Wyoming Pale Ale
Wind River Brewing Company

Wyoming Pale AleWyoming Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,250
Ranked #26,309
3.81 | pDev: 10.5%
Wind River Brewing Company
Wyoming, United States
Very Good
Wyoming Pale AleWyoming Pale Ale
Notes: A hybrid Pale Ale as big as Wyoming! An extremely large dose of American, English and Special Northwest hops makes this brew the hoppiest of them all. This beer is dry hopped which adds a copious amount of hop aroma and resinous sweetness to its beautiful malty body.
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Photo of BigGold
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, purchased at Devil's Tower Gulch Restaurant, Devils Tower, WY, into nonic pint.

This is a very interesting beer. Caramel malt and stone fruit and apple aromas and flavors say English or perhaps mid-Atlantic Pale Ale, but the huge malt presence and crisp, massive hops say, I guess, Imperial APA. I hope this is a trend: more big Pale Ales (and fewer little IPAs).

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BigGold from Mississippi, Sep 20, 2019
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3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ratebeer tasting. Orange body, mild hare, slow effervescence, small white collar. Aromas of malty citrus, lightly spice bread. Light to medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the palate. Mediocre.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Aug 15, 2015
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight sugar, hint of pale malt, slight caramel malt, piney hops, and slight floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight caramel malt, piney hops, slight sugar, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of burnt bread. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, decent body, but not well-blended.

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Tone from Missouri, Jul 15, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a robust american strong pale, well made, and my first beer from wind river. a heavy pale color, and a heavy pale flavor, lots of grain adding fermentables to this, and a simplistic but well timed hop schedule. darker than blonde, richer than gold, and rather clear in color, with all kinds of bubbles. it smells like pale malt in huge proportion and maybe some less popular C hop, challenger or chinook or something, high alpha and familiar, but not that familiar. lots of hops all the way through it too, not just in the finish, some vegetal freshness and substantial resinousness. drinkable as anything for over 7% abv, thats the takeaway here for me. a good friend shared this can from his hiking trip or climbing trip in wyoming, and im real glad he did. fun local beer of somehwere, and if it was my local, i would drink this hard. my only real critique aside from being just a bit run of the mill, is that is pretty filling. more than one pint can of this would be a big rip, but i still like it a lot.

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

Appearance: healthy 3" cream head recedes slowly with abundant lacing. Color is a deep copper and quite cloudy. Moderate carbonation is visible.
Aroma: pine and citrus hops dominate the nose. But there is also a caramel malt tone. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: grapefruit citrus, some pine oil, a bitter raisin flavor, some caramel malt and a lingering bitter finish.
Overall: a most excellent brew, but a bit on the strong/hoppy side for a pale ale. Really more of an IPA (or even a double IPA).

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Foyle from North Carolina, Apr 27, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber with a tall off-white colored head. About the color of bronze.

Smells woody and mildly hoppy. Lightly spicy scent. The hop scent is best described as herbal.

Starts out mildly sweet with a woody and slightly bitter after taste. Scorched sugar and cedar plank flavors. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK. Not that big a fan but it isn't a drain pour.

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Zorro from California, Jan 27, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark orange with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Candy malt sweetness. Modest citrus/pine hop aroma. Picked up a little bit of ripe melon aroma as well.

T - Piney, overly bitter. There is hardly any carbonation, which really impacts the flavor in a negative way. The middle of the mouth has a caramel sweetness and the finish is dry. I also picked up a little bit of a grassy flavor.

M - Full bodied. Barely any carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This beer is okay. For an IPA, it could have more hop flavor and aroma to balance out the bitterness. I think that if it was carbonated properly it would be a decent beer however, I think this beer would be better classified as an American Strong Ale instead of an IPA.

