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Wildcat India Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Wildcat India Pale AleWildcat India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 24
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002)
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Reviews by garthwaite:
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First a huge thank you to the gigantically generous Seattle BA's - skyhand & RoyalT for hooking me up with this deliciously fresh IPA. This brew pours a deep copperish gold with a perfect sticky white head that swirls & reduces as I drink. Enticing aroma of big pine merged with crisp citrus grapefruit. Up front there is some big time bitterness, which I really love. Baseline is a bit bready with some smooth caramel. Delicious flavors of oily, piney hop resins and grapefruit & lemon citrus delight the senses. Bitterness still going strong well after I swallow each gulp. Oh how I love columbus hops. Finish is spicy, bitter, and dry. Just a kick-ass IPA that I truly wish was available around here.

garthwaite, Aug 13, 2004
More User Reviews:
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this beer in the past but couldnt remember the flavors,now a bottle to myslef to review.Poured into a impy nonic slight hazed light to medium golden with a real burnt orange hue,a craterous one finger white head atop.Aromas of resiny nop over top of sweetish crystal malt,as it warms I notice a hard water note.It is a big nearly balanced northwest IPA,resiny with a hint of leather,the hops dominate at the start,there is a mineral and hefty caramel base to keep it close to being balanced.Its big on the hops wich kicks ass but it has a healthy malt base,a real solid American IPA to be had.

oberon, Aug 07, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Bright orange in color and a bit hazy with a beautiful head, even out of the growler, that showed good retention and left some cool-looking lacing.

Smell – The nice floral and citrus notes are supported by a sharp pine and a good malt backbone. The malts are difficult to pick up as the resiny pine sap is big and strong.

Taste – This is all about the balance. The complex hops are pine-dominant, and the sugary caramel-laden malt manages to hold up under the pressure. As big as everything is, though, this one is smooth as glass.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and complex enough to keep your mouth guessing. The flavors will hit you from all angles with this one. The last third or so is super-dry in an alarming way.

Drinkability – This is a rare one right up there with the best of them. The review doesn’t do a good job of explaining just how unique this ale is.

Update – I originally had this in 2004. The 2006 vintage is more of the same, expertly balance, incredibly sessionable, and one of my all time favs that I have time after time.

RoyalT, Jun 20, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Reaching above the benchmark for west coast IPAs and still retaining a good amount of drinkability. Excessively american in a good way, with the hop character grabbing the palate and running with it. Balanced? Sure. Still a bit of a beast and a sure thing for any hophead out there.

LOOK: Heady top, amber hue

SMELL: Ruby red grapefruit, evergreen, grassy, hop oil, bready

TASTE: Bitter, citric rind, hop oil, leafy, blond tobacco, semidry, nutty grain, fruity

BeerAdvocate, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Mild chill haze off of a glowing russet orange colour, healthy medium sized bubbles rise to the top. Off white head is towering with a rocky and sticky texture … very good head retention.

Smell: Big citrusy aroma of American hops, floral with herbal undertones. Faint ester and fruitiness are noticeable, also a bit of sweet nutty malt is in the nose.

Taste: Thick medium body, very sturdy with a well structured smooth and crisp mouth feel and level carbonation. Right up front is a prickly and slightly coarse hop bitterness that gives a big bites as soon as it hits the taste buds. Malt flavour is not to be left out though, biscuity and nutty flavours with an ample sweetness that holds up well against the attack of hops. Touch of fruitiness drops a nectarine flavour and a touch of yeast adds a nuttiness also. Hops bring not only a big bitterness but a heavy hand of flavour also; citric flavours give hints to grapefruit pulp and orange rind, light herbal and leafy flavours towards the back. The hop character lingers and lingers with an ever revolving flavours of citrus and herbal.

Notes: Oh yeah, this is old school micro-brew at its best. A kick-ass hoppy American IPA it is, malt play well of the big hop profile and the alcohol stay mellow for a brew that is 6.6% abv. A good pairing would be with grilled spicy Italian sausage on sour-sough with sautéed sweet onions and green bell pepper.

Jason, Apr 12, 2002
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to skyhand for this one of many...
Looks hazy as it pours out, but settles a fairly clear copper color with three full fingers of foamy, off-white head...of which a third sticks around for almost the entire offering.
Lemon zest with first whiff...grapefruit also hits the nose and even a slight alcohol presence.
The taste is all about the bitterness for me...juicy fruit sweetness at first, but the hops hang onto the pallet forever and just dont let go. Not tasting the lemons I detected, but a definite grapefruit flavor as well...some malt in there to try and balance it out, but can't say its happening here.
Mouthfeel is where I expect it and the carbonation is complementary to the dry finish. Glad the alcohol does not make its way through to the flavor.
Damn glad to try this one...quite good.

warriorsoul, May 18, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured with a solid two fingers of off-white head, golden orange color which is kind of light for an IPA, great clarity, great head retention keeps a thin but solid layer of foam on top as I sip this one down the glass, sticky lacing leaves way points marking the beers progress

Aroma - tons of hop aroma comes blasting out of this beer, grapefruity citrus, resinous, great hop character from the 100% Columbus hops used in the beer, hints of bready malt

Taste - hops from the aroma announce themselves loud and clear in the taste, the malts make their presence known in the background but stay out of the way enough to let the hops do their thing, with each sip the malts come in first but then relinquish the focus to the hops on the mid and back palate

Mouthfeel - smooth and full-bodied

Drinkability - one bomber was a bit of a palate workout, but I could still go for a little more

DoShek, Jan 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Drank fresh back in March 2011.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of tropical fruit with a lot of mangoes, papaya and oranges. I also get some nice bready notes from the malt.

