Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
03-15-2011 21:13:18 | More by Thorpe429
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-22-2013 02:20:23 | More by metter98
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
05-08-2007 12:32:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.13/5 rDev -12.3%
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
03-18-2008 00:37:47 | More by brentk56
2.75/5 rDev -23%
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.
12-24-2007 19:35:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-27-2010 23:20:27 | More by TMoney2591
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-20-2013 04:05:50 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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
02-04-2007 03:26:45 | More by russpowell
2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
02-09-2011 16:03:58 | More by drabmuh
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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!
05-21-2007 02:18:28 | More by GClarkage
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-13-2013 02:01:40 | More by woodychandler
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
01-04-2010 02:29:50 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-13-2013 22:31:48 | More by dbrauneis
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-20-2007 00:17:53 | More by Wasatch
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-28-2008 03:47:50 | More by JohnGalt1
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
on-cask at the brewpub in Jackson Hole
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
07-07-2011 18:15:06 | More by dirtylou
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
01-27-2007 15:32:49 | More by Bitterbill
3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-15-2014 02:52:59 | More by tone77
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-07-2008 10:01:01 | More by cokes
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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
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
09-20-2008 05:00:42 | More by blackie
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
08-23-2012 01:17:40 | More by cosmicevan
Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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