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

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color, crowned by a finger of creamy white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is balanced between mildly sweet pale malt and grassy hops, with notes of grapefruit, a light biscuit character, and a whiff of alcohol. 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. An imminently drinkable IPA - I wish it were still available here in Oregon.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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 RedDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
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 jclzony
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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 brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with a stiff head that splotches the pint glass

Smell: Grapefruit pith with a slight undertone of toffee

Taste: A bit of toffee on the front end and then the assertively bitter flavors take over, bringing pith and floral elements; after the swallow an intense bitterness appears and is re-joined by the toffee flavor that lingers, and plays second fiddle, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA from the Pacific Northwest; there are other hop flavors I prefer but this one makes a nice statement

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the Washington state treat

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Photo of xoqx
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer highlights the great Pacific Northwest style of ale that’s heavily hopped and slightly citric in hop character. It has a cloudy dark straw color with not much head retention of the off-white head and heavy droopy lacing. There is an assault of wonderful hop smells in the nose and it’s followed in the taste with grapefruity and piney hops. A touch of malt is detectable in the back, but hops dominate here. It has a bit of a sharp feel and is medium bodied. A strong IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic West Coast IPA. Big grapefruit aroma. Good head. High 75 IBU. Reasonable 6.6 ABV. Juicy orange flavour, colour, and good mouthfeel, but no-holds-barred dry bitter aftertaste. A 750 thanks to Thebungyo. Had to keep in fridge because of the no preservatives notice.

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Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer on tap at the Snoqualmie tap room. This review is from a bottle tried at home. Medium copper color, mildly hazy and topped by a fluffy off-white head. The head shows a nice retention, but just a light lace as it recedes. The nose has loads of hops. There is strong citrus grapefruit up front, a touch of resinous pine, and just a touch of hay. Very light caramel aroma. The taste is strong with grapefruit rind, and more piney hop resin. The is a real hop bomb. The light caramel sweetness carries over to the flavor. The mouth feel is slick, and a bit astringent. Nice drinkability. Very fine northwest IPA.

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Photo of tozerm
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic example of a Northwest India Pale Ale. The brewers at Snoqualmie Falls have done an excellent job balancing the hoppiness (I believe it's about 75 IBU's) with enough malt. The malt backbone mellows out the hops and makes this beer much more sessionable in my opinion. I am not a hophead and especially don't like fresh hopped beer but this India Pale Ale is quite exceptional. I've had it draft and bombers on several occasions; I've got to say that which is better depends on how fresh the beer is (obviously). BTW, their new taproom is open!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella glass. It forms a mountainous, and highly retentive head. Off white, and sea foam type quality.

It is slightly above what you would expect from a double IPA. Pretty piney and hoppy up front. Lingering hops on the backend. Far from overbearing in the hops department. Its like an unbalanced beer that checks out balanced. The price is really right. I'm on vacation in Seattle and this bomber was under 3 bucks...well worth it.

Notes: Buy it when you see it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a thick 3" head that lasts. Huge bubbles appear in the fluffy top. Tons of tiny bubbles race to the surface. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: grapefruit and pinecones are easily detectable and very pleasant.

Taste: big malt backbone is well balanced with a sharp piney bitterness and tart grapefruit tones. Aggressively hopped and boy is it tasty.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Medium bodied. The pine and grapefruit tones linger long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking, as this 22 oz. bomber went down quickly and I could have easily had some more. Great beer, must find this one. I picked this up for $3.85 at a local deli in Seattle. Unbelievably cheap compared to what I pay on the east coast for comparable quality beers.

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Photo of bignick
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a pint glass.

This is a very attractive beer. It pours an orangey color with a large head that clings to the side of the glass. The smell is all floral and citrusy. It is definitely a hoppy IPA, grapefruit all the way, but there is not great depth to the hop profile. It is quite tasty and drinkable, and a unique, if not unremarkable, take on the style.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Snoqualmie Wildcat IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is cloudy. There are particles suspended in the beer, with bubbles rising from the bottom. A thick foamy head forms that is amazingly resilient. The head dissipates slowly leaving a column of foam rising in the middle of the glass. Heavy lacing also forms on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a bit subdued, but hoppy, as expected. There is a hint of evergreen, like a lumber mill, but also an oily sweaty aroma, like a locker room (in a pleasant sort of way).

