Wildcat India Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Wildcat India Pale AleWildcat India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Photo of Hoppynanobeer
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer is what suprised me the most. It starts off spicy and citrus, very bright, and finnishes with a herbal, dank hop aroma that blends very well as the malt notes hit your tongue. The particular pint I had last was a little shy on carbonation, but I think that may have been a result of handling rather than brewery specs since I have had this beer before and the carbonation was spot on. The hops overall were very well balenced by the hops and I found this to be one of the more drinkable IPA's I have had.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one outstanding IPA. Perhaps one of the best I've ever had. It has a deep copper color and cloudy appearance. A very inviting citrisy aroma. The taste is outstanding and very hoppy, but not over done.One could very well drink this at anytime of the year. It's an almost perfect IPA. This one is definately on the list to purchase again and again.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

Pours a bright yellow/gold color into my Ruination tankard with the bottle remnants (few ounces of yeasty stuff) poured into a separate glass. The head is huge and white, a sticky dense foam rising a good inch above the top of the glass with no danger of slipping over the ledge. Sticky lacing all over the place nearly all the way to the bottom. Gorgeous.

Nose is a big floral and grapefruity hop bomb at first sniff, but a sizeable amount of caramel malt actually shows itself, and indeed is quite strong. A little pine is noted, alcohol is not.

Really tasty IPA, and in fact a personal favorite of mine. I suppose many wouldn't call this balanced, but it fits my definition - moderate caramel and biscuity malt, with tons of overlying fresh pink grapefruit sweetness and bitterness. Refreshing. Delicious. The finish is anything but clean and I might call the amount of aftertaste annoying...except that I LIKE this beer, and I don't mind it wanting to stick around on my palate!
The body is quite full and carbonation slightly on the low side, which only helps the high drinkability. This beer was a high priority on my last road trip - ranking in the top 10 beers I wanted to get - and in retrospect I probably still didn't get enough.

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Photo of John_M
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, based on what the guys at Bottleworks said about this beer, I was expecting it to be a good IPA.... but not this good.

The beer pours a gorgeous orange peach color with an excellent pillowy white head. Head retention is equally excellent and there is very good lacing. On the nose there is a blast of citrus, pine and beef bullion. This IPA smells positively exotic. On the palate this beer is just IPA perfection. The beer comes across as incredibly light, but with fabulous flavors of citrus and more bullion. The beer is quite hoppy/bitter, and the taste lingers in the mouth long after I've swallowed a sip. The beer is at once crisp and smooth with a long, lingering finish.

This is an outstanding IPA for those who love them in the hugely citrusy and bitter side. The malt is really dialed down in this IPA, and is very much in what I consider to be the West Coast style. The beer has a very dry bitter finish, and the abv. is very well disguised. Really, this is an IPA tour de force and is easily one of the best I've ever had. An outstanding IPA from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. I absolutely need to get out to the brewery next time I'm in the Seattle area.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very, very good.

Nice creamy, thick head; Foamy, not bubbly. Laces glass for its entirety. Pale sweet copper color. Smells like a million dollars; flowers, hops, buttery biscuit. Taste follows. Upfront bitterness, buttered toast, bitterness lingers pleasantly on the finish like cilantro. Feels thick and creamy but not too heavy.

This is an overall amazing IPA imo. And very affordable at 5 bucks a bomber at Gravity beer market in Olympia makes this a go-to IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to piclee for this!

POurs slightly hazed golden amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a coating of lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and pine. Great American hop aroma with an underlying grassy/herbal and biscuity malt aroma.

The taste is of grapefruit and pine - other citrus fruitiness as well. Nice! A subtle touch of grassiness and biscuity and caramelish sweet maltiness supports the bitterness in the finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

This is a great IPA that showcases Columbus hops with a rounding sweetness that is more biscuity pale than caramelish. Well-done! I would drink plenty of this, if it were available in my area! (Unfortunately, a 22-ouncer had to do, but... I did want more! My kind of IPA!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brewery claims that Wildcat is “the perfect hop delivery vehicle.” I’m not quick to describe anything as “perfect”, but I’ve long been a big fan of this beer and I’m pleased to report that the draught service at the Snoqualmie Taproom is even better than their standout bottled version. The hops are succulent and resinous as if hand squeezed. After your first sip, it almost seems as though you’re wiping lupulin juice from your chin. And all that hop flavor comes from a single variety – Yakima-grown Columbus.

The delivery system includes a sizable measure of malts with legs and a body of sunrise orange with dancing lace. One of the best quaffers in the state.

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Photo of benpopper
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured really nicely. Bright and clean, with a solid inch of white head that left good lacing on the glass.

