Snake River Pale Ale
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,532
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,707
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
249
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Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
 
Wyoming, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  27
SCORE
84
Good
Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale
Notes: Snake River Pale is an American pale brewed with domestic malt and plenty of Cascade hops. Golden in color, it has a citrusy hop flavor which is followed by a crisp, firmly bitter finish. Pale ale is a great foil to spicy ethnic foods and can also complement a salad well.
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Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2018....pours pale gold, light copper, white foam around. Orange citrus nose. Fruity. Citrus malt flavors, light fruity mixture. Subtle, but delicious.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub. Pours a nice clear amber with a modest off-white head. Initial impression is citrus-y West Coast hoppiness, with grapefruit, citrus rind, and a bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is perfect. Finish is clean and citrus-y, with a slight lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old-school and malt forward. Smells primarily of grain. Great malt flavor with firm bitterness from the C-hops. It’s a nice palate reset and reminds me of craft beer from the early-2000’s, in a good nostalgic way.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Jackson WY.
Amber body with high clarity and a thin but durable white head.
Inviting aroma with light hops and bready toasted grains..
Moderate strength flavor for style.
Medium+ body.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was mostly clear golden yellow colored body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies within twenty seconds, some light clingy spotty foamy lacing graces the sides of the pint glass. The smell has a light amount of citrus/orange coming forth in the hops, and another light amount of pine coming through, ever so slight amount of malts. The taste is mainly bittersweet and smooth, no aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, its light, sessionable, and has a slightly sharp carbonation but still good for the style and leads to a good smooth feel coming all around. Overall, I would say this is pretty good for the style and very good to me, I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/13/15.

Served cold into a shaker pint glass, Snake River Pale is a slightly hazy golden copper color with about an inch of white head. It settles gradually leaving a little spotty lace behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with a good bit of citrus. Not overly so but this is a pale ale after all.

Flavor has mild malty sweetness up front with good hop bitterness coming through from middle to end to balance it out. Hops provide citrus, grass, and pine in that order.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. Good balance and drinkable.

Overall a very good pale ale. I only wish it were easier to get.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark yellow color with a sizeable inch of white head. Aroma was c hop bitterness, very minimal dry hopping.

Taste was a standard easy to drink pale ale with ibus in the 40-50 range, far from oppressively bitter, old school c hops all over it, toasted pale malts, minimal caramel, grapefruit impressions.

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Photo of stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very lightly hopped for an APA. Not too much stronger than a crisp German pils. Pours out medium golden. With a small lasting tight white head. Ready aroma and taste, some mild dry hoppiness at the finish.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Lacing was slightly speckled yet sliding downward in a messy sort of way.
The smell had a sweet and bitter floral to bitter piney hop quality leading into a light caramel/biscuity maltiness.
The taste arranged the previously mentioned flavors and sharpened some of the hops to be just a tad more bitter than expected, still nice for the most part.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium sort of body with a slight sweet to bitter sessionable sort of feel rolling over my tongue. Carbonation feeds my tongue appropriately - some harshness, but not overpowering.
Overall, this is a nice APA that does the trick by itself or with its respected food.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could slightly be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was here and there.
The smell had a sweet caramel and breadiness in the front and leading into a citrusy zesty kicking around a little bit of sweet grass and bitter grapefruit rind to balance.
The taste was more bitter than sweet but ended up developing more of a caramel to bready flavor sweetness that maintained separation from the bitter side. I'd say it was pretty uncohesive in the flavor altogether.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed fine as there's a slight tingle to hit my tongue but doesn't distract from the overall feel.
Overall, I'd say decent at best as the flavor, one of the most important aspects of practically any beer just doesn't want to come together. Was it old? Was it just an off bottle? I'm not sure, but I might be a little hesitant to have again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a can while sitting around a campfire.

Smell is clean and fairly hoppy to the nose with a dominant citrus aroma. Lemon and orange are the strong scents here unlike most that are on the pine and grapefruit side of the hop aroma scale. Malt here almost entirely stays out of the way and only lends a little sweetness.

Taste is slightly sweet and almost neutral bowing to a good herbs and citrus flavor. Slightly spicy in flavor I would almost claim that there was a little coriander in this. Good bitterness level this makes a mild beer highly flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a bready smell mixed with a little bit of a caramel and hoppy smell of some grapefruit. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of grass and a little bit of a floral smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready with these taste being the bulk of the flavor. Right from the start there is a little bit of a caramel sweetness as well, which remains throughout the taste of the beer. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor are present from the start with these getting stronger as the taste moves on. Along with these hop flavors, are some light grassy and floral flavors, which in the end, leave a rather malty and lightly sweetened and hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of malt, hop, and light sweet the feel is rather nice and makes of a rather easy drinking brew overall.

Overall- A nice easy drinking pale ale overall. I usually prefer a little more hop, but this one was very enjoyable just as is. This is certainly a nice brew to sit and sip over the long haul.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass, best by 8/29/15

A- pours a bright & clear golden color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- moderate floral & citrus hops mixes with underlying biscuit malt, a touch of toasted grain

T- light citrus hop flavor up front mixes with some floral and grassy notes, underlying toasted malt gives it a grainy toasted finish, a bit of a metallic finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that carries into a creamy-yet-crisp finish

O- a standard straight-up pale ale that has good drinkability, while providing a nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely the weaker of Snake River's two pale ales, though it appears to be the flagship beer of the company. The color is a little deeper than average for a pale ale, but other than that it is pretty bland with just a general bitter aroma in the mid-taste. The smell is good, making the first sip actually somewhat disappointing.
In a way, it almost tastes a bit more like a session IPA than a pale ale. At times it is more refreshing than it is hoppy, in which case the bitterness actually ends up being a distraction.

