Pako's IPA - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 52
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-23-2010

Named for Pako (say “PACO”) the dog (No wait, Pako’s not a dog!) This full flavored, fully hop-evident IPA will have the hopheads rejoicing. 6.8% ABV and 60+ IBUs with explosive hop aroma from a pungent Simcoe/columbus blend.
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 62
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Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours clear orange copper with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical fruits and dank hops and some pepper.

The flavor is a little sweet fruit with some dank earthy hops and a big charred lightly metallic bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it could have been a decent dank IPA, but I couldn't get past overwhelming charred metallic bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Shaaarrrp
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is some seriously good beer...Did not expect much when I ordered it and even less when I saw it. Dont get me wrong-the appearance is beautiful but it doesnt look anything like a bold or hoppy good ipa. The light appearance masks an absolutely amazing hop profile that instantly made me think of Pliny. I think this stuff is actually bolder yet smoother than the elder...the lower abv explains the smoothness but I can't put a finger on the source of the bold goodness. Mouthfeel is very nice....I feel like this is an ipa even casual ipa drinkers would enjoy...you can taste the hoppy goodness but it still goes down incredibly smooth without more than a slight hint of bitterness.

If you see this, buy immmeeeed and enjoy!

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint whilst admiring the environs, inside and out, of the brewpub after braving the traffic to get into Jackson, WY.

This beer appears a clear medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves a drooping curtain of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of caramel cream, orange and sweet grapefruit. The taste is bitter grapefruit and pine hops, and well-matching caramel/toffee maltiness. The carbonation is a wee bit above average, the body on the shy side of medium weight, a bit zingy, and lightly sticky. It finishes quite hoppy, of the aforementioned sort, and with a rising warmth.

A good, prototypical American IPA, something which breweries in this part of the country seem to be quite proficient at producing.

Photo of Rivenin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first trade beer! Also my first montana beer besides big sky.
Poured into my sierra nevada IPA glass and was blown away by the dankness of the hops. Came across as very "russian river" type IPAs (danky, resin, pine tree)... i was not expecting that at all; usually these beers with this type of aroma and freshness are talked about non-stop.
Very clear which was another surprise for being so hop forward.
Very clean and very well balanced with the bitterness being not upfront nor harsh... perfect.

Long story short... if they offered this in my area of Portland, i would order it more then a few i can usually find around here. Now if only i can start getting this around here.

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a sixer of cans in Jackson - was excited to see local hops in a can

from notes

appearance: cool can design, golden orange body, thick off-white head

smell: potent and fresh - ruby red grapefruit, bright citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit

taste: exceeded all expectations - a terrific IPA and a joy to drink around the campsite. Lovely floral hop profile - ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, pine resin, sugar. If this were locally available, I would purchase - rivals Oskar Blues for best canned hops on the market

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body

overall: great!

Photo of WoodBrew
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have had in a while....thank you Mr. Johnson (my neighbor) for bringing this beauty home from a recent vaca! The beer poured a very nice clear copper with thick white head that laced all the way down my glass like a Vicki secret model. The smell was a nice tangerine mixed with pine. The taste followed suite. The mouthfeel was a medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a top beer for me....I will buy it on sight fo shizz!!

Photo of tylerj93
5/5  rDev +22%

Was amazing.

Photo of Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color, toasted grain. The white head is small but creamy, leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy; the profile consists of an earthy, savory hop from the simcoe and a piney, grapefruit and tropical fruit from the columbus hops. The malt has a honey type of sweetness.

The hops have an oniony flavor but also has strong grapefruit and pineapples notes. There is some orange the peeks through as well. The malt is bready with some honey sweetness. Nice balance in flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with enough bitterness from the hops to offset. For such a hoppy flavor it is not very bitter on the palate. Quite smooth.

A very well made IPA. The hop profile is not my favorite but the balance for this IPA is fantastic.

Photo of tone77
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is also hoppy with notes of citrus, some mild malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of spark3148857
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Snake River Brewery

AP: Hazy pale golden orange with two fingers of off white head.

AR: Huge pine notes up front with a slight citrus sweetness following.

TS: Good hop bitterness upfront. This is a very balanced IPA with a malt backbone that supports a fresh citrus hoppiness. The star of this show are the pine hop notes.

MF: Above average mouthfeel.

OV: This is a enjoyable IPA, very balanced and drinkable yet with great hop flavors.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From woodychandler! Woo!

Hazy, light honey colored pour, bright white head, nice lace. Juicy citrus and grapefruit aroma, with mild pine and bitterness. Tastes a lot the same with big juicy citrus notes, grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Medium bitterness, and a crisp clean finish. No linger, but that's ok. Slight slick feel. Quite a nice and enjoyable IPA!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cans just showed up at the COOP today.... this is a very good IPA.... Great 2 finger clingy head... nice lacing... nice clear golden color.

