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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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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 217
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 217
Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Been looking to try this in a bottle that appears not to be too old (based on the giant cakes in most bottles in my area).

Bottled: unk
Pours hazy copper with solid sheet of small light cream foam. Smells like resin, hint of pine, grass, body odor, a really assertive PNW style nose here - punched in the face, to wake you from the rain. There is a strong biscuit (buttermilk) in the aroma as well. Taste is primarily malts with sweet and crackery flavors and a touch of cardboard oxidation alongside a healthy bitterness sans layered flavorful character. Some dry pithy and resiny flavors, but all and all a lower end flavor profile. Medium body with moderate carb and a slightly dry finish. This is not impressive at all, but I have seen others rave about it, maybe I'm simply getting old stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again, Gil.

A: The pour is dark orange in color with a white head.

S: Like so many of the other Northwestern IPAs I've tried, there is a bland hop character. Straw and grass with a bit of pine and lemon. Still a pretty decent bread and toast note with some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet toffee, bread, and caramel. Straw, grass, and lemon hop flavors with just a bit of pine and a moderate bitterness. There's a bit of pine-sol to it, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Boring hop profile with lots of sweetness.

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Photo of seaoflament
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beerzebub for the opportunity to try this one, I had not even heard of this brewery until I received this beer. I shared this beer today at the AleSmith BA Decadence release.

Poured a golden color with a decent amount of foam. Good retention and a swirl of the glass would bring back some more head.

The aroma was mostly piney and grassy. Some hints of toast, caramel, and brown sugar. Decent.

From the first sip I detected a weird buttery and biscuit finish. Piney and slightly grassy bitterness with a very dry finish, long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste which wasn't too pleasant.

Good carbonation level, medium-high. Way too dry and bitter in the finish with an astringent grain flavor.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/21/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presnetation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Super clouded golden pour. Yeast floating all about in the glass. Yeast literally foamed out when I opened the cap. Not sure if this is a good sign. Left decent lace and had a larger head.

Smell- Smelled very malty. Really dark roasted malt scent with a bitter hop background.

Taste- Hmmmm, think I may have gotten an infected bottle. Really malty and really bitter. Almost like a malted down ESB. Sharp bitterness, but really no grapefruit or pine flavors in the hops. Just bitterness followed by dark dark dark malt.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated that leaves extreme bitterness behind.

Drinkability- Going to have to track another one of these down eventually to give it another try. I was so looking forward to this one as well. Just doesn't seem like a taste that would get a review over a 4 average.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, some carbonation, huge thick creamy off-white head, with lots of floaties, tons of sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, citrus. The taste is slightly sweety, hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, I guess, lots of floaties, hope I do not get sick. Because of this, the low rating.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orange-tinged amber in the big Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam and even some lacing in the glass. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Toasted malt aroma with some resiny hops.

The malt flavors start this out promisingly. It turns out to be more thin and sharp, though there is some malty body. Bitter and barky. It's quite acidic. There is some flowery and piney hop aromatics. Mostly the grapefruit pith takes over.

Overall, this is insanely hopped and I find it barely drinkable. It may, however, please the hard-bitten hop fanatic. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The bitterness is way out front, I proves as you get past the first few taste. This beer just needs a good cheeseburger to go with it, Alone it is for those who like to max out on the bitter end. Probably taste much better high up in Snoqualmie. Take it to a friends and see what they think!

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber...ordered through the mail. Different and more fancy label for 2013. Poured in St Bernardus chalice.
Pours a clear gold with significant head.
Aroma of oats, white bread.
Significant carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, persimmon, slight black pepper, cream of tartar, pine sap, white grapefruit rind. Rich and refreshing, somewhat challenging in bitterness...the bottle says "Perfectly Balanced...." which of course is in the mind (and mouth) of the beholder and I'd say a bit of a stretch. I'll give it 5 minutes to open up...
OK...8 minutes later there's still a little head...smooth aroma of grassy hops, slight malt, full bodied hop flavors...a bit more cream of tartar tongue piercing bitterness than I prefer. "Aromatic, Carapils, and Crystal hops and 75 IBUs of alph acid bitterness" is what If I knew these hops better I might say there's the bottom line of the bitter flavor profile.
The bottom 1/3 of bottle has some cloudiness. Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, rough peppers, and for me a mouth puckering bitterness and the question, do I like this?
Just asked my second opinion master and she said...wow...cream of tartar, bitter, "I don't like it."
This could be an issue of shipping, or just that this particular Pacific Northwest IPA has a profile of a monster, but not a "ooh, this is nicely balanced and flavorful IPA." I'd certainly like to visit the brewery and taste what they have fresh...might make a big difference, or not.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light copper color and cloudy appearance with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Nose is citrus and floral.

