Wildcat India Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

BA SCORE
89
very good
224 Ratings
Wildcat India Pale AleWildcat India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 04-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
139
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of portlandmonk
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber purchased during a recent trip to seattle. poured into a standard shaker. man, am i excited.

hmmm, what's going on here? certainly not what i expected given the hype surrounding this beer. poured a murky, deep mahogany, almost coffee-like. for a second, i thought some wise guy at snoqualmie falls brewing co. switched labels. anyhoo...it had a decent head and spotty lacing, yet i still can't get over the non-traditional appearance.

toasted malt invaded my nasal cavity. it was only after attempting to inhale the glass did i detect the hops in a supporting cast role.

ok. we're obviously not dealing with a bitter employee. this is definitely the brew i thought i purchased leaving the store. detectable hops on the front end, quite strong in fact, lend credit to snoqualmie brewing's 75 ibu hop monster. noticeable drop-off detected from this point beyond. the toasted malt i expected would balance this brew, only did more to take away from what was already becoming an overall disappointment. i anticipated a rich malt character and instead got maxwell house.

overly carbonated. imbalance of malt and hops left a bland taste in my mouth.

i absolutely struggled to enjoy this as much as i wanted to believe it would get better. it was like watching that movie 100 critics have given the seal of approval, only to leave the theater saying, "did i miss something?" i haven't given up yet on wildcat, despite this substandard experience. i am hoping that my next visit to seattle will yield better results.

notes: not the definitive west coast ipa. absence of citrus character is a huge disappointment.

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Been looking to try this in a bottle that appears not to be too old (based on the giant cakes in most bottles in my area).

Bottled: unk
Pours hazy copper with solid sheet of small light cream foam. Smells like resin, hint of pine, grass, body odor, a really assertive PNW style nose here - punched in the face, to wake you from the rain. There is a strong biscuit (buttermilk) in the aroma as well. Taste is primarily malts with sweet and crackery flavors and a touch of cardboard oxidation alongside a healthy bitterness sans layered flavorful character. Some dry pithy and resiny flavors, but all and all a lower end flavor profile. Medium body with moderate carb and a slightly dry finish. This is not impressive at all, but I have seen others rave about it, maybe I'm simply getting old stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again, Gil.

A: The pour is dark orange in color with a white head.

S: Like so many of the other Northwestern IPAs I've tried, there is a bland hop character. Straw and grass with a bit of pine and lemon. Still a pretty decent bread and toast note with some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet toffee, bread, and caramel. Straw, grass, and lemon hop flavors with just a bit of pine and a moderate bitterness. There's a bit of pine-sol to it, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Boring hop profile with lots of sweetness.

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Photo of seaoflament
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beerzebub for the opportunity to try this one, I had not even heard of this brewery until I received this beer. I shared this beer today at the AleSmith BA Decadence release.

Poured a golden color with a decent amount of foam. Good retention and a swirl of the glass would bring back some more head.

The aroma was mostly piney and grassy. Some hints of toast, caramel, and brown sugar. Decent.

From the first sip I detected a weird buttery and biscuit finish. Piney and slightly grassy bitterness with a very dry finish, long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste which wasn't too pleasant.

Good carbonation level, medium-high. Way too dry and bitter in the finish with an astringent grain flavor.

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Photo of Beardo
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jrcmlc
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of lazymuse
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of birchstick
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wasatch
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, some carbonation, huge thick creamy off-white head, with lots of floaties, tons of sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, citrus. The taste is slightly sweety, hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, I guess, lots of floaties, hope I do not get sick. Because of this, the low rating.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orange-tinged amber in the big Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam and even some lacing in the glass. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Toasted malt aroma with some resiny hops.

The malt flavors start this out promisingly. It turns out to be more thin and sharp, though there is some malty body. Bitter and barky. It's quite acidic. There is some flowery and piney hop aromatics. Mostly the grapefruit pith takes over.

