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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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BA SCORE
84
good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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.

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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Eye: Cloudy tan in appearance due to a careless pour which allowed the sediment of this bottle conditioned beer to make it into the glass. I'm sure that this one would be a nice clear sparkling golden if the yeast and other junk weren't in there. The head is quite nice at two fingers with some great retention. It is fairly creamy in appearance.

Nose: Citrus and pine hop aroma. Some caramel and grain undertones. Overall I think that a stronger malt backbone would benefit this one.

Tongue: I picked up an alkaline taste when poured into a glass that I didn't find when drinking out of the bottle. Piney and citrus hops sum up this brew's flavor pretty well.Slight caramel notes and some graininess as in the aroma. Some more support from the malt would really fill out this beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium body with moderate levels of carbonation, nothing all that special. I'd not go out of my way to find this beer again, however if you happen upon it it is worth a try. However, for the 9.99 I paid for it I really don't think that its worth that much. I could go with a great APA for less when buying Burning River or SNPA.

04-18-2008 15:16:44 | More by becktone
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BJasny

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-17-2013 03:26:47 | More by BJasny
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

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

01-27-2012 14:28:48 | More by hopfacebrew
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-13-2012 15:52:55 | More by cbcrunch
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

12 ounce bottle. Slightly hazy orange color with a small head. Bready malt aroma with some hops, but not as much as your average American Pale Ale. The flavor is caramel malt with some fruitiness. Some hop flavor, but the malt really dominates. The finish is dry. Medium body. Tasty and refreshing. Nothing stands out in this beer, but it is all around pretty good.

09-14-2005 23:06:44 | More by beveragecaptain
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7%

07-15-2013 21:04:14 | More by craft_shannie
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

12-23-2011 23:57:18 | More by AndyAvalanche
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zimm421

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-07-2014 21:11:56 | More by zimm421
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kegger22

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer is a light amber in color with a one finger head that displayed decent retention. Kind of a citrus aroma (sorry, my nose is my Achilles heel, if you can picture that!). The taste is a good balance of citrus hops being backed up by a malty sweet. I can detect no bitter after taste. The feel is medium bodied, a little oily and moderately carbonated. At 5.70 ABV, drinkability is excellent.

Snake River Pale Ale isn't quite up there with Alpha King, but is still a very tasty APA. Of the three Snake River beers that I've had, none of them disappointed. Good job.

12-12-2009 19:57:42 | More by kegger22
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Had this one later at night after dinner at the Old Faithful Inn. My wife went to bed not feeling well so I sat in the lobby and enjoyed a night cap.

A: Clear golden, thin white head. A little hazy, and no a/c.

S: Hoppy, perhaps using Cascades? No malt, just hops. Too much hops. Another example of people confusing IPA and PA in my opinion.

T: Some as smell, all hops no malt. Very bitter and dry. Much more like an IPA

M: Not as thin as I expected especially with all the hops. No carbonation.

D: Good, heavy for a PA. For the hop heads for sure.

09-14-2009 17:33:59 | More by mdwalsh
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

A BOTMC brew (who I must say is getting out some good selections lately) Snake River where Evel Knievel went for a good ride! Well, as did Evel, let's give it a whirl. Smell in the bottle is a delicious citrus hop smell with hints of banana. The brew pours to a yellow bronze with a nice creamy head. The taste is incredibly fresh. The hoppiness is very subdued to the point of only being a slight bitter twang with a lot of floral notes like chamomile. Most of the flavor is the the malt which is bold with a good backbone. For the style this beer is a great example. Good malt base with a noticeable floral hops that let their presence be known but don't shred your tongue. Mouthfeel has a bit more cabonation than most, but it suits this style well. Refreshing and tasty. I could knock back a few of these.

12-24-2009 17:28:29 | More by mooseisloose
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin white head. Piney hop aroma, but not overpowering. Maybe a little thin bodied. More piney hops in the flavor, but not a lot of bitterness. Some malt sweetness and caramel. Very easy drinking.

11-10-2010 01:48:27 | More by homebrewhawk
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

12-21-2011 21:36:07 | More by fizzyted
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2014 18:57:45 | More by heytomcat
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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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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

06-09-2014 22:03:40 | More by paulys55
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-21-2014 01:16:43 | More by hpthebull
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meehandennis

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-04-2013 02:23:02 | More by meehandennis
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-18-2013 22:41:55 | More by fivetime
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Golden in color with just the slightest of haze. Good volume of head that is just slightly off-white, stays throughout the glass and leaves lace all the way down.
Aroma of floral and citrusy hops with a hint of malt in the background.

Taste is quite good (I love my APA's). Somewhat citrusy hop flavor that is quite evident, but not over the top. Enough malt sweetness to lend some balance, but this one is still about the hops. Nice level of bitterness. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable (as are most APA's).
Though there are better ones, this is a quite good APA I'd be happy to drink anytime.

03-02-2003 15:27:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
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sweethome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

Pours hazy golden color - appears to be some hops floating in there. Two inch head, great lacing. The nose is a bit restrained, northwest grassy hops, slight yeast, a bit of an "off" smell. I fear this as Snake River beers are best consumed very fresh.

Smooth entry, light sweet malts, generous hop flavor and bittering. A bit lighter in style than many apa's but it works well. Full mouthfeel for such a light colored beer. A nice flow from sweet maltiness to biiter hoppiness.

Excellent beer, could be a great session beer.

09-13-2007 03:53:00 | More by sweethome
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-30-2013 20:51:42 | More by MightiestBeard
Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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