Tropical fruitbowl in the nose... pithy citrus zest and a dollop of pine.

Flavor mirrors the nose and despite the great hop flavors, it never verges into bracing bitterness... just enough pale malt to help the hops coat the palate.... yummy and very drinkable.

Body is a lite/medium with the expected carbonation.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: logo shaker pint, medium amber in color, capped with a thin but well retained layer of white carbonation, leaving light lace behind

s: gorgeous hop profile - fresh resinous hop cones, red grapefruit juice, citrus peel candy, malt body mild but supportive, featuring light doses of toasted caramel, impressive

m: carbonation and body both smooth and somewhere in the light-medium range

t: making a big impression from the first sip, this baby is absolutely loaded with pungent flavors of fresh grapefruit juice, oily and intense, candied young pine, light-moderate pale malt body with brushes of caramel and toast, some light sugars quickly overwhelmed, finishing with a building bitterness that flirts towards puckering levels, really digging the low/moderate malt and high hop ipa's these days

d: no problems here - would have never conceived that this beer could be over 5 percent, beautiful hop profile and drying finish make for a satisfying, easy drink

draft enjoyed on the brewpub patio on a cold October night

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit, citrusy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the hops and has initial flavors of citrus and passionfruit followed by spicy hops towards the finish. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is packed with interesting aromas and flavors from the hops but is easy to drink and doesn't have an overpowering amount of bitterness. It is quite enjoyable.

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells intensely hopped with a strong pineapple and willow tree aroma. Strong scent of mint. Some wood and strong tea. Intensely aromatic beer.

Starts out sweet and savory. Big pineapple taste and strong tea. Amazingly I can taste a caramel malt under the considerable amount of hops. For such a strong beer this isn't very bitter. Get a little sweeter as you drink it, this is all about tropical fruit taste.

Mouthfeel is almost bit not quite thick.

Overall a very tasty beer. Be warned though you had better like hops or this one will take your head off.

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Last of a six pack I got in Wyoming.

A- Semi hazy pale golden body from the can to a wine glass. One finger white crown with a frothy texture. Good head retention with a thin ring resulting. Sheets and drizzled lacing.

S- Juicy fruit and citrus hops basically even out and lead the aromas strength. Slightly floral with pale malts and bread hints.

T- Zesty grapefruit pith bitterness along with some pine build in strength here to blend with the citrus and tropical fruits. Tangerine, orange, pineapple, floral and mango notes. Slight bread and grainy malts.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a creamy and frothy texture. Carbonation fairly high and a moderately bitter finish.

Pakos strikes a nice balance of hop flavors with an emphasis on stone, citrus and tropical fruits along with other notes to balance it out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney hops bitterness followed by a strong citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy, but the hops presence returns to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow in color with some significant amounts of orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering about half the surface of the beer with the other half covered by a thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops - lemon, grapefruit, and orange - with just a touch of tropical/pineapple and pine hops. There is a light amount of sweetness and just a touch of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness which quickly moves into the dominant hop flavors - there is a slightly sweet pine hop and tropical/pineapple hop flavors initially but then the citrus hops come in very strongly. The citrus hops are primarily orange with a touch of grapefruit to balance it out. Light amounts of lingering sweetness and just a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with great citrus hop aromas and flavors but slightly on the sweet side for an IPA - which I enjoyed and I think makes this one pretty easy to drink. The hops and bitterness are not overly aggressive so this beer does not destroy your palate like some of the others in the style can from time to time. Overall pretty well balanced.

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +22%

Piney

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of my haul from the Nice CANs III BIF, thanks to pokesbeerdude.

From the CAN: "Pako's IPA (say 'Paco's) is named for Pako the dog (1994-2009) a brewery mascot of sorts. Pako may have entered the pub a few times in his life to find his master Chad. This golden ale lands squarely in the realm of American IPA with nearly two pounds of Simcoe and Columbus hops in every barrel. Snake River Brewing has twice earned the recognition of 'Small Brewery of the Year' at the Great American Beer Fest."

The Crack & Glug produced two foamy fingers of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-yellow. Nose was squarely hoppy, piney uo front with a hint of citrus underlying. Mouthfeel was medium with a veritable explosion of hops on the tongue. This was the kind of thing that really used to send me into orbit and which now just scratches an itch. Finish was dry, bitter and entirely refreshing. Yummy.

Photo of DanThomas
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin but strong fingernail size head with good retention. Fair amount of bubbles in the body with a clear, orange/yellow color. I usually prefer a more copper/orange color in my IPAs, but this is okay.

