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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

137 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 213
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 25
Gots: 21 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 213
Photo of loren01
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color nice 2 finger width frothy head great lacing down the glass
S: Nice piney/floral hop scent as well as caramel maltiness
T: Nice balance of caramelly malts with piney hop flavor, very good
M: Medium bodied beer, good amount of carbonation
D: This is a really greatly balanced IPA, not too much malt, not too hoppy either. My favorite beer i've had from this brewery. (395 characters)

Photo of leedorham
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter hazy orange with a thick white head. Very good head retention and big pillowy lacing.

S - Pungent and strong hop aroma with a bit of a bite from the carbonation. There is some serious stink to it. If you like the smell of hops, you like this.

T - Not as well balanced as the label advertises. The malt backbone is there but this is a hop monster for sure. Resiny, sticky with some sweetness in the background.

M - Dries out the tongue and makes you crave snacks.

D - A bit on the enamel peeling side so might ruin the rest of a tasting. Overall, a great IPA for hop lovers. (597 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden copper with a healthy head and clingy lace. Smell of floral citrus hops with light sweet malt in the back. Taste has the floral hops of pine, citrus grapefruit with a sharp malt backbone with a light caramel sweetness and having a bitter cling in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little sharp for me in the hops, but nontheless a good IPA. (396 characters)

Photo of grumpyowl
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in Seattle, WA.

A: Hazy dark amber. Thick one finger thick head. Lots of lacing throughout.

S: Piney, flowery sweet.

F: Some pine, then flower - roses. Caramel malts. Nicely balanced. The bitterness comes in the long finish, but not insane, just right for me.

M: Medium light body. Low to medium carbonation. Not too dry, rather on the sweet side.

D: Very drinkable. At the low abv and light body, this is my type of beer

O: Very enjoyable. Very well balanced, yet definitely for hop lovers. Just not over the top. Just right for me. Very well done! (572 characters)

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

Oh, yes. I like this one. Poured into tulip at 55 degrees.

A - Darker than most IPAs, fairly clear copper. Light colored fairly thick head slow to leave. Tons of sticky lace. It looks inviting.

S - I get both pine and citrus in the nose, with a def. sweet malty undertone.

T - Taste is better than smell. Lush caramel center, grapefruity citrus mingles and the pine finishes up the job.

M - Good carb, good balance. Good, good good.

D - One of the better IPAs I have had in awhile. Thanks to my trading buddy wsucoug96 for this little gem. (544 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of those beers I'm really gonna miss when I peace but don't have often enough. On tap at the one bar in town in Greenwater. Thanks for caring.

As always, a foggy orange reminiscent of what the sun probably looks like in LA. Big juicy citrus fruit aromas, orange and grapefruit with a little floral and spice thrown in for good measure. A little bit of malt presence. Flavorwise, it's balanced so nicely, a healthy bitterness offsetting the malt with a long and mean citrus finish. I can't quite determine the hops used here but they wallop. I'm willing to bet Centennial and Columbus to finish but I have been wrong before. A damn fine brew. 3 pints and all of them easy. I musta been thirsty.. (699 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass on 12/2/10

Hazed amber color of medium density. Some rising bubbles. One half finger of white foam thins slowly, leaving a thin layer with a thick collar. Solid wall of lace - very impressive.

Aroma is a cross between vibrant & dense. Mostly citric with a hint of pine. Grapefruit pith, orange peel & a spritz of lemon zest. Mildly juicy. Not too much appreciable malt (though malts do emerge with warmth).

The taste is very dry but not overly bitter. Very similar to the nose, though the pine is ramped up. Grapefruit & lemon. Malts are more apparent - toasted bread notes. More dry, piney bitterness creeps in toward the finish.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Underlying grit. Very dry finish; sharp but not harsh.

Drinkability is good; this is definitely a West coast IPA in nature, if a tad malty. I enjoyed it more while cold. (875 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, almost clear copper hue, with a two-finger off-white head, with good head retention and bubbly lacing.

