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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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Reviews: 47
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-27-2007

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.
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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 78
Photo of Thomasschi9296
4.62/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger yellowed head over a clear bright copper brown liquid. Head caves down slowly and is very clingy. Well done. Smells caramel and iron. Floral hoppy is mild and hallertauer noble-like. Navel orange and a touch of gingerbread cookie.

Tastes light in intensity, with bright flavors backed by a gentle zing. Interesting. Very mild chocolate malt plays a drying role, as does the strong carbonation (a bit too strong, IMO, as I find it distracts). A bit of earthy fruity character that I'm guessing is from hops. Oranges and woody edge. Grassy is present but mild and mixed with what could be a hop zing, like one would find in a bavarian pils. Esters are mild but play a tempering role. Light simple and drinkable. Finish is clean and dry leaving little to ponder. I guess a bit of iron tang in the aftertaste. Quite nice on this cooling July evening. Md body and quite enjoyable. I'm one who drinks single beers, rarely buying a 6er of anything. This is one of the rare rare beers I will actually return to.


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Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden-amber in color, topped with a medium-tan head of average duration. Good lacing. Nose is caramel malt with biscuity notes and faint pale malt tones. Hop use is lightly citric, and it comes of as tangy and almost metallic. Brisk and bright on the first sip, with a light tang and a bigger, sweet kick rounding it out. Notes of toffee, with lighter cherry and vanilla notes alongside the caramel present in the nose. As this warms, notes of light plum and ripe red apple come to the fore, and it's almost like a caramel apple! Light smokiness abounds also, making this a reasonably complex drinker. Body is medium-full, texture is smooth and fairly creamy. Stylistically, this one really hits hits the mark. Very tasty stuff and quite readily drinkable. Easily one of the better organic ales I've tasted in recent years. Wish it were available locally!

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Photo of RRC87
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Snake River's brewpub in Jackson, Wyo. I love having cask ale at brewpubs. Nothing beats a fresh brew.

This is a nice dark brown with a very tight head.

The smell sweet, with notes of toasted malt and bread.

The taste is rich, but not cloying. Good balance, with an extra-smooth and creamy body.

This is a very nice beer, especially on cask.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer from Northridge in Laramie, can't remember the price. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Nice red/brown in color with a tan head that bubbles up to about a quarter of an inch and quickly recedes to a thin layer of bubbles.

S: Caramel, toffee, slightly bready and not much else. Pretty nice for what it is.

T: Follows the nose nicely, caramel and toffee a slightly sweet honey profile finds its way in there as well. Slightly fruity English yeast profile and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very tasty.

M: Light, carbonation is touch towards the high side of the spectrum, finish is dry and clean with very few lingering flavors.

O: Solid beer, nothing else to say here. Just a well done brown ale, definitely something to give to the fans of Newcastle Brown Ale in an effort to geth them to try something a little different.

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Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack driving through Casper, wanting to get a taste of a Wyoming beer.

Pours into a shaker a deep brown, with just a slight reddish hue. Thick but not particularly resilient almost-white head with generous, but not sticky lacing.

Aroma is primarily doughy with toasted grains and a slight noble-like hoppiness. Hint of caramel and even a little bit of coffee. Definitely more on the malty end.

Flavor is mildly sweet. Bready with a light nuttiness and a very crisp finish. Slight floral flavor, but once again the malts overpower.

Decently carbonated and a light/medium body.

Light and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Actually fairly complex considering. This thing would be easily sessionable, although not particularly memorable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice burnt brown with a darker brown color in the middle with a ruby tint around that middle area. One finger width of head that settles down to a lasting lacing.

Smell: Buttery bread scent with some roasted toffee/caramel bits.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mmmm. Medium to lighter in body with a light bit of carbonation and a good, dry roasted nut flavor, along with the sweetness of the toffee flavor. Very drinkable. Leaves the mouth with a slight cottonmouth feel.

Overall: Have to admit that I was hesitant when the word, "Organic" was on the bottle, but all that faded away once I had a sip. Of the variety pack that I got, this is one of my faves. As pleasant as they come.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up after two recommendations from friends. Found it for $4.99 a sixer too! No date on the bottle.

