Wildcat India Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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2.5/5 rDev -37.7%
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.
01-10-2008 00:38:56 | More by weiserr
2.65/5 rDev -33.9%
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).
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.
12-27-2012 04:58:46 | More by harrymel
2.75/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
03-14-2009 01:24:17 | More by seaoflament
2.78/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
09-04-2011 02:02:34 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
11-21-2005 21:41:37 | More by GClarkage
3.18/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
06-04-2014 06:52:40 | More by mactrail
3.18/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
08-07-2008 00:54:19 | More by Wasatch
3.19/5 rDev -20.4%
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!
09-14-2013 00:58:02 | More by ssteakley
3.33/5 rDev -17%
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.
02-12-2013 05:06:40 | More by DenverLogan
3.35/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
09-08-2004 04:45:13 | More by lou91
3.38/5 rDev -15.7%
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
03-22-2010 00:09:36 | More by barleywinefiend
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
02-06-2010 06:43:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
05-25-2011 00:34:20 | More by corby112
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
03-08-2009 16:12:46 | More by Yetiman420
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
01-19-2012 06:08:35 | More by lukester
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
08-02-2009 03:34:19 | More by BEERchitect
Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.