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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 ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Weak aroma of pale and caramel malts and Nobel-esque floral hop hints.

Taste: Pale malts with a hint of caramel and breadcrumbs. Faint grassiness arrives with a medium bitterness. Finishes abrupt with just a lingering trace of grass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.

Drinkability: The flavors are rather muddled and ultimately produce a dull, dull beer.

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Photo of rowew
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle., picture of hops in the background. My first impression of this beer is a bit negative, because they completely advertise the fact that the beer is organic, but make absolutely no mention of the style of the beer itself. Thats all well and good that it is an organic beer, but what kind of beer is it?! At least there is a best by date notched on the side.

Appearance: Reddish brown and a bit hazy - looks more like an amber than a brown to me. Thinnish head with average retention.

Smell: Caramel malt, a bit of hops - fairly sweet.

Taste: Dominated by the caramel malt, just a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin (a problem that seems to plague many organic beers for some reason?) and the carbonation is medium.

Overall impression: Meh - nothing in this beer that will make me buy it again. I guess it is nice that it is organic, but I'd rather they focused on the beer first. Definitely the weakest of the Snake River offerings I have tried.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was kind of gross. Served in a Stillwater wine glass. Beer is brown, dark brown, and mostly clear with a decent tan head of small and medium bubbles, lacing happens and carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is the first sign that things are going wrong for it. It's grainy and smells a little like boiled vegetables. It's not as bad as I'm making it sound but it did not make me excited to drink it.

Beer is relatively thin and has this grainy acidity at the end of it that makes it not too great. The forward is mildly sweet, there is a mild roastiness to the whole thing too. Not a great beer IMO, it's a like a bunch of mediocre stuff is happening in my mouth....not too cool.

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Photo of younger35
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one of these from my local beer store. Never had a organic beer before. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Lager glass.

Appearance- Pours brownish red with hints of yellow and a nice light tan two finger fluffy head. Lots of sticky, puffy lacing.
Smell- A caramel malt is the main aroma with hints of hazelnut and nutmeg. Also a bit of a mild “funkiness” to this brew that I can’t place. Very little hops aroma which is very surprising considering it’s dry hopped.
Taste- Mild is the first word that comes to mind here as nothing really is too intense or exciting. A light sweet toffee malt is the main profile here. There is a slight nut flavor that matches the nose. Finishes with a faint, almost citrus, hop bite.
Mouthfeel- Very thin and almost watery. Very little carbonation but what is there is very prickly on the tongue.
Drinkability- This is a very mild brew that I probably wouldn’t pick over other, just as accessible beers. I’d much rather have a nut brown. O well, at least the hippies are happy I picked an Organic beer. :-)

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Photo of Ricochet
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice head, lighter brown, very little carbonation and left with decent lace. Caught a whiff of crayon at first? There is a first time for everything I guess. Sweet malt. Not much else. Mouth was a decent bitter with creamy wash, quick swallow with mild aftertaste. First impression on taste was carrot sticks, but the barley malt was thick and tasted like a good brown bread. The hops and alcohol were apparent at the end and didn't mix with the rest of the tastes.

As an "English Brown" it is understated, but does not have the wealth of flavor as some others. Okay otherwise. If you casually like brown beers, it's worth a try but if this is your favorite style, you'll likely one and done.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery orange with goldenrod trim. The buff colored cap reached two fingers on the pour and has a good look about it. It's sticky enough to last and to deposit an intricate array of lace as it does so. Although it looks more like a dark amber than a brown ale, quite a few versions of this style look exactly like this.

About all I can appreciate in the nose is a whiff of toasted grain. In that sense, it might as well be a dark amber ale. Given the ingredients (listed above), I would think that something more distinctive would find its way to my nostrils. I'm hoping for a comeback on the palate.

Sorry to say, there will be no comebacks today. OB-1 is way too mild to be an English brown ale. Actually, calling it an English dark mild ale would work out just fine. There simply isn't enough 'brown' malt flavor for me to get even the least bit excited. The finish is crisp and clean. It also favors spicy hops that deliver a bitter nip that isn't exactly subtle.

The mouthfeel is too thin for the style and has no trace of sticktoitiveness. What carbonation is present (low end) feels brittle due to the relative lack of malt sugars. This offering is no better than average, but at least it's consistently average.

OB-1 (presumably 'organic beer') is the least appealing Snake River beer that I've had to date. I love Zonker Stout and consider it to be a classic of the style. Snake River Lager (a Vienna lager) was pretty damn good as well. I'm not prepared to say that the organic nature of this beer is responsible for its lackluster showing, but something out of the ordinary is going on.

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Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that webs lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Modest whiff of caramel

Taste: Bready, with a hint of caramel and then some modest bitterness appears at mid-palate; after the swallow, not much goes on

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not much going on; certainly doesn't fit what I would expect from the style

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle(best by Mar 2007) at room temp a deep amber with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is an interesting mix of caramel malt, hoppiness, and nuttiness.

The taste on first sip is mostly a light dash of sweet malt followed by some hop bitterness(not citrusy) that intensifies and maximizes to and through the finish.