The taste is also hoppy as expected. There is bitter hop flavor up front, with a mild citrus flavor underlying the hops. There is a mildly bitter and warm aftertaste that is fairly short-lived. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing. The beer is fairly heavily carbonated. There is a cloying property to the aftertaste, which leaves a stickiness in the mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer, especially for the summer season, but it would be good year round. A very flavorful beer, especially on the hop side of the equation. It’s probably not my favorite IPA, but Snoqualmie Wildcat it is a good representative of the style, and I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to skyhand for this one of many...
Looks hazy as it pours out, but settles a fairly clear copper color with three full fingers of foamy, off-white head...of which a third sticks around for almost the entire offering.
Lemon zest with first whiff...grapefruit also hits the nose and even a slight alcohol presence.
The taste is all about the bitterness for me...juicy fruit sweetness at first, but the hops hang onto the pallet forever and just dont let go. Not tasting the lemons I detected, but a definite grapefruit flavor as well...some malt in there to try and balance it out, but can't say its happening here.
Mouthfeel is where I expect it and the carbonation is complementary to the dry finish. Glad the alcohol does not make its way through to the flavor.
Damn glad to try this one...quite good.

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Photo of troutmask96
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beneath this somewhat generic-looking label lies the northwest's answer the Sonoma Valley's fabled Pliny the Elder. This is an IPA gargantuan in both flavor and uniqueness.

Just weeks ago, I sat at a stool at the legendary Toronado on Haight in San Francisco and marvelled at my first Pliny encounter. This was a beer that seemed to be poured straight from Heaven by way of a sea of hop fields. Why won't Russian River Brewing bottle this holy goodness, I asked myself. Alas, Pliny is an elusive indulgence.

A fellow BA of mine recommended Snoqualmie Falls' Wildcat IPA. I finally stumbled across a bottle at my local high-end grocery store, so I picked up a 22 oz bomber. Tomorrow, I go back for at least a case.

The smell of this IPA is pure perfection. Citrus, pine, mondo hops, ah yeeah! And the taste: butterscotch, caramel, hops, hops, hops. Pliny has nothing on this exceptional brew...

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Photo of beersarang
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangy gold with a thin white head that for some reason leaves huge sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

Light hop aroma with some grain in the background.

Rolls over the tongue with a light grain and malt flavor but this one has been heavily bittered. Giant puckering bitterness hits and holds to the end while a slightly alcoholic sweetness comes out on the exhale.

Body is a little to light for the amount of bitterness in my opinion, but flavor is good and drinks easy.

A well made beer with loads of hops.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber besmirched with medium-fast rising bubbles and capped with a lovely mountainous head - this was poured into my Dogfish curvy pint glass, which seems to really coax the head out of every beer, especially IPAs (maybe that part is just in my head). It creates a very nice bit of lacing, lots of spiderwebby eggshell curls, and there's a rugged mountain of white atop the beer, whipped cream style.

The scent is nearly DIPA in style, all hops for sure. It's the perfect compliment to a meal of spicy barbecued chicken brreasts! A combo of mostly floral and some grapefruit hops, there's a bit of malt to enjoy in the background.

Mostly hops in the taste as well, though it's not quite in DIPA territory here. There are some nice buttery, sugary malts to be found, and quite a lot of floral, grapefruity hops.

A spicy mouthfeel, light and tingly with hop resin and carbonation.

Overall, a very good IPA. It verges on double territory without the extra alcohol. One of the best of Snoqualmie's lineup.

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Photo of juzy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-amber color. Soapy, off-white head. Bottle just arrived from Seattle (thanks skyhand). Probably should've let it rest longer so that the yeast would have time to settle. Most of the larger chunks have settled but still some smaller pieces in suspension.