T: Taste is goood and well hopped, well balanced, but not over done. A bit of metallic taste, some strane hop bitterness

M: A nice bitterness at the end but something is not quite right here

D: Pass

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange with burnt orange hues and a frothy one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with a strong malt backbone along with a faint citrus character. Hints of pine, bark and buds along with subtle grapefruit and orange peel. This is overpowered by a strong malt presence with hints of caramel and toffee.

Chewy full body with a nice dry, earthy bitter hop presence that lingers throughout into a bone dry finish. Lots of earthy dank pine notes as well as some citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. Strong malt backbone balances things perhaps too much with a promient caramel, toffee and biscuit flavor. Not bad but the malt profile is too stent for my liking and it is dry to the point of being unpleasant.

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Photo of lou91
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice orange color with the look of a Belgian triple. On the pour, the nose was really hop pleasant with a citrus pine freshness. Unfortunately this is where the story takes a downturn. The hop tastes are off balance leaving an unpleasant astringency and tartness taste in your mouth – kind of like tasting something after you brush your teeth. Warming does not really help. Just an average IPA.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beerzebub for including this as part of a trade.

Cloudy right off the bat into a Unibroue tulip glass. Half finger white head which was soapy with lacing. Spot on for appearance.

Aroma was fruity with malt sweetness at first and became slightly off flavor halfway through. When topped off, the fruit yeast flavor returned.

Label describes this one as a perfectly balanced IPA with lots of hops. While I prefer my IPA's unbalanced to the hoppy side, I can appreciate well balanced and am keeping this in mind as part of the review.

Towards the end, the maltiness became overpowering for me and impacted drinkability.

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Photo of lukester
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine little IPA that doesn't offend and certainly meets the style. However, the beer becomes a bit banal and sacrifices texture a bit.

The beer opens with a great copper color, heavy carbonation and medium white foamstance. Retention lasts the session and leaves a lot of lacing behind. Subsequent pours bring much more haze than the initial one and bring a lot of particulate matter.

Aromas show a medium grain-malt mix where full maltiness is prefered. Hop aroma is lighter than expected and maybe a bit too grassy. Good, but light, citrus and pine notes come in intermitten waves.

Flavors are more hop-focused and brings in a prefered citrus, pine, grassy blend. Malts again show a bit more grain taste where a crisper barley malt taste is best. Light soapiness rides along a sweeter, fruity ester note. Peaches, apples, and apricots round out the esters.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner and bitey because of the graininess and lower full-malt textures. Hop bitterness is present but also exhibit a strong bitey, metalic pang in the throat that is problematic at times.

Ultimately the beer is fine and might have been a class act ten years ago. Today however, the crisp maltiness is lacking and the hop quality isn't up to par.

Thanks Opethsprite!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from bottletrek dot com, no bottled on/best by date indicated on bottle.
Hazy yellow-orange with tons of floaties. Creamy 2 fingers of off-white head. Piney sweet aroma with a dash of rubbing alcohol.
Dry, tart, bitter piney hop flavor. Grapefruit also noted. A tad metallic on the finish, but not too heavy. Not my favorite from the Pacific NW...

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Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to screamforme for this bottle from the Northwest...

Pours a hazy light golden with a fairly small head that disappears quickly...very hazy looking, no sediment though....

Big time floral hops here.... Not piney, not citrusy, floral.... Slight malt presence, but mostly floral hops...

Again, this one showcases those floral hops... Slightly citrusy maybe and a little sweet as well... Not overly hoppy but very balanced...