S - There isn't much of a very strong aroma with this beer, but what is there is hints of caramel, lemon, and pine.

T - Luckily, it delivers the goods here. A biscuity caramel/pale malt backbone supports an earthy hop profile, and lemon/pineapple fruit flavors. This IPA is less piney than many I've had, making it an interesting change of pace.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with a smooth, light carbonation, and slightly oily feel from hop oils.

D - Flirts with being sessionable, but is more of a "couple pints is good" deal IMHO.

Overall - A very solid PNW IPA. Pretty tough to beat for $4 a bomber. If you're in the mood for a decent IPA, this one will deliver. (794 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine brew brought home from Oregon from a friend.

Poured from the bomber into a pub glass. A 1 inch head of hite, settles and leaves a solid cap with thicker collar.
Color is a true 2 row based beer. Darker yellw with hints at gold and amber.

Aroma is filled with honey malt, sawdust, mineral water, spicei hemp hops, mustard seeds, all around good aroma for an apa, but for an aipa...not so much. Hops are mia for the style and malt is just ok.

Taste is malt forward, hops blasting through with pine resin, bittering very strong, plenty of rind and man, just blowing my pallet up with resin and bitters.
Mild mint, but hemp is really phenomenal here.
Malt shinning nicely, as is honey malt and a slight breadyness.

Mouthfeel is slick and carbonated perfectly.

Great brew, a tad warm though, but hops just delight the pallete. Not in an all around easy to drink way, but in a knovk your socks of, bitterness, you are done drinking tonight cause your pallet is shot now kind of way. (1,001 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (606 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from West Richland WA Beer & Wine, poured into shaker pint glass 5.24.2010.

One finger creamy white head, very long lasting ultra-slow dissipation, with excellent lacing, deep gold body with multiple trails of carbonation, a really nice looking beer. Nose is citrusy balanced by bready malts, not too sweet, resiny noble pine on the backend. Taste is grapefruit zest, complex from use of 5 different malts, nicely balanced with a fairly bitter finish, the use of solely Columbus hops works nicely. Full mouthfeel, nice effervescence. Tres drinkable. To be honest, I wasn't expecting something quite this good. Impressive, will certainly have this again, looking forward to trying the tap version. Recommended. (724 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange hue with two fingers of rocky ivory foam. The head had amazing staying power and remained thick and full-bodied to the last drop.

Smell: sweet malt base with nice citrus and earthy hop aromas. There's a nice balance here.

Taste: very much in line with the aroma. Sweet malt base with a nice citrus and earthy flavor profile. There's a very nice level of bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation, so there's a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: a very drinkable combination of flavor, aroma and feel makes this a durn good IPA. I'm glad it's local to me. (673 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a shaker glass. The first bottle from my Secret Bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. The IPA appears a hazed, hop particle filled golden light copper color with a good inch or so of creamy, sticky, off white foam. Nice lacing. The aromas and flavors consist of caramel and toffee malt, toasted bread, resinous pine, tangerines, orange zest, white grapefruit juice, a bit grassy and floral, bitter and dry. Smooth body and amply carbonated with a lingering, yet pleasant bitterness. Just a well made IPA all around. Thanks again for this one Rob! (574 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

D: Pass (332 characters)

Photo of wcuberos
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the first pour the beer looked great and the nose was great. I'm not sure if I'm having a bad nose day but after that I couldn't get the aroma for the rest of the glass, no matter how close I put my nose to the beer.
The flavor of the beer was good but not great, it had a nice citrus flavor to match that first sniff, had a good drinkable flavor with a full mouth. It has a slight bitterness at the end that compliments the flavor well. I wouldn't search it out but if I came across another bottle I'd give it a another (524 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this one at 99 bottles in Federal Way this fall. Looks like standard ipa, was impressed with the lacing. Nothing apparent aroma wise that is unusual.

