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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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207 Ratings

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of udubdawg
4.8/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of jclzony
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | 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 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

Photo of xoqx
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer on tap at the Snoqualmie tap room. This review is from a bottle tried at home. Medium copper color, mildly hazy and topped by a fluffy off-white head. The head shows a nice retention, but just a light lace as it recedes. The nose has loads of hops. There is strong citrus grapefruit up front, a touch of resinous pine, and just a touch of hay. Very light caramel aroma. The taste is strong with grapefruit rind, and more piney hop resin. The is a real hop bomb. The light caramel sweetness carries over to the flavor. The mouth feel is slick, and a bit astringent. Nice drinkability. Very fine northwest IPA.

Photo of tozerm
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic example of a Northwest India Pale Ale. The brewers at Snoqualmie Falls have done an excellent job balancing the hoppiness (I believe it's about 75 IBU's) with enough malt. The malt backbone mellows out the hops and makes this beer much more sessionable in my opinion. I am not a hophead and especially don't like fresh hopped beer but this India Pale Ale is quite exceptional. I've had it draft and bombers on several occasions; I've got to say that which is better depends on how fresh the beer is (obviously). BTW, their new taproom is open!

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber brought back from the Great Northwest by a friend.

A: Pours a perfect amber color with a two finger frothy white head. Nice retention. Tons of wonderful looking lace.
S: Aromas of floral hops run through the nostrils first. Some grapefruit in there also.
T/M: Citrus like notes strike the taste buds first. Some pine tar hops in there too. Bready malts become noticeable as it warms a bit. Great bitterness that lingers for a longtime--makes me want to scratch my tongue. Hop profile dances on the tongue. WOW! Oily and resiny hops are noticeable, but not huge. Creamy and coating in the mouth. Very smooth and easy drinking medium bodied IPA.
D: Hell yeah this is drinkable. Could be a very good session beer. Smooth, easy drinking and wonderfully balanced. Probably phenomenal on tap. Very happy this was brought back to me! Maybe I should move out west...

Photo of DogFood11
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella glass. It forms a mountainous, and highly retentive head. Off white, and sea foam type quality.

It is slightly above what you would expect from a double IPA. Pretty piney and hoppy up front. Lingering hops on the backend. Far from overbearing in the hops department. Its like an unbalanced beer that checks out balanced. The price is really right. I'm on vacation in Seattle and this bomber was under 3 bucks...well worth it.

Notes: Buy it when you see it.

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bignick
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a pint glass.

This is a very attractive beer. It pours an orangey color with a large head that clings to the side of the glass. The smell is all floral and citrusy. It is definitely a hoppy IPA, grapefruit all the way, but there is not great depth to the hop profile. It is quite tasty and drinkable, and a unique, if not unremarkable, take on the style.

Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Snoqualmie Wildcat IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is cloudy. There are particles suspended in the beer, with bubbles rising from the bottom. A thick foamy head forms that is amazingly resilient. The head dissipates slowly leaving a column of foam rising in the middle of the glass. Heavy lacing also forms on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a bit subdued, but hoppy, as expected. There is a hint of evergreen, like a lumber mill, but also an oily sweaty aroma, like a locker room (in a pleasant sort of way).

The taste is also hoppy as expected. There is bitter hop flavor up front, with a mild citrus flavor underlying the hops. There is a mildly bitter and warm aftertaste that is fairly short-lived. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing. The beer is fairly heavily carbonated. There is a cloying property to the aftertaste, which leaves a stickiness in the mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer, especially for the summer season, but it would be good year round. A very flavorful beer, especially on the hop side of the equation. It’s probably not my favorite IPA, but Snoqualmie Wildcat it is a good representative of the style, and I would certainly have it again.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to skyhand for this one of many...
Looks hazy as it pours out, but settles a fairly clear copper color with three full fingers of foamy, off-white head...of which a third sticks around for almost the entire offering.
Lemon zest with first whiff...grapefruit also hits the nose and even a slight alcohol presence.
The taste is all about the bitterness for me...juicy fruit sweetness at first, but the hops hang onto the pallet forever and just dont let go. Not tasting the lemons I detected, but a definite grapefruit flavor as well...some malt in there to try and balance it out, but can't say its happening here.
Mouthfeel is where I expect it and the carbonation is complementary to the dry finish. Glad the alcohol does not make its way through to the flavor.
Damn glad to try this one...quite good.

Photo of troutmask96
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beneath this somewhat generic-looking label lies the northwest's answer the Sonoma Valley's fabled Pliny the Elder. This is an IPA gargantuan in both flavor and uniqueness.

Just weeks ago, I sat at a stool at the legendary Toronado on Haight in San Francisco and marvelled at my first Pliny encounter. This was a beer that seemed to be poured straight from Heaven by way of a sea of hop fields. Why won't Russian River Brewing bottle this holy goodness, I asked myself. Alas, Pliny is an elusive indulgence.

A fellow BA of mine recommended Snoqualmie Falls' Wildcat IPA. I finally stumbled across a bottle at my local high-end grocery store, so I picked up a 22 oz bomber. Tomorrow, I go back for at least a case.

The smell of this IPA is pure perfection. Citrus, pine, mondo hops, ah yeeah! And the taste: butterscotch, caramel, hops, hops, hops. Pliny has nothing on this exceptional brew...

Photo of beersarang
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangy gold with a thin white head that for some reason leaves huge sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

Light hop aroma with some grain in the background.

Rolls over the tongue with a light grain and malt flavor but this one has been heavily bittered. Giant puckering bitterness hits and holds to the end while a slightly alcoholic sweetness comes out on the exhale.

Body is a little to light for the amount of bitterness in my opinion, but flavor is good and drinks easy.

A well made beer with loads of hops.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber besmirched with medium-fast rising bubbles and capped with a lovely mountainous head - this was poured into my Dogfish curvy pint glass, which seems to really coax the head out of every beer, especially IPAs (maybe that part is just in my head). It creates a very nice bit of lacing, lots of spiderwebby eggshell curls, and there's a rugged mountain of white atop the beer, whipped cream style.

The scent is nearly DIPA in style, all hops for sure. It's the perfect compliment to a meal of spicy barbecued chicken brreasts! A combo of mostly floral and some grapefruit hops, there's a bit of malt to enjoy in the background.

Mostly hops in the taste as well, though it's not quite in DIPA territory here. There are some nice buttery, sugary malts to be found, and quite a lot of floral, grapefruity hops.

A spicy mouthfeel, light and tingly with hop resin and carbonation.

Overall, a very good IPA. It verges on double territory without the extra alcohol. One of the best of Snoqualmie's lineup.

Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.