Wildcat India Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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224 Ratings
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 czechsaaz
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewery is pretty local for me so filled a growler about 30 minutes ago.

Nice citrus aroma, pretty much grapefruit with a little nutty, grape-nut like cereal grain underneath. Fruity fermentation esters shine through the hops too.

Deep golden colored with a creamy white head. Head retention is a little low but it is a growler so not a big deal. Leaves a solid ring or lace from the original pour level but not much after that.

Really malty start, toffee and honey and more ceral grain. Then the bittering hops kick in. Solid bittering and then nice citrus and woody hop flavor. Both the malt and the bittering hops linger in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation level.

Nice well balanced IPA. Shows a lot of Northwest hop character without needing to be over the top.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to screamforme for this bottle from the Northwest...

Pours a hazy light golden with a fairly small head that disappears quickly...very hazy looking, no sediment though....

Big time floral hops here.... Not piney, not citrusy, floral.... Slight malt presence, but mostly floral hops...

Again, this one showcases those floral hops... Slightly citrusy maybe and a little sweet as well... Not overly hoppy but very balanced...

I would guess that on tap this would be terrific as I suspect this bottle might have had a little age on it.. Overall, it was still a nice effort and I'm stoked I got to try it... Thanks, Mark!

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

Back to the fridge for a random IPA to drink while I am grilling tonight. This is the one that jumped out at me and I am glad it did. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/08/2009.
The pour was very nicely done, rich caramel and amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Mostly clear with nice and light carbonation that was visible coming up toward the top. Smooth and even looking head and lacing gave it a very solid look. Aroma was deep earth hops. Resin filled pine and orange and melded well with a nice touch of caramel malts and bready tones. Really quite nicely done I have to admit here. Warming brings more balance to it as well. Smooth, medium bodied with nice carbonation you get the nice hop bite up front that then folds into a buttery and biscuit filled mid palate before jumping back down at you with a nice lasting hop bite. Smooth and dry finish leaves you looking for just a touch more and a 22oz of this is a nice way to get through an hour or so,
Overall there are no complaints here. I thought this was done very well and really nice version of the style. Well balanced and not overly hopped I really enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of berley31
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, thick white head. Body is a very nice dark golden color, and quite clear.

S: Citrus is quite apparent, with a medium-to-high hop aroma winning the battle.

T: This is a bitter beer... not overpowering, but the hops come through quite strongly. Extremely dry finish with a long duration.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a soft-to-average carbonation. Very nice on the palate.

D: A very solid IPA... maybe too bitter to be drinking this all night, unless you want your taste buds scraped off. But a helluva strong showing that's definitely worth picking up.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden yellow. Off-white foamy oily head. Sticky slug slimey laces.

Hoppy floral and citrus aromas. Light biscuit malt backing.

Sharp citrus hoppiness. Pleasant floral and resinous notes. Balanced by a caramel biscuit malt character. Lingering bitterness and resinous aftertaste.

Sticky, med body, slightly astringent.

Good Hoppy NW IPA. Very Drinkable and Delicious.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 08.10.09 on-tap at Sharp's Roaster & Ale House while on business. Served in a 14oz pint glass.

A: A rich, golden color, w/a finger of creamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Balanced btwn mild-sweet pale malt and grassy hops, w/notes of grapefruit, light biscuit, and a touch of booze.

T & M: Palate is well-balanced up front, with the sweetness of the malt tempering the fairly aggressive hop profile. The hops take over mid-palate, with the finish leaving a lingering hoppy bitterness. Body is smooth and a touch creamy, without any stickiness.

D: Very drinkable IPA - I wish it were available in SoCal.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine little IPA that doesn't offend and certainly meets the style. However, the beer becomes a bit banal and sacrifices texture a bit.

The beer opens with a great copper color, heavy carbonation and medium white foamstance. Retention lasts the session and leaves a lot of lacing behind. Subsequent pours bring much more haze than the initial one and bring a lot of particulate matter.

Aromas show a medium grain-malt mix where full maltiness is prefered. Hop aroma is lighter than expected and maybe a bit too grassy. Good, but light, citrus and pine notes come in intermitten waves.

