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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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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 42
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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dcloeren

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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...

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 20:56:17 | More by dcloeren
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Zuidman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-24-2013 01:29:19 | More by Zuidman
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2011 04:02:30 | More by Reaper16
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

08-03-2012 08:42:22 | More by DerwinWentworth
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cans dated 9-18-2011 which I received as a gift from a friend who works up in Jackson!

A - Beer poured from can to a pint glass. Pours a rich golden amber with a nice 2 finger white creamy head with very good retention and lacing throughout.

S - A soft floral hop aroma with some earthen pine and citrus, resiny. A fresh malt background allows for a hint of sweetness.

T/M - Surprisingly creamy/silky from the get go as it coats the palate. Resiny hops coat the palate with herbal and earthy oils and exhibits great hop flavor. Medium bitterness. Sweet malty base, with hints of toasty caramel. Semi-juicy fruitiness and Alcohol becomes more pronounced and spicy as the beer warms. Finishes dry with residual hop oil linger and coarse feel on the palate. Medium to Full bodied.

O - Very well balanced between the malt and the hop flavors. A great example of an American IPA. Would recommend.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 06-06-2011 13:08:23

Serving type: can

01-18-2012 14:41:30 | More by hopfacebrew
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BJasny

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10%

06-17-2013 04:41:13 | More by BJasny
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-14-2013 18:44:39 | More by cbcrunch
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-10-2013 23:23:22 | More by imyourhero21
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loren01

Oregon

3.75/5  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

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 20:23:09 | More by loren01
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utopiajane

New York

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 21:30:53 | More by utopiajane
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-18-2013 01:03:36 | More by Schlafly33
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zimm421

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

07-07-2014 21:07:08 | More by zimm421
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Rau71

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2013 04:06:15 | More by Rau71
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-19-2013 21:21:13 | More by SkiBum22
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rkarimi

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-25-2012 19:34:30 | More by steamboatbrewer
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-06-2013 16:03:11 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-28-2013 23:00:54 | More by dwoolley1
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marshmeli

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

05-10-2013 20:52:07 | More by marshmeli
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-29-2014 18:56:55 | More by heytomcat
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

06-29-2014 16:50:53 | More by Jmbbabson
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fivetime

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2013 01:07:51 | More by fivetime
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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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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-07-2014 21:43:59 | More by Bustersuess
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: The color is somewhere between yellow and orange, leaning towards the yellow side. It is pretty clear and the head is beautiful – creamy, fluffy and white – it almost looks like whipped cream, but sadly it does not stick around too long. The lacing, on the other hand, really does. A great layered wall of foam covers 50% of the back of my glass.

SMELL: The aroma is all hops, but nicely balanced hops. A sweeter piney aroma is backed up by a nice variety of citrus; lemon, grapefruit and a little orange. It smells amazing, just not very intense.

TASTE: Citrus is all over this beer, particularly orange and grapefruit. The orange actually really seems to stick towards the end of each sip, but the grapefruit is there for balance. The pineyness from the nose comes through in the flavor and along with some caramel, provides a sweet taste. A very tiny hint of mustiness provides some complexity while the grapefruit and a mild tobacco flavor balance out the sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: As I mentioned above, Pako’s IPA leans towards the sweet side. It is a little sticky, but with a dry finish. The carbonation is not terribly strong, which gives this intensely flavored beer a smoother and more drinkable feel than it otherwise could have.

OVERALL: This is a very well done IPA. In fact, when I first tried it out earlier this week I was pleasantly surprised. If you ever find yourself in the northern part of the Rockies, seek this one out. It all comes together really well. This is an excellent example of a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 05:49:29 | More by StoneTSR
Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.