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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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116 Reviews

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 212
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy peach color wtih very little head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is fairly sweet, with a bit of orange in there, along with just a bit of dirty and citrus hops. The flavor is nice. Just a touch of hops and caramel and orange sweetness that balance well. I would like to see more hops in there, but its not bad at all. The feel is just shy of moderate, a little light for me. Drinkability is also not all that bad either. I'm feeling pretty good about this beer. Worth taking a look at if you want to add Wyoming to your list of states samples.

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Pours a hazy orange amber in color with a small off white ½ inch head; smells of hops, citrus and light malt.

Very light and crisp with decent lacing, it tastes of hops, both piney and floral hops, orange peel, lemon, light malt, light caramel, some spices and yeast and or grains. A very tasty brew that goes down smooth and easy. It has a nice hoppy balance with an oily feel which is a little bitter, but slides down well and allows the floral hops and malt backbone to leave a nice flavor and the beer ends on the dry and crisp side. A very good APA that goes down easy and was enjoyable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear but there is a fairly significant haze, the liquid is tawny-coppery gold in hue. Minimal amounts of animation lazily stream to the frothy white head. At the apex the foamy mass of bubbles reached a healthy two fingers in height. There was excellent head retention, it took a few moments before I started to fade and the process was slow going, in fact a fairly large cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing made my glass look like ripped wallpaper. Excellent appearance. The nose is very pleasant. The hops are perfectly boisterous for the style, lovely! APA hop profile of flowery notes upfront, vague hints of pine and a moderate jolt of citrus zest. Soft fruit aromas like oranges and pineapples bridge the gap until the malt is found at the finish, it is largely clean with just a trace of bready sweetness. Nice. The potency is moderate but it is clearly inviting. The palate is damn tasty, simple as that. I love well made APAs, this happens to be one of them. The hops are assertive but not belligerent. My tongue doesn’t get hammered with bitterness, sure there is bitterness but at a very agreeable level with acidic citrus notes, not very fleshy but more like zest. This melts perfectly with some fruit, mainly oranges, pineapples, dull grapefruits (from hops too I assume), and grapes. Nice. The malt is largely clean with a bready sweetness at the finish. While the malt isn’t big, it is just right. While the malt isn’t “amazingly flavorful,” it does provide just enough support. The beer is balanced enough but the hops clearly lead this beer to the promise land (which is my belly). I really liked this beer, the best APA in the world is Alpha King, this beer is not on that level but it is really freaking good. This beer could be paired with a good number of grilled foods and cheeses. Medium in body, creamy with fairly active carbonation, on the swallow the beer is surprisingly filling. Pleasant mouthfeel. Soft, well rounded yet bitter aftertaste. I found this beer to be very drinkable. I don’t have any qualms with it. I wish I purchased a six-pack instead of the one bottle I got in Brookfield, WI. This is yet another solid beer from this brewery. Recommended.

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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 clvand0
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light amber color with very little head and low retention, leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of grassy and citrus hops with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is much the same. Some citrus notes from the hops and some caramel sweetness. Easy to drink and smooth on the palate. Not the best for style, but drinkable.

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Photo of woemad
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours a tangerine color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that is leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Honestly not much smell here at all. Slight hops, malt, and citrus. I can't freaking pick anything out of the nose...

Taste - Better than the nose - I get a nice hop kick with what tastes honestly like wheat oddly enough. There is pine, grapefruit, and a hint of orange peel. Light malts in the back but overall a more hop forward brew.

Mouthfeel - Actually pretty creamy. This beer has great body.

Drinkability - I could session this for sure. Nothing "jumps out at you" from it but it is a tasty beer that is quite quaffable as I am doing right now.

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden hue with a light murk. Thick, persistant, rocky porcelain white head leaves sparse, frothy lace. Soft orange citrus with a rounded pineapple edge comprise the hop nose. Malt character in aroma is of staple bready pale malt and simply sweet light lovibond caramel malt hints. Flavorwise, the hop profile is a facsimile of the aroma, although orange character seems powdery and Tang like. Bitterness is mild, but easily overruns the residual sweetness due to the high attenuation. Trace chalky sweet dextrin malt and token pale malt presence. Neutral in outright yeast derived character and devoid of esters. Lightly bodied, with a functionally fluid mouthfeel conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes with dry cracker and trace tart, lemony hints. A simple, innocuous pale ale very suitable as either as a one time thirst quencher or a session brew. Tasty, but certainly not outstanding.

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is light gold in color with a medium white, sticky head. The aroma is strong on citrus. The flavor has a strong hoppy profile, especially nice pine notes. The finish lingers with a metallic taste. The beer is medium/light in body and very drinkable. A good beer that would be great if not for the funky finish.