Taste, that is a little more unique, a little unbalanced bitterness, but the hop strains seemed like something nugget could have been used in a small sprinkling. Drinkable, as the price is about $4 for a bomber. Can't beat that too often. (397 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sorry I dropped the bag. A bottle of the winter ale and one of the IPA. The IPA survived, so that's worth something. Abuses such as these shouldn't be taken lightly. Shame is felt.

Snoqualmie falls is cute. I thought of them as a cool "hometowm" brewery(decent cheap beer, but really not a world class show) and I was wrong. This is a basic beer, one hop I'm told, that is just plain well made. They did their homework and kept it reasonable, but executed durn'd near perfectly.

Hop forward, hope behind, a trace of malt in the middle. A completely reasonable IPA that could not have been brewed with more care or skill.

Good on yah! (643 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium-light gold color with not much more than a thin cap of just off-whit head that had little retention, but still had some lacing.

The aroma was a solidly typical hop blast, pine and citrus mostly. The hops were balanced (somewhat) in the mouth by a slightly better than average malt foundation.

The body was a little fuller than usual for this style. Drinkability was very good, I enjoy being able to grab a bottle of this at the grocery store. Overall, a very good example of the style. Just another hidden gem for us, that would be the best around in a lot of places. Worth some effort to try. (635 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewery is pretty local for me so filled a growler about 30 minutes ago.

Nice citrus aroma, pretty much grapefruit with a little nutty, grape-nut like cereal grain underneath. Fruity fermentation esters shine through the hops too.

Deep golden colored with a creamy white head. Head retention is a little low but it is a growler so not a big deal. Leaves a solid ring or lace from the original pour level but not much after that.

Really malty start, toffee and honey and more ceral grain. Then the bittering hops kick in. Solid bittering and then nice citrus and woody hop flavor. Both the malt and the bittering hops linger in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation level.

Nice well balanced IPA. Shows a lot of Northwest hop character without needing to be over the top. (799 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to screamforme for this bottle from the Northwest...

Pours a hazy light golden with a fairly small head that disappears quickly...very hazy looking, no sediment though....

Big time floral hops here.... Not piney, not citrusy, floral.... Slight malt presence, but mostly floral hops...

Again, this one showcases those floral hops... Slightly citrusy maybe and a little sweet as well... Not overly hoppy but very balanced...

I would guess that on tap this would be terrific as I suspect this bottle might have had a little age on it.. Overall, it was still a nice effort and I'm stoked I got to try it... Thanks, Mark! (628 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
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Photo of berley31
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, thick white head. Body is a very nice dark golden color, and quite clear.

S: Citrus is quite apparent, with a medium-to-high hop aroma winning the battle.

T: This is a bitter beer... not overpowering, but the hops come through quite strongly. Extremely dry finish with a long duration.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a soft-to-average carbonation. Very nice on the palate.

D: A very solid IPA... maybe too bitter to be drinking this all night, unless you want your taste buds scraped off. But a helluva strong showing that's definitely worth picking up. (592 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden yellow. Off-white foamy oily head. Sticky slug slimey laces.

Hoppy floral and citrus aromas. Light biscuit malt backing.

Sharp citrus hoppiness. Pleasant floral and resinous notes. Balanced by a caramel biscuit malt character. Lingering bitterness and resinous aftertaste.

Sticky, med body, slightly astringent.

Good Hoppy NW IPA. Very Drinkable and Delicious. (387 characters)

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 08.10.09 on-tap at Sharp's Roaster & Ale House while on business. Served in a 14oz pint glass.

A: A rich, golden color, w/a finger of creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Balanced btwn mild-sweet pale malt and grassy hops, w/notes of grapefruit, light biscuit, and a touch of booze.

T & M: 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.

D: Very drinkable IPA - I wish it were available in SoCal. (643 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thanks Opethsprite! (1,260 characters)

Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.