The flavor is also fruity. I get some pineapple, papaya and orange notes. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though the beer has a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

virinow, Jun 26, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Burnt apricot colored with an inch of thick and frothy meringue perched on top that just hangs in there, waiting for me to break into it. Some particles suspended in the liquid. Aroma is light, but mostly citrusy hops, some honey, and some light malt.

Flavor is hops upfront, smacking immediately of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to piney bitter. There is some malt riding beneath, but it has to fight its way through and emerges halfway through the mouthful. A citrus peel bitter lingers right on top of the tongue, nearly puckering it up. A tiny bit of butterscotch and sweet candy comes out in the aftertaste, but the next sip washes that right away.

Mouthfeel is amazing - full and rich and creamy and chewy, not overly carbonated, no bubbles fighting the taste.

This is a really hoppy one, not too much else going on, but sometimes that's exactly what I'm jonesin' for, and this one really hits the spot. Thanks to cvschaller for passing this one along.

far333, Aug 04, 2005
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3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this one at 99 bottles in Federal Way this fall. Looks like standard ipa, was impressed with the lacing. Nothing apparent aroma wise that is unusual.

Taste, that is a little more unique, a little unbalanced bitterness, but the hop strains seemed like something nugget could have been used in a small sprinkling. Drinkable, as the price is about $4 for a bomber. Can't beat that too often.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ste5venla, Jul 05, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Served in a mason style jar this beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head on top. The head was rather foamy with nice retention which left sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: A very pleasant aroma. Lots of citrus fruit, especially orange and orange peel, with a little bit of grapefruit and pine.

T: A hoppy IPA with more citrus fruit, grapefruit and some pineapple with orange becoming the dominant flavor as it warmed. Faint malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A pleasant surprise. Liked this IPA quite a bit. Would certainly order it again.

mdaschaf, Feb 11, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snoqualmie- Wildcat IPA

Thanks to thethrone(Adam) for this 1!

A- bright yellowish orange with a big frothy head. messy lacing.
S- Bitter grapefruit and lemon with creamy biscuity malt.
T- Sweet citrus; tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit rind with a sweet creamy/ buttery shortbread biscuit malt.
M- Sweet bitterness up front with a good creamy body. Mild honeylike sweetness in the end. Dry aftertaste.

Overall- Another solid beer from Snoqualmie! A definite session beer. Find this 1!
(Thanks Adam!)

NJpadreFan, Aug 20, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Locol in Seattle, WA. July 30th, 2011

A: The beer poured a a deep orange color with thick head of creamy foam. Moderate lacing hung around on the sides of the glass throughout.

S: Wildcat has a strong aroma of pine and hops. Orange peel and grapefruit were very much in the foreground. Just a touch of malt was noticeable.

T: Very hop-forward with grapefruit notes and pine in the background. The malt is faint, but exists as merely an aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with a small stream of bubbles and a nice creamy mouth feel.

O: Wow, what a difference a fresh keg makes. This was an incredibly tasty hop-forward IPA. The aroma and flavors present in my glass were sadly absent in the not so fresh bomber I reviewed a few days ago.

distantmantra, Aug 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wetpaperbag for this one.

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange/yellow with a very thick fluffy ice cream head that cascades for some time. Nose is toned down but is mostly west coast hoppage, sweet malts and slight perfume.

Taste follows with BIG west coast hop bitterness. Not a tone of citrus hops here, but they are certainly present. Pine hops however a out of control here! Super piney, and waaay bitter. Some slight perfume and a good malt presence, however ever so slightly un-balanced, as the hops side of things in this beer is outrageous. A very dry and bitter finish. I am guessing that there was defenitely plenty of dry-hopping involved here.

Mouthfeel is thicker than usual which i like. Carbonation is ample. Slick in the mouth, and goes down quite easy....

Drinkability is good here, but the rowdy bitterness detracts from it slightly. The abv doesnt show up, this one is very drinkable.

Overall a very good brew. Defenitely one for the HOPhead! Super bitterness. Gotta be super dry-hopped. Would love to see a little bit more of a malt backbone here, and maybe a little less dry hopping (I think) A unique and hop loaded beer from snoqualmie. Defenitely one i would grab if it were local, when looking for a super bitter, palate thrashing IPA. Thanks again Bags!

