Snake River Pale Ale | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 kaszeta
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with a nice light amber body and a thick foamy head. The aroma was heavenly, hops with a nice floral character. The beer has an excellent taste, good hops flavor combining both floral and bitter notes, crisp and dry with a light tangy hops aftertase. Good, complex depth of the hops flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and bitter, still light. Overall, a very hopped pale ale, but one that still is well rounded in character. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much the archetypical APA. Liberal citric hopping, with some floral tones as well. The floral tones are especially evident on the nose.
Pours a deep gold color that is hazy as well
Hits the tongue with a rush of the aforementioned citiric/floral flavors. A sturdy biscuit malt background makes sure everything stays together. Finishes up quite sweet, then dries out. Fantastically balanced.
This is a wondeful APA, one of my favorites for the style.
Easy to drink, yet a bier with some complexities.
Very recommended.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 electricfields
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always seen this around, but never tried it until today.

A: Pours translucent gold with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly spiced citrus with a hint of bready sweetness.

T: Not really a stand-out pale ale so much as a really good representation of how a good pale ale is done. Honey and a some citrus with a good kick are the stand-out flavors. There's a nice spice to it, too. It's mild, and not super complex, but it's also delicious and has a good balance to it. The aftertaste is mostly crisp pine hops.

M: Light body with a nice tickly carbonation that helps it down almost perfectly. No complaints here.

D: Excellent. It's refreshing and goes down real nice. Very easy to drink.

This is definitely going to become one of my standard session beers. A bit pricey, but better than most other pale ales I've tried. I really like this.

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Photo of dickroop
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the bar in the brewery in a pint ale glass.
Appearance-Medium amber, minimal head
Aroma-Wasn't much, I sorta jumped this, I was thirsty...
Flavor-A fine healthy hit of floral hops, a medium bitter finish. Great stuff
Mouthfeel-Great, a nice coppery tang of adequate carbonation, a bit of pucker-and-wad, leaves you something to chew on
Drinkability-Outstanding, nothing to complain about

Sitting by the taps, this is clearly their most served beer

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a best enjoyed before date clearly printed.

Appearance: Bright golden with a slight chill haze. Soft bubbly white lace covers the top of the brew.

Smell: Dry hopped aroma with sweet floral / citric hop in the nose. Mild fruity esters in the back ground.

Taste: Smooth and malty with a chewy mouth feel, medium bodied with a good amount of residual sweetness. Toasted malt flavor throughout. Beautiful aggressive and pungent hop bitterness that fades slowly with a long drawn out citric flavor, typical American hop character. Bitter-sweet finish.

Notes: Distinctive in its American characteristics between the hop makeup and the malt profile this brew is spot on for style. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with its loud-mouthed hop bitterness, makes it that much more drinkable.

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Photo of beernut7
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a dark golden color with a spicy aroma. The balance between bitterness and spiciness in the hop profile is right on and there is a good backup malt property to the brew. Draught beer IS better.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a full creamy off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace rings. Good citrus fruit hop aroma (oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple). Tastes much like it smells... fruity and very citrusy hop character. Light bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

I remember this being as good if not better in the past - a top notch APA.

Per SR website:
1995 GABF - Silver
1996 GABF - Gold

Best by (end of): Jan '06 ('05' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 01/07/06

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was part of my haul from the Nice CANs III BIF and thanks to Poeksbeerdude for sending me many nice CANs!

From the CAN: "This is a classic American pale brewed with Idaho-grown malt and plenty of Cascade hops. Golden in color, it has a fresh hop nose and a citrusy hop flavor followed by a crisp, firm finish. Snake River Pale has been a repeat winner at the Great American Beer Fest: 1995 American Pale Ale- Silver, 1996 American Pale Ale - Silver, 2007 Bitter or Pale Mild Ale - and The World Beer Cup: 1996 American Style Pale Ale - Gold, 1998 American Style Pale Ale - Bronze, 2008 Special or Best Bitter - Gold. Snake River Brewing has twice earned the recognition of 'Small Brewery of the Year' at the Great American Beer Fest."

The Crack & Glug was a welcome event and it produced two fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. The nose was very grapefruit-citrusy and mouthwatering for this hophead. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a really big citrus taste on the tongue. It was hard to believe that this was not an IPA! The finish was dry, pleasant and very refreshing. Now, I am anxious to try the IPA!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant, flowery aroma, with a light yellowish orange color. I didn't really see any bubble activity in the glass, but it does have good carbonation.

