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Wildcat India Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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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
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
223
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 223
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Pssssht!", goes the growler, after I've freed the cap from it's duct tape prison, and am ready to take on the Wildcat. Pours a gorgeous, glowing orange hue into my Delirium Tremens goblet, witha thick-as-pudding, creamy, lacey head, a fervently whipped up vision of delight!
Lovely nose, too! Nice grapefruity, citric, apricot and pineapple blend, full of pinesap, too, sweet and pleasant, a joyfully hoppy blend here.
Snappy taste right off the bat, bitter hops enjoy doing a little twist on the palate, then fade back and mellow, returning with renewed fervor with each additional entry on the lips. Toasty, caramel malt feel maintains good ground on the tastebuds as well, with a bit of breadiness, too, and the flavor, overall, is resilient, bold, fruity, and very characterful. A sweet thing, just a bit spicy, top notch IPA all the way, with bitterness subdued better into the glass, and ripe fruity flavor, with a tasty hop kick, ruling the day. Very easy to toss down, just delcious!

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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 ppoitras
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" whitish head, which had excellent staying power. Pillowy head leaves lots of foamy lace as it recedes through the drinking experience. Aroma is slightly of hops and citrus, and the brew is a deep golden shade. Taste has an impressive palt malt backbone, which must be hearty to support all the hops character in there. Not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops, for sure. Cool. Mouthfeel is excellent, and so is the drinkability. To echo someone else, would drink more often if it was available more often. An excellent first brew from this trade.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.
Pours your standard IPA sunset coloring, with a nice white head that leaves a good lacing.
Mmm. Smells like an IPA should, floral, grassy, hoppy. There is, of course, some citrus in the nose, as well as a little malt, just enough to get by.
taste is great. Very hoppy, but not overpowering the underlying biscuity malt character. There is a great aftertaste to this as well.
I could easily have a few of these, if it weren't brewed so darn far away.
While I have had better IPAs, this is a fine example of the American Style IPA.
thanks again to Skyhand for this one.

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Photo of BierReise
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. Yet another nice west coast IPA. This one poured a deep gold color and slightly hazy with a merengue like whipped up head. Nice sweet hop aroma with really nice citrus notes. Gotta love Columbus hops! Medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Flavor is very nice. Some fruity notes from the hops along with a decent and respectable malt flavor and a lingering hoppy bitterness. This a nice example of a west coast IPA.Excellent retention, huge chunks of froth are left on the sides of my empty glass.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The initial impression of this excellent beer is similar to other top examples of the style. Floral hops and fruity aromas abound after popping the cap. Deep golden, almost orange hue, frothy head with impressive lacing throughout. The two things that stand out after tasting this beer are 1) the wonderful, malty aftertaste that sneaks in a couple of seconds after the 2) hop assault. (Yes, there is quite a hop-assault!). Lots of hops, giving the beer a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this one approaches the level of the best American IPA's that I've tried(Two Hearted, AleSmith, Rogue). Not quite as "big", with an ABV of 6.6%, but quite big in flavor and mouthfeel. Drinkability slighty lowered (as is the case with Rogue) for the dry finish, but overall a terrific IPA. Thanks to the Royal one (back up "shivering in Seattle").

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Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, it's golden-orange with a rather active head that foamed up a couple of inches on a vigorous pour. A fine layer stays on top of the beer to the bottom of the glass. A very nice, flowery hop aroma dominates the smell. The hops keep coming in the taste but it's also well-balanced by a nice malt backbone. It's another well-crafted IPA from Washington, with thanks to RoyalT, our friend up north.

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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 marc77
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden hue w/ a light haze, covered by a thick, bumpy, stiff off white head. Roughly textured lace remains. Understated citrusy hop nose with an herbal tinge in aroma, along with lightly sweet, grainy dextrin malt. Crisp, moderate hop bitterness initially in flavor is ensued and contrasted by light caramel malt sweetness. Mellow diacetyl emerges mid palate simulataneously with tangerine hop flavor, lending an agreeable citrus and cream impression mid palate. Moderately bodied, with a dextrinous, slightly viscous mouthfeel that extends a suggestion of cream. Finishes clean, with fleeting hop bitters yielding to mildly bready pale malt. Although certainly not a northwest hop monster, WIldcat IPA distinguishes itself with its soft overall balance. Creamy, quaffable, but perhaps a touch tame partially due to the dearth of esters.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly foggy golden amber color on the pour, a substantial head, frothy in its texture, the color a very light tan as it dissipates, it leaves a nice covering of lace upon the glass. Lot of hops in the nose, sweet malt, and citrus crisp and clean a real treat to the senses with the start sweet malt, the top medium in its feel. Finish has a nice acidic bite, the hops thunderous in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste. A very drinkable IPA, and worth a sample for you “Hop heads” in the audience.

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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 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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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 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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