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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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: 77
Photo of Shaw
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (874 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (462 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of younger35
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
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. :-) (1,053 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger yellowed head over a clear bright copper brown liquid. Head caves down slowly and is very clingy. Well done. Smells caramel and iron. Floral hoppy is mild and hallertauer noble-like. Navel orange and a touch of gingerbread cookie.

Tastes light in intensity, with bright flavors backed by a gentle zing. Interesting. Very mild chocolate malt plays a drying role, as does the strong carbonation (a bit too strong, IMO, as I find it distracts). A bit of earthy fruity character that I'm guessing is from hops. Oranges and woody edge. Grassy is present but mild and mixed with what could be a hop zing, like one would find in a bavarian pils. Esters are mild but play a tempering role. Light simple and drinkable. Finish is clean and dry leaving little to ponder. I guess a bit of iron tang in the aftertaste. Quite nice on this cooling July evening. Md body and quite enjoyable. I'm one who drinks single beers, rarely buying a 6er of anything. This is one of the rare rare beers I will actually return to.

SCORED AS AN AMBER, AS THAT IS MUCH MORE LIKELY THE STYLE THAN A BROWN. (1,100 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (760 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (1,610 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of rowew
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (481 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (805 characters)

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