The smell, oh boy! Floral, fruity, piney. The malt was in there. So well balanced, reminded me of Daisy Cutter but toned down just a bit. I could have this as an air freshener scent!

The smell follows right into the taste. Clean and hoppy. Carmel yet pine, loved it.

Mouthfeel wasn't anything to write home about, but not bad either. Straight IPA styled, but could drink it all day long if needed.

Overall this is my second favorite IPA after Daisy Cutter. It was very well balanced at a steal of a price. Definatly worth seeking out I'd say

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Photo of far333
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Burnt apricot colored with an inch of thick and frothy meringue perched on top that just hangs in there, waiting for me to break into it. Some particles suspended in the liquid. Aroma is light, but mostly citrusy hops, some honey, and some light malt.

Flavor is hops upfront, smacking immediately of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to piney bitter. There is some malt riding beneath, but it has to fight its way through and emerges halfway through the mouthful. A citrus peel bitter lingers right on top of the tongue, nearly puckering it up. A tiny bit of butterscotch and sweet candy comes out in the aftertaste, but the next sip washes that right away.

Mouthfeel is amazing - full and rich and creamy and chewy, not overly carbonated, no bubbles fighting the taste.

This is a really hoppy one, not too much else going on, but sometimes that's exactly what I'm jonesin' for, and this one really hits the spot. Thanks to cvschaller for passing this one along.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnished ripe tangerine chock-a-block with fine hop dust. The head is a massive chunk of creamythick, orangesicle colored foam. Yet another impressive hoppy beer head that oozes qualilty. Craggy as it slowly descends, the cap leaves thick sheets of gluey lace that actually look like lace. This beer makes me think that appearance actually deserves to be 20% of the total score.

Wildcat has a classic single-hopped IPA nose (100% Columbus). This hop variety and I didn't get off to a good start, until a Columbus-only pale ale made me see the light. I like to think of these guys as midway between the spicy citrusiness of Chinook and the pure grapefruit juiciness of Cascade. Caramel-covered grapefruit zest jumps out the glass and makes me glad to be alive.

The Snoqualmie website states that Wildcat is a balanced IPA in which the malt doesn't back down. That gave me pause because I prefer IPAs in which the malt not only backs down like a mewling little kitty, it actually wets itself. They overstated the case, because by my palate, hops are large and in charge in this fine ale. While it stops short of tongue shredding, this big cat digs in his claws and let's you know he's pissed.

The caramel malt underpinnings aren't just window dressing, they actually contribute a fair amount of flavor that meshes well with the half-crazed citrus assault. White grapefruit pith is the major player, with generous contributions from peach and apricot nectar. The flavor is becoming more defined, more bold and more bitter with warming. Lace update: I think there's a glass here somewhere. It's covered with a wonderfully tacky crust at the moment.

I wish the long, fruity, sweet-seguing-into-bitter finish would last even longer. Balanced my ass. This beer is some kinda hoppy. The mouthfeel won't remind anyone of a DIPA, but it's an IPA, so why should it? It's medium edging into medium-full and is as smooth and as silky as any of the great IPAs. It's as well-mannered as it could possibly be, given the fact that the hops continue to spit and snarl. This bottle tastes as fresh as this morning.

Snoqualmie (what a great, melodious name) Wildcat IPA is a keeper for sure. It might make a feint toward balance, but it's all about the hops in the end. Even though I've had better, they number in the single digits. I would like to send a huge thank you to the righteous RoyalT for this most excellent IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Bright orange in color and a bit hazy with a beautiful head, even out of the growler, that showed good retention and left some cool-looking lacing.

Smell – The nice floral and citrus notes are supported by a sharp pine and a good malt backbone. The malts are difficult to pick up as the resiny pine sap is big and strong.

Taste – This is all about the balance. The complex hops are pine-dominant, and the sugary caramel-laden malt manages to hold up under the pressure. As big as everything is, though, this one is smooth as glass.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and complex enough to keep your mouth guessing. The flavors will hit you from all angles with this one. The last third or so is super-dry in an alarming way.

Drinkability – This is a rare one right up there with the best of them. The review doesn’t do a good job of explaining just how unique this ale is.

Update – I originally had this in 2004. The 2006 vintage is more of the same, expertly balance, incredibly sessionable, and one of my all time favs that I have time after time.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Mild chill haze off of a glowing russet orange colour, healthy medium sized bubbles rise to the top. Off white head is towering with a rocky and sticky texture … very good head retention.

Smell: Big citrusy aroma of American hops, floral with herbal undertones. Faint ester and fruitiness are noticeable, also a bit of sweet nutty malt is in the nose.