S- Thick, oily hops dominate the aroma. I get grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, pine, and just a hint of brown sugar.

T- Lots of hops upfront. Grapefruit, pine, and a little pineapple. A little bit of sweeter maltiness balances this beer out a bit on the back, but really this is hops all the way. I love IPAs that emphasize hop flavor over bitterness, and this beer does a great job of that. It's really not that bitter at all.

M- It's medium-bodied, but the hop flavor creates the impression of drinking something like a pulpy orange juice, and I'm okay with that. It's also very oily. Hops hops hops!

O- A really great American IPA that emphasizes hop flavor and aroma over bitterness. Pleasing to drink, as long as you don't mind hops. Easily the best canned beer I've had, and definitely one of the tastiest IPAs I can think of that I've had. Check it out!

Photo of Reaper16
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the extra!*
12oz. can served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a tangerine-orange color; pretty standard IPA color. It looks fairly heavy in the glass. Only a very light hop haze to this one. My aggressive pour yields over two fingers of mountainous eggshell-colored head composed of medium bubbles. The texture of the foam (and not necessarily its size) is quite impressive. Plus, it laces like a damned dream. Great looking beer.

Pako smells much less impressively that it looks. The malt character shows the strongest, which is not a good thing. Thankfully it isn't the crystal malt overload of most malty beers. This is not an East Coast IPA. The malt is bready, sure, but also lightly sugary. There are hops here, don't get me wrong. The pineapple & catty notes are unmistakable Simcoe. I wish the hops were a little bit more forceful, though.

Thankfully, my wish is granted upon first sip of the beer. The long, tropical flavor of Simcoe has a nice kick to it, and there's some orange and grapefruit pith to go along with it. The malts are the equal to the hops in this balanced IPA. It sorta tastes like the buns from fast food restaurants, all artificially sweetened and stuff. That's a comparison to something bad, but it sort of works well as a flavor in this beer. The finish is simultaneously bready and vegetal. This is a damn solid IPA, and if you prefer balanced IPAs then you might really love it.

This beer looked fairly heavy in the glass and sure enough it does have a thicker mouthfeel than I ever like to see in an IPA. It is still medium-bodied, but on the thickish side for the style. It doesn't detract from the beer necessarily, seeing as how it aspires to balance. But those like me who appreciate thin mouthfeels in their IPAs should be warned. Overall, this is a very solid member of the family of balanced India Pale Ales. I have no idea how limited the distribution is on this beer. I wouldn't run out and trade for it, but it's a worthy drink.

Photo of evanforbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can best by date 10/05/14
pours a strawy golden orange with silvery white head.

aroma: prickly fresh citrus,pine/herbals, lush florals, mango

taste: follows nose, grapefruit and tangerine, pine, florals, subtle sweet malt, mango, subtle juicy peach, finishes dry with a bit of spicy hop zest

feel: prickly, juicy, fresh, zesty, drinkable

awesome. wish I grabbed more of these while driving through Jackson, all around solid and well balanced hoppy IPA

cheers

Photo of dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my parents for grabbing a couple sixers of this on their vacation.

Poured a crisp golden orange with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great retention and great lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops. Pungent, oily and FRESH smelling. Fantastic!

Taste follows the nose. Great juicy citrus (mainly mango and grapefruit) hops, oily and sticky pine hops. No balance to this beer at all and that is why it tastes so GD delicious.

The only thing that I feel like they could improve on is the body of this beer. A little thin for my liking but it is extremely easy drinking. Great carbonation with a drying hop aftertaste. Hop dragon breath inducing for sho!

One of the best IPA's that I have had ever, hands down. No balance, full flavored, juicy and sticky. I need to get some more of this even though I still have 10 left...

Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 fl. oz. can of this from Wild Bill's Grill in Alta, WY for $5. Poured from the Red/Blue/Black Labeled can w/ Pako the Dog in front of the Tetons into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the can but am sure its fresh since we are within miles of the brewery.

Aroma- The aroma is made up of a mixture of "brewery hops" and an Unreal citrus punch on the nose. Zings the nose with both of these and almost resembles a 2X IPA aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is long lasting. Has a dark, golden/light copper colored body and is clear-semi-hazy. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- The hop flavor is very strong and awesome in this IPA! Tons of citrus and a medium bitterness level finishes this one up. A perfect amount of characteristic and hop flavor are included throughout each drink. Doesn't get old.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and bites the tongue with hop.

Overall Impression- No wonder this one won awards at the recent Beer Fest! A nice citrus/well hopped brew with a punch in each section of the rating. Would definitely recommend this for anyone in the area and is able to buy! For my first from Snake River, ready for many more.

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Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.