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Copperhead American Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Benizjammin
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crisp and dry like a white wine with floral hop meditations and creamy tastes of butterscotch and caramel to balance the bite. Glorious. I have bought this for myself three times and for friends a few times also.

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Photo of julian
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange in color, slightly hazy with a great rolling bubbly white head with really good retention rate that leaves a thick sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Nice sweet citrus hops smell, orange, grapefruit with a moderate floral hop aroma.

T: Delicious. Great taste balance. There is equal flavor of both hops and citrus fruit and a nice sweeter caramel-esque malting that, to me makes a great Pale Ale, exemplary of the style. Can't believe I can get this locally...and haven't tried it until now.

M: Great everything; carbonation, flavor, texture, aftertaste.

D: Very redrinkable, sessionable in fact.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a dark amber color with a slight head that fades quickly. Smell is grainy, yeasty with floral hops. Medium bodied with a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Nicely balanced taste is malty, grainy with a fresh hop flavor . Finishes with a fresh, perfumy hop taste on the palate; of course shopping at the brewery will do that.

drink fresh....drink local.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber brought back to me by a friend who was on vacation.

A: Pours an opaque copper color highlighted by yellow hues. Good frothy one finger head that holds nicely. Stunning lace work on the glass.
S: Good grapefruit nose with secondary floral notes. Slight bready malt notes come through after a few sniffs. Very fresh smelling with a slightly sweet side.
T/M: Citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit, with a good floral background. Good carbonation bite that extends into the hop bitterness. Excellent bitterness that lingers for a pretty long time after it goes down. Refreshing, crisp, and smooth through the mouth. Well balanced pale ale--one of the best I've had recently. This would probably be absolutey wonderful on tap.
D: Excellent example of a pale ale. Smooth, refreshing, thirst quenching, easy drinking pale ale. Would be a session brew for me if I could get my hands on them regularly. Very thankful that I got to try this.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a syrupy apricot color with a lovely eggshell head that fades after a few moments, leaving behind vague sticky rings of lacing. A little hazy, gently glowing.

Soft, oaty smell, with grassy hops; Rich undertones of malt, with a slight orange peel spritz.

The best way I can describe the taste is creamy; Slight honey, rich oat and wheat, and a fruity, oily hop backup. It's not an IPA because the hops don't take the forefront - it's one hell of a deep, fulfilling pale ale.

Creamy, fluffy, oily mouthfeel - all at once. It's soft and fluffy on the tongue, with wonderful carbonation, and is backed up with an oily hop resin when you swallow. Complex, delightful. It finishes with a lazy stickiness that makes you come back for more.

Mmmm. What a nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midway between honey and orange, with the fine yeasty haze that is preferable to the crystal clarity of filtered beer. The bleached bone white cap picks up a hint of color from the liquid on which it sits. The foam resembles a wind-swept mesa as it melts and the intricate array of sudsy lace is pretty nice as well (even more so over time).

They could be more aggressive, but the white grapefruit juiciness of the Centennial hops is wonderful. Although the brewery says that light crystal malt is in use, the beer's color and its aroma would suggest that pale rules the roost.

Copperhead is a fresh, clean, immensely drinkable APA that I've fallen in love with from the very first mouthful. It's amazing that more brewers can't create something at least this good, but then I have no idea what it takes to create high-quality beer.

The malt backbone is as big as it needs to be... and maybe a little bigger (which is a point in its favor). Let's go with freshly baked sugar cookies dusted with a thin layer of golden brown sugar. It's probably the beer's freshness talking, but 32 IBU's worth of hops taste like at least half again that many.

What could be finer than a well-crafted pale ale that features the Centennial hop? Not too damn much, that's what. The light sweetness of the malt dovetails beautifully with the fresh citric pithiness of the hops. Balance is all well and good, but hops have to dominate if an American pale ale wants to truly impress. As this one does.

Whether it's the abundance of malt or a perfect amount of volumizing carbonation, the body/mouthfeel is pure pleasure. As always, this is the one characteristic that tells me just how talented any given brewer is. In this case... very talented.

Copperhead APA is almost as good as Wildcat IPA. Taking style into account, it's as good. This is a beer that has plenty of fang to satisfy the hopheads, yet should appeal to all those who appreciate a classic American pale ale. Very well done.

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Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color topped by a fluffy white head. The head leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is dominated by the northwest hops. Mild grapefruit rind, a little herbal character, and my favorite, just the lightest touch of bubblegum. The flavor is well balanced. More of the citrus hops, with a nice malty sweet finish. The malt lends a light caramel, and the bubblegum character I sensed in the nose. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, just a touch slick. No alcohol heat. Great drinkability. Really nice beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz I picked up from the brewery pours a dark golden orange with generous head - looks like an IPA.

