though, with more of the hoppy bitterness taking over which did provide a nice finish. Not my first choice, but it was indeed a superb accompaniment to the zesty barbecue it was paired with.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:35:36 | More by crhensel
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Gmann

New York

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 01:43:01 | More by Gmann
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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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