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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 TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +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.

TMoney2591, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

jera1350, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

tempest, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Buebie, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

supercolter, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

kmo1030, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of RRC87
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

RRC87, Aug 11, 2009
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.

Shaw, Jun 07, 2009
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.

Opethsprite, Apr 06, 2009
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

JohnGalt1, Sep 28, 2008
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

blackie, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Chaz
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Chaz, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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

brentk56, Mar 18, 2008
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.

cokes, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of younger35
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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. :-)

younger35, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

mentor, Jul 28, 2007
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!

GClarkage, May 21, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 08, 2007
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.

Wasatch, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Ricochet, Mar 05, 2007
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.

rowew, Feb 24, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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

russpowell, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Jan 27, 2007
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Organic Beer Number 1 (OB-1) Certified Organic Brown Ale from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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