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 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 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 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 crhensel
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into pint glass) Poured a rich amber color with a very small head that fell quickly and almost disappeared by first sip. The nose was very heavy with grass and a slight hint of some flowery hops. A little slick in the mouth, and the grass flavor was very up front at first. Mellowed a little throughout the glass though, with more of the hoppy bitterness taking over which did provide a nice finish. Not my first choice, but it was indeed a superb accompaniment to the zesty barbecue it was paired with.

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Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color, some carbonation, small head leaves pretty quick, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hop's a plenty, malts, and some citrusy tones.

T - Very nice taste kinda sweet and hoppy. nice little bitterness finish.

M - Medium body, nice rounded balance.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice little brew from Snake River. Would recommend to others.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 TroyS
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up this Snake River Pale Ale by Snake River Brewing Company of Jackson Hole, Wyoming at The Wine Garden in Blackfoot, Idaho. It's a nice little beer shop that's being guided by business lovers vs. beer lovers. I don't know why, but they're going head to head with 7-11; someone needs to tell em' that they should work to stock great brews and leave the rest behind. Oh..nothing wrong with some great vino! Was happy to see that they got into home brew wares this past week.

This beer pours really nice with a fluffy head that sticks around for a few. It has a bit O' hop to it although smells of more hops than citrus and the hops come out a bit more in the flavor; the flavor is a of pine and lite malt. This ale pours lighter than I expected. It's a bit cloudy, but not heavy and/or syrupy. This is a really good beer - mmm!

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden hue with a light murk. Thick, persistant, rocky porcelain white head leaves sparse, frothy lace. Soft orange citrus with a rounded pineapple edge comprise the hop nose. Malt character in aroma is of staple bready pale malt and simply sweet light lovibond caramel malt hints. Flavorwise, the hop profile is a facsimile of the aroma, although orange character seems powdery and Tang like. Bitterness is mild, but easily overruns the residual sweetness due to the high attenuation. Trace chalky sweet dextrin malt and token pale malt presence. Neutral in outright yeast derived character and devoid of esters. Lightly bodied, with a functionally fluid mouthfeel conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes with dry cracker and trace tart, lemony hints. A simple, innocuous pale ale very suitable as either as a one time thirst quencher or a session brew. Tasty, but certainly not outstanding.

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Photo of Boto
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle: This one poures a slightly hazy, somewhat darker golden color. There is a good bit of a white head on it. There is a fairly good amount of carbonation in this one. There is a bit of orange citrus to the nose. There is a fair amount of bitterness to the taste. Notes of citrus and pineiness in the bitterness. Hints of a malty body. Not bad, but not memorable either. It would be a good beer to pick up for just having a six to drink!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha! It showed up in town, along with the Pako's Eye-P-A, today at 2nd Street Liquors, best by 9/18/11 that's a sticker on the 6 pack carrier and not anywhere on the can.

It pours a light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and some lacing.

A lightish nose, as usual, for the beer. Some light hop bitterness, not much else.

The taste has some good hop character; bit of grass, some pine, the malt is on the sweetish side with some noticeable notes of grain. The freshest sample of the beer I've had in a long time other than the draught I've had at the local Old Chicago. I'd consider it a good "gateway" beer for the craft beer noobie. The taste is just too smooth to spark any oohs and ahhs from experienced drinkers. Not that that is a bad thing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -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 dtumminelliob
3.46/5  rDev -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 dnjmed
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a golden orange with a finger and a half of head. i don't get much of an aroma. Great balance. i love the american hops. i feel like there's something lacking though. it's almost as if this beer is so much in character that it lacks a distinguishing feature which makes it less enjoyable and less memorable. regardless it's very drinkable. generic pale ale.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake River- Pale Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Bright copper orange with a small but sticky head.
S- Oily pine hops with stromg caramel malt.
T- Pine hops up front with a sweet caramel malt body. Green and floral hops come out in the end.
M- Sweet up front with big flavor on the tongue. Finishes of crisp and clean.

Overall- A mild APA that makes this too easy to drink. I would drink 2 of these before moving up to something bolder.

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Photo of cfalls
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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 LiquidBreadMan
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I suspected that this would be a good drinking experience when I saw yeast settled on the bottom of the bottle. I wasn't disappointed.

Snake River Pale Ale pours a pale gold with a quickly dissipating head. It smells strongly of peach. The flavor is mush the same -- peach and some astringent hops, with a nice dry finish. Interestingly good stuff. Not my favorite pale ale, but a good beer nonetheless.

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