Pours a dark coppery brown with a big fluffy head that reduces to a thinner layer of suds that leave some nice lacing.

Nutty and malty. Some caramel and toffee with malted milk balls.

Just like the nose. A little bit of alcohol peeks through. Getting a bit of spicy hops, but I think they've faded. Pretty tasty.

Feels a bit undercarbonated. Lightly creamy, medium body.

Overall, this is a good brown ale. For the price I paid, a real bargain. I would drink this again. As a bonus, it's organic as well.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, deep reddish amber with gold hints throughout. Sparse, disappearing head, leaving some lacing. Malty sweetness to the nose...Caramel and yeasty goodness! Well well! This is a nicely balanced beer. Plenty of sweet, roasted malts and a tasteful amount of piney hops. Nothing wholly innovative, but a solid workhorse of a beer. This is the first organic beer I've had, and I'm curious how it would compare to a non-organic (and therefore 'cheaper') counterpart.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown. Small bubbly head. Lacing in lots of layers

S- Kind of herbal. Definitely a toasted biscuity caramel nose. Light and just right.

T- Little hop presence. Sweet, but not dominating. Black tea or sweet tea, caramel, honey, etc. Pretty great balance. Sweetness lingers in the mouth.

M- Good. Medium mouthfeel. Creamy, prickly, and a good dry finish.

O- Good session beer. Nice all around brew and its organic. Great job.

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Photo of supercolter
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY in Feb '13.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice deep brown color with some red hues. There is a little more than a finger of fluffy white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice amount of roasted malt aromas. I am getting a little bit of fruit, chocolate, and some hops, but it's all pretty faint, maybe it is a little too cold. The taste starts off with a good amount of toasted malt, and some chocolate. I am also getting some nuttiness, fruit, and a bit of hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering roasted and hop bitterness behind on the palate, as well as a little bit of chocolate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a little bit of roasted malt and hop bitterness that lingers a little into the finish. This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. Overall, I think this is a pretty nice beer. Easy to drink, and I'd have no problem polishing off a few pints. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Hopefully this helps me recover from last night's Swill Tour 2010 extravaganza. It pours a clear dark brown topped by a very minor coif of off-white foam. The nose comprises cashews, walnuts, dark greens, and light flowers. The taste holds notes of light maple syrup, cedar, flowers, very light orange peel, greens, and light walnuts. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice bit o' brew, nothing Earth-shattering, but enjoyable enough for a nice evening.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as my tour through the snake river line-up continues, sending out more good vibes and thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending the snake river love my way! enjoyed from my urthel tulip.

a - poured a deep luscious brown with a fairly generous foamy head that coated the glass with lacing in massive milkshake like chunks...reminiscent of the vienna lager.

s - sweet brown sugar and malty goodness. some nutmeg. love me a brown ale...and this one smells great.

t - tastes like the tetons!!! well, at least how i imagine the tetons to taste. refreshing and crisp. a bit of a malty bite on the finish. the maltiness is there, but the sweet brown sugar in the nose is a bit subdued in the flavor. pretty earthy and a bit molasses.

m - crisp and refreshing...a bit thin.

o - overall, this tour of snake river has affirmed my long time love affair with jackson hole wyoming...a place that i have only visited in my mind (but thanks to author, tim sandlin will always love). i love me a brown ale and love the organic concept of this beer. it is pretty solid, but not the best brown ale to pass through these lips.

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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

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Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/20/07- Purchased at The Liquor Store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into my Snake River pint glass.

Appearance- Darker than average amber colored pour. 1/2 inch head upon pour which settles at just above a rim of a head. Leaves behind nice patches of lace.

Smell- A bit of bready and nutty malt and a whiff of light chocolate as well. Maybe a wee bit of hops in the back as well.

Taste- Nutty and mild toasted malt carries this brew. A very light hoppy taste enters after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a mid range carbonation level. Very light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- This could be sessionable. A pretty damn good organic brew IMO. Very drinkable. Good job Snake!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
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.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very malty brown ale. Minimal brown ale tones fit somewhat with the English style, but could use some more oomph. Especially to outshine the heavy malt tones that you get off this one. For what it is, it's consistent. Carbonation seems minimal but is also ever present and fills the mouth. A decent brown ale.

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