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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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Reviews: 65
Hads: 258
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 52
Gots: 38 | 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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 258
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold beer with a fat head - smells of pale citrus and floral notes - taste brings mellow fruits and clean grains - a medium-light body and soft feel with ample carbonation - smooth and plush, very enjoyable, very drinkable. (238 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a bright and clear golden color with a big two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- lots of citrusy hop aroma with notes of grapefruit sand orange peel, fresh piney notes follow, very faint underlying sweet malt, clean aroma overall

T- juicy citrus hops up front with flavors go grapefruit juice and orange zest, even a bit of mango. Notes of pine & grass follow, faint underlying toasted malt allows the hops to shine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy crisp dry finish

O- a nice showcase of simcoe & columbus with just enough malt to let the hops take center stage, juicy and drinkable (751 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, resin, slight hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, resin, hint of pine, hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, decent aroma, good body, and good blend. (458 characters)

Photo of dtumminelliob
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a stellar IPA, and one that even has something of a distinctive flavor in the mid-taste. The bitterness is just barely citrusy but almost reaches the point of a red ale or red IPA. The color is deep amber, though the smell is a little weaker than might be expected. (273 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great floral notes in the nose along with a bready sweetness. This beer reminds me of Bells Two Hearted, great balance between citrusy hop flavors and bready malts. (164 characters)

Photo of braker649er
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cracked a can open and the hop scent hit the nostrils right quickly. This was just a very solid hop-forward mix of floral and citrus flavors, with pine secondary to my taste buds. Maybe most notable is that it was just very clean with no off flavors that I could detect.

This might not *stand out* among strong West Coast IPAs, but it could land solidly *within* that field. (376 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd like to compare this side-by-side with Dale's Pale Ale. Both great beers in that gray area of, "Is this a smooth IPA, or a strong APA?" Would buy again. (158 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (1,231 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised by this one. A perfectly good IPA, along the lines of Hop Nosh, Perpetual, etc. Nice hoppy smell and taste, with a little bit of dank. But where it raised my eyebrows was with the mouthfeel. It's very smooth and creamy, similar to Hill Farmstead beers. Impressive! (285 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,437 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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. (817 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -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. (468 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Impeccable golden body with a very, very thick white head; lots of sticky lacing. Huge floral and pine hop aroma. Smooth hop bitterness riding atop a slight caramel and cereal grain flavor. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

A hop sledgehammer! Well done -- balanced, smooth, robust... (288 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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!! (462 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold amber color with a thick off-white head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of passion fruit, bread and butter, apples, honey, pine and grapefruit.
Delicious bitter flavor of grapefruit, pear, tea leaves, some tobacco, tangerines, lemon, toasted malts, ripped pineapples, spices, resin, American yeast, salt and pine. Malt is back on the second seat.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 6.8% is not felt at all.
Excellent multifaceted citrus IPA, perfectly executed with great combination of hops and tastes superbly fresh. Although it is bitter, it is far from aggressive. (617 characters)

Photo of argock
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,219 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (304 characters)

Photo of Shaaarrrp
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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! (729 characters)

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Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.