Flavors are more hop-focused and brings in a prefered citrus, pine, grassy blend. Malts again show a bit more grain taste where a crisper barley malt taste is best. Light soapiness rides along a sweeter, fruity ester note. Peaches, apples, and apricots round out the esters.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner and bitey because of the graininess and lower full-malt textures. Hop bitterness is present but also exhibit a strong bitey, metalic pang in the throat that is problematic at times.

Ultimately the beer is fine and might have been a class act ten years ago. Today however, the crisp maltiness is lacking and the hop quality isn't up to par.

Thanks Opethsprite!

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Photo of bobsy
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This used to be on my wants list before I bumped it off to make some room, so ritzkiss must have some kind of clairvoyance when he brought this round last night.

Pours a nice orange with some red highlights, a white head and some fine lacing. Light caramel aroma mingling with grapefruit and pine needles, but a touch subdued. Good hoppy flavour without being too aggressive. Another balanced beer. Orange and grapefruit provide a lovely citrus kick, while pine adds to the refreshing quality of the beer. A nice caramel malt base underpins everything. Medium body and carbonation, this is one drinkable IPA. I'm very impressed with the balance and the evidently refreshing character, and I'd love to have it again.

Cheers E!

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever sent me this one as an extra.

This is a really pretty looking beer, transparent red/amber color with a very nice fluffy white head and active carbonation.

Smell is pleasant but so very small in stature that I can barely detect anything.

Taste is still there, a pretty flavorful beer for a regular IPA. A bit of bread over taken by fruity pineapple.

Mouth is thin and bubbly with a nice bitter finish.

Overall a solid but unspectacular beer.

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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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a copper hue, more auburn than reddish. A mild haze blankets the glass, likely the cold temperature. A two finger head is busy lacing around the glass.

S: The ale has a heavy hop aroma. The bite has faded just a bit, bringing out more of a barleywine aspect. Citrus peel and pine needle drive the nose, on top of caramel malts.

T: The ale's taste profile has retained its strength, packing a lot of hops into the bomber. Citrusy grapefruit and orange peel are dominant overtop the caramel malts. A pinch of boozy heat swirls near the end, where the barleywine aspects are greatest. There the malts come through and some hop degradation is more evident.

M: The hoppiness in the mouth is very lively, prickly from start to near finish (see above).

D: I nursed the bomber, enjoying the hoppiness as it warmed. A good IPA.

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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 gford217
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of 5000 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange with a big fluffy white head that stays on as a cap for ages and leaves tons of lacing. A very nice looking beer.

The aroma is mostly light citrus fruits, especially lemons, oranges and a bit of grapefruit. There is a bready malt presence that serves to support the big hop profile.

The taste has the same light citrus hops presence in the form of a nice bitterness up front that lasts throughout and lingers in the finish as well. There is just enough malt to balance things out but the hops are the real star of the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and leaves the palate sticky with juicy hops.

This is a citrus-dominated IPA that has plenty of hops but remains very drinkable as the hops don't overwhelm the palate by any means. Very tasty.

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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 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 Yetiman420
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beerzebub for including this as part of a trade.

Cloudy right off the bat into a Unibroue tulip glass. Half finger white head which was soapy with lacing. Spot on for appearance.

Aroma was fruity with malt sweetness at first and became slightly off flavor halfway through. When topped off, the fruit yeast flavor returned.

Label describes this one as a perfectly balanced IPA with lots of hops. While I prefer my IPA's unbalanced to the hoppy side, I can appreciate well balanced and am keeping this in mind as part of the review.

Towards the end, the maltiness became overpowering for me and impacted drinkability.

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Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangish gold with a big, super dense, creamy head, rocky and slow settling, leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is a big blast of resiny columbus hops, a touch of lemon and some sweet malts.

Taste is pretty good, and I generally agree with what the label claims, that it's a balanced hop monster and classic NW IPA. More citrus notes from the hops, though still plenty of resin, with a firm but not overwhelming bitterness. Nice clean malt backbone, lingering bitter and breadiness. Just not really wowing me, it was refridgorated but not sure how fresh, if it is, I could use more hop flavor to counter the bitterness, or perhaps a bit sweeter malt.

Mouthfeel is on the oily side, medium light bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, an aggressive IPA, I could stand more complex hop flavor, as columbus isn't my favorite hop, and it's also got a pretty spicy bitterness. The ABV is well hidden, it's tasty, and goes down with ease, but it won't be one I seek out again.

