Copperhead American Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Copperhead American Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a dark amber color with a slight head that fades quickly. Smell is grainy, yeasty with floral hops. Medium bodied with a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Nicely balanced taste is malty, grainy with a fresh hop flavor . Finishes with a fresh, perfumy hop taste on the palate; of course shopping at the brewery will do that.

drink fresh....drink local.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orange body with a big head that laced the heck out of my glass.

Smell – Lots of different hop aromas in there. No real fruit other than a lemon or lime rind, but very distinctive and sharp. There’s a little bit of pine, but nothing floral to speak of.

Taste – The hops come out right away. There’s also a strong grapefruit flavor that comes on mid-way through. Somewhat one-dimensional, but good.

Mouthfeel – Flat and smooth, in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down well, but I would have liked to have seen a little more complexity and balance.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

There is a reason for the name with its copper color showing clear and bright. Tightly-formed small-bubbled tan lace does a great job clinging to the glass. Fresh citric hop aroma smells of marmalade and faint mint with a toasted grain note in the rear. Smooth and semi-creamy medium body. Hop character doesn't waste any time flaunting its bitterness and flavor. A quick, sharp spike of bitterness to start slowly dulls and lets the flavor of the resin unfold to that of orange peel, birch sap, blond tobacco and a light earthy tone. Solid malt foundation drops both caramel and toasted grain on the palate with the toasted grain becoming dominant. Vague fruity yeast flavor in the semidry finish smacks of American Ale.

Lovely stuff here, a great snapshot of what modern sessionable American beer is about. Copperhead wins us over with an easy drinking, balanced flavor that showcases both the malt and hops.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Small bubbly off white lace stays for a while on top of the copperish orange brew. Clarity is decent though there are some noticeable particles suspended.

Smell: Faint esters, obvious citric hop that gives hints of grapefruit rind … pretty clean other than that.

Taste: Big crispness from a very well structured carbonation, mouth feel and beautifully textured medium body. Spicy citric hop bitterness with a long lasting flavour. Malt is of the pale selection, hints of lightly toasted malt and some sweetness come through. Fruitiness is vague from the yeast but focused in citric from the hops. Semi coarse hoppy finish with a slowly dry effect from the bitterness and grain.

Notes: A solid American Pale Ale, just what you would expect in this style and nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden color with light orange highlights, topped by two fingers of creamy white head that slowly recede to a thin topping, leaving some pretty lacing on the glass.
Clean aroma of crisp pale malt and mild floral hops, with a very delicate biscuit character in the background. Palate is smooth and straightforward - pale malt and mild floral hops again, with a touch of pine and lightly sweet biscuit and vanilla. Finish leaves a pleasant lingering bitterness.
Body is smooth and just a touch creamy, without any foaminess. While not exactly an outstanding example of a pale ale, this is a perfectly quaffable ale that fits the bill on many occasions. A solid offering.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber as an extra in an awesome small trade with RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of pear-white head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops & biscuitty malt

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit & oranges with much dryness up front. Puckery grapefruit, lemons, & a bit of biscuitty malt hiding in the background as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit crispness, honey malt & herbal hops as well

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation showcases the hops, skews too hoppy for me

Drinks easy, but a touch too hoppy for me to have more than a few, hop heads will disagree I'm sure

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real head maker this dark amber colored beer, the head is monstrous in size, spumescent in texture, the color a light tan and the residual lace a nice sheet to conceal the glass. Big malt nose, sweet and clean, a pleasure to sniff, start as with the nose big on the malt lightly sweet. Pleasantly acidic, delightfully hopped, dry lingering aftertaste and a good representative “Pale Ale”, and well worth a sample.

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color topped by a fluffy white head. The head leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is dominated by the northwest hops. Mild grapefruit rind, a little herbal character, and my favorite, just the lightest touch of bubblegum. The flavor is well balanced. More of the citrus hops, with a nice malty sweet finish. The malt lends a light caramel, and the bubblegum character I sensed in the nose. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, just a touch slick. No alcohol heat. Great drinkability. Really nice beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz I picked up from the brewery pours a dark golden orange with generous head - looks like an IPA.

Smell is clean, fresh citric and floral hops, slight bready/caramel malts - smells like an IPA.

Taste is right up there with the IPAs as well. Floral hops, oranges, bittering finish. Clean, bready malts with a hint of the metallic Munich malts they've added. Tastes like a well balanced IPA, which compared to their IPA is an APA I guess. Very drinkable.

Slightly watery finish as the bottle progresses but this is a nice bottle - would go well with just about any meal and I wish I had a few more bottles to try.

Photo of marc77
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden hue with brilliant clarity when decanted off the yeast. Ivory white head is Belgianesque in its thickness, stiffness and persistence. Sheets of foam remain. Soft light caramel malt runs parallel with mellow citrusy hops in aroma, with secondary notes of biscuit and pearish esters-- seems to be the trademark of their yeast strain. Bready, wheaty sweetness upfront in flavor melds into a subtle caramel malt presence. A snap of chewy, maltose like sweetness emerges mid palate is quickly offset by mild, clean hop bitterness. Mild tangerine hop flavor complements the bready malt character lending a marmalade on toast impression late. Lightly bodied overall, but crisp and passably dextrinous in mouthfeel. Finishes with slight acidic twang and fading hop bitterness, but otherwise dry and clean. A balanced, no frills, quaffable American pale and an enjoyable session brew all around.

Photo of alk3kenny
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange copper color nice white head on top. Smell is slightly hoppy floral very pleasant. Taste is slight hop bitterness very clean and easily drinkable. Leaves a nice sting of hops on the tongue after swallowing. Overall a very nice apa something I would easily buy again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on close out at the local grocery store.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, I guess you could call it Copper, with a cream-colored head.

S - Light malt, lemons and wheat.

T - Light lemons, malt, and more wheat.

D - Light body, good carbontation.

O - Light and citrusy - very sessionable and refreshing.

Photo of sonofdon
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back from Seattle. He's been raving about Snoqualmie for a while now. After trying it last night on my patio, I see the light.

This American pale poured wonderfully with a nice thick head. The aroma was slightly subdued and smelled of sweet fruit. The color lived up to its name. Deep copper with a hint of gold.

The first taste went down very smooth. So I had to have a second right after the first. Clean, well balanced and extremely easy drinking. It has a wonderful hop balance. Not too strong, not too weak. This is what an APA should taste like.
Great head retention with a moderate lacing.

This is a great everyday beer or great with grilled foods. I wish I could get it here in Nashville.

sonofDon

Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a pounder glass it forms a rather creamy and large head that retains well throughout.

Citrus hop is the predominant theme. Subdued to the point of being a non factor is a light bready malt. Crispy carbonation is a nice touch, on the flip side though its not that clean in the finish. An odd pasty aftertaste is bothersome and in the end this beer is on the thin side.

I don't know man...this beer just wasn't for me. I'm a huge pale ale fan, a huge snoqualmie brewing fan, this one comes up short for me. Is it worthy ....yeah. Worth seeking out...naww.

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice pale-orange hue with just a touch of haze and a 2+ finger ivory head of stable compact foam. Looks quite good to me.

Smell: rich caramel malt aroma with a healthy dose of funky and citrusy hops on top. Hints of grapefruit and floral notes are also present. This is a pleasantly complex and non-overbearing aroma. I like it.

Taste: somewhat caramelly flavor and pretty solid bitterness, but hop flavor intensity and complexity are both lower than the aroma. Malt is sweet and hops are more floral than in the nose. Good, but I somehow feel it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation which yields a surprisingly thick creaminess; certainly quite creamy for the style. I like it.

Drinkability: unfortunately the sweet floral notes of the malt and hops accumulate on the palate in a not-entirely-pleasing manner. Still, it is a relatively light and refreshing yet flavorful brew. I would have this again.

Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber brought back to me by a friend who was on vacation.

A: Pours an opaque copper color highlighted by yellow hues. Good frothy one finger head that holds nicely. Stunning lace work on the glass.
S: Good grapefruit nose with secondary floral notes. Slight bready malt notes come through after a few sniffs. Very fresh smelling with a slightly sweet side.
T/M: Citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit, with a good floral background. Good carbonation bite that extends into the hop bitterness. Excellent bitterness that lingers for a pretty long time after it goes down. Refreshing, crisp, and smooth through the mouth. Well balanced pale ale--one of the best I've had recently. This would probably be absolutey wonderful on tap.
D: Excellent example of a pale ale. Smooth, refreshing, thirst quenching, easy drinking pale ale. Would be a session brew for me if I could get my hands on them regularly. Very thankful that I got to try this.

Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick nectar orange with off white cream head. Lacing will smear on the glass. The pine smell from the hops is in the forefront, lemon melon linger with a soft dough. The taste is hopped up, this is a very hoppy pale ale, more like IPA, very nice. Taste is light and refreshing, great summer beer, sliced through my Cheddar Cheese and Brocolli soup.

Photo of beerguy101
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. Malty and fairly aggressively hopped. Nice flavor, a slight citrus taste. Good balance. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a significant head that displays very nice retention and lacing

Smell: Biscuity malts and citrusy grapefruit blend

Taste: After a brief run with the the biscuit, this beer heads in a grapefruity direction right through mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows out and allows the malt to come into balance; there is a sweet aftertaste on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: At first I thought we might be heading in the IPA direction, but the return of the malt flavors after the swallow kept that in check; a very nice APA, overall

Photo of bgraney
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was appropriately named. A very rich, coppery appearence with a thick dense head, just beautiful to look at.
I was expecting a little more aroma as it appeared to be full of flavor. It has a nice, fruity scent but it looked like it was going to give off a more robust personality.
I found the taste even more mellow than the aroma, it definitely has a delicious relaxing flavor but I felt like I was searching it out and it was gone quickly with no lingering taste. It seems to be in between a summer thirst quencher and a beer with a lot of flavor. I think that's a good place to be, I just like a little more...something...maybe more of a hop presence.
It certainly went down smooth and fast. I would probably not choose this as one to spend time sipping but on a hot day when a macro-light isn't enough this would be a great choice.

Photo of tozerm
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is dangerous for me. I could drink it all day. The only real prominent flavors come from the citrusy hop profile and slight maltiness. Great copper color, nice amount of head, overall it's a very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to BA's trying to convert BMC drinkers! It has a lot of flavor, just not any really pronounced individual flavors. It's very balanced and approachable.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a syrupy apricot color with a lovely eggshell head that fades after a few moments, leaving behind vague sticky rings of lacing. A little hazy, gently glowing.

Soft, oaty smell, with grassy hops; Rich undertones of malt, with a slight orange peel spritz.

The best way I can describe the taste is creamy; Slight honey, rich oat and wheat, and a fruity, oily hop backup. It's not an IPA because the hops don't take the forefront - it's one hell of a deep, fulfilling pale ale.

Creamy, fluffy, oily mouthfeel - all at once. It's soft and fluffy on the tongue, with wonderful carbonation, and is backed up with an oily hop resin when you swallow. Complex, delightful. It finishes with a lazy stickiness that makes you come back for more.

Mmmm. What a nice, sessionable beer.

Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazey ligth amber beer. Has a big bubbly off white head with some lace. There is a light sweet carmel malt aroma and mabye some vanilla in there and toward the background the is a hint of a grapefrut hop note. There are some light biscuit and sweet malt note hiding in the grapefruit bitter hop body. The bitterness does not club you over your with it's presecnce but mostly sits next to you like a good friend.

Photo of RJLarse
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber of Snoqualmie Copperhead Pale Ale at a grocery store, to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a light copper/amber color and is slightly hazy. A foamy white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates into peaks and valleys and produces heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell strong and of citrus fruit. Grape fruit mostly with some other sweet fragrances on the side.

The taste is a cereal or biscuit flavor up front, followed by a mildly bitter hop flavor. There is not a lot of fruit flavor in the beer, and the taste is a remarkable departure from the smell. The flavors are very well balanced.

The mouth feel is light, smooth and refreshing. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer. Smooth and light, with a fairly low ABV it is very sessionable. A very nice beer. I’ll have to get some more of this.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Copperhead APA poured a copper color with a 2-3 finger foam head with good retention. It had a tight bubble pattern and some sweet lacing. Blizzard like with a great amount of bubbles flowing up from the bottom like a Belgian. As I poured the second half of the bottle many floaties began to appear, not quite as appealing.

The aroma was old smelly. Hard to describe. It had a good biscuit malt backbone with a slight hopiness to help balance it out. In the mouth it was creamy and semi bitter on the finish. Overall a pretty good American Pale Ale just not my favorite.

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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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