Snake River Pale Ale | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 122
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 DustinSWB
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of toti1972
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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 bloatednemesis
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AlexInJH
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Apathetiq
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
3.72 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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