Wildcat India Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-20-2006 03:39:23 | More by Sammy
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Burnished ripe tangerine chock-a-block with fine hop dust. The head is a massive chunk of creamythick, orangesicle colored foam. Yet another impressive hoppy beer head that oozes qualilty. Craggy as it slowly descends, the cap leaves thick sheets of gluey lace that actually look like lace. This beer makes me think that appearance actually deserves to be 20% of the total score.
Wildcat has a classic single-hopped IPA nose (100% Columbus). This hop variety and I didn't get off to a good start, until a Columbus-only pale ale made me see the light. I like to think of these guys as midway between the spicy citrusiness of Chinook and the pure grapefruit juiciness of Cascade. Caramel-covered grapefruit zest jumps out the glass and makes me glad to be alive.
The Snoqualmie website states that Wildcat is a balanced IPA in which the malt doesn't back down. That gave me pause because I prefer IPAs in which the malt not only backs down like a mewling little kitty, it actually wets itself. They overstated the case, because by my palate, hops are large and in charge in this fine ale. While it stops short of tongue shredding, this big cat digs in his claws and let's you know he's pissed.
The caramel malt underpinnings aren't just window dressing, they actually contribute a fair amount of flavor that meshes well with the half-crazed citrus assault. White grapefruit pith is the major player, with generous contributions from peach and apricot nectar. The flavor is becoming more defined, more bold and more bitter with warming. Lace update: I think there's a glass here somewhere. It's covered with a wonderfully tacky crust at the moment.
I wish the long, fruity, sweet-seguing-into-bitter finish would last even longer. Balanced my ass. This beer is some kinda hoppy. The mouthfeel won't remind anyone of a DIPA, but it's an IPA, so why should it? It's medium edging into medium-full and is as smooth and as silky as any of the great IPAs. It's as well-mannered as it could possibly be, given the fact that the hops continue to spit and snarl. This bottle tastes as fresh as this morning.
Snoqualmie (what a great, melodious name) Wildcat IPA is a keeper for sure. It might make a feint toward balance, but it's all about the hops in the end. Even though I've had better, they number in the single digits. I would like to send a huge thank you to the righteous RoyalT for this most excellent IPA.
07-05-2005 22:22:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with a stiff head that splotches the pint glass
Smell: Grapefruit pith with a slight undertone of toffee
Taste: A bit of toffee on the front end and then the assertively bitter flavors take over, bringing pith and floral elements; after the swallow an intense bitterness appears and is re-joined by the toffee flavor that lingers, and plays second fiddle, through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice IPA from the Pacific Northwest; there are other hop flavors I prefer but this one makes a nice statement
Thanks, TheBungyo, for the Washington state treat
07-23-2007 00:38:06 | More by brentk56
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
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Back to the fridge for a random IPA to drink while I am grilling tonight. This is the one that jumped out at me and I am glad it did. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/08/2009.
The pour was very nicely done, rich caramel and amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Mostly clear with nice and light carbonation that was visible coming up toward the top. Smooth and even looking head and lacing gave it a very solid look. Aroma was deep earth hops. Resin filled pine and orange and melded well with a nice touch of caramel malts and bready tones. Really quite nicely done I have to admit here. Warming brings more balance to it as well. Smooth, medium bodied with nice carbonation you get the nice hop bite up front that then folds into a buttery and biscuit filled mid palate before jumping back down at you with a nice lasting hop bite. Smooth and dry finish leaves you looking for just a touch more and a 22oz of this is a nice way to get through an hour or so,
Overall there are no complaints here. I thought this was done very well and really nice version of the style. Well balanced and not overly hopped I really enjoyed this one quite a bit.
11-09-2009 17:54:14 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-07-2010 22:39:11 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
09-05-2002 18:03:39 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
04-12-2002 19:42:22 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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
05-04-2008 04:02:24 | More by russpowell
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
"Pssssht!", goes the growler, after I've freed the cap from it's duct tape prison, and am ready to take on the Wildcat. Pours a gorgeous, glowing orange hue into my Delirium Tremens goblet, witha thick-as-pudding, creamy, lacey head, a fervently whipped up vision of delight!
Lovely nose, too! Nice grapefruity, citric, apricot and pineapple blend, full of pinesap, too, sweet and pleasant, a joyfully hoppy blend here.
Snappy taste right off the bat, bitter hops enjoy doing a little twist on the palate, then fade back and mellow, returning with renewed fervor with each additional entry on the lips. Toasty, caramel malt feel maintains good ground on the tastebuds as well, with a bit of breadiness, too, and the flavor, overall, is resilient, bold, fruity, and very characterful. A sweet thing, just a bit spicy, top notch IPA all the way, with bitterness subdued better into the glass, and ripe fruity flavor, with a tasty hop kick, ruling the day. Very easy to toss down, just delcious!
06-25-2004 09:50:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-27-2011 04:46:46 | More by Mora2000
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
Thanks to piclee for this!
POurs slightly hazed golden amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a coating of lacing.
The smell is of grapefruit and pine. Great American hop aroma with an underlying grassy/herbal and biscuity malt aroma.
The taste is of grapefruit and pine - other citrus fruitiness as well. Nice! A subtle touch of grassiness and biscuity and caramelish sweet maltiness supports the bitterness in the finish.
It has a smooth medium body.
This is a great IPA that showcases Columbus hops with a rounding sweetness that is more biscuity pale than caramelish. Well-done! I would drink plenty of this, if it were available in my area! (Unfortunately, a 22-ouncer had to do, but... I did want more! My kind of IPA!
01-21-2009 22:43:06 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a thick 3" head that lasts. Huge bubbles appear in the fluffy top. Tons of tiny bubbles race to the surface. Nice lacing develops.
Smell: grapefruit and pinecones are easily detectable and very pleasant.
Taste: big malt backbone is well balanced with a sharp piney bitterness and tart grapefruit tones. Aggressively hopped and boy is it tasty.
Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Medium bodied. The pine and grapefruit tones linger long into the aftertaste.
Drinkability: easy drinking, as this 22 oz. bomber went down quickly and I could have easily had some more. Great beer, must find this one. I picked this up for $3.85 at a local deli in Seattle. Unbelievably cheap compared to what I pay on the east coast for comparable quality beers.
06-30-2006 03:08:20 | More by Gavage
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
3.43/5 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
3.38/5 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
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-12-2009 23:56:51 | More by akorsak
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
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
22oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" whitish head, which had excellent staying power. Pillowy head leaves lots of foamy lace as it recedes through the drinking experience. Aroma is slightly of hops and citrus, and the brew is a deep golden shade. Taste has an impressive palt malt backbone, which must be hearty to support all the hops character in there. Not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops, for sure. Cool. Mouthfeel is excellent, and so is the drinkability. To echo someone else, would drink more often if it was available more often. An excellent first brew from this trade.
06-04-2004 20:53:30 | More by ppoitras
Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.