Sunnyside Pale | Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant

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Sunnyside PaleSunnyside Pale

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Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 05-17-2002

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at my wedding, but I remember only bits from that night. No, I was completely sober, there were other reasons. That's why I'm reviewing it now.

I had this in 12oz bottle. Its a somewhat deep amber/copper color for a pale, and the aroma is what you'd expect. Nice bright hop smell. The taste is full, and there are distinctive waves of malt and hop flavors. Its a very hearty beer for a pale, and a good representation of the style.

*updated 7/22/04

Had another bottle, and it was fabulous. A very crisp and definitive taste on par with SNPA, but still with its own unique attributes. Stellar on a hot day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light orange color with a small, disappearing head.

Smell – Fruity hops, especially citrus.

Taste – Some sweet malts up front, which quickly give way to the fruity, bitter hops. This is bitterer than most American Pale Ales. The bitterness carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and very dry in back.

Drinkabilty – This is a good, thirst-quenching beer; great for hot summer days.

Comments – Although there are malts present, this is a very bitter brew. It also has its own special character, and regularly sets off discussions at local pubs here in Washington State.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A hazy orange liquid fills the glass topped with a white half finger head that melts to merely a thin white ring.
Aroma is almost a toasted malt scent.
Taste is perfectly balanced...sweet malt married to light citrus hops.
I don't know if an APA could be any more. I think a number of reviewers may rate this as 'average' but I think 'average' is what an good APA is supposed to be. Everything in perfect harmony and nothing overpowering...just a great, clean, thirst quencher you can drink all day during the summer.
Thanks David for another great pacific NW'tern

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orangish-copper in color with a surprisingly white head (considering the color of the body) that comes up bold and drops quickly but leaves a really creamy collar and some very nice lace! The aroma combines fruity esters from fermentation, a light sweetish caramel-tinged malt, and some earthy and citrusy hops. The body is thin-medium. The carbonation is natural, very fine, and at a low level (@ 2.2 volumes CO2). Although a distinct hoppiness appears right up front, the flavor is quite one-sided throughout, combining a clean, very lightly caramel malt with a restrained, earthy and lightly-citrusy hop flavor. The bitterness is limited to just enough to support the malt and propel the flavors forward. The finish is short and nicely dry with a touch of citrusy hop flavor and mildy lingering bitterness. Overall a very refreshing beer. Somewhat light in character but extremely well balanced. Very well done. More reminiscent of an English bitter than an American pale ale with the exception of the citrusy hop notes.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a pretty copper color with a good amount of suspended sedimentation. Heady is a nice tan color with a good creamy texture that yields some staying power and results in a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of light roasted malt, some floral Amarillo hops, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Palate is lightly smoky roasted malt balanced by some fairly subtle bittering hops. Notes of grapefruit and liquid smoke hover in the background. Finish is nice and roasty, a bit maltier than I like in a pale ale, but tasty nonetheless. Overall, I have to say I'm a fan, and I look forward to trying more offerings from Snipes.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazy dark orange color with a 2” head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: bits of citrus and little else.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruits, orange citrus, and a mild bitterness. The beer had a decent bready maltiness to it. Tasted quite fresh too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is pretty tame as the bitterness does not linger like other pale ales.

Drinkability: decent and would go well with a pizza. Clearly a nice session beer.

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Photo of jreitman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(at brewery, from notes) Pale copper in color with a slight chill haze initially. Nice hoppy bite to the beer that hits you right off the bat. Citrus flavors and good bitterness in the finish. Available in bottles and on tap at brewery.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper and hazed up with some sediment rolling around. I'm racking my brain trying to remember the last time I had a pale with sediment in it. Not a big deal really just not something I usually see in this range. I got a decent, tiny bubbled, white head that left behind occasional stringy lace.

Sweet malts jumpstart this brew. Really surprised to see the abv below 5, maybe....helll not maybe it is rather Hoppy at times and that probably has me shocked at the abv. light caramel malt lingers after a pretty astringent, sharp hop stinger. If I was to compare I'd say this is a cheap mans Levitation, meaning its trying to be a bolder low alcohol brew but fails in that its unrefined. Its success is that its very hoppy for a low abv pale ale.

In the end its a drinkable brew that needs a bit of filing down on the edges. Bring over a sixer of this and I'll gladly suck em down.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beertaster13
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a pale ale, tastes more like an IPA to me. Pours a light orange/copper color with a semi tan head that is a monster, I swear this is the biggest head that I have ever seen. The smell is of strong citrus and earth tones. Hint of molasses and caramel. The taste is a little on the bitter side but well balanced with the sweet malt, a perfect combo, you get a hit of bitter up front and sweetness lingers in the end. Strong taste of citrus/lemon/orange. Taste a little honey in there as well. A medium bodied beer for farely denser than most pale ale's. I could drink this everyday for a year and be satisfied, very suprised by this, a brewing company I've never heard of, I have a feeling only PacNW people have tried this, it is to bad because it is good.