Very slight malt presence, so there's really not much for the hops to take over when it's their time. And it does have a good honest hop character. If you're experimenting with some of the more hopped up beers, this is a good one to experience. Not too over the top, you can relax with this beer without having to focus on it too much or have it be too distracting from your evening's activities. You just do your thing, it'll take care of itself...

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear golden in color with a good white head formation. This looks much like most West Coast pale ales SNPA is pretty much the model.

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.

A very top notch and flavorable pale ale here. Mild as it is this carries a lot of flavor. A beer I seriously recommend.

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl. oz. can of this from The Trap Bar & Grill in Alta, WY for $4. Poured from the Green/Black Labeled can w/ a Swan in front of the Tetons into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the can but am sure its fresh since we are within miles of the brewery.

Aroma- This aroma pops at you with tons of citrus and better yet pine! More like an IPA and I'm never against this. A bit dry hopped as well.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head thats frothy and lasts forever! Has a medium orange colored body and clear (maybe not too much dry hopping?). Leaves thick lace both in ring and random form.

Flavor- The hops are very sweet in this one and almost can be characterizes as wet. Awesome! A small amount of malt is involved too. The grassy hop flavor overpowers towards the finish with a Light-Medium Bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, but then a bit watered down... Not sure where this came from!

Overall Impression- Things were on the up and up with this one until the mouthfeel... Not sure how it could have been a watered down finish with all the character in it. Either way, a great APA and while all attributes were more like an IPA, maybe this watered down finish helped with balancing everything out?

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a decent fluffy head and good carbonation. Head receeded quickly. It smells of spicy apples, and citrus hops, even lemony. Tart and tangy, it has a touch of piny and citrusy hops, and a bit of apples. Very nice. Good and tangy, with typical hop tartness and pucker.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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 bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear but there is a fairly significant haze, the liquid is tawny-coppery gold in hue. Minimal amounts of animation lazily stream to the frothy white head. At the apex the foamy mass of bubbles reached a healthy two fingers in height. There was excellent head retention, it took a few moments before I started to fade and the process was slow going, in fact a fairly large cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing made my glass look like ripped wallpaper. Excellent appearance. The nose is very pleasant. The hops are perfectly boisterous for the style, lovely! APA hop profile of flowery notes upfront, vague hints of pine and a moderate jolt of citrus zest. Soft fruit aromas like oranges and pineapples bridge the gap until the malt is found at the finish, it is largely clean with just a trace of bready sweetness. Nice. The potency is moderate but it is clearly inviting. The palate is damn tasty, simple as that. I love well made APAs, this happens to be one of them. The hops are assertive but not belligerent. My tongue doesn’t get hammered with bitterness, sure there is bitterness but at a very agreeable level with acidic citrus notes, not very fleshy but more like zest. This melts perfectly with some fruit, mainly oranges, pineapples, dull grapefruits (from hops too I assume), and grapes. Nice. The malt is largely clean with a bready sweetness at the finish. While the malt isn’t big, it is just right. While the malt isn’t “amazingly flavorful,” it does provide just enough support. The beer is balanced enough but the hops clearly lead this beer to the promise land (which is my belly). I really liked this beer, the best APA in the world is Alpha King, this beer is not on that level but it is really freaking good. This beer could be paired with a good number of grilled foods and cheeses. Medium in body, creamy with fairly active carbonation, on the swallow the beer is surprisingly filling. Pleasant mouthfeel. Soft, well rounded yet bitter aftertaste. I found this beer to be very drinkable. I don’t have any qualms with it. I wish I purchased a six-pack instead of the one bottle I got in Brookfield, WI. This is yet another solid beer from this brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle.
A) Pours with a two finger head, tight and creamy, and hangs around a bit. Clear, bronze body with active upward carbonation. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Piney and citrus. Subtle toasty-ness. Hints of caramel.
T) Nutty. A nice, balanced flavor. The hops are not crazy but add a nice bittering bite toward the end. The malts are pleasant, not too robust, but a nice toasty caramel tone.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body.
D) An easy drinker and delicious!!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with just the slightest of haze. Good volume of head that is just slightly off-white, stays throughout the glass and leaves lace all the way down.
Aroma of floral and citrusy hops with a hint of malt in the background.

