Copperhead American Pale Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

BA SCORE
86
very good
60 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber as an extra in an awesome small trade with RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of pear-white head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops & biscuitty malt

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit & oranges with much dryness up front. Puckery grapefruit, lemons, & a bit of biscuitty malt hiding in the background as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit crispness, honey malt & herbal hops as well

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation showcases the hops, skews too hoppy for me

Drinks easy, but a touch too hoppy for me to have more than a few, hop heads will disagree I'm sure

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice pale-orange hue with just a touch of haze and a 2+ finger ivory head of stable compact foam. Looks quite good to me.

Smell: rich caramel malt aroma with a healthy dose of funky and citrusy hops on top. Hints of grapefruit and floral notes are also present. This is a pleasantly complex and non-overbearing aroma. I like it.

Taste: somewhat caramelly flavor and pretty solid bitterness, but hop flavor intensity and complexity are both lower than the aroma. Malt is sweet and hops are more floral than in the nose. Good, but I somehow feel it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation which yields a surprisingly thick creaminess; certainly quite creamy for the style. I like it.

Drinkability: unfortunately the sweet floral notes of the malt and hops accumulate on the palate in a not-entirely-pleasing manner. Still, it is a relatively light and refreshing yet flavorful brew. I would have this again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Pours a slightly coppery light gold color with about 3/4 of an inch of fluffy, just off-white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a nice, balanced blend of malt and hops, with neither dominating. On the tongue there a spicy hop tartness that didn't show up in the scent.

The body is slightly fuller than average for this style. Drinkability is very good. I'm not generally a fan of 22's, but this bottle slid down before I knew it.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth trying, this may become one of your everyday, go-to drinking beers.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on close out at the local grocery store.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, I guess you could call it Copper, with a cream-colored head.

S - Light malt, lemons and wheat.

T - Light lemons, malt, and more wheat.

D - Light body, good carbontation.

O - Light and citrusy - very sessionable and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real head maker this dark amber colored beer, the head is monstrous in size, spumescent in texture, the color a light tan and the residual lace a nice sheet to conceal the glass. Big malt nose, sweet and clean, a pleasure to sniff, start as with the nose big on the malt lightly sweet. Pleasantly acidic, delightfully hopped, dry lingering aftertaste and a good representative “Pale Ale”, and well worth a sample.

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Photo of cherche
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orange body with a big head that laced the heck out of my glass.

Smell – Lots of different hop aromas in there. No real fruit other than a lemon or lime rind, but very distinctive and sharp. There’s a little bit of pine, but nothing floral to speak of.

Taste – The hops come out right away. There’s also a strong grapefruit flavor that comes on mid-way through. Somewhat one-dimensional, but good.

Mouthfeel – Flat and smooth, in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down well, but I would have liked to have seen a little more complexity and balance.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RedDiamond
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beerguy101
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. Malty and fairly aggressively hopped. Nice flavor, a slight citrus taste. Good balance. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Copperhead American Pale Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
3.93 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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