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Photo of tbeck
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow-brown with hues of copper/amber. Has a unfiltered look. Slight clarity. Develops very little head, with a slight collar and light laciness. Aroma is hops, with a lot of pine and citruis. Taste is an equal blend of hops and malt, but the aftertaste definetly is of hops. Hop flavor is good but mellow not much bitterness. Good body, viscous but light on the tongue. This was an enjoyable beer that has a decent, but not spectacular taste. An average session beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up at total wine in tukwila; 12oz bottle into tulip glass; no freshness date

p -- pours a slightly hazy burnt orange w/ a 1f white head; lots of active carbonation; great head retention; looks good; thick lacing covered one side of the tulip as I drank; 5/5

n -- medium strength; sweet toasted malt, a bit of honey, and earthy hops beneath; not bad; some soapy yeast comes out as it warms; 3/5

t -- oh wow- bigger flavor than the nose lets on; clean tropical hop flavors (melon) throughout; underlaying citrus notes; light malt backbone; finishes clean (although just a touch of soapiness); some residual melon sweetness in the aftertaste; unique- I don't think I have enjoyed a pale ale w/ a profile quite like this before (or recently, at least); 4/5

mf -- light-bodied w/ medium-high carb; velvety; refreshing; light for the style, but I think it works well; 4/5

o -- a solid, interesting pale ale; simple and flavorful, w/ great drinkability; would be perfect on a hot summer day; reminds me a bit of lagunitas daytime ipa; sunnyside is definitely worth a try; 4/5

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunnyside Pale was served from a 12 oz stubby bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a warm and bright orange-gold color and was topped by an ample and persistant fine white head. The enticing nose was lightly sweet and zippy with a lively and delicate orange citric zest based hop bouquet. The taste followed the nose, yielding a citric-tinged pale malt base that led to a nicely done citric zest bitter hoppiness. The finish was clean and crisp. The body felt appropriate for the flavors and style of the brew. Sunnyside is a quality beer that satisfied my criteria for a good pale ale... I would definately enjoy this on a regular basis.

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Photo of woemad
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up at the Rocket Market, nestled atop Spokane's upscale South Hill. No freshness date. It doesn't look old, but the way it tastes makes me wonder if it's been sitting for awhile.

Poured a somewhat opaque amber color, with a head that dropped faster than Dubya's recent approval numbers. So fast, I'm not exactly convinced what color it was - blink, and it's a memory. Very small spots of lace can be seen, but they don't look like much.

Smell is of butter and sharp, chemical-ish hops. Not an auspicious nose.

Taste is buttery, and at the same time sharply hoppy, yet the hops quickly vanish. It's not a good blend, but it's not horrible tasting either. Really, it's just unbalanced and anemic tasting at the same time, if that makes any sense. What a weird tasting beer.

This could use a little more body, but that's the least of this beer's problems.

Is this really how this is supposed to taste? I have to admit it is drinkable, but only because it is already occupying my glass. If I were at the Viking and Scotty or Karl gave me a sample of this, I'd pass it by. I don't know if this bottle is past it's prime or Snipes just has a way to go with their pale ale, but I think it'll be a while before I try this again.

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Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy, hazy medium-dark amber (not very Pale) with no head, thus no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with some biscuity notes, and without a strong hop presence, something of an anomaly for this brewery. The overall scent was neutral and somewhat bland. The taste started out the same, but a shot of hops was more apparent. The beer was still not well balanced though, with the sticky malt dominating.

The body was light medium, and while there was just a bit of a lingering hop bite, the finish was a sort of odd blend of sweet and bitter. Drinkability was OK, but I can't see having two of these. Overall, I found this beer to be closer to an Amber than a Pale. Hopefully this was something of an off batch, as I've generally found Snipes brews to be very good. Try it and decide for yourself.

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Photo of dnichols
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was served a 12 ounce glass from a keg at a bar in Prosser, Washington.

A: It poured an washed out orange hue with a slight off-shite head that disipated before I could enjoy it and leaving no reminants in the form of lacing.

S: It presented light sweet yeasts and thin diluted citrusy hops.

T: There was a barely there creamy sweet malt flavor that got burried fast by the citrusy and bitter hops that dominated each swig and left a lingering bitterness that I rarely experience when drinking an APA. I commented to a friend that this was more of an IPA than an APA.

M: Light bodied and thin with modest carbonation and a moderately bitter and lingering aftertaste.

D: Dispite being off form this brew is not too bad for a hot summer afternoon thirst quencher. If it was icy cold and I had a mouth full of Yakima Vally dust this is the beer for me.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer defined by lingering yeast tripe. If it were me, I’d consider a cleaner yeast strain as the punky smell and taste here could use some polish. The strongest contributions made here by yeasts arise in the plump body and articulate carbonation. But these properties should enhance beer, not define it.

Sunnyside is almost sunny copper. Hop elements remain delegated to the bittering zone. If you give it some time, the yeasts will yield allowing malts to shine through with a welcome wash of caramel sweetness. Still, I might have appreciated something that spoke the language of hops a bit more fluently.

Let it warm a bit.

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Sunnyside Pale from Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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