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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man KC hooked this after his recent trip to Jackson Hole!

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint bottle.

A - The beer pours a nice yellow golden color with decent retention and lacing.

S - A good aroma consisting of a some biscuit malt character along with some mild fruit tones and mild hop character.

T/M - The beer is similar to the nose and starts with the nice malt character. It develops to a more complex palette with some mild fruit, mild bitterness, and mild hop flavor. A nice sweetness accompanies the palette. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, I am quite fortunate to have been given a few brews to sample, thanks again KC. I would drink this again if I found it ;)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-27-2011 02:40:54

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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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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a thin creamy white head. Smells of herbal vegetables and honey. Taste is a hint of sweetness up front, followed by some herbal hops, finishing with a lemon zest and caramel finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Overall a very good pale ale that I would get again.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A yellow pale in color with excellent clarity; the liquid portion is actually so pale and clear you'd think it was a standard macro beer. HOWEVER, a nice thick foamy looking white head makes itself known at the top. The head gives good lacing and sticks around for a respectable amount of time for the style.

Smell is good, smells clean. Well malted, little hints of caramel, grainy and hay-like. Well hopped, slightly more tart citrus aromas. I really like the smell, it's pretty straight forward, but good. Better if you let it sit for 5 minutes or so, smells best at that between refrigerator temp and room temp.

Taste is good. Hops are stronger in the flavor than the smell, again with the citrus. Hints of grain and carmel malts and clean straw/hay taste, grassy.

Light to medium bodied. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Good carbonation level as well. Overall a very good representation of the style.

Thanks huadog for the sweet extra!

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

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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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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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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans from Northridge in Laramie, WY for $8 or so. Best before date of September, can't remember the date. Poured into a NB Globe. I must preface that I have had this beer quite a few times, and am really excited about it being in cans.

A: Slightly hazy gold color with an inch worth of frothy white head that leaves huge gobs of lacing as it recedes. Pretty solid looking beer.

S: Slight little bit of citrus and some grainy malt smells. Some notes of caramel and a mild yeasty ester note. Not incredible but not offensive in any way. Just a pretty mediocre smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose, little bit of citrusy hops with a nice caramel and grainy bite throughout the beer. Bitterness is balanced with the malty sweetness quite nicely. Pretty simple, balanced little beer.

M: Medium body, with mild carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish. Just about right.

O: A really solid simple, APA. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, bitterness is in check, but at the same time not dominated by crystal malt and sweetness either. Really a nicely balanced pale. A little fresher would be nice as the hops definitely shine more, but still a nice beer for relaxing and having a few.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned but hung in there leaving thin waves of lacing.

S - sort of sweet smelling with a bit of citrus.

T - good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops the finish is somewhat bitter but then there's a sticky sweetness left on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel that makes it go down easy.

O - a bit better than your average pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up while I was in Idaho. Standard pale ale appearance, light copper, 1" head, not much lace to speak of. Aroma was also copper, that metallic bitterness and mildly hoppy. For the claims of dry hopping, this one seems to barely qualify. Still nice though.

Easy to drink pale, I'd guess the ibu's are in the high 40s range, standard hopping, enough to qualify, not enough to make the aroma or taste result in me saying, hey this is a hoppy beer. Achieves balance. Nice pale malt is complimentary to the tame citrus flavor. Definitely a good gateway craft beer, or just plain good, can please palates of many interests.

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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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