PGA (Perfectly Great Amber) | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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PGA (Perfectly Great Amber)PGA (Perfectly Great Amber)

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2002

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber! color with a modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet, leaving a few splashes behind

Smell: An odd, almost rotting orange aroma wafts up

Taste: Bready, at first, with the rotting orange flavor developing by mid-palate; somewhat herbacious, too; after the swallow, there is some sweetness that joins the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; sits a little heavy on the tongue

Drinkability: A different take on an amber, for sure, and it took me a while to decide my views on it; ultimately, I decided I just didn't like it all that much

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pellucid Golden Amber would have been a great way to describe the color... except that it isn't. The beer is more bright tangerine topped with two fingers of pale orangish ivory foam. A better than respectable array of lace helps the cause. This is pretty much how an American amber ale should look.

The aroma lacks personality, a common shortcoming in beer of this style unless plenty of hops are used. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell as if the brewers were heavy-handed with the little green cones. There's a modest amount of lightly toasted malt and very little else. It looks like the flavor profile has an uphill climb ahead if it wants to impress.

It's obvious that PGA is well-brewed beer (all Snoqualmie beer is), but it suffers because the flavor fades into the woodwork. There's no hook here, nothing to interest the drinker while the beer is being consumed and nothing to bring him/her back for a second bomber.

Three word summation: simplicity, subtlety and sessionability. Those of us who like their taste buds to be engaged aren't that impressed. PGA is lightly cereal grain sweet and faintly toasted bready. A faint smack of herbal-fruity hoppiness enters at the midway point, adds balance... and manages to salvage the beer in the end.

The mouthfeel is part of the reason why the beer seems so well-crafted. It's medium-full for the style and is more plush than any 4.0% ale has a right to be. Warming delivers even more crushed velvet smoothness.

PGA (Perfectly Great Amber) is a perfectly great opportunity wasted. All beer doesn't need to be chock full of aggressive flavor and boundless complexity, but this one goes too far in the opposite direction. It shouldn't take too many tweaks for this Snoqualmie brew to be true to its name.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy medium amber-orange hue with two fingers of creamy ivory head. Not exactly amber, but not bad.

Smell: malty aroma with a light touch of citrusy hops. Malt is right about the middle of the dry-sweet spectrum. Not bad.

Taste: just exactly what you'd expect from the aroma. Very light citrus-flavored hops, though with a bit more in the bitterness arena. Malt is, once again, midway between dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good helping of carbonation. There's a nice creaminess to this brew which I enjoy.

Drinkability: a pretty tasty beer overall. I might not go for this every day, but I'd order it down the pub again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear copper-amber color with a half-inch of just off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a little on the malty-sweet side, otherwise was fairly neutral. The taste was pretty much the same, malty, a little sweet, just a trace of hop on the finish.

Body was good, smooth, even and well-rounded. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down smooth and easy, the low ABV makes a true session beer, and while the flavor won't thrill most BA's, it's got enough taste that if there's a keg at a cookout, you could easily drink it all afternoon.

Overall, a solid "training wheel" beer for people just getting into craft beer and an acceptable, easy drinking beer for us more experienced beer geeks. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at SAFECO Field

A: Poured a amberish red color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Hops, toffee, caramel but faint

T: Some sweetness, malts, caramel and syrup

M: Medium bodied with too much hops for this style.

D: Did not finish, pass

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Nice dark orange color and a giant head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Some floral hops and a strong citrus aroma dominate this nose.

Taste – I like a lot of the Snoqualmie Falls products, but this just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t find any malt in there. The hops from the nose didn’t end up in the glass, either. And, worst of all, there was a giant day-old orange flavor that overpowered this beer.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation wasn’t bad but, again, no smoothness to this orange peel.

Drinkability – This was slow going down.

Comments – This was similar in taste to the Snipes Mountain Extra Blond Ale I rated earlier this month. Maybe it’s something in the water.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Crystal clear amber color, head retention is pretty amazing with a crowning of white lace and a few rings down the glass. Malty aroma, nutty with toasted grain and a light bready component. A little yeast and fruit in the nose as well. Moderate yet fluffy body, extremely smooth from the light carbonation. Nice mellow toasted bread flavor with doughy undertones. Hint of caramel and ripe pear in the middle. Slight buttery tone is pushed down by a quick smack of hops which comes off a bit passive after bringing the beer balance. Clean all around, finishes a little sweet with a long trail of malt flavor.

Wow, this is great. Balanced and packed with flavor. Chalk this one up as another stellar American session ale. While we love extreme beer a ton, we actually love it more when a brewer can put out a great session ale.

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden-amber fluid. Big bone-colored head slowly fades to a hefty lacing.
Nose is mostly grainy, with hints of grassy hops. Very clean smelling, but without alot of depth.
Taste begins along these same "clean" lines. I didn't get alot of depth at first. Just somewhat grainy and mildly sweet. As it sits, and the bomber empties, the beer opens itself up. Toasty bready notes stay in the forefront, but they are coupled with some delicate carmel sweetness and some nutty hues as well. Herbal, grassy hops sew up the end. Slight hop spice gives a German impression. Interesting. Finishes clean, with just a little residual carmel sweetness.
Med-light bodied, and quite crisp. So easy to drink.
These Snoqualmie Falls brews (well, the two I've sampled) always leave me wanting more.
At 4% ABV, yet full of flavor, this would make for an outstanding, and potentially long, session. Truly and anytime, anywhere brew.

