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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Served in a mason style jar this beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head on top. The head was rather foamy with nice retention which left sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: A very pleasant aroma. Lots of citrus fruit, especially orange and orange peel, with a little bit of grapefruit and pine.

T: A hoppy IPA with more citrus fruit, grapefruit and some pineapple with orange becoming the dominant flavor as it warmed. Faint malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A pleasant surprise. Liked this IPA quite a bit. Would certainly order it again.

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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 draheim
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with a thick, dense, fluffy off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation. Good-looking beer.

Aroma is nice piney and grassy hops + some citrus, but a bit muted. This might be an older bottle, I've had this before and recall a more pungent aroma. Bottle says 100% Columbus hops.

Taste is a nice blend of dry biscuity malt and tropical bitter hops. There's an abrasive bitterness actually, reminiscent of grapefruit, tempered by a slightly fruity apricot aspect of the malt. All in all, a pretty typical Northwestern approach to the American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dry and crisp. Sharp and clean, refreshing with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a solid offering. Could be a staple in my fridge if Snoqualmie started canning this, don't think I've seen that yet.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a recent trade from Hopluva1, thanks!. The problem with getting IPA's that aren't dated is that this one may have been slightly old, not too old, but the weeklong shipping in the heat of the summer certainly can't help.

Nice dark orange color and a very solid hoppy nose. A very large frothy head on an average pour. The malt comes through a little more than I expect in the flavor. Not a bad beer, but certainly not something better than I could get fresh locally. I would guess if I had this at the brewpub it would be excellent.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a little hazy and bright orange amber in color. A thick, pillowy white head filled a third of the glass at first and left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of hoppiness to it. I get some herbal, grassiness along with some citrusy grapefruit like flavors. Some of the malts really come out as well with some sweeter, candied fruits and toasted grains. Pretty flavorful and balanced.

The taste has a little more of the sweeter, crystal malts coming out to give it a bit of a candied fruit like quality. The hoppiness shows more of a juicy citrus up front with a bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavor in the finish. Some pale, toasted malts come out in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, it had a nice balance of hoppy and malty flavors to it. It was pretty easy drinking and flavorful as well.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Reaching above the benchmark for west coast IPAs and still retaining a good amount of drinkability. Excessively american in a good way, with the hop character grabbing the palate and running with it. Balanced? Sure. Still a bit of a beast and a sure thing for any hophead out there.

LOOK: Heady top, amber hue

SMELL: Ruby red grapefruit, evergreen, grassy, hop oil, bready

TASTE: Bitter, citric rind, hop oil, leafy, blond tobacco, semidry, nutty grain, fruity

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Photo of Nachojon
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, amber colored with no haze. Nice foamy head about one finger that holds on pretty well. Very nice lacing, forms rings.

S- Not very fragrant. Almost smells like a lager.

T- As a single IPA I must say this thing tastes great. Very nicely balanced beer here. Hop forward, pine resin, PNW, and then a nice malt back, some red apple and even a little pepper in the finish.

M- Crisp. Like I said before, very balanced and really drinkable. Good IPA carbonation and just a hint of that IPA tongue burn.

O- Stoked to get this awesome PNW IPA extra. Glad I got to try it, and would drink it again if available.

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Photo of lukester
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've drank this beer numerous times over the years.. I've always like it but have to disagree that it is world class or even exceptional especially compared to Inversion IPA the same class but a far better IPA IMHO. I bought a pony of this and enjoyed it last year.

Appearance: Pours out golden, probably not filtered.. decent head
Smell: nice dry hopped aroma
tasted: decent hop and malt balance
mouth feel: decent, nothing special but average for the variety.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours pretty slightly cloudy amber with a big fluffy attractive head. Smell is mildly hoppy, mildly strawy, floral.

Taste is bitter, not quite so citrusy as some IPAs. Some of that straw comes out, a little bready, slightly yeasty.

Mouthfeel is very nice, thick but not heavy or sticky. I want to call it fluffy. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Drank fresh back in March 2011.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of tropical fruit with a lot of mangoes, papaya and oranges. I also get some nice bready notes from the malt.

The flavor is also fruity. I get some pineapple, papaya and orange notes. The bready malt keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though the beer has a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

22oz bomb, available everywhere

appearance: icon Twin Peaks falls on the label - served in an arrogant bastard pint, bright copper body, creamy beige cap with a sticky, filmy lace

smell: light orange zest, evergeen, grapefruit

taste: nice hop profile - tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, orange, notes of pine. light crackery malt

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, oily

overall: nice solid IPA - would be nice in sixer format, or CANS

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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 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3.31.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange with a thick off-white head.

S- Smells of citrus and vinegar?

T- Hop acide and some pine.

D- Drinks very bitter.

Overall- and ok IPA. This bottle must have been oxidized. I want to try it again.

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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 loren01
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color nice 2 finger width frothy head great lacing down the glass
S: Nice piney/floral hop scent as well as caramel maltiness
T: Nice balance of caramelly malts with piney hop flavor, very good
M: Medium bodied beer, good amount of carbonation
D: This is a really greatly balanced IPA, not too much malt, not too hoppy either. My favorite beer i've had from this brewery.

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Photo of leedorham
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter hazy orange with a thick white head. Very good head retention and big pillowy lacing.

S - Pungent and strong hop aroma with a bit of a bite from the carbonation. There is some serious stink to it. If you like the smell of hops, you like this.

T - Not as well balanced as the label advertises. The malt backbone is there but this is a hop monster for sure. Resiny, sticky with some sweetness in the background.

M - Dries out the tongue and makes you crave snacks.

D - A bit on the enamel peeling side so might ruin the rest of a tasting. Overall, a great IPA for hop lovers.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden copper with a healthy head and clingy lace. Smell of floral citrus hops with light sweet malt in the back. Taste has the floral hops of pine, citrus grapefruit with a sharp malt backbone with a light caramel sweetness and having a bitter cling in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little sharp for me in the hops, but nontheless a good IPA.

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Photo of grumpyowl
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in Seattle, WA.

A: Hazy dark amber. Thick one finger thick head. Lots of lacing throughout.

S: Piney, flowery sweet.

F: Some pine, then flower - roses. Caramel malts. Nicely balanced. The bitterness comes in the long finish, but not insane, just right for me.

M: Medium light body. Low to medium carbonation. Not too dry, rather on the sweet side.

D: Very drinkable. At the low abv and light body, this is my type of beer

O: Very enjoyable. Very well balanced, yet definitely for hop lovers. Just not over the top. Just right for me. Very well done!

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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 dragonWhale
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of those beers I'm really gonna miss when I peace but don't have often enough. On tap at the one bar in town in Greenwater. Thanks for caring.

As always, a foggy orange reminiscent of what the sun probably looks like in LA. Big juicy citrus fruit aromas, orange and grapefruit with a little floral and spice thrown in for good measure. A little bit of malt presence. Flavorwise, it's balanced so nicely, a healthy bitterness offsetting the malt with a long and mean citrus finish. I can't quite determine the hops used here but they wallop. I'm willing to bet Centennial and Columbus to finish but I have been wrong before. A damn fine brew. 3 pints and all of them easy. I musta been thirsty..

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass on 12/2/10

Hazed amber color of medium density. Some rising bubbles. One half finger of white foam thins slowly, leaving a thin layer with a thick collar. Solid wall of lace - very impressive.

Aroma is a cross between vibrant & dense. Mostly citric with a hint of pine. Grapefruit pith, orange peel & a spritz of lemon zest. Mildly juicy. Not too much appreciable malt (though malts do emerge with warmth).

The taste is very dry but not overly bitter. Very similar to the nose, though the pine is ramped up. Grapefruit & lemon. Malts are more apparent - toasted bread notes. More dry, piney bitterness creeps in toward the finish.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Underlying grit. Very dry finish; sharp but not harsh.

Drinkability is good; this is definitely a West coast IPA in nature, if a tad malty. I enjoyed it more while cold.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice, almost clear copper hue, with a two-finger off-white head, with good head retention and bubbly lacing.

S - There isn't much of a very strong aroma with this beer, but what is there is hints of caramel, lemon, and pine.

T - Luckily, it delivers the goods here. A biscuity caramel/pale malt backbone supports an earthy hop profile, and lemon/pineapple fruit flavors. This IPA is less piney than many I've had, making it an interesting change of pace.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with a smooth, light carbonation, and slightly oily feel from hop oils.

D - Flirts with being sessionable, but is more of a "couple pints is good" deal IMHO.

Overall - A very solid PNW IPA. Pretty tough to beat for $4 a bomber. If you're in the mood for a decent IPA, this one will deliver.

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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
4.02 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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