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Snake River Pale Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
84
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 174
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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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-03-2013 02:43:43 | More by williamjbauer
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Boto

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle: This one poures a slightly hazy, somewhat darker golden color. There is a good bit of a white head on it. There is a fairly good amount of carbonation in this one. There is a bit of orange citrus to the nose. There is a fair amount of bitterness to the taste. Notes of citrus and pineiness in the bitterness. Hints of a malty body. Not bad, but not memorable either. It would be a good beer to pick up for just having a six to drink!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 00:33:36 | More by Boto
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-03-2013 15:23:44 | More by tommy5
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 03:21:50 | More by emmasdad
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake River- Pale Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Bright copper orange with a small but sticky head.
S- Oily pine hops with stromg caramel malt.
T- Pine hops up front with a sweet caramel malt body. Green and floral hops come out in the end.
M- Sweet up front with big flavor on the tongue. Finishes of crisp and clean.

Overall- A mild APA that makes this too easy to drink. I would drink 2 of these before moving up to something bolder.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 21:40:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 22:43:01 | More by kmpitz2
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guessing this is unfiltered judging by the cloudy gold color with sediment floating around. The head is thinner, but creamy looking. Some decent lacing.

Right out of the bottle, the nose was great, now it's barely there. What remains is a nice citrusy scent that is very faint compared to after the pour.

Some pale malt with a moderate portion of citrus hops. A bit of grassiness from the hops as well. Not real strong flavors, but appropriately done.

Feels slightly creamy on the palate. Smooth with a body between light and medium. Semi-dry finishing.

I think this goes down very easily and would make a fine sessionable beer. I would call this a very worthy pale ale that really only lacks in the scent department.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:53:30 | More by jera1350
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One of a handful of beers available in the bottle from Snake River. This is one of their flagship beers: a dry-hopped American Pale Ale.

A bright, rich golden beer with a tight, creamy lace that sticks. Powdery pale malts in the nose, with mild fruity esters. Very smooth and creamy, with a full and rounded body. Starts with a slight carbonation sharpness that segues to soft hop and citric bite. Dominate pale malt sweetness with bready and toasty flavors. Malts are a bit powdery on the palate. Fruity berry esters toward the back. Toasty malt finish, with a touch of dry grain.

This is a very traditional American Pale Ale--which actually makes it quite appealing. It's easy to drink and has plenty going on to keep you interested. We could see this being a staple in the fridge, regularly pairing it with basics, like a chef's salad or cheddar cheese on cracked pepper crackers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:59:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-26-2013 05:31:29 | More by DarthKostrizer
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-15-2012 01:08:55 | More by crobinso
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-20-2013 00:38:43 | More by WDJersey
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bditty187

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 20:54:12 | More by bditty187
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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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clvand0

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 12:48:14 | More by clvand0
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FLima

Brazil

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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 01:22:50 | More by FLima
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:00:58 | More by SpdKilz
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-27-2012 06:21:14 | More by RoryOMoore
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marc77

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 02:00:19 | More by marc77
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a mild amount of head and mild amount of carbonation.

Take a deep sniff and there's traces of a grainy cereal-like smell that is foremost in the aroma. Also picking up some grass, sweet malt, and cracker.

Taste is very well, and I mean VERY WELL balanced. Up front there's mild caramel malts, some distant lemon zest (very mild in character), and a little grassiness. Taste is very mild and there's a small amount of pine bitterness that finishes and doesn't last very long.

Mouthfeel is medium body and chewy, mild prickliness on the tongue and very drinkable.

Hands down, this would make a good session beer, but not one of my favorites. Still, for an ale, I think Snake River did a good job. This would be a good choice for an offering at a party where it's not a hardcore beer crowd.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:10:05 | More by jzeilinger
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2013 20:38:21 | More by richkrull
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-08-2013 00:40:37 | More by cadaugherty
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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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CHickman

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:11:07 | More by CHickman
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:37:12 | More by bonkers
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-04-2014 21:29:17 | More by trxxpaxxs
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