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

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BA SCORE
82
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 3
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:
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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Photo of Thomasschi9296
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Thomasschi9296, May 03, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Butchnasty
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Butchnasty, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

JizackFH, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +11.7%

JRod1969, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3/5  rDev -16.2%

outoffocus, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of casapy
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

casapy, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

ucsbmullet, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of cleonile2000
3/5  rDev -16.2%

cleonile2000, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Siriusfisherman, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

cosmicevan, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of BurghFanSC
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

BurghFanSC, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

hopfacebrew, May 30, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
3/5  rDev -16.2%

JVoyager, May 17, 2012
Photo of whahappened27
4/5  rDev +11.7%

whahappened27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of tronester
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

tronester, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

July2Nov, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Phocion, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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

dirtylou, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
3.83/5  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.

Bierlerner, May 19, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

LeeryLeprechaun, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.85/5  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.

drabmuh, Feb 09, 2011
Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.