I would guess that on tap this would be terrific as I suspect this bottle might have had a little age on it.. Overall, it was still a nice effort and I'm stoked I got to try it... Thanks, Mark!

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Photo of sendsilk
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a recent trade from Hopluva1, thanks!. The problem with getting IPA's that aren't dated is that this one may have been slightly old, not too old, but the weeklong shipping in the heat of the summer certainly can't help.

Nice dark orange color and a very solid hoppy nose. A very large frothy head on an average pour. The malt comes through a little more than I expect in the flavor. Not a bad beer, but certainly not something better than I could get fresh locally. I would guess if I had this at the brewpub it would be excellent.

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Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium-light gold color with not much more than a thin cap of just off-whit head that had little retention, but still had some lacing.

The aroma was a solidly typical hop blast, pine and citrus mostly. The hops were balanced (somewhat) in the mouth by a slightly better than average malt foundation.

The body was a little fuller than usual for this style. Drinkability was very good, I enjoy being able to grab a bottle of this at the grocery store. Overall, a very good example of the style. Just another hidden gem for us, that would be the best around in a lot of places. Worth some effort to try.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever sent me this one as an extra.

This is a really pretty looking beer, transparent red/amber color with a very nice fluffy white head and active carbonation.

Smell is pleasant but so very small in stature that I can barely detect anything.

Taste is still there, a pretty flavorful beer for a regular IPA. A bit of bread over taken by fruity pineapple.

Mouth is thin and bubbly with a nice bitter finish.

Overall a solid but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass on 12/2/10

Hazed amber color of medium density. Some rising bubbles. One half finger of white foam thins slowly, leaving a thin layer with a thick collar. Solid wall of lace - very impressive.

Aroma is a cross between vibrant & dense. Mostly citric with a hint of pine. Grapefruit pith, orange peel & a spritz of lemon zest. Mildly juicy. Not too much appreciable malt (though malts do emerge with warmth).

The taste is very dry but not overly bitter. Very similar to the nose, though the pine is ramped up. Grapefruit & lemon. Malts are more apparent - toasted bread notes. More dry, piney bitterness creeps in toward the finish.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Underlying grit. Very dry finish; sharp but not harsh.

Drinkability is good; this is definitely a West coast IPA in nature, if a tad malty. I enjoyed it more while cold.

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Photo of battlekow
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in a trade with cvschaller.

Big foamy head, crystal-clear amber body. Pretty much a standard west coast IPA in smell and taste, which is not to say it's not delicious, just that it's not something you can't find anywhere else. Website describes it thusly:

"The BALANCED hop monster! This is one IPA with enough MALT BACKBONE to stand up to the high hopping level - 75 IBUs from 100% Columbus hops. THE beer for true hop head beer lovers!"

Replace the "the"s with "a"s and you're closer to the truth.

The malt flavor lingers a bit too long, making the hoppy finish not as clean as I'd like. Lots of bitterness as well. Reminding me a bit of pistachios.

Overall, delicious but undistinguished for the style.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden copper with a healthy head and clingy lace. Smell of floral citrus hops with light sweet malt in the back. Taste has the floral hops of pine, citrus grapefruit with a sharp malt backbone with a light caramel sweetness and having a bitter cling in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little sharp for me in the hops, but nontheless a good IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangish gold with a big, super dense, creamy head, rocky and slow settling, leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is a big blast of resiny columbus hops, a touch of lemon and some sweet malts.

Taste is pretty good, and I generally agree with what the label claims, that it's a balanced hop monster and classic NW IPA. More citrus notes from the hops, though still plenty of resin, with a firm but not overwhelming bitterness. Nice clean malt backbone, lingering bitter and breadiness. Just not really wowing me, it was refridgorated but not sure how fresh, if it is, I could use more hop flavor to counter the bitterness, or perhaps a bit sweeter malt.

Mouthfeel is on the oily side, medium light bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, an aggressive IPA, I could stand more complex hop flavor, as columbus isn't my favorite hop, and it's also got a pretty spicy bitterness. The ABV is well hidden, it's tasty, and goes down with ease, but it won't be one I seek out again.

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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.