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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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198 Ratings

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
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 Chelsea1905


4.13/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 04:57:06 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:17:43 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Vancer


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 21:33:34 | More by Vancer
Photo of bosco7


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:47:36 | More by bosco7
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 20:29:28 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Wasatch


3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:54:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of unHipHopHead


4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 01:49:11 | More by unHipHopHead
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 00:19:23 | More by BeerTruth
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 03:12:03 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 17:40:39 | More by tpd975
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:02:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 19:16:22 | More by GJ40
Photo of SaucyA


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:17:09 | More by SaucyA
Photo of Lothore


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 01:28:31 | More by Lothore
Photo of weiserr


2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 00:38:56 | More by weiserr
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4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 14:31:05 | More by John_M
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold, with a slight chill haze and a half-inch head of white.
Aromatics are floral and citrusy, but a bit subdued and certainly not pungent.
A nice mix of peaches, pineapples, and tangerines.
Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and snappy. Lightly chaulky and drying.
The pallet has plenty of lingering bitterness, albeit smooth, and a decent amount of hop juice.
More piney on the pallet than in the nose, with additional grapefruit pith and powdered orange.
Alcohol is warming, but barely so.
Finishes with a long, drying bitterness, and plenty of citrus flesh.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 00:58:11 | More by brewandbbq
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant crystal clear golden color in the first glass. Fine iridescent yeast suspension in the second glass. Thick off-white head. Substantive yet finely textured lace, like a spiderweb with pieces of Havarti caught in it.

Smells like fresh hops - grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, grass/ parsley/ spearmint - along with something like fresh white grape, and caramel. Pure and delicious.

Great fresh fruity hop flavor - grapefruit, pineapple, white grape - with grassy/minty/herbal notes on a clean foundation of caramel & light honey. Balanced, elegant, pure. Long bitter finish of lemon rind and minty grass.

Fine balanced carbonation, the bottle conditioning shows its stuff. Certainly drinkable.

Powerful yet utterly refined, and a real pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 09:03:48 | More by Beerzebub
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 05:42:23 | More by ElGordo
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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

Pours a bright yellow/gold color into my Ruination tankard with the bottle remnants (few ounces of yeasty stuff) poured into a separate glass. The head is huge and white, a sticky dense foam rising a good inch above the top of the glass with no danger of slipping over the ledge. Sticky lacing all over the place nearly all the way to the bottom. Gorgeous.

Nose is a big floral and grapefruity hop bomb at first sniff, but a sizeable amount of caramel malt actually shows itself, and indeed is quite strong. A little pine is noted, alcohol is not.

Really tasty IPA, and in fact a personal favorite of mine. I suppose many wouldn't call this balanced, but it fits my definition - moderate caramel and biscuity malt, with tons of overlying fresh pink grapefruit sweetness and bitterness. Refreshing. Delicious. The finish is anything but clean and I might call the amount of aftertaste annoying...except that I LIKE this beer, and I don't mind it wanting to stick around on my palate!
The body is quite full and carbonation slightly on the low side, which only helps the high drinkability. This beer was a high priority on my last road trip - ranking in the top 10 beers I wanted to get - and in retrospect I probably still didn't get enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 02:05:11 | More by udubdawg
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4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brewery claims that Wildcat is “the perfect hop delivery vehicle.” I’m not quick to describe anything as “perfect”, but I’ve long been a big fan of this beer and I’m pleased to report that the draught service at the Snoqualmie Taproom is even better than their standout bottled version. The hops are succulent and resinous as if hand squeezed. After your first sip, it almost seems as though you’re wiping lupulin juice from your chin. And all that hop flavor comes from a single variety – Yakima-grown Columbus.

The delivery system includes a sizable measure of malts with legs and a body of sunrise orange with dancing lace. One of the best quaffers in the state.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2007 02:02:51 | More by RedDiamond
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle with an average sized white foamy head with strong lacing accompaniment. Aroma is filled with grapefruit and floral hops. Malts are fruity and sweet. The hop flavor comes through with definite grapefruit and also containing some citrus and piney tones. This accomplished a great bitterness expected for today’s IPA’s but has a nice smooth malt middle. This is a good typical example of a Pacific Northwest IPA. Finish is clean and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 21:07:55 | More by jclzony
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 something unpleasantly earthy

Taste: Starts out like a glass of grapefruit juice and that flavor build, mid-palate, when it is joined by a floral element; after the swallow an intense bitterness appears and is joined by a caramel malt 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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 00:38:06 | More by brentk56
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer highlights the great Pacific Northwest style of ale that’s heavily hopped and slightly citric in hop character. It has a cloudy dark straw color with not much head retention of the off-white head and heavy droopy lacing. There is an assault of wonderful hop smells in the nose and it’s followed in the taste with grapefruity and piney hops. A touch of malt is detectable in the back, but hops dominate here. It has a bit of a sharp feel and is medium bodied. A strong IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 23:46:11 | More by xoqx
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:39:23 | More by Sammy
Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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