Wildcat India Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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4.55/5 rDev +13.5%
Burnt apricot colored with an inch of thick and frothy meringue perched on top that just hangs in there, waiting for me to break into it. Some particles suspended in the liquid. Aroma is light, but mostly citrusy hops, some honey, and some light malt.
Flavor is hops upfront, smacking immediately of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to piney bitter. There is some malt riding beneath, but it has to fight its way through and emerges halfway through the mouthful. A citrus peel bitter lingers right on top of the tongue, nearly puckering it up. A tiny bit of butterscotch and sweet candy comes out in the aftertaste, but the next sip washes that right away.
Mouthfeel is amazing - full and rich and creamy and chewy, not overly carbonated, no bubbles fighting the taste.
This is a really hoppy one, not too much else going on, but sometimes that's exactly what I'm jonesin' for, and this one really hits the spot. Thanks to cvschaller for passing this one along.
08-04-2005 00:59:03 | More by far333
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
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Deep orange with a very fluffy looking tall white head. The head stays in tact nicely leaving sticky rings of lace around the glass. Plenty of floral and citric hops in the aroma. A bit of grapefruit with a light underlying malt sweetness. Big citric hops upfront on the tongue with a solid sweet maltiness lurking beneath. Pretty damn bitter as well as hoppy. Some earthy and pine notes as well. Ends with a great bitter bite. Medium body with a bit of tongue raking prickliness from the bitter hops. Damn drinkable stuff here. The 22oz went down easily and I could have had another. Many thanks go to skyhand for this great IPA.
06-30-2005 12:57:35 | More by meathookjones
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Coppery gold with a slight chill haze effect to its glow. Medium sized creamy top of recycled paper white. Some lacing sticks with a blanket of thick stringy things.
Highly floral and sweetly pine-sided aroma with aspects to a lime/orange tint with white grapefruit and green mint notes.
Taste has a favorable floral tinge of bite in the bitterness along the sides of the sweet pine found in the nose. Bright toasty malt backing. Crispy, crunchy, bright, floral, sweet, and big bittered upfront. Citric tones whisp about with some grapefruit pith and lime skin tartness. Brisk and brazen right from the first sip. Levels off into a creamy finish only leaving some parched dryness and leafy green pine induced bitterness late. Nice little notes of green mint wrap around the pine in most areas.
Bold mouthfeel with lots of hop juice action and floral sweetness. Semi pungent at first but has a fine gradual slope into a display of leveling, heavy-handed bitterness. This is a big time palate wrecker! Loads of intensely front bitterness and hold that carries itself well through to the finish where it glides through partial leafy pulpyness then a creamy body sensability as it begins to finish. The hop flavors and bitterness are always present with this stuff. Quite a brute of a bomber to finish.
06-29-2005 00:04:58 | More by tavernjef
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
I'm not really into IPAs to a large degree, but I'm learning to appreciate them more all the time and this one certainly helps the effort, daddy like! Holy smack this is good!
Pours a clear and dark (for the style) peach/amber in color with very little head on a vigorous pour, maybe it lost some carbonation while in the growler. Head was basically non-existant. Nose is quite piney, slightly floral, quite appealing, but understated. Taste is much stronger than the nose, very powerful! Initial malt sweetness quickly knocked around by the piney hop bite. Somehow this thing manages to stay balanced even though it really is quite hoppy. Very nice balance, I wish more IPAs were this way!
Very well crafted, and much enjoyed!
Many thanks to uber-BA Skyhand for the chance to sample this one, yum!
06-15-2005 07:07:24 | More by Gaisgeil
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
This beer pours a hazy orange color with a sizable off white head that stayed around for the entire glass. Aroma is grapefruitty hops with a hint of fruitty esters. Taste is of citrusy hops with a biscuit malty taste underneath. Hint of fruit from yeast esters than an endless hop aftertaste. Medium bodied and satsifying a very drinkable brew for the style.
01-09-2005 17:16:19 | More by zacharius
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
A hazy peach-flavored gold colour with tiny pariculates that make this one nearly opaque. Sticky icky head of white that leaves excellent patchy, amoeba-like lacing all over my imperial pint glass. Aromas are hoppy, but malty as well with some nice bready characteristics and some sticky pine-sap hoppiness. Sharp hoppiness up front, that is quickly subdued by bready malt hints. Finish is dry and the hops return in a pine-needle+citrus fruit explosion. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and excellent. Drinkability is awesome as well. Not over the top, but nicely balanced, and hoppy none-the-less. Nice.