Taste is quite good (I love my APA's). Somewhat citrusy hop flavor that is quite evident, but not over the top. Enough malt sweetness to lend some balance, but this one is still about the hops. Nice level of bitterness. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable (as are most APA's).
Though there are better ones, this is a quite good APA I'd be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a light, pale orange with a slight haze but not opaque. The head is pillowy white and looks to have some staying power.I smell some sweet bread with citrus, like banana bread made with oranges instead of bananas. It smells very good; hoppy and inviting. The taste is refreshing, slight citrus flavors showing up. The carbonation is well done and I think there are some malts hiding in the background. This is a good pale ale and at $6 a sixer a sweet deal also. Recommended to all pale ale lovers, not just hop-heads.

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Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice simple bottle with a best by Nov notched in the label. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching the Broncos vs. Chargers.

Appearance- Pours a super clear straw yellow with a bright white fluffy half finger head. Leaves a terrific cap and collar that lasts the entire brew. Leaves lots of random, sticky lacing down the side of the pint glass. Aggressive carbonation bubbles up constantly from the bottom.
Smell- First thing you notice is the soft floral aroma that is reminiscent of lilacs. Nice biscuity malt lingers in the background. Very simple but effective.
Taste- Starts nice and sweet with plenty of warm toasty malts. Great hop bitterness quickly joins the party with a very fruity/citrus burst. Great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Finishes with a lingering toffee sweetness. The alcohol is barely noticeable but only in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice creamy feel. Crisp and clean with medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a very simple brew that is really well balanced and tasty. This would make a great session brew that you could easily drink a six pack or more of. This is only the 2nd Snake River brew I’ve reviewed but I’ve had all of there brews at beer festivals and this is easily my favorite. Great beer!

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Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a light amber in color with a one finger head that displayed decent retention. Kind of a citrus aroma (sorry, my nose is my Achilles heel, if you can picture that!). The taste is a good balance of citrus hops being backed up by a malty sweet. I can detect no bitter after taste. The feel is medium bodied, a little oily and moderately carbonated. At 5.70 ABV, drinkability is excellent.

Snake River Pale Ale isn't quite up there with Alpha King, but is still a very tasty APA. Of the three Snake River beers that I've had, none of them disappointed. Good job.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pale amber body, 1/4" white head.

S: Nice, citrusy hop aroma.

T: Bitter citrusy hop flavor too - but well balanced & quite good.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

D: This is one I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One of a handful of beers available in the bottle from Snake River. This is one of their flagship beers: a dry-hopped American Pale Ale.

A bright, rich golden beer with a tight, creamy lace that sticks. Powdery pale malts in the nose, with mild fruity esters. Very smooth and creamy, with a full and rounded body. Starts with a slight carbonation sharpness that segues to soft hop and citric bite. Dominate pale malt sweetness with bready and toasty flavors. Malts are a bit powdery on the palate. Fruity berry esters toward the back. Toasty malt finish, with a touch of dry grain.

This is a very traditional American Pale Ale--which actually makes it quite appealing. It's easy to drink and has plenty going on to keep you interested. We could see this being a staple in the fridge, regularly pairing it with basics, like a chef's salad or cheddar cheese on cracked pepper crackers.

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Photo of truknon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of my last beers from my Beer of the month club. :(

Poured into a pint glass with a nice golden color and slight white foamy head. Initial smells of citrus and hops.

It is a very light and fruity flavored pale ale that goes down smooth and tasty! The citrusy cascade hops are prevelant and it finishes with a crisp and firm malty taste. Definitely a nice balance of the two.

This can easily be a session beer. I would think it would be even better on a warm summer day, but it complemented my salad quite nicely:)

If it was available in my area I would defintiely buy more of this, so I will just have to enjoy the 3 I have from the Beer of the Month club...maybe all three tonight!!!

I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was just above average, all the way. The color was a hazy copper orange with white foam. The smell of citrus filled the nose along with a mild hoppy aroma. The flavor had sort of an apple/hoppy taste, but was well balanced with the tart/sweet finish. This was a pleasant surpise and will purchase it again!

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man KC hooked this after his recent trip to Jackson Hole!

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint bottle.

A - The beer pours a nice yellow golden color with decent retention and lacing.

S - A good aroma consisting of a some biscuit malt character along with some mild fruit tones and mild hop character.

T/M - The beer is similar to the nose and starts with the nice malt character. It develops to a more complex palette with some mild fruit, mild bitterness, and mild hop flavor. A nice sweetness accompanies the palette. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, I am quite fortunate to have been given a few brews to sample, thanks again KC. I would drink this again if I found it ;)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-27-2011 02:40:54

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