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
snakeriverbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color, some carbonation, small head leaves pretty quick, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hop's a plenty, malts, and some citrusy tones.

T - Very nice taste kinda sweet and hoppy. nice little bitterness finish.

M - Medium body, nice rounded balance.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice little brew from Snake River. Would recommend to others.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very lightly hopped for an APA. Not too much stronger than a crisp German pils. Pours out medium golden. With a small lasting tight white head. Ready aroma and taste, some mild dry hoppiness at the finish.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 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 Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear golden in color with a good white head formation. This looks much like most West Coast pale ales SNPA is pretty much the model.

Smell is clean and fairly hoppy to the nose with a dominant citrus aroma. Lemon and orange are the strong scents here unlike most that are on the pine and grapefruit side of the hop aroma scale. Malt here almost entirely stays out of the way and only lends a little sweetness.

Taste is slightly sweet and almost neutral bowing to a good herbs and citrus flavor. Slightly spicy in flavor I would almost claim that there was a little coriander in this. Good bitterness level this makes a mild beer highly flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very top notch and flavorable pale ale here. Mild as it is this carries a lot of flavor. A beer I seriously recommend.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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 RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy to the golden yellow body with a tiny ring of foam floating on top. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding through the body.

S- The smell of citrus hops has a slight green bitterness to it but the smell if pretty light.

T- The sweet taste of pale malt has hints of dry biscuit malt and raw grain in the background. The note of green bitter hops has a slight orange flavor to it in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is boosted by the carbonation.

D- Nice beer with some flavor but not much complexity or interest.

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Photo of akorsak
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from JohnnyM2002.

A: The pale ale is an amber color, trending closer to orange. The head weighs in at 2.5 fingers on initial pour and retains nicely, thoroughly lacing the glass.

S: The aroma is a very grainy biscuit malt that is highlighted by intermitent citrus notes.

T: The pale ale has a nicely balanced malt-hop mix. The malts are grainy, biscuity with a sweet cereal taste. The hops spruce things up a bit, adding a citrusy tang but they are short-lived. After the quick retreat, the finish is a grainy thinness.

M: The mouthfeel is average, providing a nice transition from malt to hops and back to malt.

D: The ale is refreshing, having a pleasing but ordinary taste. This would be a good session ale.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 crobinso
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was mostly clear golden yellow colored body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies within twenty seconds, some light clingy spotty foamy lacing graces the sides of the pint glass. The smell has a light amount of citrus/orange coming forth in the hops, and another light amount of pine coming through, ever so slight amount of malts. The taste is mainly bittersweet and smooth, no aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, its light, sessionable, and has a slightly sharp carbonation but still good for the style and leads to a good smooth feel coming all around. Overall, I would say this is pretty good for the style and very good to me, I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
3.72 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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