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Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown AleOrganic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale

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81
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73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
OB-1 (Organic Beer Number 1) is a USDA certified organic English style brown ale. Snake River Brewing is proud to be the first and only brewery to be making certified organic beer in the state of Wyoming. Made from 100% organic malt and 100% organic hops. The only other ingredients are Teton mountain spring water and an imported strain of English ale yeast. The alcohol content is 4.9%. OB-1 is a signature beer of Chris Erickson.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-27-2007)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from undated can to pint glass the beer arrives a deep brown color with an amber edging in the light, a one finger tannish head with some retention and lacing. A rather mild toffee, caramel, toasted barley in the nose. The flavor is the same with a mild bitterness, medium body, and slight dry nut flavor. Finishes smooth and creamy. Overall, I wasn't thrilled to try and organic brown, but this was much better than anticipated. Easy drinking and everyone seems to enjoy putting them down.

hopfacebrew, May 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

We really dig that more and more brewers are jumping on the organic bandwagon; but we're still waiting for the day that someone comes out with an organic Russian Imperial Stout. Here's Snake River's first organic beer (note: OB-1), brewed with organic Hallertau hops, and organic Pale, Vienna, Munich and Caramel malts.

Pours dark amber, nearly brown, topped with a creamy lace. Fairly clean in the nose, with toasted brown bread and herbal notes emerging as the beer warms. Firm, consistent malty body. Hops are in the front, with a quick and gentle splash to get the taste buds going. Sweet but not overpowering, as toast and caramel meld with an herbal edge to create a tea-like flavor. Some leafy herbal notes. Bready finish, with a lingering sweetness and more toasty notes. Bone-dry and very clean.

A damn tasty organic offering that's practically a Brown Ale and would be a good call for a session beer. Pair this one with grilled and barbecued items this summer.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of dwren89
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: chestnutty brown with dark garnet hues, great clarity, thin off white head

Aroma: nutty. And bready. With an overall clean aroma

Taste: nutty and bready, like the aroma with a nice crisp finish and very balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body, very drinkable, medium carbonation

Overall: A great session brown. Very balanced with nutty and bready flavors prevailing. Hop bitterness curbs sweetness on the finish but without any real hop flavor, as it should.

dwren89, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gloomy dark amber with a brief head of beige.
Nose of caramel, cardboard, vanilla, wet lawns, and a bizarre notion of roast beef.
The nose is a little out there, but the taste is standard issue amber stuff. Caramel is paramount. Toasted grain and honeyed nuts are secondary. A quick apple fruitness appears, and then disappears, and is replaced with cocoa, which also disappears. A little dough precede a vague, but drying hop closure, that's lightly grassy and peppery.
It's on the thin side, body wise. Medium carbonation.
It's hard to get overly excited here. A session might be doable. But I'd be hard pressed to grab this again when it's placed next to Zonker Stout, their Pale Ale, or Vienna Lager.
To say something nice, it's better than most organic beers I've had.

cokes, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-cask at the brewpub in Jackson Hole

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint - light brown body, amber hues, creamy beige lace

smell: light and roasty, caramel, some chocolate, herbal hops

taste: i enjoyed this cask offering - smooth and simple with some nice light malty notes, herbal green hops, caramel, toffee and chocolate.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

overall: pretty nice

dirtylou, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. The label says it's best by July. I can only hope that's for 2010. The aroma has a pleasant, sweet nutty cocoa character with a hint of light coffee. The flavor is a bit less impressive with a creamy, milk stout-like candy note and a touch of lemony hops. A drier taste and feel would really improve the drinkability and overall enjoyment for me.

tempest, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with a BBD of March

Pours caramel/auburn with 2 fingers of offwhite head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Some piney hops

T: Piney hops and little chocolate up front. A slight grainy huskyness & breadyness follows. Finishes dry, nutty, & with a touch of citrus hops


MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks very easy, very light off-style brown, not sure I'd pay $7.99 a sixer again when I can get Zonker or their awesome lager

russpowell, Feb 04, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear slightly dark amber with a very thin film of a head which quickly dissipates into a ring.

