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 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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Photo of Twerknasty
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow pour, absolutely not any bubbles . Very floral citric notes on the nose, with a good background of bready malts. Palate is very interesting, showing malts at the start and finish- with the hops dominating mid-palate. Really not any bitterness show from the hops, just really a lively hay feel. The malts play a sweet part, balancing the slight bit of hops on the center of the palate. Interesting, and I do appreciate the creamyness of the malts. Decent

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Photo of TroyS
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up this Snake River Pale Ale by Snake River Brewing Company of Jackson Hole, Wyoming at The Wine Garden in Blackfoot, Idaho. It's a nice little beer shop that's being guided by business lovers vs. beer lovers. I don't know why, but they're going head to head with 7-11; someone needs to tell em' that they should work to stock great brews and leave the rest behind. Oh..nothing wrong with some great vino! Was happy to see that they got into home brew wares this past week.

This beer pours really nice with a fluffy head that sticks around for a few. It has a bit O' hop to it although smells of more hops than citrus and the hops come out a bit more in the flavor; the flavor is a of pine and lite malt. This ale pours lighter than I expected. It's a bit cloudy, but not heavy and/or syrupy. This is a really good beer - mmm!

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Photo of becktone
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Cloudy tan in appearance due to a careless pour which allowed the sediment of this bottle conditioned beer to make it into the glass. I'm sure that this one would be a nice clear sparkling golden if the yeast and other junk weren't in there. The head is quite nice at two fingers with some great retention. It is fairly creamy in appearance.

Nose: Citrus and pine hop aroma. Some caramel and grain undertones. Overall I think that a stronger malt backbone would benefit this one.

Tongue: I picked up an alkaline taste when poured into a glass that I didn't find when drinking out of the bottle. Piney and citrus hops sum up this brew's flavor pretty well.Slight caramel notes and some graininess as in the aroma. Some more support from the malt would really fill out this beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium body with moderate levels of carbonation, nothing all that special. I'd not go out of my way to find this beer again, however if you happen upon it it is worth a try. However, for the 9.99 I paid for it I really don't think that its worth that much. I could go with a great APA for less when buying Burning River or SNPA.

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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 Applesauce1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH, on my way back to Athens. I see that it's made in Jackson, WY. Makes me think of the slopes I just got back from in the Wasatch Range of Utah. Anyhow....back to beer...

Appearance: gold, yellow color...same as a miller lite but this had a nice 1/2" white head on the pour

Smell: hops, little bit of cascades, maybe some piney scents

Taste: good flavor, pretty balanced....i think this definitely has some cascade hops and some caramel malt maybe??? ill have to think about that...

Mouthfeel: light to medium body

Drinkability: could do two in a night

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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 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 NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake River- Pale Ale

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Bright copper orange with a small but sticky head.
S- Oily pine hops with stromg caramel malt.
T- Pine hops up front with a sweet caramel malt body. Green and floral hops come out in the end.
M- Sweet up front with big flavor on the tongue. Finishes of crisp and clean.

Overall- A mild APA that makes this too easy to drink. I would drink 2 of these before moving up to something bolder.

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Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice simple bottle with a best by Nov notched in the label. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching the Broncos vs. Chargers.

Appearance- Pours a super clear straw yellow with a bright white fluffy half finger head. Leaves a terrific cap and collar that lasts the entire brew. Leaves lots of random, sticky lacing down the side of the pint glass. Aggressive carbonation bubbles up constantly from the bottom.
Smell- First thing you notice is the soft floral aroma that is reminiscent of lilacs. Nice biscuity malt lingers in the background. Very simple but effective.
Taste- Starts nice and sweet with plenty of warm toasty malts. Great hop bitterness quickly joins the party with a very fruity/citrus burst. Great balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Finishes with a lingering toffee sweetness. The alcohol is barely noticeable but only in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice creamy feel. Crisp and clean with medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a very simple brew that is really well balanced and tasty. This would make a great session brew that you could easily drink a six pack or more of. This is only the 2nd Snake River brew I’ve reviewed but I’ve had all of there brews at beer festivals and this is easily my favorite. Great beer!

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pale amber body, 1/4" white head.

S: Nice, citrusy hop aroma.

T: Bitter citrusy hop flavor too - but well balanced & quite good.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

D: This is one I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of sweethome
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color - appears to be some hops floating in there. Two inch head, great lacing. The nose is a bit restrained, northwest grassy hops, slight yeast, a bit of an "off" smell. I fear this as Snake River beers are best consumed very fresh.

Smooth entry, light sweet malts, generous hop flavor and bittering. A bit lighter in style than many apa's but it works well. Full mouthfeel for such a light colored beer. A nice flow from sweet maltiness to biiter hoppiness.

Excellent beer, could be a great session beer.

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