Overall, this is insanely hopped and I find it barely drinkable. It may, however, please the hard-bitten hop fanatic. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The bitterness is way out front, I proves as you get past the first few taste. This beer just needs a good cheeseburger to go with it, Alone it is for those who like to max out on the bitter end. Probably taste much better high up in Snoqualmie. Take it to a friends and see what they think!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tap House Grill in Seattle. A maltier IPA, she says. Why not, I'll take a pint. On to the beer:

A creamy inch of head caps this rich copper colored beer, and the creaminess of the head and retention is awesome. A maltier IPA in aroma, sure, I don't mind. I still pick up orange and vague mixed fruits. Maybe Wildcat will get its motor running when I taste it? Well, not exactly. Okay, I'll be fair, the taste itself is fine, but there's something in that aftertaste that kills much of the pleasure I have getting. Esters and a side citrus fruits make an acceptable IPA taste, however the aftertaste is phenolic and bitter like aspirin, and it sticks like glue to the palate. Something didn't go right here, (brewer or alehouse related, I don't know who gets the bigger blame). Killing that bad aftertaste would boost the taste score an extra 0.5 easy.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of benbjb
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold color, good 3/4" white head with above average lacing to it. Aroma was just soapy bitter cascade hops.

Taste had plenty of bitterness, nugget, cascade, chinook, maybe even simcoe I'd guess, all the bittering hops here. Not my favorite format, but very affordable nonetheless in the bomber for a standard ipa with no frills.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber...ordered through the mail. Different and more fancy label for 2013. Poured in St Bernardus chalice.
Pours a clear gold with significant head.
Aroma of oats, white bread.
Significant carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, persimmon, slight black pepper, cream of tartar, pine sap, white grapefruit rind. Rich and refreshing, somewhat challenging in bitterness...the bottle says "Perfectly Balanced...." which of course is in the mind (and mouth) of the beholder and I'd say a bit of a stretch. I'll give it 5 minutes to open up...
OK...8 minutes later there's still a little head...smooth aroma of grassy hops, slight malt, full bodied hop flavors...a bit more cream of tartar tongue piercing bitterness than I prefer. "Aromatic, Carapils, and Crystal hops and 75 IBUs of alph acid bitterness" is what If I knew these hops better I might say there's the bottom line of the bitter flavor profile.
The bottom 1/3 of bottle has some cloudiness. Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, rough peppers, and for me a mouth puckering bitterness and the question, do I like this?
Just asked my second opinion master and she said...wow...cream of tartar, bitter, "I don't like it."
This could be an issue of shipping, or just that this particular Pacific Northwest IPA has a profile of a monster, but not a "ooh, this is nicely balanced and flavorful IPA." I'd certainly like to visit the brewery and taste what they have fresh...might make a big difference, or not.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored this one at 99 bottles in Federal Way this fall. Looks like standard ipa, was impressed with the lacing. Nothing apparent aroma wise that is unusual.

Taste, that is a little more unique, a little unbalanced bitterness, but the hop strains seemed like something nugget could have been used in a small sprinkling. Drinkable, as the price is about $4 for a bomber. Can't beat that too often.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light copper color and cloudy appearance with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Nose is citrus and floral.

T: Taste is goood and well hopped, well balanced, but not over done. A bit of metallic taste, some strane hop bitterness

M: A nice bitterness at the end but something is not quite right here

D: Pass

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange with burnt orange hues and a frothy one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with a strong malt backbone along with a faint citrus character. Hints of pine, bark and buds along with subtle grapefruit and orange peel. This is overpowered by a strong malt presence with hints of caramel and toffee.

Chewy full body with a nice dry, earthy bitter hop presence that lingers throughout into a bone dry finish. Lots of earthy dank pine notes as well as some citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. Strong malt backbone balances things perhaps too much with a promient caramel, toffee and biscuit flavor. Not bad but the malt profile is too stent for my liking and it is dry to the point of being unpleasant.

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Photo of lou91
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice orange color with the look of a Belgian triple. On the pour, the nose was really hop pleasant with a citrus pine freshness. Unfortunately this is where the story takes a downturn. The hop tastes are off balance leaving an unpleasant astringency and tartness taste in your mouth – kind of like tasting something after you brush your teeth. Warming does not really help. Just an average IPA.

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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
4.02 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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