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Photo of cfalls
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head with lacing and clear gold color.

Mostly malt and earth on the nose.

Taste is a little on the sweet side for me. Fresh baked bread. Not a lot of hops.

Fairly high carbonation, and light-bodied, as an APA should be.

Not a bad beer, but I can't imagine when I'd choose it over, say, MBC Peeper.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy white head, brew is solid crisp, bright orange/yellow color. Good lacing too. Great clarity.

Very earthy; pine, crystal, bready, milky, ricey...

Crisp, light, clean, dry, very pilsner like. Earthy and bready. A very English Pale... Easy drinker, yet seems to need a bit further tweaking, IMO. Carb is high and sweetness is lacking...

Hum. It's a good brew, but seems to be missing something, balance. A bit to much of an English Pale for me to give high marks...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid pale ale offering by snake River. The beer poured a clear pale golden color with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carries fresh hop. The taste is crisp and clean, very well balanced that finishes just a touch bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a very sessionable pale ale and well worth the try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where this popped up from, but sure.

A creamy head rests at half a finger on a hazed, dark yellow brew that's just shy of amber. Retention is very good, and lacing as creamy as the head itself clings hard to the glass with some thin curtaining on one side.
Ultimately, this beer is a standard (good) APA with pretty good strength to it. It balances caramel malt with an additional honey-like sweetness against a moderate bitterness consisting of flora and pine with a little citrus. It does have a light bite of peppery spiciness and finishes with grass and orange zest.
While remaining crisp and smooth from start to finish, with a nice bite and a good flow, there's something just lacking in the depth that holds it back slightly. It's clean in its medium body.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a 1" sudsy white head which recedes slowly with significant lacing. Color is a mostly clear golden-orange with plenty of carbonation present.
Aroma: pleasant combination of floral and pine hop aromas with a sweet caramel bready malt. Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Finish is dry.
Flavor: delicious combination of well balanced hops and malt. There is some floral, pine, and citrus from the hops. This is met with a sweet maltiness as well as some cracker flavor. It is easy to see why this ale is a multi-year medal winner at the GABF.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with a thin thick head with low retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma of fresh oranges, honey and biscuit malt.
Taste follows nose, crisp citric flavor with notes of predominant fresh oranges, later grapefruit, just a bit of pine and caramel. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Straight forward APA, but extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Great if you want to session with an APA with less pine and more citrusy. I could drink this the whole day.

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Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz brown bottle at The Granary (Jackson Hole, WY). Reviewed from notes.

A: Dusky amber with a hint of sunlight yellow poking through with a 1/2-finger frothy small bubbled off-white head with decent retention and a thin line of lacing.

S: Light caramel malt is dominated by grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops

T: Solid APA flavor, not flashy, but it gets the job done and matched well with my underwhelming pasta primavera-like entree. The malt component is more than adequate with a solid caramel and bready/light toast combination. Hops are ahead, but the beer is balanced. Grapefruit, pine resin, and orange are the chief flavors with a little bit of grassiness/herbal character. A good hosp complexity overall. No yeast component detectable and the bitterness is a touch under moderate.

M: Good dryness with a light-medium body and even carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Another very god effort from Snake River Brewing. I have tried 3 beers this trip and all have been very good, spanning from hoppy (SR APA and Pako's IPA) to bready (SR Lager). Check these guys out if you are in Jackson Hole or the surrounding area.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to small thin patch with a large very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange hops along with some light aromas of pine hops and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange hops and a lighter amount of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness which linger for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is well balanced with the light amounts of malty sweetness and hop bitterness, which makes it pretty easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue. The head has tight bubbles and is short and leaves a small wall of lacing.

The aroma is of honeyed bread, light toffee. The hops are of a tropical nature but not very strong. A tad too sweet for my liking.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Honey and toffee malt provide a candy like sweetness. The hops are grassy and have a pineapple note. Not very hoppy, more sweet.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. A bit thicker than it should be. This beer would be better if it was more crisp. More sweet than anything else.

Just an ok APA. It should be more refreshing but its a bit heavy and a tad too sweet.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Apparently I like it a lot since I basically pounded the thing.

Strong malt base with cal hop influence. Pine, mild oranges, and the Malta really work as well here as I've ever seen in a beer. Smooth and consistent. Nice feel. Very easy drinker. I'd actually make this a go-to beer.

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Photo of katan
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours hazy, golden in color. Light white head, mostly a film with some lacing.

S - Balanced nose, a combination of some nutty malt notes and a few light citrus hops.

T - Starts off light and smooth, a little nutty malts and then some citrus hops. Almost tastes like tea in the mid-stream, some earthy flavors come in to make it more balanced. Finishes smooth and flavorful, very balanced.

M - Full bodied and a lighter carbonation. Comes off strong and thick.

O/D - A very balanced PA. Not really breaking out in any particular attribute, but it has a nice solid set of flavors. Perhaps a little too nutty for me. Worthwhile to try.

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 249 ratings