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

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

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BA SCORE
81
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%


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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Siriusfisherman

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 17:36:56 | More by Siriusfisherman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-15-2014 02:52:59 | More by tone77
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dwren89

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 23:54:28 | More by dwren89
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 02:01:40 | More by woodychandler
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 02:20:23 | More by metter98
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 04:05:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2013 22:31:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Thomasschi9296

Idaho

4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 18:33:53 | More by Thomasschi9296
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JizackFH

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 04:53:13 | More by JizackFH
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 01:17:40 | More by cosmicevan
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 01:04:13 | More by pokesbeerdude
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 13:26:38 | More by hopfacebrew
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:10:51 | More by tronester
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:12:16 | More by July2Nov
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Phocion

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:26:39 | More by Phocion
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dirtylou

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: cask

07-07-2011 18:15:06 | More by dirtylou
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 17:05:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:48:18 | More by Bierlerner
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 18:24:06 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 21:13:18 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 16:03:58 | More by drabmuh
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:20:27 | More by TMoney2591
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:02:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:01:24 | More by jera1350
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:29:50 | More by tempest
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Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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