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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 DoShek
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured with a solid two fingers of off-white head, golden orange color which is kind of light for an IPA, great clarity, great head retention keeps a thin but solid layer of foam on top as I sip this one down the glass, sticky lacing leaves way points marking the beers progress

Aroma - tons of hop aroma comes blasting out of this beer, grapefruity citrus, resinous, great hop character from the 100% Columbus hops used in the beer, hints of bready malt

Taste - hops from the aroma announce themselves loud and clear in the taste, the malts make their presence known in the background but stay out of the way enough to let the hops do their thing, with each sip the malts come in first but then relinquish the focus to the hops on the mid and back palate

Mouthfeel - smooth and full-bodied

Drinkability - one bomber was a bit of a palate workout, but I could still go for a little more

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Reviewed 6/1/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a yellow-reddish clear colored body, with a big head, off-white yellowish in color. Some good lacing. Has a nice sweet aroma, some hops, malts, northwest beer aroma. A bitter taste, some malts, slight acidic aftertaste.

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Photo of alva
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased Jan 11, 2009. Note: bottle pictured (plain with central "Wildcat" text) is no longer produced. New label is predominantly green and now the largest text says "Snoqualmie". Label also offers this info about the beer:

Orig Grav: 1.062 - Intl Bittering Units: 75 - Alc by Vol 6.6%

Snoqualmie is a brewery I had tried years ago and decided wasn't my thing. Recently I tried them again after reading the Bros excellent review of the Steam Train Porter. I agreed that was a superb example of the style and decided to explore further.

The Wildcat is a typical northwest IPA. It poured very nicely into a standard pint glass. Head quality was good and retention was excellent. Color seems a little pale for an IPA but clarity is very good.

The aroma from this beer is my favorite part. It lets you know the hops are coming. Citrusy and clean. The taste almost delivers on the promise. The hops are very strong but are a tad harsh relative to the body. This seems more like a very bitter pale ale to me, even if it is 6.6%. With my first couple sips I noticed a bright, biscuity malt flavor but by my fourth or fifth swig the hops have completed dominated my palate. That isn't really such a bad thing but I would have preferred more balance.

That said, I did enjoy this beer and will likely pick one up from time to time. I'm glad to hear the brewery didn't wash into the river during the recent flooding!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from bottletrek dot com, no bottled on/best by date indicated on bottle.
Hazy yellow-orange with tons of floaties. Creamy 2 fingers of off-white head. Piney sweet aroma with a dash of rubbing alcohol.
Dry, tart, bitter piney hop flavor. Grapefruit also noted. A tad metallic on the finish, but not too heavy. Not my favorite from the Pacific NW...

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Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber purchased online from Bottletrek

Appearance: Pretty russet orange colored hazy body with a nice 2 finger foam head. Lots of rentention and lacing.

Smell: The nose has lots of hop presence yet it doesn't scream hop bomb either. Lots of citrus notes meet floral notes at a careful juxtaposition point called perfect balance crossing :)

Taste: Despite the medium to thick mouthfeel this IPA is crisp and refreshing. The hops don't dominate but they don't let up either. Some biscuit like malt helps to fortify this brew. While the citrus hop is chief, there is some floral hop support.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Perfect carbonation really makes for a fun mouthfeel and helps the slightly thick body.

This is a pleasantly great surprise. Seek it out!

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

got this one in a recent trade with westsidemiller. thanks steve!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 18/08.

pours a deep, hazy orange with a small cap of very fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a fine pattern of lace down the glass.

aroma is good. alcohol. loads of pine and grapefruit. bit of orange. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. bit of tangerine. light caramel and honey.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. white bread and biscuit. cracker. pine. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. just a touch of caramel sweetness. as it warms a nice floral character starts to come out too. really nice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. very fine medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balance is pretty good, slightly unbalanced toward bitterness. nice depth to the malt and hop profile. good stuff.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from teh 22oz bottle into a sam perfect pint. Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head. Tons of thick lacing. Smells lightly of some citrus, but mostly sweet malt. Taste is bitter! Tons of bitterness on the side s of the tongue. Some citrus and a slightly piney aftertaste. The odd thing about the beer is its mouthfeel. It is extremely thick! A bit oily too. Very interesting. Good IPA, not overwhelmingly good, but solid!

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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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