Taste: Thick medium body, very sturdy with a well structured smooth and crisp mouth feel and level carbonation. Right up front is a prickly and slightly coarse hop bitterness that gives a big bites as soon as it hits the taste buds. Malt flavour is not to be left out though, biscuity and nutty flavours with an ample sweetness that holds up well against the attack of hops. Touch of fruitiness drops a nectarine flavour and a touch of yeast adds a nuttiness also. Hops bring not only a big bitterness but a heavy hand of flavour also; citric flavours give hints to grapefruit pulp and orange rind, light herbal and leafy flavours towards the back. The hop character lingers and lingers with an ever revolving flavours of citrus and herbal.

Notes: Oh yeah, this is old school micro-brew at its best. A kick-ass hoppy American IPA it is, malt play well of the big hop profile and the alcohol stay mellow for a brew that is 6.6% abv. A good pairing would be with grilled spicy Italian sausage on sour-sough with sautéed sweet onions and green bell pepper.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale copper color with a thin white head that leaves sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Lightly citrusy with a caramel malt backbone.

T: Same as the smell. Good citrus notes and hoppy but balanced by the malt.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: This is quite sessionable. Good flavor and not too much ABV so if this was distributed around me I would definitely drink this quite often.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, yes. I like this one. Poured into tulip at 55 degrees.

A - Darker than most IPAs, fairly clear copper. Light colored fairly thick head slow to leave. Tons of sticky lace. It looks inviting.

S - I get both pine and citrus in the nose, with a def. sweet malty undertone.

T - Taste is better than smell. Lush caramel center, grapefruity citrus mingles and the pine finishes up the job.

M - Good carb, good balance. Good, good good.

D - One of the better IPAs I have had in awhile. Thanks to my trading buddy wsucoug96 for this little gem.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly chill hazed copper hue. A good amount of carbonation is evident upon viewing. A thin sticky ivory white head stays around for a while and leaves some truncated lace patterns. Lovely aroma. All about the Pac10 hops. Good blend of citrus and pine. The taste is equal to the aroma. Beautiful. The malt profile is substantial. The nice caramel malt base provides the backdrop for the hops to do their work. And work they do. Pungent, oily, citric, resiny, rind-like........magnificient. Body is about medium-full. Man this is a bitchin brew. Right up there with the best of 'em (Bell's, Rogue, Stone, Celebration, etc..)

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: A Bomber so graciously supplied by RoyalT who attended the excellent 5-star Beer Tasting held last night over at fellow So. Cal. BA, xlperro’s house.

Appearance: Coppery gold, quite the classic IPA look. Dirty white head was quite expansive when poured, settled to a crusty mass, but it hung around for the duration of the drink.

Nose: Floral and Fauna – and Tonnes (that’s metric ones) of Hops. Hops are positively flowing out of the glass in this one – deep breath – marvelous.

Taste: Superb, the malts are sweet in character which helps to add really good balance to incredibly biting citric hops in the finish. Floral, fresh and spicy, the hoppiness changes from start to finish, but it is always clean. Spicy hops are very astringent and remain in the mouth for a very long time, which was great because the Bomber we had was soon shared between us.

Mouthfeel: Solid fruity hoppiness. Sweet malts in the mouth eventually fade into a very clean citric dry bitter finish that puckers at times, and stays in the mouth for some time. I enjoyed the after-taste of this IPA very much.

Drinkability: I wish we would have had some more bottles of this baby, it is *very* drinkable for an IPA, with its perfect dry hoppy body, and 6.6% ABV, it is a well-balanced quaffer.

Overall: It seems ironic that the previous Review is that of RoyalT’s, for during the beer tasting at xlperro’s house, Rick (RoyalT) explained how he came to get to visit this Brewery and oozed praise for this beer. It was certainly a welcome addition to the Beer Menu and went well with xlperro’s knock-out home-made beer cheese and crackers. An extremely nice IPA which, even with all of the other great beers that we had during the beer tasting, was a real winner on the night. Can’t wait for the day we can get this in So.Cal. and the LA area.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the brewery's tap room. Arrives a cloudy burnt orange. Foamy head that leaves a nice patchwork lacing.

Smells of light floral hops, hints of sweet caramel - light.

Taste leads with fruity pineapple, then a blast of grapefruit, and tons of bittering hops in the finish. Wow. Smell did not warn of the hops attack. Yet, this is pretty much dead on. If I were to make an IPA it might be like this. Lively, fruity hops on the entry, strong drying bitterness in the finish. Faint hints of a light caramel malt body.

Super drinkable at 6.6%, I would move to Snoqualmie for this beer. Though I can see how, if the lively entry faded over time, this beer would be lacking. Bought a bottle to see how it does there. Great fresh!!