Thanks for the bomber, jreitman

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don’t imagine you can legally get away with naming a beer after the Professional Golfer’s Association, so of course, this beer isn’t. We wouldn’t even THINK of making such an association, would we?

PGA is a modest and unassuming ale that delivers a gentle flourish of delayed sweetness followed by a flat, lingering tail of yeast attitude. It is ochre-bronze and suited to the style with a watery, yeasted aroma and tiny yet determined bubbles. Its prominent yeast profile may not appeal to some, yet the beer is still clean and balanced and reliably functional as a carefree session ale.

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Photo of vande
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty amber colored pour that leaves a nice lofty looking layer of head a float. Smells some sweeter w/ a little nuttiness. A fairly well balanced taste of malt - hops. Bit of caramel mixed nicely w/ a little fruit. A clean and clear drinkable ale. Definitely session-able! Well done -

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber gold color. HUGE foamy white head. It takes several minutes to diminish enough to even attempt to drink. Aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of hoppyness. A medium bodied amber. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are mild but definitely grapefruity and piney. Nicely balanced. Light and refreshing. It really more of a Pale Ale than an amber or some what of a cross between the two. There are also touches of citrus and fruit that appear about halfway through. Very lively carbonation throughout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DogFood11
4.74/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured the contents of this 22oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks to reebshorts for pointing me in the right direction on my recent trip to the Seattle area. Snoqualmie was high on my list. This brew forms a decent, Ivory white head that leaves behind some evidence. Bright orangeish hue with high level of carbonation that tends to cling to the side of the glass.

Pretty hoppy in the nose, mostly a citrus type zest aroma. The taste is a bit more subtle as the hops are definately there and the beer does lean in that direction but I truly fell in love with the orange citrus flavor that is cut slightly by a very laid back malt presence. Malts really don't come into play until late in the ballgame. Smooth, and crisp just the way I like the mouthfeel for smaller beers.

Notes: Between the Porter and this offering Snoqualmie has my interest...

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright orange-amber color with a small amount of creamy white head on top. Aroma of lightly sweet bready malt and a touch of mildly fruity hops.
Palate is well-balanced and a bit malt forward. Pale and lightly sweet caramel malt and a light hoppy bitterness combine for a pleasantly mellow brew. Finish has a bit of husky bitterness, but isn't particularly unpleasant. Body is lively but slightly chalky on the swallow. A serviceable beer, but not a best effort.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of PGA "Perfectly Great Amber" at the brewery when I was passing through on a business trip. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich amber color and is clear for the most part, with some sediments in the bottom of the glass. Foamy off-while one-finger head is chunky and quite resilient.

The smell is faintly floral. There is a sharpness about the aroma, like a hint of vinegar.

The taste average, and bit one-dimensional. There is a bitter malted grain flavor, along with a sweet-acerbic flavor I can't quite place. SSweet vvinegar maybe?

Mouth feel is light, clean and sharp.

This is a drinkable beer, maybe not the best tasting amber I've ever had. 4% ABV makes it very sessionable, but light in many ways. I'd call PGA "Perfectly GOOD Amber." I'm not much on the style, but I wouldn't say "great."

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a dark copper amber color leaving a thin head with minimal lace. Smell has not a lot there, maybe some light honey malt, bread and floral hops. Taste is light in bready/nuttiness with a balanced citric hop. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. It's nothing complex, but refreshing. I do remember having this on tap and tasted so much better.

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Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of stratusjeans
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertaster13
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange nectar with and off-white head that is monsterous. The smell is of sweet citrus and a banana bread yeast. A nice caramel malt is present with a nice light almost belgian smell. The taste is magnificent. Snoqualmie always does a great job with there beers, this is no exception. Taste is of honey and a light berry. A hint of bread and butter in the finish. This is a great beer to marinade brats in, also don't forget to enjoy some while the brats are bathing. Very drinkable, perfect for a summer day or a winter evening. Very well rounded. Cheers!

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Photo of jreitman
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(at brewery and from growler) Probably the best amber I have ever tasted. Color is the obligatory amber with a very nice white head. Hops and malts balance extremely well to bring a variety of flavors. Nuts and an underlying malt sweetness are most dominant. Bitterness is relatively low, but there enough to nicely round out the flavor profile. Do yourself a favor and check this out when it hits the streets Aug 1 (regionally).

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Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. Clear amber color with a thin off white head. Light smell is of grains and grassy hops. Light to medium bodied with a crisp texture. A very clean, crisp taste is of lightly sweet roasted malts with a lightly bitter grassy hop flavor to finish.
Yet another fine ale from this small, craft brewery.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into my pint glass a hazy, glowing amber - duh. As it should. It's a nice combination of orange, yellow, and soft brown that really looks best when backlit. It's capped with a thin head which leaves behind lots of small-bubbled lacing but lacks visible carbonation.

Smells of caramel, hazelnut, and honeysuckle dominate; A slight grassy hoppiness is present, but the scent is dominated by smooth, rich malts, as it should be.

Taste is cool, and begins with a sugary, buttery caramel. This soon fades with the beer's middle, a sourdough-butterscotch, and is put to rest by floral, finishing hops. Some light citrus is present, as is a bit of mint and other flavorful herbiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light to medium bodied, with light carbonation, just enough to spice up the sensations of the flavor across the tongue.

Final thoughts - a lovely session amber. Snoqualmie's offerings fail to dissapoint.

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PGA (Perfectly Great Amber) from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 28 ratings