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
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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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 homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin white head. Piney hop aroma, but not overpowering. Maybe a little thin bodied. More piney hops in the flavor, but not a lot of bitterness. Some malt sweetness and caramel. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of boss302
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snake river brewing, Jackson Hole, Wy, 12oz bottle. I have had this at the brewery before, but it was 1 year ago and too long for an accurate comparison. 

A Pale golden, nice head, but didn't last long. 3.5 

S Big hops, floral not citrusy. 4.5

T Bitter at first and carries through to the end. Much more hop than malt. Seems thin on malt. 3.5

M Thin to medium, could use some more malt. 3

D Could drink these one after the other. 3.5

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One of a handful of beers available in the bottle from Snake River. This is one of their flagship beers: a dry-hopped American Pale Ale.

A bright, rich golden beer with a tight, creamy lace that sticks. Powdery pale malts in the nose, with mild fruity esters. Very smooth and creamy, with a full and rounded body. Starts with a slight carbonation sharpness that segues to soft hop and citric bite. Dominate pale malt sweetness with bready and toasty flavors. Malts are a bit powdery on the palate. Fruity berry esters toward the back. Toasty malt finish, with a touch of dry grain.

This is a very traditional American Pale Ale--which actually makes it quite appealing. It's easy to drink and has plenty going on to keep you interested. We could see this being a staple in the fridge, regularly pairing it with basics, like a chef's salad or cheddar cheese on cracked pepper crackers.

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Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle.
A) Pours with a two finger head, tight and creamy, and hangs around a bit. Clear, bronze body with active upward carbonation. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Piney and citrus. Subtle toasty-ness. Hints of caramel.
T) Nutty. A nice, balanced flavor. The hops are not crazy but add a nice bittering bite toward the end. The malts are pleasant, not too robust, but a nice toasty caramel tone.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body.
D) An easy drinker and delicious!!

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Photo of jera1350
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guessing this is unfiltered judging by the cloudy gold color with sediment floating around. The head is thinner, but creamy looking. Some decent lacing.

Right out of the bottle, the nose was great, now it's barely there. What remains is a nice citrusy scent that is very faint compared to after the pour.

Some pale malt with a moderate portion of citrus hops. A bit of grassiness from the hops as well. Not real strong flavors, but appropriately done.

Feels slightly creamy on the palate. Smooth with a body between light and medium. Semi-dry finishing.

I think this goes down very easily and would make a fine sessionable beer. I would call this a very worthy pale ale that really only lacks in the scent department.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours a tangerine color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that is leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Honestly not much smell here at all. Slight hops, malt, and citrus. I can't freaking pick anything out of the nose...

Taste - Better than the nose - I get a nice hop kick with what tastes honestly like wheat oddly enough. There is pine, grapefruit, and a hint of orange peel. Light malts in the back but overall a more hop forward brew.

Mouthfeel - Actually pretty creamy. This beer has great body.

Drinkability - I could session this for sure. Nothing "jumps out at you" from it but it is a tasty beer that is quite quaffable as I am doing right now.

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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 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 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 bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is light gold in color with a medium white, sticky head. The aroma is strong on citrus. The flavor has a strong hoppy profile, especially nice pine notes. The finish lingers with a metallic taste. The beer is medium/light in body and very drinkable. A good beer that would be great if not for the funky finish.

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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 truknon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of my last beers from my Beer of the month club. :(

Poured into a pint glass with a nice golden color and slight white foamy head. Initial smells of citrus and hops.

It is a very light and fruity flavored pale ale that goes down smooth and tasty! The citrusy cascade hops are prevelant and it finishes with a crisp and firm malty taste. Definitely a nice balance of the two.

This can easily be a session beer. I would think it would be even better on a warm summer day, but it complemented my salad quite nicely:)

If it was available in my area I would defintiely buy more of this, so I will just have to enjoy the 3 I have from the Beer of the Month club...maybe all three tonight!!!

I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Pours a hazy orange amber in color with a small off white ½ inch head; smells of hops, citrus and light malt.

Very light and crisp with decent lacing, it tastes of hops, both piney and floral hops, orange peel, lemon, light malt, light caramel, some spices and yeast and or grains. A very tasty brew that goes down smooth and easy. It has a nice hoppy balance with an oily feel which is a little bitter, but slides down well and allows the floral hops and malt backbone to leave a nice flavor and the beer ends on the dry and crisp side. A very good APA that goes down easy and was enjoyable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BOTMC brew (who I must say is getting out some good selections lately) Snake River where Evel Knievel went for a good ride! Well, as did Evel, let's give it a whirl. Smell in the bottle is a delicious citrus hop smell with hints of banana. The brew pours to a yellow bronze with a nice creamy head. The taste is incredibly fresh. The hoppiness is very subdued to the point of only being a slight bitter twang with a lot of floral notes like chamomile. Most of the flavor is the the malt which is bold with a good backbone. For the style this beer is a great example. Good malt base with a noticeable floral hops that let their presence be known but don't shred your tongue. Mouthfeel has a bit more cabonation than most, but it suits this style well. Refreshing and tasty. I could knock back a few of these.

