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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of beerphilosopher
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass froma 12 oz bottle.

A - Slightly less than clear golden color with a rather thin white head. Little retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Quite hoppy, as expected. Some pine and yeast noted detected as well.

T - This is where I was let down. The smell caused me to expect a good hop attack ... one which never really came along. Somewhat piney and clean, but tasted rather watered down to me. Not a lot of substance here. I tried this one the night after trying a Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA ... maybe not a good back to back, but the Flying Dog IPA was much, much better. This one is disappointingly thin and uninteresting.

M - Again, thin and average in every respect. Decent balance and none too bitter since the hops never asserted themselves. Finished clean.

D - You could drink this one and enjoy it so long as you're not expecting much from it ... it's thin and light, so you can drink several ata sitting. Don't expect the sought after "pucker" you'd get from a substantially hopped IPA. Sort of a disappointment.

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Photo of mschofield
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, well carbonated medium amber. Topped with a two finger pillowy off-white head, leaves puffy short lived bits of lacing.
Citrus, alcohol, pepper, wood and herb filled aroma.
Lightly flavored, toffee, floral, disappointing taste, it needs to be magnified.
Medium bodied, goes down easy, very easy. If the taste could be brough up it would be a winner.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle ordered from the brewery as part of a mixed 12-pack. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a light copper-hued brew with a thin white head. The nose is comprised mainly of a touch of bready malt with some caramel meandering in the background. A bit stale with a touch of cardboard. There is no real hop component. The taste hits the same rotten notes--there is cardboard and oxidation plus a bit of bread. No real hop component to speak of. Pretty generic and light; not a fan.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Pale Ale poured a lifeless dark gold with a puny white head. The head was quick to disappear and left a poor lace on the glass.

The aroma was underwhelming. The malt nearly overpowered the hops. I found no citrus in the nose and maybe a very little earthiness. Maybe.

There was a hint of citrus on the tongue. The malt sweetness is quite prevalent here also. After the first several sips, there is a citrus finish. And I just burped and it left a citrusy taste in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was watery and lacked any carbonation. Quite a disappointment.

After drinking their Zonker Stout last night, I was excited about trying their pale ale. As good a the stout was, the pale ale was disappointing. The beer was date stamped for July and I had it chilled to the suggested 40 degrees. All around this beer had no off tones in any aspect, BUT it had NOTHING to make it memorable either. If you would get this on sale, it might be worth it, but there are too many good pale ales out there to drink this.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pale golden yellow semi-transparent body with a 1/8" powerful white head.
S-Slightly hoppy with sweet malted undertones.
T-Light and unremarkable on the draw with a somewhat hopped finish.
M-Watery at first then a carbonated dry finish.
D-Not my 1st choice for beers, but if I need an example of a pale ale for non-beer drinkers then I could use this one.

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Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of casapy
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of whahappened27
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

12oz bottle purchased at Daanan's Delicatesen in Hayden, ID. I purchased this because it was a new micro to me and because it wipes Wyomiing of the list of states I haven't sampled beers from. The label is quite different from the one pictured here. The bottle is marked best by January. No indication of which January.

This poured a slightly hazy pale gold color with a modest white head that dropped at about Mach 3.Very slight, spotty lace left behind.

Very mild nose on this one. I detect grainy maltiness and a slight, citrusy hop scent. Neither is very dominant, so it comes across as balanced.

The flavor is pretty much like the scent. This is a very restrained, unagressive pale ale. Very slight dry zap at the swallow. It almost reminds me of an English pale ale, it's so mellow and unassertive, yet doesn't taste "off" in any way.

The mouthfeel is soft and light. In fact, it could use a little more carbonation to live things up a bit.

Drinkable in the way that most bland but well made beers are drinkable. I could probably drain several of these bottles in a sitting and my taste buds would be unaware they were in use. Not a bad tasting beer, but no reason to try it again, either.

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Photo of CPAles
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted caramel malts with some grassy hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts and a little fruit with a light bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, honey-hued body with a thin, creamy white head.

Smell: A soapy, hop-minded aroma with notes of grass, as well as lemon and grapefruit rinds.

Taste: The hop flavors jump in right away, bypassing the vague hint of caramel malt, and deliver the citrus fruits, a touch of grass, a moderate bitterness, and a caustic citric bite. Finishes with more of the citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent APA.

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Photo of akorsak
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from JohnnyM2002.

A: The pale ale is an amber color, trending closer to orange. The head weighs in at 2.5 fingers on initial pour and retains nicely, thoroughly lacing the glass.

S: The aroma is a very grainy biscuit malt that is highlighted by intermitent citrus notes.

T: The pale ale has a nicely balanced malt-hop mix. The malts are grainy, biscuity with a sweet cereal taste. The hops spruce things up a bit, adding a citrusy tang but they are short-lived. After the quick retreat, the finish is a grainy thinness.

M: The mouthfeel is average, providing a nice transition from malt to hops and back to malt.

D: The ale is refreshing, having a pleasing but ordinary taste. This would be a good session ale.

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Photo of isualum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Boise Beer Festival put on by barley bros trraveling beer show. These guys where wearing shirts that said "let our river run through your liver."
A - This Pale pours yellow golden with white lite head.
S - A strong citrus blast of hops.
T - From the first taste I tasted hopes. As the flavor comes on it gives you a little kick. Citrus aftertaste.
M - creamy with a medium to lite flavor.

Overall this was an alright pale. Not sure about the brewers them selves. I was a voluenteer at the event this weekend working taps next to these guys fell on the jerk side of things...All well I am after beer not friendship from them...

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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