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Copperhead American Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

Copperhead American Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%


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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DogFood11

California

2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 03:45:00 | More by DogFood11
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troutmask96

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pretty pale ale with a dark amber/mahogany color. Not much smell (faint cloves) as I pour my bomber into a pint glass, but a nice, lacy head to get me started. A bit more carbonated that I usually like, this brew has a nice taste of grapefruit rind, toasted malt, and a hint of caramel. A bit of a gastric challenge what with all the carbonation, but a very decent session brew nonetheless...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 03:59:47 | More by troutmask96
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 04:46:04 | More by cswhitehorse
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice copper tone with a thick head that sticks around a bit leaving a steady lace. Smell of citrus, lightly sweet malt with a balanced hop aroma. Taste seems a bit watered down in the malt dept. that has the bite of the hops giving a floral citrus grapefruit on the palate. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. A good APA, refreshing, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 03:09:54 | More by Bookseeb
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 03:06:19 | More by RoyalT
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 04:19:02 | More by russpowell
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marc77

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 18:26:46 | More by marc77
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bgraney

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 14:52:45 | More by bgraney
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RJLarse

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:19:23 | More by RJLarse
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beerguy101

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 02:43:24 | More by beerguy101
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jdense

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle bought in Tri-Cities area at grocery store on south end of town, poured into Piraat snifter.

White one finger head, quick dissipation, nice lacing. Deep gold color. Toasty malts on the nose. Good hop presence on tastebuds, a bit citrusy but fairly well balanced. Dry finish. Very sessionable, a nice interpretation of this popular style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:47:33 | More by jdense
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:09:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Pours a slightly coppery light gold color with about 3/4 of an inch of fluffy, just off-white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a nice, balanced blend of malt and hops, with neither dominating. On the tongue there a spicy hop tartness that didn't show up in the scent.

The body is slightly fuller than average for this style. Drinkability is very good. I'm not generally a fan of 22's, but this bottle slid down before I knew it.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth trying, this may become one of your everyday, go-to drinking beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:41:52 | More by beertunes
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:34:54 | More by flagmantho
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 16:50:32 | More by Gusler
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 21:57:37 | More by ybnorml
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 05:22:21 | More by ElGordo
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:53:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:22:02 | More by Jason
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alk3kenny

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:42:51 | More by alk3kenny
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sonofdon

Tennessee

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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 13:22:49 | More by sonofdon
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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

I drank two bombers of this American pale ale in the past week. Both were superb and memorable.

Copperhead pours a solid three fingers of form-fitted ivory foam. The big bubblegum aroma accented by light, leafy hoppiness has a tantalizing appeal. Its taste rolls in waves of cherry–raspberry and red fruit contours swiftly followed by a heavy blanket of complimentary bitterness. This balance is Copperhead’s defining hallmark, allowing easy access to the bitter and the sweet of it. Rounding out its essential properties are thick gobs of lace trailing from an immovable head and a full, chewy mouthfeel.

This is not a complex or high-art beer, but a simple, elegant ale suitable for everyday consumption. And at $3.50 a bomber, Copperhead is an excellent value. Enjoy it fresh as the beer is not bottle-conditioned or pasteurized.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 01:06:34 | More by RedDiamond
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beertaster13

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 02:28:13 | More by beertaster13
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:48:55 | More by brentk56
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carln26

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 00:13:52 | More by carln26
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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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