Smell: Nutty, with hints of coffee held together by very strong overtones of caramelized malt.

Taste: Mild, the predominant flavor is definitely that of caramelized malt with slight hints of burnt coffee (but in a good way), and wisps of hops at the end.

M/F: Light, would have liked to see a little more carbonation to cut through the after feel that leaves you with a mild case of dry mouth.

Overall: an enjoyable beer that is extremity drinkable. For those who are fans of organic beers this should be a must.

RRC87, Aug 11, 2009
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3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty dark auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, nutty, bready. Taste is full of malts, some nuts, definitely a good bit of breadiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, Feb 15, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up last week at Market Limone for about $1.50.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head dies back leaving nice lace.. brew reminds me of a slightly hazy iced tea.

aroma is light caramel malt with a little bit of nuttiness.. a little bit of yeasty fruitiness.. mild spicy hop nose.

flavor is mild.. but very pleasant... pale malts with a little bit of caramel... biscuity.. lightly toasted.. minimal hop flavors.. body is lite/medium with medium but smooth carbonation.

I almost never pick this brew up.. but I probably should.. fairly good for the style.. this one tastes fairly fresh.. good session brew.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Sep 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

FeDUBBELFIST, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Thomasschi9296
4.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hello All, I want to state that i live about 45 miles from the Brewery on the snake river watershed. My family has been here for 4 generations since 1892. I have seen many good reviews and i am not as refined a beer drinker as some of you all. But i will state this, I live on the Tetons Aquifer, i drink 'city' water all day long and it tastes better then any 'spring' water you would buy from the store. It is a hard water, (i am sure they soften it in the brewery) that has a great flavor and comes out the tap at Ice cold Temps. I can say definitively that this is the best water i have ever encountered and i have lived all over the North West. This combined with excellent organic ingredients leaves a beer that tastes so well and sets extremely well in the stomach. I gladly pay the price of 8.99 per 6 pack, i have no idea what it runs in other parts of the country but since finding it i have switched from my typical Belgium brewing to Snake river beers. I know perhaps i am biased as to my location but i am very thankful that a brewery in my area offers such a quality product. I will also put in a good word for a local micro called Wildlife brewing, they make a brown ale called Mighty Bison, but that is for another time. Looking forward to any responses and hope to hear more good things about this beverage.

Thomasschi9296, May 03, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: medium brown in color, comes in a standard pint with an off white head, a thin but covering layer is retained

s: crisp and spicy but nondescript hop aroma, a lightly toasted malt stands out but really doesn't provide much complexity, light smells of earth

m: carbonation just under medium and somewhat prickly, light-medium body

t: pale seems to be the major player here, with a moderate toasted note, crisp hops give a mild bitterness, not quite bland but pretty standard

d: easy

overall: an enjoyable beer, but a little on the generic side, one dimensional side for my taste

consumed at the brewpub with my first real meal in a week

blackie, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts along with some hints of chocolate and a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems light-bodied and less flavorful compared to other beers in the style but it goes down very easily.

metter98, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

markjarema11, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a medium brown- looks very carbonated, very little lacing. Smell and Taste are very similar- but the smell is a bit weaker. Seems like there should be more to this one, tastes a little branny. Mouthfeel is medium in body with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

supercolter, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of cleonile2000
3/5  rDev -16%

cleonile2000, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Ilovebeer1549, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nmgreen, May 31, 2014
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer opened with a general malt aroma.
Poured a dark red with a light tasting body and some notes of chocolate.
There was little to no hops flavor with little to no aftertaste.
I was overall not that impressed with the beer even though it would probably rank high for a brown ale.

LeeryLeprechaun, Apr 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

ucsbmullet, Oct 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

MarshMan71, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium brown in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation (made up of some large bubbles) and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with just a light hint of light fruits and some grassy hops. Very light hints of nuts in the back ground.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a hint of light fruit (pear/apple) and some nuts. Light flavors of grassy hops that give it a light amount of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops without losing the flavor of either.

dbrauneis, May 13, 2013
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Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.