Snake River Pale Ale | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

Snake River Pale AleSnake River Pale Ale
BA SCORE
55.7%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 235 ratings
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
Ranking:
#23,930
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
235
Liked:
131
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
10.46%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 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 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 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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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 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 Chucker17
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 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 muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of newbeeraday
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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 jpuetz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake River Pale Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 55.7% out of 100 with 235 ratings
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