12-10-2004 08:10:58 | More by francisweizen
4.13/5 rDev +3%
22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a thin but persistant off white head. Nice lacing. Has an appealing grapefruit floral aroma. Medium bodied with a big, refreshing tart grapefruit flavor right off the bat. A malt sweetness sneaks in the back door but only to complement the hops.
A damn fine ipa.
10-11-2004 04:57:51 | More by beerceller99
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
4.45/5 rDev +11%
First a huge thank you to the gigantically generous Seattle BA's - skyhand & RoyalT for hooking me up with this deliciously fresh IPA. This brew pours a deep copperish gold with a perfect sticky white head that swirls & reduces as I drink. Enticing aroma of big pine merged with crisp citrus grapefruit. Up front there is some big time bitterness, which I really love. Baseline is a bit bready with some smooth caramel. Delicious flavors of oily, piney hop resins and grapefruit & lemon citrus delight the senses. Bitterness still going strong well after I swallow each gulp. Oh how I love columbus hops. Finish is spicy, bitter, and dry. Just a kick-ass IPA that I truly wish was available around here.
08-13-2004 20:20:45 | More by garthwaite
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks to skyhand for the trade. This beer pours a glossy orange color with a thick and foamy white head. The head created a plateau after a minute that looked uncannily like the clay one that Roy Neary carved in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Thick lacing throughout. The aroma is an earthy blend of hops, malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with a nice hops punch, and a decent malt counterbalance. There is also some fruit (citrus and apricot) lingering. The finish is moderately bitter and lasting. I dont think I have had a 100% Columbus hops beer before but what a great way to help identify them next time.
06-28-2004 21:39:19 | More by Dogbrick
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
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance Bright orange in color and a bit hazy with a beautiful head, even out of the growler, that showed good retention and left some cool-looking lacing.
Smell The nice floral and citrus notes are supported by a sharp pine and a good malt backbone. The malts are difficult to pick up as the resiny pine sap is big and strong.
Taste This is all about the balance. The complex hops are pine-dominant, and the sugary caramel-laden malt manages to hold up under the pressure. As big as everything is, though, this one is smooth as glass.
Mouthfeel This one is medium-bodied and complex enough to keep your mouth guessing. The flavors will hit you from all angles with this one. The last third or so is super-dry in an alarming way.
Drinkability This is a rare one right up there with the best of them. The review doesnt do a good job of explaining just how unique this ale is.
Update I originally had this in 2004. The 2006 vintage is more of the same, expertly balance, incredibly sessionable, and one of my all time favs that I have time after time.
06-20-2004 02:09:14 | More by RoyalT
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
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
22 oz bottle.
Pours your standard IPA sunset coloring, with a nice white head that leaves a good lacing.
Mmm. Smells like an IPA should, floral, grassy, hoppy. There is, of course, some citrus in the nose, as well as a little malt, just enough to get by.
taste is great. Very hoppy, but not overpowering the underlying biscuity malt character. There is a great aftertaste to this as well.
I could easily have a few of these, if it weren't brewed so darn far away.
While I have had better IPAs, this is a fine example of the American Style IPA.
thanks again to Skyhand for this one.
04-27-2004 02:16:44 | More by LuckySevens82
4.13/5 rDev +3%
22oz Bomber. Yet another nice west coast IPA. This one poured a deep gold color and slightly hazy with a merengue like whipped up head. Nice sweet hop aroma with really nice citrus notes. Gotta love Columbus hops! Medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Flavor is very nice. Some fruity notes from the hops along with a decent and respectable malt flavor and a lingering hoppy bitterness. This a nice example of a west coast IPA.Excellent retention, huge chunks of froth are left on the sides of my empty glass.
03-30-2004 00:22:28 | More by BierReise
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
The initial impression of this excellent beer is similar to other top examples of the style. Floral hops and fruity aromas abound after popping the cap. Deep golden, almost orange hue, frothy head with impressive lacing throughout. The two things that stand out after tasting this beer are 1) the wonderful, malty aftertaste that sneaks in a couple of seconds after the 2) hop assault. (Yes, there is quite a hop-assault!). Lots of hops, giving the beer a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this one approaches the level of the best American IPA's that I've tried(Two Hearted, AleSmith, Rogue). Not quite as "big", with an ABV of 6.6%, but quite big in flavor and mouthfeel. Drinkability slighty lowered (as is the case with Rogue) for the dry finish, but overall a terrific IPA. Thanks to the Royal one (back up "shivering in Seattle").