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MisterNic from Wyoming, Aug 04, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

have taken down numerous cans of this one on work trips out to the red desert...comes in a 4 pack of pounders

a: dark for the style - grade B maple syrup amber, topped with a thin white head

s: dark toasted caramel malts produce toffee and dark sugars in the malt base, dark grain breads, some fruity notes - red apple perhaps, steeped hop aromas of earthy pine needles with a touch of citric acidity, the aroma carries a general woody/earthiness, actually quite complex

m: carbonation fairly light but with a touch of abrasion, body a lighter medium,

t: dark toasted caramel malts sit on a grainy malt base, bringing sweet caramelized notes to this "pale", starts sweetly but the hops hit fairly hard mid-stride with deeply woody and earthy pine flavors, a sappy bitterness building well into the finish to reach high levels, significant residual sugars left behind

o: a dark pale ale, both in color and character, lots of heavily toasted malt makes for a sugary start, but there's a big earthy hop punch to keep things balanced, pretty far from stylistically correct, but no big

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blackie from Oregon, Apr 05, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to bitterbill for sending this in a trade!

pours a deep amber color with a thin off white head that settles rather quickly, some spotty lacing is left behind. pine resin is the first thing to grab my attention. citrus and caramel malts are in there also. taste is more evenly balanced between the pine and citrus hops. some added sweetness from the caramel is enjoyed by me as it helps to knock down on the resin taste. a medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish. i enjoyed this beer more than i initially thought i would. a touch too much pine resin for me buit still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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match1112 from Illinois, Sep 19, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy auburn color with a big, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of some piny and citrus hops.

Tastes of a very solid malt tone with a hoppy ending. Pine hops lead off blending into a rich malt profile. Malts have notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee along with a toasted bread character. Ends with more hops that have a more citric and grassy feel. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness is quite balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overal, this is a pretty good beer. If I were given it blindly, I would identify it as an amber most likely, so if you like malty ambers, then this is worth a shot.

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ocelot2500 from Maryland, Aug 01, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger plus creamy off-white tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, lots of malts, with a touch of hoppyness. Medium body. A nice brew for a HOT day.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Jun 24, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky amber color with a off-white head that started out small and thinned to a ring.

S - sweet and piney, it smells good.

T - starts out with piney bitterness, the middle flashes some malty sweetness, finishing with a bitter twang.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good tasting beer.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixteen pack of this in Rock Springs for ~$18 or so. 16oz can into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a deep copper color with about half an inch of sand colored head. Fairly hazy. Nice lacing left behind considering not much of a head from the start. A little dark, but not bad at all.

S: Piney hops, a little bit of citrus, just a nice hoppy profile that isn't overbearing, just nice. Little bit of caramel malt and a faint little bit of coffee/roast in there.

T: Nice strong piney resinous hop flavor, big time caramel malts and just a bit of that roast/coffee that was in the nose. Medium amount of bitterness on the finish. Tons of hop flavor and oils that linger in the mouth long after the swallow. Quite nice.

M: Absolutely spot on. Perfect carbonation, medium thickness, sweet enough to keep the bitterness in check but dry enough to keep things rolling and make you want to take another swig.

O: A good pale, even if it is a little on the strong side. A much stronger offering in the cans than the blonde ale. Kudos to the boys from the north half of God's country.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 16oz cans just showed up in Casper today. $6.99 for the 4 pack.

It pours a deep amber colour with a 2 finger head of foam and brings some nice lacing.

I smell a pretty nice balance of sweet malt and piney/citrus hops.

The taste starts off with some nice hoppy bitterness, mostly pine with a bit of citrus grapefruit, then becomes decidedly malty with a dashing taste of caramel. From there, the beer goes back to hoppy and finishes on the bitter side. This is pretty yummy.

The carbonation is on the low side, again for a canned Wind River beer, so I'm a bit puzzled at how great a head of foam it forms and keeps when poured. Anywho, the mouthfeel is on the high side of light bodied and I find this tasty and very easy to drink. I see the can says this is 7.2%abv which differs from the draught version of 8.35%. Good move in lowering the abv, me thinks.

Overall, a tasty and solid if still a bit strong for the style. I recommend you try it if you see it.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Sep 23, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a while back, the following is of notes I took at that time
A: Clear copper red color nice sized head good lacing
S: Sharp piney hop scent, not much else
T: Slight caramel up front strong piney aftertaste
M: Medium bodied good amount of carbonation for the style
O: Could be a bit more balanced but overall a decent pale ale.

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loren01 from Washington, Aug 24, 2011
Wyoming Pale Ale from Wind River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings