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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

51 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Reviews by carln26:
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4.33/5  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.

carln26, Aug 08, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 30, 2003
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jason, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

ElGordo, Sep 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jmccraney, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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

russpowell, Jun 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Telestic, Feb 19, 2013
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3.93/5  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.

Gusler, Mar 25, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

ritzkiss, Jun 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

marc77, Mar 25, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

alk3kenny, Apr 28, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

beerceller99, Oct 01, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CanisMajor, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Kurmaraja, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jaidenjb, May 05, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 07, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

efsulliv, Yesterday at 06:22 AM
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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

sonofdon, May 31, 2005
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2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

DogFood11, Jul 11, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Kopfschuss, Oct 07, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

flagmantho, May 06, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

bjohnson, Jul 09, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mbarnes0, Sep 22, 2012
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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.