Slight grapefruit on the nose, sweet caramel also.

More bitter than I expected but a few more sips finds that same hint of sweet caramel that is present in the aroma.

Smooth to drink, refreshing. Drinkability is very good, I could handle a few of these on a sunny afternoon while watching baseball!

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Photo of battlekow
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in a trade with cvschaller.

Big foamy head, crystal-clear amber body. Pretty much a standard west coast IPA in smell and taste, which is not to say it's not delicious, just that it's not something you can't find anywhere else. Website describes it thusly:

"The BALANCED hop monster! This is one IPA with enough MALT BACKBONE to stand up to the high hopping level - 75 IBUs from 100% Columbus hops. THE beer for true hop head beer lovers!"

Replace the "the"s with "a"s and you're closer to the truth.

The malt flavor lingers a bit too long, making the hoppy finish not as clean as I'd like. Lots of bitterness as well. Reminding me a bit of pistachios.

Overall, delicious but undistinguished for the style.

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Photo of nathanho
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
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 TheBungyo
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/21/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presnetation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle. Poured into my Elk Mountain pint glass.

Appearance- Super clouded golden pour. Yeast floating all about in the glass. Yeast literally foamed out when I opened the cap. Not sure if this is a good sign. Left decent lace and had a larger head.

Smell- Smelled very malty. Really dark roasted malt scent with a bitter hop background.

Taste- Hmmmm, think I may have gotten an infected bottle. Really malty and really bitter. Almost like a malted down ESB. Sharp bitterness, but really no grapefruit or pine flavors in the hops. Just bitterness followed by dark dark dark malt.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated that leaves extreme bitterness behind.

Drinkability- Going to have to track another one of these down eventually to give it another try. I was so looking forward to this one as well. Just doesn't seem like a taste that would get a review over a 4 average.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous hazy orange with yellow streaks, the head is monsterous. A 3 inch thick frothy delicious milkshake of a head, by far the best beer I have ever seen poured. The smell is light, a slight hint of floral and citrus hides behind the head. A nice earthy smell pleases the air. The taste has the hop overload that the smell lacked. This is a flavorful pucked up IPA. The tangy citrus while abundant is well rounded with the slight hint of syrup malts, this is and ultra IPA. A medium bodied ale that is great for any day. By far my favorite IPA (right up there with LaConner) on the NW scene. Cheers.

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Photo of woemad
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 22oz bottle from Huckleberry's in Spokane that cost $3.99. I was surprised I hadn't reviewed this before. Afterwards, I realized I had never actually had it in a bottle before, though I had it several years ago on-tap at the Viking (their standard on-tap IPA has been Boundary Bay's the last couple of years), and thought nothing of it at the time (I was just getting to know IPAs at the time). I could just kick myself for it.

This was possibly the best looking IPA I have ever seen. Poured a very nice orange-copper color, with a huge, rocky white head that took a little while to dissipate. Huge sheets of lace were left behind on my glass as the beer made it's way down it's insides.

Smell was floral hoppiness, citrusy hoppiness, but, above all, bitter piney hoppiness. There was also a (very) minor maltiness detectable.

This was better balanced than one would guess from the smell. Yes, the bitter, piney hoppiness is stil the star of the show, but the citrusy notes come out more as well. Reading other reviews, it sounds like this is made entirely with Columbus hops. If true, that's one damn versatile hop! There is maltiness present as well, but it's pulled the covers over it's head and is whimpering for mommy to come take the big bad hops away. Yet this is not a tastebud-scorching IPA, just one where the hops are firmly in charge of a very good tasting beer.

This is a firmly nmedium bodied beer. It's lighter bodied than I initially expected when I first poured it and got the huge head. I think it's very slightly less carbonated than usual for the style, but it's by no means worth complaining about. It just seems different, that's all.

I could drink this all night. While I've only got one bottle, it's a big one. Though my on-tap favorite IPAs will remain Boundary Bay and Ice Harbor (at least until I get to sample this on-tap again),I think I've got a new favorite bottled IPA, and I plan on buying it a lot more often.

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