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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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202 Ratings

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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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Photo of jwc215
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

jwc215, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of DoShek
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
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Reviewed 6/1/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a yellow-reddish clear colored body, with a big head, off-white yellowish in color. Some good lacing. Has a nice sweet aroma, some hops, malts, northwest beer aroma. A bitter taste, some malts, slight acidic aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of alva
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased Jan 11, 2009. Note: bottle pictured (plain with central "Wildcat" text) is no longer produced. New label is predominantly green and now the largest text says "Snoqualmie". Label also offers this info about the beer:

Orig Grav: 1.062 - Intl Bittering Units: 75 - Alc by Vol 6.6%

Snoqualmie is a brewery I had tried years ago and decided wasn't my thing. Recently I tried them again after reading the Bros excellent review of the Steam Train Porter. I agreed that was a superb example of the style and decided to explore further.

The Wildcat is a typical northwest IPA. It poured very nicely into a standard pint glass. Head quality was good and retention was excellent. Color seems a little pale for an IPA but clarity is very good.

The aroma from this beer is my favorite part. It lets you know the hops are coming. Citrusy and clean. The taste almost delivers on the promise. The hops are very strong but are a tad harsh relative to the body. This seems more like a very bitter pale ale to me, even if it is 6.6%. With my first couple sips I noticed a bright, biscuity malt flavor but by my fourth or fifth swig the hops have completed dominated my palate. That isn't really such a bad thing but I would have preferred more balance.

That said, I did enjoy this beer and will likely pick one up from time to time. I'm glad to hear the brewery didn't wash into the river during the recent flooding!

alva, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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...

RustyDiamond, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber purchased online from Bottletrek

Appearance: Pretty russet orange colored hazy body with a nice 2 finger foam head. Lots of rentention and lacing.

Smell: The nose has lots of hop presence yet it doesn't scream hop bomb either. Lots of citrus notes meet floral notes at a careful juxtaposition point called perfect balance crossing :)

Taste: Despite the medium to thick mouthfeel this IPA is crisp and refreshing. The hops don't dominate but they don't let up either. Some biscuit like malt helps to fortify this brew. While the citrus hop is chief, there is some floral hop support.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Perfect carbonation really makes for a fun mouthfeel and helps the slightly thick body.

This is a pleasantly great surprise. Seek it out!

koopa, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with westsidemiller. thanks steve!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 18/08.

pours a deep, hazy orange with a small cap of very fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a fine pattern of lace down the glass.

aroma is good. alcohol. loads of pine and grapefruit. bit of orange. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. bit of tangerine. light caramel and honey.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. white bread and biscuit. cracker. pine. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. just a touch of caramel sweetness. as it warms a nice floral character starts to come out too. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. very fine medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balance is pretty good, slightly unbalanced toward bitterness. nice depth to the malt and hop profile. good stuff.

grub, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from teh 22oz bottle into a sam perfect pint. Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head. Tons of thick lacing. Smells lightly of some citrus, but mostly sweet malt. Taste is bitter! Tons of bitterness on the side s of the tongue. Some citrus and a slightly piney aftertaste. The odd thing about the beer is its mouthfeel. It is extremely thick! A bit oily too. Very interesting. Good IPA, not overwhelmingly good, but solid!

DrDogbeer, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
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
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a great golden yellow, that was suprisingly clear for the amount of hops that came from the smell.

The smell was strong in hops, and fruity.

Taste, everything a west Coast IPA should be. Sweet, sharp and full of hops!

The Hops in some way dulls teh effervescent texture of this beer. Bubbly at first then dulls off nicely.

Just bought one bottle, but a pretty hefty feel. Think it could only be a couple of bottles of this

Chelsea1905, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer looks good. The beer itself is a clear amber color. The head is fluffy and light looking. When I poured the beer the head was very active.

S- There is a nice hop smell that gives great citrus notes.

T- The taste has a nutty taste at first, then the hops come though and have their way with your tongue. Very citric tasting and feeling. Its almost like chewing on a grapefruit peel. This one will kill your tongue.

M- Other then the death of my tongue this feels good in the mouth.

D- Drinks easy. Great local beer.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foamy lil' Cat, generous pile floating on the hazy amber ale. Sticky, gentle swirls of lace ring the glass. Sweet and juicy west coast IPA with the ol' citrus and pine dominating. Nice cross-over into the quaff, sturdy and generous amount of both. Bit o' juicy-fruit. Good amount of hops finish it off with a gentle tingle on the tongue.

Nope, nuttin' wrong with this one, another fine IPA for one to sample.

Vancer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of bosco7
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber fluid with a sticky/chunky head atop it. Really nice looking.

Strawberry, moist leather, grapefruit, and cedar. The fruity sweet grapefruit really comes off like a girly shampoo, in a very good way.

Bitter! Bitterness throughout the entire sip. Sweet with a little mango and strawberry upfront. Tons of resinous pine, wasn't expecting from the sweet/fruity aroma. Finished with more bitterness.

Prickly mouthfeel with a barely medium body. Carbonation could be scaled back for sure.

