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Pako's IPA - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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BA SCORE
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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 10 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-23-2010)
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 02:23:41 | More by metter98
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy light orange pour. Big frothy white head that fades away impossibly slowly (I'm literally getting tired waiting for it). Nice skeleton lacework left behind. Head retention, as you can probably expect, is excellent.

S: Lots of grapefruit. There are some tropical fruits but mostly overpowered. Maybe mango and tangerine? Very nice. Touch of caramel malt to boot.

T: More grapefruit and tropical fruit. Pretty good combination of both but I would say the grapefruit wins by a small margin. There is a touch of caramel in the middle but not much. Very hop forward and hop dominant throughout. Swear I get a touch of grass in the finish to boot.

M: Medium bodied, a bit drying from all of the hops.

O: Mega hop bomb, especially for only 6.8%. Almost no sweetness to balance it, it's just pungent and sharp hops from start to finish. I happen to be a bit of a hop head so it's right up my alley. Great combination of grapefruit and tropical fruits.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 05:12:03 | More by Dope
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match1112

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton bitterbill!

Pours in to a pint glass a cloudy amber with two fingers of off white head that is made up of big thick dish soap like bubbles. Staying power and thick sticky lacing is impressive. Big aromas of citrus, pine and caramel. Taste is marvelous! All the hops and malts are blended perfectly to create a sweet and not overly bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. Oily and sticky are good descriptions of how this feels. Dry and slightly bitter on the finish make this really enjoyable. This has got to be one of the best un heard of IPA's out there. Everyone should make the effort to enjoy one of these cans!

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 15:28:41 | More by match1112
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 06:32:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden copper in color with a thin tan head. Lacing sticks impressively to the glass all the way down. Smell is very lemony. Taste is a blast of pineapple up front. Followed by a light caramel middle and an herbal resinous finish. Mouthfeel is sublime, low carbonation. Overall a very good IPA, I would get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 03:14:03 | More by tronester
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katan

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can

A - Pours a golden lightly hazy color. Strong pearly white head formation. Little lacing.

S - Super citrus hoppy scent. Backed up with decent amounts of resin and pine. Very strong.

T - Starts off strong, citrus and a little bit of sweetness. Hopping dominates the whole way, gets a little more dry and balanced through the mid-stream. Finishes off with mor\
e citrus. Most of the bitterness is in the finish.

M - Moderate and creamy body. Carbonation is noticable, but very well balanced.

O/D - If you like a citrus hop IPA, this is your bag. Its very smooth and easy drinking all around. Not much of a palette wrecker. Not overly filling. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 20:35:53 | More by katan
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argock

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Snake River Brewing (Jackson Hole, WY). Reviewed from notes.

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow, touch of amber, with a healthy 1/2-1 finger of off-white, frothy head with good retention and a nice line of crusty lace.

S: Big hops aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange with a little pine thrown in for good measure. Malt aromas are minimal. Yeast is not present.

T: A really nice mix of tropical fruitiness from the hops with a malt backbone with solid heft but not a lot of sweetness. Maltiness is mainly an impression as there is only a touch of bready caramel flavor. The hops are the focus with passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and a little lemon in there too. The flavor is good but not quite as explosive as the aroma. No yeast or alcohol character to speak of. A really solid-to-spectacular American IPA.

M: Crisp and moderately dry without astringency or mineral character. The body is a touch below medium with a tad too much carbonation which dissipates as it warms.

O: Another winner from Snake River - they have really nailed this style and I have yet to hit a style that they did not do well. Another top-notch job on this beer and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 02:57:48 | More by argock
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, medium orange body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Attractive IPA.

S: Wow, this is a pure grapefruit bomb - the Columbus and Simcoe hops combine to make this one smell extremely clean, fresh, and citrusy. One dimensional, yes, but still amazing. Definitely a west coast style, and I'm loving it.

T: Follows the aroma fairly closely, as the grapefruit hops are front and center. A bit of caramel malt creeps in as well, but so does a bit of young-hop cattiness. Solid bitterness on the finish without being overwhelming. Very nice, but not quite as good as the nose.

M: Medium body with moderate, slightly sharp carbonation.

D: For a 7%+ IPA, this one goes down pretty smoothly. If I didn't want to try more of their beers while I'm here, I'd gladly drink several.

Notes: This is very, very solid IPA, and was probably my favorite of all the brewpub's offerings (although the Zonker Stout gives it a run for its money). I just love the pure citrus hoppiness of the aroma - why can't more IPAs smell this good? Good stuff from SRB.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 03:26:29 | More by woosterbill
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, I can't help but say that this smells like hairspray. I don't know what that means. Maybe I took a sniff of things too quick when I opened the can. Anyways. This is a pretty hoppy brew with strong citrus tones and a salty edge as well. Smooth feel. A nice IPA. A bit too bright for me, but glad to have tried it.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 03:43:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Nice copper coloured with a tall and creamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin veiled blanket. Good retention and lacing.

(4.25) S: Pine, buttery bread, grapefruit, toffee, and hints of apple & pear. Very good mix of bold aromas including a near-perfect sweet smelling bread aroma that’s hard to find in many IPAs.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with pine, bread, citrus, toffee, and nutty qualities. Pleasingly dry and moderately bitter with a slight richness provided by the bready malt backbone.

(3.75) M: Medium-lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Fair amount of resin with a mildly slick texture.

(4.0) D: Very good IPA that has some standout qualities in both taste and aroma. If this were available in my area I could see this being in my regular rotation.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 03:00:42 | More by Digimaika2
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pako's IPA, on tap @ Kahootz in Meridian ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear golden straw color with a nice creamy white head that leaves behind good lacing...a good amount of carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Hop-forward nose, with aroma's of prickly grapefruit, citrus, lemon & pine, some grassy herbs as well, and a backbone of toffee-like bready malts.

T: Follows the nose, slick herbal/piney hop bitterness, grapefruit, flowers, and a dry biscuit malt character.

MF: Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry mouthfeel.

O: A good IPA, in the mold of other Idaho hoppy beers. I don't think I like it as much as some BA's though.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 16:59:03 | More by Scotchboy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 05:42:34 | More by biboergosum
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-31-2012 18:16:08 | More by Ajlvt
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blue-dream

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-16-2014 12:35:05 | More by blue-dream
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SirBentham

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-06-2013 15:48:09 | More by SirBentham
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Vlaminck

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-07-2014 01:23:50 | More by Vlaminck
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markjarema11

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-26-2014 12:27:34 | More by markjarema11
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erha2

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-29-2012 20:04:57 | More by erha2
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-16-2014 02:22:53 | More by IcemanCometh
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-14-2013 18:44:39 | More by cbcrunch
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Kevin79

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-23-2013 00:06:18 | More by Kevin79
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-23-2014 01:29:21 | More by Wayne17
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-24-2013 06:10:30 | More by JRod1969
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rkarimi

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-10-2014 14:39:20 | More by rkarimi
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-27-2013 04:30:14 | More by tobelerone
Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.