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

Slightly hazy golden body with a thin head, and low retention leaving little lacing. Fruity nose, malt with apricot and peach notes, with orange citrus and just a touch of floral hop. Moderate carbonation up front, medium-thin body, piney flavors balanced with fruity malt, nice bitter finish with a bit of grassiness. Doesn't really stand out from the rest of the APA crowd, but a quality offering, and easy-going.

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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 isualum12
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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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 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 dickroop
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the bar in the brewery in a pint ale glass.
Appearance-Medium amber, minimal head
Aroma-Wasn't much, I sorta jumped this, I was thirsty...
Flavor-A fine healthy hit of floral hops, a medium bitter finish. Great stuff
Mouthfeel-Great, a nice coppery tang of adequate carbonation, a bit of pucker-and-wad, leaves you something to chew on
Drinkability-Outstanding, nothing to complain about

Sitting by the taps, this is clearly their most served beer

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a decent fluffy head and good carbonation. Head receeded quickly. It smells of spicy apples, and citrus hops, even lemony. Tart and tangy, it has a touch of piny and citrusy hops, and a bit of apples. Very nice. Good and tangy, with typical hop tartness and pucker.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: hazy golden color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: hoppy and citric, sweet maltiness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, good hoppy bitterness, citrus flavor, malty sweetness

Notes: good brew

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Photo of Gritsak
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- light hazy straw colored with a small white head. light amount of lacing.

S- very light floral hop aroma

T- a little water on the first taste blending into a light hop spice and bitterness.

M- a bit thin IMO with mild carbonation.

D- pretty easy to drink, but that may be because there no real strong flavor.

overall- a little disapointed with this brew. It seems a little lighter then im used to having in an APA. body is a little thin and water and the hop presence is mild. maybe im just used to drinking mostly IPA's so this seems dulled down. its still a decent beer with nice balance and no bad flavors.

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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 kaszeta
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served with a nice light amber body and a thick foamy head. The aroma was heavenly, hops with a nice floral character. The beer has an excellent taste, good hops flavor combining both floral and bitter notes, crisp and dry with a light tangy hops aftertase. Good, complex depth of the hops flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and bitter, still light. Overall, a very hopped pale ale, but one that still is well rounded in character. Very drinkable.

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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 dtumminelliob
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely the weaker of Snake River's two pale ales, though it appears to be the flagship beer of the company. The color is a little deeper than average for a pale ale, but other than that it is pretty bland with just a general bitter aroma in the mid-taste. The smell is good, making the first sip actually somewhat disappointing.
In a way, it almost tastes a bit more like a session IPA than a pale ale. At times it is more refreshing than it is hoppy, in which case the bitterness actually ends up being a distraction.

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

I suspected that this would be a good drinking experience when I saw yeast settled on the bottom of the bottle. I wasn't disappointed.

Snake River Pale Ale pours a pale gold with a quickly dissipating head. It smells strongly of peach. The flavor is mush the same -- peach and some astringent hops, with a nice dry finish. Interestingly good stuff. Not my favorite pale ale, but a good beer nonetheless.

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

I was not blown over by this beer. It has a nice flora aroma and decent but not enduring head. It's slightly hazy and golden yellow. Has the familiar citrus/grapefruit flavor but not excessively so. Slightly bitter but bland in the finish. I found it pretty easy to drink. Comparable to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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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 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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