01-11-2004 18:11:17 | More by JohnnyDuvel
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a bomber, it's golden-orange with a rather active head that foamed up a couple of inches on a vigorous pour. A fine layer stays on top of the beer to the bottom of the glass. A very nice, flowery hop aroma dominates the smell. The hops keep coming in the taste but it's also well-balanced by a nice malt backbone. It's another well-crafted IPA from Washington, with thanks to RoyalT, our friend up north.
11-16-2003 01:27:53 | More by mickeymac
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Presentation: A Bomber so graciously supplied by RoyalT who attended the excellent 5-star Beer Tasting held last night over at fellow So. Cal. BA, xlperros house.
Appearance: Coppery gold, quite the classic IPA look. Dirty white head was quite expansive when poured, settled to a crusty mass, but it hung around for the duration of the drink.
Nose: Floral and Fauna and Tonnes (thats metric ones) of Hops. Hops are positively flowing out of the glass in this one deep breath marvelous.
Taste: Superb, the malts are sweet in character which helps to add really good balance to incredibly biting citric hops in the finish. Floral, fresh and spicy, the hoppiness changes from start to finish, but it is always clean. Spicy hops are very astringent and remain in the mouth for a very long time, which was great because the Bomber we had was soon shared between us.
Mouthfeel: Solid fruity hoppiness. Sweet malts in the mouth eventually fade into a very clean citric dry bitter finish that puckers at times, and stays in the mouth for some time. I enjoyed the after-taste of this IPA very much.
Drinkability: I wish we would have had some more bottles of this baby, it is *very* drinkable for an IPA, with its perfect dry hoppy body, and 6.6% ABV, it is a well-balanced quaffer.
Overall: It seems ironic that the previous Review is that of RoyalTs, for during the beer tasting at xlperros house, Rick (RoyalT) explained how he came to get to visit this Brewery and oozed praise for this beer. It was certainly a welcome addition to the Beer Menu and went well with xlperros knock-out home-made beer cheese and crackers. An extremely nice IPA which, even with all of the other great beers that we had during the beer tasting, was a real winner on the night. Cant wait for the day we can get this in So.Cal. and the LA area.
10-05-2003 05:56:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Dark golden hue w/ a light haze, covered by a thick, bumpy, stiff off white head. Roughly textured lace remains. Understated citrusy hop nose with an herbal tinge in aroma, along with lightly sweet, grainy dextrin malt. Crisp, moderate hop bitterness initially in flavor is ensued and contrasted by light caramel malt sweetness. Mellow diacetyl emerges mid palate simulataneously with tangerine hop flavor, lending an agreeable citrus and cream impression mid palate. Moderately bodied, with a dextrinous, slightly viscous mouthfeel that extends a suggestion of cream. Finishes clean, with fleeting hop bitters yielding to mildly bready pale malt. Although certainly not a northwest hop monster, WIldcat IPA distinguishes itself with its soft overall balance. Creamy, quaffable, but perhaps a touch tame partially due to the dearth of esters.
03-22-2003 22:57:49 | More by marc77
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
A slightly foggy golden amber color on the pour, a substantial head, frothy in its texture, the color a very light tan as it dissipates, it leaves a nice covering of lace upon the glass. Lot of hops in the nose, sweet malt, and citrus crisp and clean a real treat to the senses with the start sweet malt, the top medium in its feel. Finish has a nice acidic bite, the hops thunderous in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste. A very drinkable IPA, and worth a sample for you Hop heads in the audience.
03-11-2003 15:17:20 | More by Gusler
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Slightly chill hazed copper hue. A good amount of carbonation is evident upon viewing. A thin sticky ivory white head stays around for a while and leaves some truncated lace patterns. Lovely aroma. All about the Pac10 hops. Good blend of citrus and pine. The taste is equal to the aroma. Beautiful. The malt profile is substantial. The nice caramel malt base provides the backdrop for the hops to do their work. And work they do. Pungent, oily, citric, resiny, rind-like........magnificient. Body is about medium-full. Man this is a bitchin brew. Right up there with the best of 'em (Bell's, Rogue, Stone, Celebration, etc..)
11-20-2002 20:55:40 | More by Bighuge
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
4.9/5 rDev +22.2%
This is one outstanding IPA. Perhaps one of the best I've ever had. It has a deep copper color and cloudy appearance. A very inviting citrisy aroma. The taste is outstanding and very hoppy, but not over done.One could very well drink this at anytime of the year. It's an almost perfect IPA. This one is definately on the list to purchase again and again.
08-22-2002 20:30:18 | More by sinistersteve
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
Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.