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
Ranking:
#25,196
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
235
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
Trade:
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with initial hints of caramel malts and sweetness; this is followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced and very easy to drink. The hop aromas and flavors won't blow you away like an IPA, but it is a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard stuff. Nothing wrong with it, but not a standout. Has some good maltiness that opens up with caramel, maltiness, and a light syrup sweetness. Fruitiness and yeastiness follow up in the flavors. The hop flavoring is spicy and perfumy, while the bitterness is moderate and the aromas are pine-ey. Though these qualities stand up, it's not as bold as it takes to become great. Nice one-dimensional golden / amber hue with moderate head retention and lacing. Though creamy and smooth, the textures are mild and light. Clean in the finish with a light malt lingering and a hop spice continuation. Nice, but similar to most other nice pale ales out there.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a cottony head that clings to the beer and webs lacing

Smell: Biscuity and very floral, but modest overall

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that moves in the floral direction by mid-palate; after the swallo, some modest grainy bittering appears but, like the aroma, I am underwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but also easy to forget

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, grasses, pine and some fruity esters.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, light citrus and grasses. Pretty standard APA.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale that finishes smooth.

D - This is a pretty good APA. I'm glad I got to try my first brew from Wyoming.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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 chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 1 May.

Pours honey/bronze with a 4 fingers+ white head that drops off over time to to about a 1/2". Good lacing & head retention

Smell: Citrusy hops

Taste: Citrusy (orange& lemon) up front & then slight malt sweetness. Finishes tart with a piney hop kick

MF: Slight oily feel to it, also slightly undercarbonated.

Pretty drinkable, but nothing special as far as this style goes. A pretty good representation of an APA

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4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Jason
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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 MarkyMOD
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing off the mixed case I ordered a while back. This variety pours a clear sunrise tawn' topped by a finger of light off-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, earthy and flowery hops, and a slight tinge of pine. The taste curtails the toffee further, leaving it cowering in the back, more closely resembling a meek caramel than any toffee I've ever tasted. (...Maybe I'm being too hard on these malts...) In a more commanding position stands those earthy hops, which are also joined by some light spicy and orange-y notes, though these are also relegated to the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a finish that yearns to be dry. Overall, a very nice bit o' APA, easily drinkable but still a few steps away from even minor greatness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper orange large white fluffy head forms even lacing solid looking brew. Aroma: Slight hop profile great stuff pine floral touch of citrus hops as well nicely balanced with caramel malts not to sugary at all even session pale ale. Taste: Mild hop dose subtle sweetness great mix for the overall flavor solid offering from Wyoming. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied evenly carbonated this beer doesn't know how to offend. Drinkability: Very drinkable version of a classic American pale ale, and one that I will whenever it's available to sip on.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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