Smell is clean, fresh citric and floral hops, slight bready/caramel malts - smells like an IPA.

Taste is right up there with the IPAs as well. Floral hops, oranges, bittering finish. Clean, bready malts with a hint of the metallic Munich malts they've added. Tastes like a well balanced IPA, which compared to their IPA is an APA I guess. Very drinkable.

Slightly watery finish as the bottle progresses but this is a nice bottle - would go well with just about any meal and I wish I had a few more bottles to try.

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Photo of tozerm
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is dangerous for me. I could drink it all day. The only real prominent flavors come from the citrusy hop profile and slight maltiness. Great copper color, nice amount of head, overall it's a very easy drinking beer that I would recommend to BA's trying to convert BMC drinkers! It has a lot of flavor, just not any really pronounced individual flavors. It's very balanced and approachable.

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Photo of CanisMajor
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mbarnes0
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Collinvs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of efsulliv
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick nectar orange with off white cream head. Lacing will smear on the glass. The pine smell from the hops is in the forefront, lemon melon linger with a soft dough. The taste is hopped up, this is a very hoppy pale ale, more like IPA, very nice. Taste is light and refreshing, great summer beer, sliced through my Cheddar Cheese and Brocolli soup.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a significant head that displays very nice retention and lacing

Smell: Biscuity malts and citrusy grapefruit blend

Taste: After a brief run with the the biscuit, this beer heads in a grapefruity direction right through mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows out and allows the malt to come into balance; there is a sweet aftertaste on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: At first I thought we might be heading in the IPA direction, but the return of the malt flavors after the swallow kept that in check; a very nice APA, overall

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank two bombers of this American pale ale in the past week. Both were superb and memorable.

Copperhead pours a solid three fingers of form-fitted ivory foam. The big bubblegum aroma accented by light, leafy hoppiness has a tantalizing appeal. Its taste rolls in waves of cherry–raspberry and red fruit contours swiftly followed by a heavy blanket of complimentary bitterness. This balance is Copperhead’s defining hallmark, allowing easy access to the bitter and the sweet of it. Rounding out its essential properties are thick gobs of lace trailing from an immovable head and a full, chewy mouthfeel.

This is not a complex or high-art beer, but a simple, elegant ale suitable for everyday consumption. And at $3.50 a bomber, Copperhead is an excellent value. Enjoy it fresh as the beer is not bottle-conditioned or pasteurized.

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Photo of sonofdon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back from Seattle. He's been raving about Snoqualmie for a while now. After trying it last night on my patio, I see the light.

This American pale poured wonderfully with a nice thick head. The aroma was slightly subdued and smelled of sweet fruit. The color lived up to its name. Deep copper with a hint of gold.

The first taste went down very smooth. So I had to have a second right after the first. Clean, well balanced and extremely easy drinking. It has a wonderful hop balance. Not too strong, not too weak. This is what an APA should taste like.
Great head retention with a moderate lacing.

This is a great everyday beer or great with grilled foods. I wish I could get it here in Nashville.


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Photo of alk3kenny
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange copper color nice white head on top. Smell is slightly hoppy floral very pleasant. Taste is slight hop bitterness very clean and easily drinkable. Leaves a nice sting of hops on the tongue after swallowing. Overall a very nice apa something I would easily buy again.

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

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

There is a reason for the name with its copper color showing clear and bright. Tightly-formed small-bubbled tan lace does a great job clinging to the glass. Fresh citric hop aroma smells of marmalade and faint mint with a toasted grain note in the rear. Smooth and semi-creamy medium body. Hop character doesn't waste any time flaunting its bitterness and flavor. A quick, sharp spike of bitterness to start slowly dulls and lets the flavor of the resin unfold to that of orange peel, birch sap, blond tobacco and a light earthy tone. Solid malt foundation drops both caramel and toasted grain on the palate with the toasted grain becoming dominant. Vague fruity yeast flavor in the semidry finish smacks of American Ale.

Lovely stuff here, a great snapshot of what modern sessionable American beer is about. Copperhead wins us over with an easy drinking, balanced flavor that showcases both the malt and hops.

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

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Small bubbly off white lace stays for a while on top of the copperish orange brew. Clarity is decent though there are some noticeable particles suspended.

Smell: Faint esters, obvious citric hop that gives hints of grapefruit rind … pretty clean other than that.

Taste: Big crispness from a very well structured carbonation, mouth feel and beautifully textured medium body. Spicy citric hop bitterness with a long lasting flavour. Malt is of the pale selection, hints of lightly toasted malt and some sweetness come through. Fruitiness is vague from the yeast but focused in citric from the hops. Semi coarse hoppy finish with a slowly dry effect from the bitterness and grain.

Notes: A solid American Pale Ale, just what you would expect in this style and nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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