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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 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 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 OKCNittany
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pale amber body, 1/4" white head.

S: Nice, citrusy hop aroma.

T: Bitter citrusy hop flavor too - but well balanced & quite good.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

D: This is one I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale that has a good look and refreshing taste. The amber body is clear and the off-white head laces nicely. The nose hints of an aromatic hop and the malt base also comes through. The flavor is citrusy and clean with a good mouthfeel and crisp finish. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice simple bottle with a best by Nov notched in the label. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching the Broncos vs. Chargers.

Appearance- Pours a super clear straw yellow with a bright white fluffy half finger head. Leaves a terrific cap and collar that lasts the entire brew. Leaves lots of random, sticky lacing down the side of the pint glass. Aggressive carbonation bubbles up constantly from the bottom.
Smell- First thing you notice is the soft floral aroma that is reminiscent of lilacs. Nice biscuity malt lingers in the background. Very simple but effective.
Taste- Starts nice and sweet with plenty of warm toasty malts. Great hop bitterness quickly joins the party with a very fruity/citrus burst. Great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Finishes with a lingering toffee sweetness. The alcohol is barely noticeable but only in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice creamy feel. Crisp and clean with medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a very simple brew that is really well balanced and tasty. This would make a great session brew that you could easily drink a six pack or more of. This is only the 2nd Snake River brew I’ve reviewed but I’ve had all of there brews at beer festivals and this is easily my favorite. Great beer!

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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 BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was just above average, all the way. The color was a hazy copper orange with white foam. The smell of citrus filled the nose along with a mild hoppy aroma. The flavor had sort of an apple/hoppy taste, but was well balanced with the tart/sweet finish. This was a pleasant surpise and will purchase it again!

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Photo of mschofield
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans from Northridge in Laramie, WY for $8 or so. Best before date of September, can't remember the date. Poured into a NB Globe. I must preface that I have had this beer quite a few times, and am really excited about it being in cans.

A: Slightly hazy gold color with an inch worth of frothy white head that leaves huge gobs of lacing as it recedes. Pretty solid looking beer.

S: Slight little bit of citrus and some grainy malt smells. Some notes of caramel and a mild yeasty ester note. Not incredible but not offensive in any way. Just a pretty mediocre smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose, little bit of citrusy hops with a nice caramel and grainy bite throughout the beer. Bitterness is balanced with the malty sweetness quite nicely. Pretty simple, balanced little beer.

M: Medium body, with mild carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish. Just about right.

O: A really solid simple, APA. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, bitterness is in check, but at the same time not dominated by crystal malt and sweetness either. Really a nicely balanced pale. A little fresher would be nice as the hops definitely shine more, but still a nice beer for relaxing and having a few.

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Photo of beernut7
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a dark golden color with a spicy aroma. The balance between bitterness and spiciness in the hop profile is right on and there is a good backup malt property to the brew. Draught beer IS better.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint of this at The Gun Barrel in Jackson, WY a few nights ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold body shows perfect clarity and gentle carbonation. A thin, white cap sits on top and leaves notch-like rings of lace on the glass walls.

Smell: Crystal malts and dinner rolls make up the malt aspect; lemon zest and soft pine resin show the hop side. A very mild aroma overall. No off-flavors that I can discern, but pretty bland as well.

Taste: Follows the nose very closely, with sweet bread, lemon zest, and pine resin all playing major roles. Hops meld with bready yeast in modestly bitter, somewhat grassy, finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy with mild bitterness and fine carbonation. I wish this had a bit more body and bitterness, but it's certainly smooth.

Overall: Very smooth and well-crafted, but also very mild. I'd prefer a bit more boldness and kick, but that's me. For those Trader Joe's shoppers out there, think Mission St. Pale Ale.

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Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle.
A) Pours with a two finger head, tight and creamy, and hangs around a bit. Clear, bronze body with active upward carbonation. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Piney and citrus. Subtle toasty-ness. Hints of caramel.
T) Nutty. A nice, balanced flavor. The hops are not crazy but add a nice bittering bite toward the end. The malts are pleasant, not too robust, but a nice toasty caramel tone.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body.
D) An easy drinker and delicious!!

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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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has got some spritzy citrus hoppiness, and some touches of honey and caramel.
the flavor has some nice lighter caramel malt character to it. one also finds some interesting honey and tea-like flavors in the mix. bringing up the rear is some nice lemony hops, backed with moderate bitterness.
it's a little shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good, it's crisp and refreshing with some interesting complexities to hold your attention. a solid pale ale.

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.