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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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.

Added by Bitterbill on 01-27-2007

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 78
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

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