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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

185 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 12
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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Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy golden color. A small sticky white head sits on top and laces nicely. Nice piney hop nose. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel. About medium body. Hop characteristics dominate. Piney notes and citrus are the main players. This pale ale could use a little more of a malt backbone to it. Not a lot of substance underneath the hoppy tones. A better than average pale ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Bighuge, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod.

Pour is a chunky white head atop a hazy golden brew...

Smell is a bready mix of pale malts and spicy/floral and lite citrus hops.... Aroma is good, but with an interesting yeasty fruitiness.... really pretty good but hard to pick apart... as it warms the hops become more apparent.

Taste is toasted malts.. maybe a little too much hop/minerally bitterness... but still nice. Not a whole lot to it.. but drinkable for sure... very good palate and flavor.. just a little underwhelming. Flavor is suprisingly clean for such a fruity aroma. Earthy/citrus zest hops mix well with the malts.... again drinkable forever.

I really like Snake River... I've had all their regular bottled brews often over the years... but the real standout is, going to the brewery. Jackson Hole is sooo touristy, but the brewery still makes very nice beers... and there is a really cheap hotel that is only about a block or two from the brewery (toward the ski hill) that is even affordable during the summer and winter months... a definate must visit if you're in Jackson.

JohnGalt1, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

harpus, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
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 Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha! It showed up in town, along with the Pako's Eye-P-A, today at 2nd Street Liquors, best by 9/18/11 that's a sticker on the 6 pack carrier and not anywhere on the can.

It pours a light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and some lacing.

A lightish nose, as usual, for the beer. Some light hop bitterness, not much else.

The taste has some good hop character; bit of grass, some pine, the malt is on the sweetish side with some noticeable notes of grain. The freshest sample of the beer I've had in a long time other than the draught I've had at the local Old Chicago. I'd consider it a good "gateway" beer for the craft beer noobie. The taste is just too smooth to spark any oohs and ahhs from experienced drinkers. Not that that is a bad thing.

Bitterbill, May 27, 2011
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
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Area on label for Best By date to be notched but no notch.

A - Pale Ale pours a golden honeyed yellow with an ever-so-slight haze to it. A turbulant pour brings about a long lasting white, loose head. Sticky lacing is icing on the cake.

S - A strong citrus blast of hops leaps out with pine-needle in hand. The hop aroma is good but lacks depth. Light aroma of malts faintly floating in the background.

T - From the first sip I could tell the focus was more on hoppy tasting beer. The nose is there but the flavor is where the kick is. Good balance of citrus and lingering pine aftertaste. While not entirely unbalanced, malts are pretty absent from the flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy on the finish. Medium in body with a noticeable but low level of carbonation. Not to be mistaken with flat however.

D - I'm leaning towards the session side with this beer but it exemplifies the style fairly well and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink. Solid offering from Snake River.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, a touch of citrus, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

750ml bottle - Poured out a hazy, pale golden yellow with a light bubbly white head about a finger high leaving lots of pacthy/web-like lacing. Smells like floral hops, somewhat citrusy and sour, with some sweet malt backing. Taste is more of the same with a good citrusy drying hop bite thats a tad bitter but not overpowering and has a smoothing malt balanced in. Feel is good, mostly smooth with a citrusy drying bitterness thats easy to handle. Pretty decent drinker.

tavernjef, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a full creamy off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace rings. Good citrus fruit hop aroma (oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple). Tastes much like it smells... fruity and very citrusy hop character. Light bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

I remember this being as good if not better in the past - a top notch APA.

Per SR website:
1995 GABF - Silver
1996 GABF - Gold

Best by (end of): Jan '06 ('05' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 01/07/06

RBorsato, Jan 10, 2006
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
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a light, pale orange with a slight haze but not opaque. The head is pillowy white and looks to have some staying power.I smell some sweet bread with citrus, like banana bread made with oranges instead of bananas. It smells very good; hoppy and inviting. The taste is refreshing, slight citrus flavors showing up. The carbonation is well done and I think there are some malts hiding in the background. This is a good pale ale and at $6 a sixer a sweet deal also. Recommended to all pale ale lovers, not just hop-heads.

ArrogantB, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

outoffocus, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -12%
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.

Gmann, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, citrus, and hints of pine resin. It is a nice aroma, but one that can be found in numerous other APAs. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice pale ale, but nothing really special. I would have no problem drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy golden body with a small sticky white head. There's a lean malt presence in the nose, backed with big, juicy, citrusy hops. Taste starts with those lean fruity malts (could use a touch more), followed by big, tart, juicy hops. Finish is acidic, bitter, and refreshing, with lingering grapefruit.

alexgash, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned but hung in there leaving thin waves of lacing.

S - sort of sweet smelling with a bit of citrus.

T - good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops the finish is somewhat bitter but then there's a sticky sweetness left on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel that makes it go down easy.

O - a bit better than your average pale ale.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly hazy golden amber color with white head. Smell is loaded with hops, with a nice piney texture. Taste folows throught on the smell with much pine, and some citrus notes. Finish is mostly hops with a pleasant dry ending. A nice tasting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

tgbljb, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

cosmicevan, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tommy5, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant, flowery aroma, with a light yellowish orange color. I didn't really see any bubble activity in the glass, but it does have good carbonation.

Very slight malt presence, so there's really not much for the hops to take over when it's their time. And it does have a good honest hop character. If you're experimenting with some of the more hopped up beers, this is a good one to experience. Not too over the top, you can relax with this beer without having to focus on it too much or have it be too distracting from your evening's activities. You just do your thing, it'll take care of itself...

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of argock
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

argock, Dec 07, 2013
Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.