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 | website

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
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
229
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
Wants:
11
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20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of woodychandler
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 isualum12
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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 pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint of this at The Gun Barrel in Jackson, WY a few nights ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold body shows perfect clarity and gentle carbonation. A thin, white cap sits on top and leaves notch-like rings of lace on the glass walls.

Smell: Crystal malts and dinner rolls make up the malt aspect; lemon zest and soft pine resin show the hop side. A very mild aroma overall. No off-flavors that I can discern, but pretty bland as well.

Taste: Follows the nose very closely, with sweet bread, lemon zest, and pine resin all playing major roles. Hops meld with bready yeast in modestly bitter, somewhat grassy, finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy with mild bitterness and fine carbonation. I wish this had a bit more body and bitterness, but it's certainly smooth.

Overall: Very smooth and well-crafted, but also very mild. I'd prefer a bit more boldness and kick, but that's me. For those Trader Joe's shoppers out there, think Mission St. Pale Ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -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 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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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 -1.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +12.1%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +3.2%
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 -12.9%
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 +1.9%
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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