Edit: In the bottle it's not nearly as bright or layered. Still not a bad IPA but not the same - you have to get this one fresh!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber brought back from the Great Northwest by a friend.

A: Pours a perfect amber color with a two finger frothy white head. Nice retention. Tons of wonderful looking lace.
S: Aromas of floral hops run through the nostrils first. Some grapefruit in there also.
T/M: Citrus like notes strike the taste buds first. Some pine tar hops in there too. Bready malts become noticeable as it warms a bit. Great bitterness that lingers for a longtime--makes me want to scratch my tongue. Hop profile dances on the tongue. WOW! Oily and resiny hops are noticeable, but not huge. Creamy and coating in the mouth. Very smooth and easy drinking medium bodied IPA.
D: Hell yeah this is drinkable. Could be a very good session beer. Smooth, easy drinking and wonderfully balanced. Probably phenomenal on tap. Very happy this was brought back to me! Maybe I should move out west...

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 22 oz. bottle at Bottleworks in Seattle.

The beer pours a bright orange hue with a thick white head and sticky lacing.
Loads of grapefruit and earth in the nose.

There is a blast of juicy fruit/grapefruit in the flavor with a nice malt background to help balance the bitterness. Still there is a great earthy lingering bitterness at the end.

Nice chewy mouthfeel and great drinkability.

This beer was a nice surprise to me since I had never had Snouqualmie beers before. I will be looking for this one again for sure!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this puppy is cracked open you know you're in for a serious whuppin. Dark copper pour gives way to a less than friendly head. It isnt out to tame the taste buds it's out to conquer. Bow down or face the consequences!
Fruity, and citrusy nose keeps you off guard. You'll be surprised that the taste is actually dominated by the sweet citrusy flavor rather than the bitterness. If it were just a tad more bitter it would be perfect but that's like complaining that the original Dawn of the Dead should be just a tad more violent!
A wonderful beer you'll buy again and again.

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Photo of nathanho
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA. 5's for appearance and mouthfeel due to the exceptionally outstanding head. I watched this head congeal into something resembling Redi-Whip - then I scooped a few dollops on a slice of pumkin pie to enjoy with my beer.

Excellent citrusy IPA that glows with color and flavor. Similar to Elysian Immortal, another favorite.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First a huge thank you to the gigantically generous Seattle BA's - skyhand & RoyalT for hooking me up with this deliciously fresh IPA. This brew pours a deep copperish gold with a perfect sticky white head that swirls & reduces as I drink. Enticing aroma of big pine merged with crisp citrus grapefruit. Up front there is some big time bitterness, which I really love. Baseline is a bit bready with some smooth caramel. Delicious flavors of oily, piney hop resins and grapefruit & lemon citrus delight the senses. Bitterness still going strong well after I swallow each gulp. Oh how I love columbus hops. Finish is spicy, bitter, and dry. Just a kick-ass IPA that I truly wish was available around here.

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Photo of jclzony
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle with an average sized white foamy head with strong lacing accompaniment. Aroma is filled with grapefruit and floral hops. Malts are fruity and sweet. The hop flavor comes through with definite grapefruit and also containing some citrus and piney tones. This accomplished a great bitterness expected for today’s IPA’s but has a nice smooth malt middle. This is a good typical example of a Pacific Northwest IPA. Finish is clean and crisp.

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Photo of distantmantra
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Locol in Seattle, WA. July 30th, 2011

A: The beer poured a a deep orange color with thick head of creamy foam. Moderate lacing hung around on the sides of the glass throughout.

S: Wildcat has a strong aroma of pine and hops. Orange peel and grapefruit were very much in the foreground. Just a touch of malt was noticeable.

T: Very hop-forward with grapefruit notes and pine in the background. The malt is faint, but exists as merely an aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with a small stream of bubbles and a nice creamy mouth feel.

O: Wow, what a difference a fresh keg makes. This was an incredibly tasty hop-forward IPA. The aroma and flavors present in my glass were sadly absent in the not so fresh bomber I reviewed a few days ago.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only very slightly hazy (bottle conditioned). The body is an attractive orangish-gold with a creamy bright-white head that holds well and leaves a nice collar and some excellent lace. The aroma is brightly floral and quite fruity with lots of citrus and pineapple above a sweet maltiness. Definitely an American IPA with Pacific Northwest hops, although the aroma is actually quite unique! The body is light-medium with a fine, effervescent carbonation giving a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor starts quite citrusy as well, leading into a sweet, round, and lightly caramel maltiness alongside some resiny & piney hop notes, and eventually finishing with a brash hop bitterness and flavor. A delicate hammer! This beer is so beautiful in it's appearance, floral in its aroma, and delicate in its body, but it comes down hard with an intense bittererness. An extremely well done and satisfying beer!

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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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