Pako's IPA - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 52
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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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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 sommersb
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from the brewery

Clear and bright copper-colored beer with a big white head that has a good amount of lacing and very good retention. The aromas have grassy and floral hop components. I saw another reviewer mentioned a hairspray-like smell and I'd have to agree I get that too. Not sure what that's an indication of? It must be something in the hops or yeast, as I've noticed this in other beers too.

Flavors are hoppy and bitter, with some unpleasant vegetable notes as well. I think this goes hand-in-hand with the unusual aromas and makes for an "off" taste. Medium in body, the carbonation is prickly and finish is hoppy and dry.

Not a bad beer, but something just didn't set well for me; I'm guessing there's an ingredient that is bothering my taste buds on this one.

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 emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

Photo of loren01
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden straw colored pour, nice frothy head and great lacing down the glass
S: Musty yeast scent, citrus and pineapple
T: Slight malt up front with both piney and citrusy flavors
M: Lighter bodied for and IPA, good crisp finishe
O: Nice easy drinking IPA, goes down very well after a long hike in the Tetons

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Yet another Can delivered to me by Cam, this one hauled all the way from Wyoming. Thanks Caneron, er, Cameron.

Pours a kinda hazy dark orange with a sudsy off-white head. Grassy, grapefruit/citrus, resiny and spicy hop profile, good dose of caramel malts, some buttered bread, a solid kinda down to earth/old-school feeling IPA. Medium-level bitterness balanced nicely with a decent malt profile, good mouthfeel. Not super remarkable but a good IPA I'd drink anytime.

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 utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a slight chill haze. Bubbles rising up to great the underbelly of a creamy head of white foam that fell off lazy and left rings of lace. The nose is bright orange, light tangerine, smooth pine. No malt scents until it warms and then it's just a bit of honey. Has a little spice and herbal on the nose. Taste is completely unbalanced and delicious. Has a soft malt that carries this drink smooth and with prominent citrus. Touch of bread. Plenty of tangerine and grapefruit. Slick mouthfeel. Spice and pine finish this one semi dry with a bitter that is not too sharp.

Thanks Bill for the chance to try one of your favorites.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can sans any bottling date information. That still rankles my sensibilities.

Golden yellow pour with a surface skim of continued staying power and moderate lacing.

Nose is rather light with a light graininess and a faint wisp of tangerine.

Body is also fainter than I'd prefer with candied sweetness from the malts and some nectarine. Soft grassy bitterness on the finish lingers. What is here is enjoyable.

Body is light and easy drinking. Beer feels poundbale despite its relative heft.

Overall, I feel this can may be a bit dated. But how the hell would I know? I would appreciate trying a guaranteed fresh can to know if my instincts are correct.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

how cool that this beer own a gold medal, it tastes like it may have in like, the year 2000, when big hops were still catching on, but it won in 2011, at least according to the can, and thats a big statement, at GABF, especially in this category. i dont think its that good, gold quality, but i love the use of what must have to be simcoe hops. huge broccoli vegetable properties collide with its classic bitterness and toughness of feel. not sure the other varietals in it, but i would wager that simcoe is at the heart of it. copper tint to it, and a nice head. foaming and persistent. i like the aroma a little less than the flavor, but its so robust and fresh from the can, must be packaged recently. sappy hop complexion on the finish, but its still real clean, an impressive feat. one of those beers thats real on point for style guidelines, i mean textbook, and is impressive for those reasons, but is also rockstar because of the fact that its just different enough to be memorable. this beer straddles that line brilliantly, and still finds a way to be refreshing at higher abv. not the most unique ipa on the market, but one that makes the others be a little better if they want to keep up. a lead dog of sorts, i dig that hard.

Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly clean clear pour. Light golden with big round baubles of bubbles releasing the the zenith. Soapy cream head that sticks around for a bit before succumbing to patchy baldness, shedding traces along the edge of the glass as it recedes.

Nose is sweet and juicy, featuring citrus up front and maybe a bit of creamy mango.

I don't know if subdued is the word here, or nuanced, or subtle or what, but a bomb this is not. Soft and lilting it draws you in with soft whispers of perfumed hops and a light sweetness without betraying the bitter grapefruit underneath. A bit of mango perhaps and a lightly toasted biscuits.
Where this really knocks the socks off, however, is just by being incredibly refreshing and smoothe and easy. Light carbonation comes in does its job and leaves leaving a light creamy body that goes down before you even realize you've swallowed.
The can lists this as an IPA, but in the sidebar mentions medaling in the strong APA category. As an IPA, this is a no-frills basic enjoyable example. As an APA it's fantastic (I know the lines are pretty arbitrary anyway). The bottom line is this is a really good beer and one that drinks easy and tastes good. What more could you ask for?
3.75/3.5/4/4.5/4

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Rendezvous Bistro in Jackson, WY a few nights ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, orange-yellow body with a fluffy, white top that retains well. Nice, web-like lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, pine resin, caramel, and earth. Simcoe hops play a huge role here, while the crystal malts soften things up with some additional sweetness.

Taste: Candied orange, pineapple, herbal pine, caramel, and earth. Hop-forward with an assertively bitter kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, and resinous. Hop oils cling to the palate for a long-lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Overall: A solid west coast IPA for the hopheads out there, although the heavy-handed bitterness can become a bit draining after even one pint. Still, I've had quite a few of these the past few days (I'm vacationing in Jackson Hole).

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 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 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 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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus and pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, very slight malt note, with a nice touch of citrus/pine. Medium body, with a slight bitter/dry finish. It's been awhile since I've had anything from SN, we use to get it here, but it's been years. A very tasty brew from a can, another very nice brew from SN. Thanks Bill!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a huge billowy head of just off white foam. The head holds on with quite some persistence, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of strong of a citrus grapefruit smell along with it having a little bit of an orange and tangerine smell as well. These aromas are by far the most potent, but are joined by some lighter smells of a floral and grassy nature as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier citrus and lightly bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a fruit taste of tangerine, orange, and pineapple. As the taste advances, the sweetness fades a bit, all while the bitterness gets even greater with more grapefruit and some floral and light earthy flavors coming to the tongue. Right at the end, a little bit of a grassy flavor comes to the tongue as well, leaving a rather bitter, but still smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style the mouthfeel is very nice, as it balances well the fruit and bitter hop flavors.

Overall – A rather tasty and crisper IPA with a good level of fruity citrus hop flavor as well as just enough other bitter hops to keep a big IPA flavor all throughout the taste.

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

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, malt, pine, hint of sweetness

T-grapefruit, orange, malt, light caramel, pine, moderate bitter hop finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with dry finish

O-solid IPA but just a touch on the sweet side for me

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.04/5  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.

Photo of argock
4.06/5  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.

Photo of sporklift87
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter. Somewhat aggressive pour yields a finger of sudsy, off-white head, with fair retention and sticky lacing walls. Fades into a medium film. Dark straw colored/lighter orange. Very clear. Pleasant floral and malty nose, picking up some lemon zest and orange peel. Nice balancing of bittering and aromatic hops. Orange is one of the first things I pick up, followed by some ruby red grapefruit and hints of tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied, quite creamy, with lower carbonation. Leaves a small tickle on middle of tongue and a slightly drying finish. Not bad at all. The balance is right, and it is not overly bitter. However, I would expect this beer to be more along the lines of a standard pale, not an IPA. Would buy again if I were in the area, but for the price point, I would rather go with a Sierra Nevada.

Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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