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Copperhead American Pale Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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49 Ratings

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of 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
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:23:18 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of cswhitehorse


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
Photo of ElGordo


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
Photo of julian


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange in color, slightly hazy with a great rolling bubbly white head with really good retention rate that leaves a thick sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Nice sweet citrus hops smell, orange, grapefruit with a moderate floral hop aroma.

T: Delicious. Great taste balance. There is equal flavor of both hops and citrus fruit and a nice sweeter caramel-esque malting that, to me makes a great Pale Ale, exemplary of the style. Can't believe I can get this locally...and haven't tried it until now.

M: Great everything; carbonation, flavor, texture, aftertaste.

D: Very redrinkable, sessionable in fact.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:10:29 | More by julian
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midway between honey and orange, with the fine yeasty haze that is preferable to the crystal clarity of filtered beer. The bleached bone white cap picks up a hint of color from the liquid on which it sits. The foam resembles a wind-swept mesa as it melts and the intricate array of sudsy lace is pretty nice as well (even more so over time).

They could be more aggressive, but the white grapefruit juiciness of the Centennial hops is wonderful. Although the brewery says that light crystal malt is in use, the beer's color and its aroma would suggest that pale rules the roost.

Copperhead is a fresh, clean, immensely drinkable APA that I've fallen in love with from the very first mouthful. It's amazing that more brewers can't create something at least this good, but then I have no idea what it takes to create high-quality beer.

The malt backbone is as big as it needs to be... and maybe a little bigger (which is a point in its favor). Let's go with freshly baked sugar cookies dusted with a thin layer of golden brown sugar. It's probably the beer's freshness talking, but 32 IBU's worth of hops taste like at least half again that many.

What could be finer than a well-crafted pale ale that features the Centennial hop? Not too damn much, that's what. The light sweetness of the malt dovetails beautifully with the fresh citric pithiness of the hops. Balance is all well and good, but hops have to dominate if an American pale ale wants to truly impress. As this one does.

Whether it's the abundance of malt or a perfect amount of volumizing carbonation, the body/mouthfeel is pure pleasure. As always, this is the one characteristic that tells me just how talented any given brewer is. In this case... very talented.

Copperhead APA is almost as good as Wildcat IPA. Taking style into account, it's as good. This is a beer that has plenty of fang to satisfy the hopheads, yet should appeal to all those who appreciate a classic American pale ale. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 15:32:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of tozerm


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2006 05:39:55 | More by tozerm
Photo of carln26


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:19:23 | More by RJLarse
Photo of DogFood11


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
Photo of bjohnson


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 21:59:30 | More by bjohnson
Photo of bgraney


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
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 00:46:03 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of 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
Photo of beertaster13


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
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.


Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of troutmask96


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
Photo of beerceller99


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 06:20:44 | More by beerceller99
Photo of beerguy101


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 03:06:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of marc77


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
Photo of Gusler


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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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.