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
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy golden color. A small sticky white head sits on top and laces nicely. Nice piney hop nose. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel. About medium body. Hop characteristics dominate. Piney notes and citrus are the main players. This pale ale could use a little more of a malt backbone to it. Not a lot of substance underneath the hoppy tones. A better than average pale ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a full creamy off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace rings. Good citrus fruit hop aroma (oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple). Tastes much like it smells... fruity and very citrusy hop character. Light bodied with a crisp bitter finish.

I remember this being as good if not better in the past - a top notch APA.

Per SR website:
1995 GABF - Silver
1996 GABF - Gold

Best by (end of): Jan '06 ('05' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 01/07/06

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a bready smell mixed with a little bit of a caramel and hoppy smell of some grapefruit. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of grass and a little bit of a floral smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather bready with these taste being the bulk of the flavor. Right from the start there is a little bit of a caramel sweetness as well, which remains throughout the taste of the beer. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor are present from the start with these getting stronger as the taste moves on. Along with these hop flavors, are some light grassy and floral flavors, which in the end, leave a rather malty and lightly sweetened and hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of malt, hop, and light sweet the feel is rather nice and makes of a rather easy drinking brew overall.

Overall- A nice easy drinking pale ale overall. I usually prefer a little more hop, but this one was very enjoyable just as is. This is certainly a nice brew to sit and sip over the long haul.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brennan's, best by july (hopefully 06)

appearance: pours a very pale golden yellow, slightly hazy, frothy white head present with decent lacing...too watery looking

smell: slightly floral hops but still dull, lightly toasted malt, mild citrus aromas...aromas are rather boring

taste: better than the aroma...first tastes are watered down citrus followed by a toasted grain/malt aftertaste...lemon peel and other fruit sweetener...very average APA

mouthfeel: medium light, active on the tongue

drinkability: quite drinkable but completely not interesting

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark yellow color with a sizeable inch of white head. Aroma was c hop bitterness, very minimal dry hopping.

Taste was a standard easy to drink pale ale with ibus in the 40-50 range, far from oppressively bitter, old school c hops all over it, toasted pale malts, minimal caramel, grapefruit impressions.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a light, pale orange with a slight haze but not opaque. The head is pillowy white and looks to have some staying power.I smell some sweet bread with citrus, like banana bread made with oranges instead of bananas. It smells very good; hoppy and inviting. The taste is refreshing, slight citrus flavors showing up. The carbonation is well done and I think there are some malts hiding in the background. This is a good pale ale and at $6 a sixer a sweet deal also. Recommended to all pale ale lovers, not just hop-heads.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with a thin thick head with low retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma of fresh oranges, honey and biscuit malt.
Taste follows nose, crisp citric flavor with notes of predominant fresh oranges, later grapefruit, just a bit of pine and caramel. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Straight forward APA, but extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Great if you want to session with an APA with less pine and more citrusy. I could drink this the whole day.

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Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where this popped up from, but sure.

A creamy head rests at half a finger on a hazed, dark yellow brew that's just shy of amber. Retention is very good, and lacing as creamy as the head itself clings hard to the glass with some thin curtaining on one side.
Ultimately, this beer is a standard (good) APA with pretty good strength to it. It balances caramel malt with an additional honey-like sweetness against a moderate bitterness consisting of flora and pine with a little citrus. It does have a light bite of peppery spiciness and finishes with grass and orange zest.
While remaining crisp and smooth from start to finish, with a nice bite and a good flow, there's something just lacking in the depth that holds it back slightly. It's clean in its medium body.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me a nice mix bag of snake river cans!!! had this one in bottle about 2 and a half years ago. enjoyed from my bluepoint snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent golden with some soft visible carbonation bubbles. the brew poured with a nice finger plus of head and as it dissolved, it left big foamy chunky lines of lace on the glass.

s - honey, malt, and a hint of citrus. fairly biscuity.

t - much like the nose malty and biscuity. classic malty pale ale. not really much of any hops. not sure of the age on this one, but seems to be lacking in the hops that i had picked out last time i had the beer and what i'm seeing others review about. none-the-less there is a nice flavor profile.

m - smooth and easy. feels like a beer i can drink all day long. nice carbonation and a tinge of a bitter uptick on the extreme end of the finish.

o - overall, solid pale ale. nothing fancy, nothing crazy...just a classy malt forward pale. snake river makes some really solid beers. if i was in WY i'd be super happy to have them as my local.