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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 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 kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a light amber in color with a one finger head that displayed decent retention. Kind of a citrus aroma (sorry, my nose is my Achilles heel, if you can picture that!). The taste is a good balance of citrus hops being backed up by a malty sweet. I can detect no bitter after taste. The feel is medium bodied, a little oily and moderately carbonated. At 5.70 ABV, drinkability is excellent.

Snake River Pale Ale isn't quite up there with Alpha King, but is still a very tasty APA. Of the three Snake River beers that I've had, none of them disappointed. Good job.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one later at night after dinner at the Old Faithful Inn. My wife went to bed not feeling well so I sat in the lobby and enjoyed a night cap.

A: Clear golden, thin white head. A little hazy, and no a/c.

S: Hoppy, perhaps using Cascades? No malt, just hops. Too much hops. Another example of people confusing IPA and PA in my opinion.

T: Some as smell, all hops no malt. Very bitter and dry. Much more like an IPA

M: Not as thin as I expected especially with all the hops. No carbonation.

D: Good, heavy for a PA. For the hop heads for sure.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, citrus, and hints of pine resin. It is a nice aroma, but one that can be found in numerous other APAs. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice pale ale, but nothing really special. I would have no problem drinking it again.

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Photo of electricfields
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always seen this around, but never tried it until today.

A: Pours translucent gold with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly spiced citrus with a hint of bready sweetness.

T: Not really a stand-out pale ale so much as a really good representation of how a good pale ale is done. Honey and a some citrus with a good kick are the stand-out flavors. There's a nice spice to it, too. It's mild, and not super complex, but it's also delicious and has a good balance to it. The aftertaste is mostly crisp pine hops.

M: Light body with a nice tickly carbonation that helps it down almost perfectly. No complaints here.

D: Excellent. It's refreshing and goes down real nice. Very easy to drink.

This is definitely going to become one of my standard session beers. A bit pricey, but better than most other pale ales I've tried. I really like this.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has got some spritzy citrus hoppiness, and some touches of honey and caramel.
the flavor has some nice lighter caramel malt character to it. one also finds some interesting honey and tea-like flavors in the mix. bringing up the rear is some nice lemony hops, backed with moderate bitterness.
it's a little shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good, it's crisp and refreshing with some interesting complexities to hold your attention. a solid pale ale.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Area on label for Best By date to be notched but no notch.

A - Pale Ale pours a golden honeyed yellow with an ever-so-slight haze to it. A turbulant pour brings about a long lasting white, loose head. Sticky lacing is icing on the cake.

S - A strong citrus blast of hops leaps out with pine-needle in hand. The hop aroma is good but lacks depth. Light aroma of malts faintly floating in the background.

T - From the first sip I could tell the focus was more on hoppy tasting beer. The nose is there but the flavor is where the kick is. Good balance of citrus and lingering pine aftertaste. While not entirely unbalanced, malts are pretty absent from the flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy on the finish. Medium in body with a noticeable but low level of carbonation. Not to be mistaken with flat however.

D - I'm leaning towards the session side with this beer but it exemplifies the style fairly well and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink. Solid offering from Snake River.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nothing really outstanding, just a good golden orange with little bit of white head.

S: Citrus and pine, american hops.

T: American hops all the way, centennial maybe? I'm not really sure. A little bit of malt, and moderate attenuation giving it a little bit of sweetness.

M: Average, good for the style.

D: Fairly low ABV, pretty good, I had more than one. It's balance enough that nothing really starts to wear on your palate too much.

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Photo of kinger
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There isn't a lot that makes this beer stand out, but all around this is a rather good APA. Don't get much from the aroma, some hops linger there but it is relatively tame. Nice light copper pour with a lemon tint, sizable white head, moderate lacing. Full mouthfeel, smooth finish with a slight hop bite. Flavor got my attention, first and foremost the balance between the hops and malt is superb. There is a fruitiness in the flavor that I can't quite grasp, kind of citrusy...lemon I think, just a touch to draw my attention. The bittering hops quickly fade into that smooth finish. Good session Pale Ale, all around decent drink.

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
3.72 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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