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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light amber color with very little head and low retention, leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of grassy and citrus hops with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is much the same. Some citrus notes from the hops and some caramel sweetness. Easy to drink and smooth on the palate. Not the best for style, but drinkable.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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 RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden hue with a light murk. Thick, persistant, rocky porcelain white head leaves sparse, frothy lace. Soft orange citrus with a rounded pineapple edge comprise the hop nose. Malt character in aroma is of staple bready pale malt and simply sweet light lovibond caramel malt hints. Flavorwise, the hop profile is a facsimile of the aroma, although orange character seems powdery and Tang like. Bitterness is mild, but easily overruns the residual sweetness due to the high attenuation. Trace chalky sweet dextrin malt and token pale malt presence. Neutral in outright yeast derived character and devoid of esters. Lightly bodied, with a functionally fluid mouthfeel conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes with dry cracker and trace tart, lemony hints. A simple, innocuous pale ale very suitable as either as a one time thirst quencher or a session brew. Tasty, but certainly not outstanding.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoelClark
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sixpoint
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 Spreetaper
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of katan
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours hazy, golden in color. Light white head, mostly a film with some lacing.

S - Balanced nose, a combination of some nutty malt notes and a few light citrus hops.

T - Starts off light and smooth, a little nutty malts and then some citrus hops. Almost tastes like tea in the mid-stream, some earthy flavors come in to make it more balanced. Finishes smooth and flavorful, very balanced.

M - Full bodied and a lighter carbonation. Comes off strong and thick.

O/D - A very balanced PA. Not really breaking out in any particular attribute, but it has a nice solid set of flavors. Perhaps a little too nutty for me. Worthwhile to try.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale that has a good look and refreshing taste. The amber body is clear and the off-white head laces nicely. The nose hints of an aromatic hop and the malt base also comes through. The flavor is citrusy and clean with a good mouthfeel and crisp finish. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 LoudRed
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of chugalug06
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy white head, brew is solid crisp, bright orange/yellow color. Good lacing too. Great clarity.

Very earthy; pine, crystal, bready, milky, ricey...

Crisp, light, clean, dry, very pilsner like. Earthy and bready. A very English Pale... Easy drinker, yet seems to need a bit further tweaking, IMO. Carb is high and sweetness is lacking...

Hum. It's a good brew, but seems to be missing something, balance. A bit to much of an English Pale for me to give high marks...

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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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