Wildcat India Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

139 Reviews
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 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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Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine brew brought home from Oregon from a friend.

Poured from the bomber into a pub glass. A 1 inch head of hite, settles and leaves a solid cap with thicker collar.
Color is a true 2 row based beer. Darker yellw with hints at gold and amber.

Aroma is filled with honey malt, sawdust, mineral water, spicei hemp hops, mustard seeds, all around good aroma for an apa, but for an aipa...not so much. Hops are mia for the style and malt is just ok.

Taste is malt forward, hops blasting through with pine resin, bittering very strong, plenty of rind and man, just blowing my pallet up with resin and bitters.
Mild mint, but hemp is really phenomenal here.
Malt shinning nicely, as is honey malt and a slight breadyness.

Mouthfeel is slick and carbonated perfectly.

Great brew, a tad warm though, but hops just delight the pallete. Not in an all around easy to drink way, but in a knovk your socks of, bitterness, you are done drinking tonight cause your pallet is shot now kind of way.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this beer in the past but couldnt remember the flavors,now a bottle to myslef to review.Poured into a impy nonic slight hazed light to medium golden with a real burnt orange hue,a craterous one finger white head atop.Aromas of resiny nop over top of sweetish crystal malt,as it warms I notice a hard water note.It is a big nearly balanced northwest IPA,resiny with a hint of leather,the hops dominate at the start,there is a mineral and hefty caramel base to keep it close to being balanced.Its big on the hops wich kicks ass but it has a healthy malt base,a real solid American IPA to be had.

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

22 oz. bottle from West Richland WA Beer & Wine, poured into shaker pint glass 5.24.2010.

One finger creamy white head, very long lasting ultra-slow dissipation, with excellent lacing, deep gold body with multiple trails of carbonation, a really nice looking beer. Nose is citrusy balanced by bready malts, not too sweet, resiny noble pine on the backend. Taste is grapefruit zest, complex from use of 5 different malts, nicely balanced with a fairly bitter finish, the use of solely Columbus hops works nicely. Full mouthfeel, nice effervescence. Tres drinkable. To be honest, I wasn't expecting something quite this good. Impressive, will certainly have this again, looking forward to trying the tap version. Recommended.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy light orange hue with two fingers of rocky ivory foam. The head had amazing staying power and remained thick and full-bodied to the last drop.

Smell: sweet malt base with nice citrus and earthy hop aromas. There's a nice balance here.

Taste: very much in line with the aroma. Sweet malt base with a nice citrus and earthy flavor profile. There's a very nice level of bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation, so there's a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: a very drinkable combination of flavor, aroma and feel makes this a durn good IPA. I'm glad it's local to me.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a shaker glass. The first bottle from my Secret Bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. The IPA appears a hazed, hop particle filled golden light copper color with a good inch or so of creamy, sticky, off white foam. Nice lacing. The aromas and flavors consist of caramel and toffee malt, toasted bread, resinous pine, tangerines, orange zest, white grapefruit juice, a bit grassy and floral, bitter and dry. Smooth body and amply carbonated with a lingering, yet pleasant bitterness. Just a well made IPA all around. Thanks again for this one Rob!

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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 wcuberos
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the first pour the beer looked great and the nose was great. I'm not sure if I'm having a bad nose day but after that I couldn't get the aroma for the rest of the glass, no matter how close I put my nose to the beer.
The flavor of the beer was good but not great, it had a nice citrus flavor to match that first sniff, had a good drinkable flavor with a full mouth. It has a slight bitterness at the end that compliments the flavor well. I wouldn't search it out but if I came across another bottle I'd give it a another

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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 olympuszymurgus
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sorry I dropped the bag. A bottle of the winter ale and one of the IPA. The IPA survived, so that's worth something. Abuses such as these shouldn't be taken lightly. Shame is felt.

Snoqualmie falls is cute. I thought of them as a cool "hometowm" brewery(decent cheap beer, but really not a world class show) and I was wrong. This is a basic beer, one hop I'm told, that is just plain well made. They did their homework and kept it reasonable, but executed durn'd near perfectly.

Hop forward, hope behind, a trace of malt in the middle. A completely reasonable IPA that could not have been brewed with more care or skill.

Good on yah!

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Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium-light gold color with not much more than a thin cap of just off-whit head that had little retention, but still had some lacing.

The aroma was a solidly typical hop blast, pine and citrus mostly. The hops were balanced (somewhat) in the mouth by a slightly better than average malt foundation.

The body was a little fuller than usual for this style. Drinkability was very good, I enjoy being able to grab a bottle of this at the grocery store. Overall, a very good example of the style. Just another hidden gem for us, that would be the best around in a lot of places. Worth some effort to try.

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Wildcat India Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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