After a few more sips, I'm getting a nutty flavour along with some grain and biscuit. This is pretty good but could be better if the not so pleasant bitterness was subdued a bit. Well, I have to say that it *is* at least interesting and different.(especially for the style it is listed as)

Bottom line: A strange example of the style that doesn't quite do it for me but *is* worth trying at least once.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered directly from the brewery. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours a medium chestnut brown with some crimson highlights. Medium-sized off-white head falls relatively quickly into a thin collar, but leaves a really nice bit of lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice and somewhat complex. There is a bit of light nuttiness plus some chocolate and lightly-roasted malt. Overall quite good. The flavor is a bit of a letdown from there. There is some mild chocolate and nuttiness, but the finish has an off dry bitterness that doesn't really fit and really detracts from the whole experience. The nose is quite nice, but the finish really kills things.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut color with a one finger of billowy just off white foam. The head has a decent persistence, fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of strong of a caramel smell mixed with a lightly toasted bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a nutty nature and a light hint of a dark fruit taste with a bit of plum and raisin.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel sweetness matched with some flavors of a toasted bready and slightly nutty taste. As the taste advances, the toasted flavors fade a bit all while the caramel grows more intense in nature. With the roasted flavors fading, the bready toasted bready taste takes on a bit of a more bready/doughty flavor, all while at the same time a little bit of a grassy flavor comes to the tongue. At the very end, a little bit of an earthy flavor joins the taste profile, leaving one with a moderately sweet, somewhat lightly roasted and nutty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is a tad high. A little thicker of a body and lighter carbonation level may have been slightly better for the style and flavors, accentuating the sweeter caramel and toasted notes a bit better, but overall for the lighter abv., the feel was pretty good.

Overall. An alright brew overall, but nothing all that exceptional, as it lacks a real flavor depth and body that would have stepped up its game a bit.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was up in Brooklyn this past weekend to attend Day 1 of Mugs Ale House's Belgium 2 Brooklyn 8 event and Alex Hall recommended that I hit Breukelyn Bier Merchants before I headed for home. What a coup! I found all kinds of CANs in their cooler, including this one and so The CANQuest (TM) rolls along merrily.

From the CAN: "Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) is a USDA certified organic brown ale made with organic malt and organic hops. The only other ingredients are Teton mountain spring water and brewer's yeast. OB-1 is mildly to moderately hoppy with a nutty malt character. OB-1 took a bronze medal at the Great Ameri[CAN] Beer Fest (TM) in the English Style Brown Ale category in 2008. INGREDIENTS: WATER, ORGANIC BARLEY, ORGANIC HOPS, YEAST. Snake River Brewing, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Certified organic by Organic Certifiers."

The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and the lateness of the hour seemed to cry out for an inverted Glug. I am finding that the technique works best with a shaker pint as the receptacle. This venture netted me a finger of dense light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a slightly-hazy deep-brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with ruby highlights. Nose was VERY malty, nutty, yes, but with a brown bread character, also. Mouthfeel was medium and I stand by my initial call of brown bread, especially in terms of taste. B&M makes a great brown bread that comes in a CAN and this was like a liquid version of it. It was tending to be a bit sweet for my taste, but there was nothing intrinsically wrong with it. The finish was semi-sweet, not cloying, so not outright sweet. I am going to end up damning this poor beer with faint praise, I am afraid. It just was not my cup of tea, but if you like this style, then I do not want to wave anyone off of it.

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Photo of tronester
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of freshly milled grain. Taste is a bit of dark toffee up front followed by a tart earthy middle and finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, high carbonation for the style. Overall a pretty good beer though.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill

Pours a nice clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty with a nice touch of caramel. The taste is malty and caramely. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brown ale at all, would go good in the summer time.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like alot of Snake River beers I have had, the quality of ingredients is stellar. But also like alot of Snake River beers, it's a little restrained for my tastes. It starts off with a small hop bite and a nice roasty malt flavor that turns into a slightly sweet malty glow. Some nice herbal hop flavor is also present and some fruity yeast flavors are noticable but very mild. I will have no problem finishing my growler, this is a tasty brew, but I must say there are better alternatives out there.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice rich brown with a moderate light tan head.
the aroma is heavy on rich caramelized malt. i get nuttiness and touches of graham cracker.
the taste has again got caramelized malt with some burnt edges. nuttiness is there again, don't find the graham cracker though. somewhat bready. just a tiny bit too tangy towards the back of the mouth. a bit of herbal bitterness to finish things out.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly moderate mouthfeel.
decent drinkability. it's just a little too acidic, but otherwise a fine brown ale.

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Photo of Buebie
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this single for my birthday, although freshness date indicates July.

Poured from a brown stubby into a pub glass. A 1'' frothy white head foams up, receding to leave a layer of foam and thick lace trails.
The beer appears filtered, a pale brown with amber hues, transparent, but darker in color.

Aroma is mostly biscuity malt up front with some pine bitters and rind aroma. Honey, malt, mild pancake syrup, and a touch of cereal grains.
Aroma is quite enjoyable, but hops are subdued...I'm now wondering how this is fresh, I can only guess much better.

Taste reflects the smell, although hops are mostly dead now. Plenty of cereal grain flAvors, bordering husky. Nutty chalky tones present after the swallow.
Malty, semi sweet with just a bit of bitterness remaining.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but carbonation is kept in check and does not bite, bringing just a touch of fullness to the feel.

This tastes more like an apa to me then an english brown. Yet its very delicious for a brown, just seems to have more characteristics of an apa.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this at Calico Italian Restaurant in Wilson, WY last night. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Brown body shines crimson when held to light and displays crystal clarity. An off-white crown sits atop and retains nicely. Web-like lace dots the glass walls.

Smell: Sweet crystal and Munich malts, along with leafy, vegetal notes, come to mind first. Closer examination reveals breakfast pastries and nuts. Very mild overall, though I didn't get any off-notes.

Taste: Vienna, Munich, pale and crystal malts all shine through and meld together nicely, creating a pleasant mix of cracker and bread notes. Sweet, leafy hops come through at the end of each sip, yielding a clean, crisp finish. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, easy, and clean. Carbonated is fine and moderate in strength. Doesn't get much smoother.

Overall: Delicate and smooth, but also forgettable. As with Snake River Pale Ale, this one's well-crafted (I don't get any off-flavors), but it's also just sort of boring.

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