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 metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +2.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.1%
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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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 dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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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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 TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/03/05- On tap at Jaker's Restaurant in Idaho Falls, ID.

Presentation- From the tap into a 22oz glass mug. Great deal. $3.50 for the glass.

Appearance- Nice frothy head, a golden amber pour and nice lace cligs to the sides.

Smell- Malty and hoppy at the same time. A bit of citrus and a bit of pine, but not overwhelming. Nice tocuh of malt.

Taste- Crisp and clean with a medium dark roasted malty flavor. Hops held in check nicely with a nice pine resin flavor coming through.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- A quality pale ale that I wouldn't hesitate in ordering again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Stillwater wine glass. Beer is light amber and mostly clear with a nice white head of medium bubbles, low carbonation and some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy from hops. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and tastes fine. It's moderately sweet up front, mildly carbonated, mildly bitter from hops at the end, it's not a great beer but it's unoffensive enough for a APA. I'd have it again but I wouldn't buy it again.

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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 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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, a touch of citrus, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this beer. This is the first beer I have tried from Wyoming.

Pours yellow with a white head. The aroma is grainy malts with some grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same, with the hops overshadowed by the malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Wish there was a little more hop presence in this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod.

Pour is a chunky white head atop a hazy golden brew...

Smell is a bready mix of pale malts and spicy/floral and lite citrus hops.... Aroma is good, but with an interesting yeasty fruitiness.... really pretty good but hard to pick apart... as it warms the hops become more apparent.

Taste is toasted malts.. maybe a little too much hop/minerally bitterness... but still nice. Not a whole lot to it.. but drinkable for sure... very good palate and flavor.. just a little underwhelming. Flavor is suprisingly clean for such a fruity aroma. Earthy/citrus zest hops mix well with the malts.... again drinkable forever.

I really like Snake River... I've had all their regular bottled brews often over the years... but the real standout is, going to the brewery. Jackson Hole is sooo touristy, but the brewery still makes very nice beers... and there is a really cheap hotel that is only about a block or two from the brewery (toward the ski hill) that is even affordable during the summer and winter months... a definate must visit if you're in Jackson.

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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 jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a mild amount of head and mild amount of carbonation.

Take a deep sniff and there's traces of a grainy cereal-like smell that is foremost in the aroma. Also picking up some grass, sweet malt, and cracker.

Taste is very well, and I mean VERY WELL balanced. Up front there's mild caramel malts, some distant lemon zest (very mild in character), and a little grassiness. Taste is very mild and there's a small amount of pine bitterness that finishes and doesn't last very long.

Mouthfeel is medium body and chewy, mild prickliness on the tongue and very drinkable.

Hands down, this would make a good session beer, but not one of my favorites. Still, for an ale, I think Snake River did a good job. This would be a good choice for an offering at a party where it's not a hardcore beer crowd.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy to the golden yellow body with a tiny ring of foam floating on top. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding through the body.

S- The smell of citrus hops has a slight green bitterness to it but the smell if pretty light.

T- The sweet taste of pale malt has hints of dry biscuit malt and raw grain in the background. The note of green bitter hops has a slight orange flavor to it in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is boosted by the carbonation.

D- Nice beer with some flavor but not much complexity or interest.

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