Overall a nice IPA, not the most balanced out there but it is definitely tasty. One of the better IPAs from the region along with Silver City's IPAs. Recommended.

bosco7, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
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
Photo of Wasatch
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Wasatch, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of unHipHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite IPA's

This review is for a 1pt, 6oz bottle, although I took a road trip and purchased a growler of this goodness previously which was truly amazing.

This beer poured perfectly, a nice fluffy head and after a few drinks some serious lace, i mean we are talkin' bordello-red light district lace... yeah.

The drink is wonderfully balanced, great taste with hops that linger for days. Very refreshing.

I'd recommend this brew to those who appreciate IPA's, otherwise it might be a bit too hoppy.

unHipHopHead, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on my 'wants' list for a while, RoryGilmore was generous enough to hook me up in a recent trade. Thank you kind sir!

22 oz. bomber poured into the special Sam Adams glass.

Pours a medium copper hue with a full two finger off-white head that remains for a good while. Eventually a nice layer of webbing is left behind on the sides of the glass with a creamy layer of bubbles resting on top. There's also some "floaters" in this beer, not sure what, but who cares. Smell is smooth citrus of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime. A nice caramel malt balances out the aroma quite well with some floral undertones. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and some earthy hops up front followed by a smooth caramel malt. Pine and honey midway leading to a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall this is a very balanced IPA. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy feel. Carbonation is steady and fits the beer quite well. Very solid and enjoyable West Coast IPA, one I had no problem putting down myself.

BeerTruth, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Wildcat pours a cloudy light copper/orange color with a soft pillow foam head that is fairly sticky with a good 1-2 finger lacing.

The aroma has a slight maltiness to it but is dominated as it should be by a hop skip and a hop. You get a good pine smell coming through as well as grapefruit.

The taste reminds me of a an IPA that is true to the original style. It is reminiscent of Bridgeport's offering but less fruity and floral. It does have the same taste structure to me. A good malt backdrop with semi rough hops.

In the mouth is was some what chewy and left a nice bitterness on the tongue. Overall a wonderful IPA. Snoqualmie should look for some more bottling capacity and sell more down here in Portland.

cswhitehorse, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bright tangerine hue with an ample one finger head. Nice sheet lacing is noted.

S: Fairly light with hops dominating. Niced floral aromas with hints of pine and grapefruit.

T: Nice and sessionable brew. Mild hoppy flavors with citrus dominating. This is balanced nicely by a perfect level of sweet caramel malt.

M: Fairly light with a nice level of carbonation. Nice summer brew.

D: Pretty drinkable, would be great to session during the hot Florida summer months.

tpd975, May 30, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A great looking beer with a golden color, a slight haze and a thick, white head with outstanding retention. Fruity hop aroma with a bit a yeast coming through. Smooth flavor with a citrusy hop flavor, a mild bitterness and a semi-sweet aftertaste.

This is a good beer. Very smooth and clean. A nice American IPA.

GJ40, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful clear golden orange. Poured from a 22oz. bomber with a nice, white, 1 finger crown. Ample bubbles, unfiltered. Lacing all over the glass.

S - Light, flowery and piney hop bouquet. Juicy, fresh hops and a slightly bready underlying malt.

T - Awesome hop profile, like the nose but doubled. Sweet malt backbone helps balance the bold hops. Juicy and bitter finish. I'm loving the earthy and flowery hops in this one.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Slick and easy to drink.

D - Nearly sessionable at 6.6% and a pleasure to consume.

Notes: Huge thanks to Lothore for this gem. A truly well-crafted AIPA and a great benchmark for the style. I would drink this consistently if it were around.

Get your hands on this and savor the PNW. I'm so sad it's gone :(

*A month after this review I managed to get my hands on 6 more. Thanks dfsiegel! This is a GREAT brew!!

SaucyA, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy tangerine color with an ample 1.5 finger white head which sticks around for a while.

S- Smell is dominated by piney hops however is a little bit faint in my opinion.

T- Now this is a nice ipa. Starts off mild, sweet and predominately citrus fruits and moves into an absolute kick in the teeth with piney hops. The lingering hop bitterness is intense. .

M- Just the way I like it, a touch high on the carbonation, medium bodied.

D- The hoppy finish makes you pause while you are drinking this one but I would have no trouble having this as my standby beer if it was available in my area.

Lothore, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of weiserr
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
Photo of John_M
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, based on what the guys at Bottleworks said about this beer, I was expecting it to be a good IPA.... but not this good.

The beer pours a gorgeous orange peach color with an excellent pillowy white head. Head retention is equally excellent and there is very good lacing. On the nose there is a blast of citrus, pine and beef bullion. This IPA smells positively exotic. On the palate this beer is just IPA perfection. The beer comes across as incredibly light, but with fabulous flavors of citrus and more bullion. The beer is quite hoppy/bitter, and the taste lingers in the mouth long after I've swallowed a sip. The beer is at once crisp and smooth with a long, lingering finish.

This is an outstanding IPA for those who love them in the hugely citrusy and bitter side. The malt is really dialed down in this IPA, and is very much in what I consider to be the West Coast style. The beer has a very dry bitter finish, and the abv. is very well disguised. Really, this is an IPA tour de force and is easily one of the best I've ever had. An outstanding IPA from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. I absolutely need to get out to the brewery next time I'm in the Seattle area.

John_M, Jan 08, 2008
Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.