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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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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
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Lacing was slightly speckled yet sliding downward in a messy sort of way.
The smell had a sweet and bitter floral to bitter piney hop quality leading into a light caramel/biscuity maltiness.
The taste arranged the previously mentioned flavors and sharpened some of the hops to be just a tad more bitter than expected, still nice for the most part.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium sort of body with a slight sweet to bitter sessionable sort of feel rolling over my tongue. Carbonation feeds my tongue appropriately - some harshness, but not overpowering.
Overall, this is a nice APA that does the trick by itself or with its respected food.

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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 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 Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass, best by 8/29/15

A- pours a bright & clear golden color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- moderate floral & citrus hops mixes with underlying biscuit malt, a touch of toasted grain

T- light citrus hop flavor up front mixes with some floral and grassy notes, underlying toasted malt gives it a grainy toasted finish, a bit of a metallic finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that carries into a creamy-yet-crisp finish

O- a standard straight-up pale ale that has good drinkability, while providing a nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely the weaker of Snake River's two pale ales, though it appears to be the flagship beer of the company. The color is a little deeper than average for a pale ale, but other than that it is pretty bland with just a general bitter aroma in the mid-taste. The smell is good, making the first sip actually somewhat disappointing.
In a way, it almost tastes a bit more like a session IPA than a pale ale. At times it is more refreshing than it is hoppy, in which case the bitterness actually ends up being a distraction.

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Photo of cfalls
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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?

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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