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 02, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic West Coast IPA. Big grapefruit aroma. Good head. High 75 IBU. Reasonable 6.6 ABV. Juicy orange flavour, colour, and good mouthfeel, but no-holds-barred dry bitter aftertaste. A 750 thanks to Thebungyo. Had to keep in fridge because of the no preservatives notice.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only very slightly hazy (bottle conditioned). The body is an attractive orangish-gold with a creamy bright-white head that holds well and leaves a nice collar and some excellent lace. The aroma is brightly floral and quite fruity with lots of citrus and pineapple above a sweet maltiness. Definitely an American IPA with Pacific Northwest hops, although the aroma is actually quite unique! The body is light-medium with a fine, effervescent carbonation giving a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts quite citrusy as well, leading into a sweet, round, and lightly caramel maltiness alongside some resiny & piney hop notes, and eventually finishing with a brash hop bitterness and flavor. A delicate hammer! This beer is so beautiful in it's appearance, floral in its aroma, and delicate in its body, but it comes down hard with an intense bittererness. An extremely well done and satisfying beer!

NeroFiddled, Sep 05, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color, crowned by a finger of creamy white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is balanced between mildly sweet pale malt and grassy hops, with notes of grapefruit, a light biscuit character, and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is well-balanced up front, with the sweetness of the malt tempering the fairly aggressive hop profile. The hops take over mid-palate, with the finish leaving a lingering hoppy bitterness. Body is smooth and a touch creamy, without any stickiness. An imminently drinkable IPA - I wish it were still available here in Oregon.

ElGordo, Sep 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomb, available everywhere

appearance: icon Twin Peaks falls on the label - served in an arrogant bastard pint, bright copper body, creamy beige cap with a sticky, filmy lace

smell: light orange zest, evergeen, grapefruit

taste: nice hop profile - tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, orange, notes of pine. light crackery malt

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, oily

overall: nice solid IPA - would be nice in sixer format, or CANS

dirtylou, Sep 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

jmccraney, Aug 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from bottletrek

Bomber pours straw/bronze with 3+ fingers of rocky ivory colored head. This hazes a bit, plus some floaties at the bottom of the bottle, great head retention& good lacing

S: Citrus hops

T: Piney & grapefruitty hops in abundance with a hint of biscuitty malt up front. Some honey malt & caramel fights through the hop barrage as this warms, but mostly puckery grapefruit & pine dominate. Puckery hops in the finish, & touch of grainyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, skews a might bit hoppy

Drinks pretty good, I believe the hops would just overwhelm me after a few pints though. Hop heads will dig this, but a bit too unbalanced to session on for me

russpowell, May 04, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber purchased during a recent trip to seattle. poured into a standard shaker. man, am i excited.

hmmm, what's going on here? certainly not what i expected given the hype surrounding this beer. poured a murky, deep mahogany, almost coffee-like. for a second, i thought some wise guy at snoqualmie falls brewing co. switched labels. anyhoo...it had a decent head and spotty lacing, yet i still can't get over the non-traditional appearance.

toasted malt invaded my nasal cavity. it was only after attempting to inhale the glass did i detect the hops in a supporting cast role.

ok. we're obviously not dealing with a bitter employee. this is definitely the brew i thought i purchased leaving the store. detectable hops on the front end, quite strong in fact, lend credit to snoqualmie brewing's 75 ibu hop monster. noticeable drop-off detected from this point beyond. the toasted malt i expected would balance this brew, only did more to take away from what was already becoming an overall disappointment. i anticipated a rich malt character and instead got maxwell house.

overly carbonated. imbalance of malt and hops left a bland taste in my mouth.

i absolutely struggled to enjoy this as much as i wanted to believe it would get better. it was like watching that movie 100 critics have given the seal of approval, only to leave the theater saying, "did i miss something?" i haven't given up yet on wildcat, despite this substandard experience. i am hoping that my next visit to seattle will yield better results.

notes: not the definitive west coast ipa. absence of citrus character is a huge disappointment.

weiserr, Jan 10, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've drank this beer numerous times over the years.. I've always like it but have to disagree that it is world class or even exceptional especially compared to Inversion IPA the same class but a far better IPA IMHO. I bought a pony of this and enjoyed it last year.

Appearance: Pours out golden, probably not filtered.. decent head
Smell: nice dry hopped aroma
tasted: decent hop and malt balance
mouth feel: decent, nothing special but average for the variety.

lukester, Jan 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a copper hue, more auburn than reddish. A mild haze blankets the glass, likely the cold temperature. A two finger head is busy lacing around the glass.

S: The ale has a heavy hop aroma. The bite has faded just a bit, bringing out more of a barleywine aspect. Citrus peel and pine needle drive the nose, on top of caramel malts.

T: The ale's taste profile has retained its strength, packing a lot of hops into the bomber. Citrusy grapefruit and orange peel are dominant overtop the caramel malts. A pinch of boozy heat swirls near the end, where the barleywine aspects are greatest. There the malts come through and some hop degradation is more evident.

M: The hoppiness in the mouth is very lively, prickly from start to near finish (see above).

D: I nursed the bomber, enjoying the hoppiness as it warmed. A good IPA.

akorsak, Apr 13, 2009
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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.