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

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

750ml bottle - Poured out a hazy, pale golden yellow with a light bubbly white head about a finger high leaving lots of pacthy/web-like lacing. Smells like floral hops, somewhat citrusy and sour, with some sweet malt backing. Taste is more of the same with a good citrusy drying hop bite thats a tad bitter but not overpowering and has a smoothing malt balanced in. Feel is good, mostly smooth with a citrusy drying bitterness thats easy to handle. Pretty decent drinker.

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Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue. The head has tight bubbles and is short and leaves a small wall of lacing.

The aroma is of honeyed bread, light toffee. The hops are of a tropical nature but not very strong. A tad too sweet for my liking.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Honey and toffee malt provide a candy like sweetness. The hops are grassy and have a pineapple note. Not very hoppy, more sweet.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. A bit thicker than it should be. This beer would be better if it was more crisp. More sweet than anything else.

Just an ok APA. It should be more refreshing but its a bit heavy and a tad too sweet.

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

Served from a 12oz brown bottle at The Granary (Jackson Hole, WY). Reviewed from notes.

A: Dusky amber with a hint of sunlight yellow poking through with a 1/2-finger frothy small bubbled off-white head with decent retention and a thin line of lacing.

S: Light caramel malt is dominated by grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops

T: Solid APA flavor, not flashy, but it gets the job done and matched well with my underwhelming pasta primavera-like entree. The malt component is more than adequate with a solid caramel and bready/light toast combination. Hops are ahead, but the beer is balanced. Grapefruit, pine resin, and orange are the chief flavors with a little bit of grassiness/herbal character. A good hosp complexity overall. No yeast component detectable and the bitterness is a touch under moderate.

M: Good dryness with a light-medium body and even carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Another very god effort from Snake River Brewing. I have tried 3 beers this trip and all have been very good, spanning from hoppy (SR APA and Pako's IPA) to bready (SR Lager). Check these guys out if you are in Jackson Hole or the surrounding area.

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Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much the archetypical APA. Liberal citric hopping, with some floral tones as well. The floral tones are especially evident on the nose.
Pours a deep gold color that is hazy as well
Hits the tongue with a rush of the aforementioned citiric/floral flavors. A sturdy biscuit malt background makes sure everything stays together. Finishes up quite sweet, then dries out. Fantastically balanced.
This is a wondeful APA, one of my favorites for the style.
Easy to drink, yet a bier with some complexities.
Very recommended.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy golden body with a small sticky white head. There's a lean malt presence in the nose, backed with big, juicy, citrusy hops. Taste starts with those lean fruity malts (could use a touch more), followed by big, tart, juicy hops. Finish is acidic, bitter, and refreshing, with lingering grapefruit.

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Photo of Boto
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle: This one poures a slightly hazy, somewhat darker golden color. There is a good bit of a white head on it. There is a fairly good amount of carbonation in this one. There is a bit of orange citrus to the nose. There is a fair amount of bitterness to the taste. Notes of citrus and pineiness in the bitterness. Hints of a malty body. Not bad, but not memorable either. It would be a good beer to pick up for just having a six to drink!

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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 Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass, best by 8/29/15

A- pours a bright & clear golden color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- moderate floral & citrus hops mixes with underlying biscuit malt, a touch of toasted grain

T- light citrus hop flavor up front mixes with some floral and grassy notes, underlying toasted malt gives it a grainy toasted finish, a bit of a metallic finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that carries into a creamy-yet-crisp finish

O- a standard straight-up pale ale that has good drinkability, while providing a nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted caramel malts with some grassy hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts and a little fruit with a light bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly hazy golden amber color with white head. Smell is loaded with hops, with a nice piney texture. Taste folows throught on the smell with much pine, and some citrus notes. Finish is mostly hops with a pleasant dry ending. A nice tasting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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