Snipes India Pale Ale | Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant

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Snipes India Pale AleSnipes India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 08-25-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by ccs:
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3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful coppoer color with a nice lace on the glass. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle was held in suspension in the glass. There is a not overwhelming but distinctive green hop smell with grain in the background. It doesn't taste overly hoppy, with the bitterness entering the flavor towards the end. Very smooth mouthfeel, it coats the tongue on the way down then vanishes quickly. It's drinkable, but not really remarkable.

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3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a gorgeous, deep orange in color and gave off a good, pitting white head.

Smell – This is not your typical PacNW IPA nose. It has a lot of floral and grassy notes but lacks complexity in the hop profile. The light, toasty malt backbone would be right at home with a big, complex hoppy nose but here seems to actually dominate.

Taste – This is more like an English Bitter than a PacNW IPA. Most of the hops seem to be aromatic. It lost a lot at the taste and left nothing but some leafy bitterness and a whole lot of creamy malts.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is kind of fizzy in the mouth but is nice and slick on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is an unusual effort at the style. This brewery is really hit or miss. I enjoyed their ESB so was really looking forward to the IPA, but it just seemed to light in the pants.

Update – I cracked open a fresh 2005 sample and it definitely leaned towards more hops this time. It’s still a little unorthodox but seems fresher. I moved a few ratings up by half points.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy straw body.
The aroma is nil... maybe a little caramel.
The taste is a thicker bitterness, lots of malt and sweetness.
The texture is sticky.
Not that great as an IPA, it has an okay malty side though.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer week pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass and slight lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, pineapple and citrus hops. Flavor is moderate bready and caramel malt, light citrus hops. Pleasant, but hops are subdued, would like a bit more fresh hop flavor in a IPA. Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one.

Pours orange/copper with a thin off-white head that leaves some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is citric/piney with a biscuity background.

What is in the smell is in the taste, with a floral, bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.

A nicely hopped, though balanced for the style, very drinkable IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub in July 2006.

Appearance: mildly hazy orange color with a 1” head that lasts a while. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt backbone here complimented with a dry pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a soft spiciness. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp at the start, crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: pretty good. Worth seeking this out.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 Fl. Oz. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $1.90. Poured from the Blue/Green Labeled bottle w/ a cattle skeleton head on the front into a 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has no freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Aroma- Nice hops, citrus fruits, and light piney characters. Not dry hopped but sweeter on the nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has good head retention. Has a reddish copper colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Both citrus and light pine come through once again but very easy. Medium bitterness at the finish and sweet. No character overpowers any other one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a sweet, hop flavor on the finish.

Overall Impression- A very fresh and light hopped up IPA! Enjoyed how easy going it was for the time of day I was enjoying this. Would like to have more from this brewing company!

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Photo of warmstorage
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber, poured into beer clean pint glass.

Medium copper, retains moderate head.

Aroma is clean, glassy, and a little flat.

Taste is slightly shoppy, with hints of grassy/earthy herbal hoppiness. Good, nothing special. Finishes spicy earthy.

A decent basic american IPA, nothing I'd be too interested in buying again.

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Photo of harrymel
1.68/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Pours like a brown ale almost - so dark. Sheet of light tan foam. Smells of english, almost winter warmer malts, some hops are there, but reserved. They smell tea/herbal. Taste is bitter with some herbal character and some cardboard. Flavor seems pretty one dimensional - bitter malt. Medium bodied with hi carb and a dry finish. Too bad, I've heard good things about this brewery.

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3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moose90
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tbeck
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/orange in color and has a slight clarity. Three finger creamy white head. Aroma is piney and citruis, mainly hops with a hint of malt. Taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. Aftertaste was rough, bitter and cereal grain. Light texture with a good body. Decent beer, even for an IPA but the finish was off. Not as smooth as the better IPA's. Not a bad choice for a session beer.

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Photo of snohojimbo
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz single from my favorite beer store: Norm's Keg And Bottle, Lk. Stevens, WA. This is a great place for singles and they fill growlers also. Mix-a-six pack. $1.80 for this one.

Poured into a snifter glass, nice dark caramel color, looks good!

Taste starts out great, but leaves a bitter finish.

Its brewed in Sunnyside, Wa. home of the incredible NW hops. I liked it, and will look for it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cold into a goblet from a brown 22oz bottle
A - Poured a hazed golden amber w/ a 3 finger white head. A few chunks of yeast settle into the beer at the end of the pour.

S - A perfumy herbal and floral hop scent with pleasant sweet malts and fruity echoes.

M - Citric with sweet hop blend. A medium bodied ale w/ average carbonation for the style.

T - A really average Ipa. The nose was engaging, but the hop tastes are overly bitter. Citrus and pine combine w/ a ginger like spice. A gentle underlying cherry like woody earthy flavor with peppery accents abide.

D - A basic Ipa-sweet and hoppy with a blend of aromas and bitter tastes. a bit more bitter in flavor than a balanced Ipa should be, I could take this or leave it. The ale was pretty average in most respects

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Photo of freed
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My father-in-law got me a couple bottles of this, which happens to be the first bottling of the IPA. He gave them with the news that the brewer also just left the brewery. Suggested maybe keeping the bottles might be good in case the new brewer doesn't work out.

Nice 22 oz. bottle with a rather attractive label. Split the beer with my wife, pouring roughly equal parts of the golden liquid into two pints. There is a slight orange or ruby tint to the beer, and a nice topping of foam. The aroma is all of Cascades, grassy and fruity. Almost surprisingly rangy. The taste is a waft of fresh hop over a simple and clean malt body, finishing up with more of the same grassy bitterness. The bottle says its all hand picked cascade hops, and I think there's a little bit of one-dimensionality to it for this reason. It was still nice, but my interest teetered as I drank more. I'll have to let the other bottles age a bit more.

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Snipes India Pale Ale from Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
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