Pako's IPA - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 250
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 52
Gots: 33 | 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 katan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,578 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a bit of a dark tinge and a nice white head. Superb lacing.

Smell: Strong, citrusy, resiny and piney hops, absolute classic IPA aroma. Light bready malt, clean esters, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Big hop bite right away, followed by a swarm of grassy fresh hops that are dominated by notes of pine resin and grapefruit. The malt makes a backstage appearance with a sweet toastiness and some very well rounded bready features. Clean and very fresh.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat silky, this beer goes down like a dream.

Overall: This is a stellar IPA, very simple in character, just ingredients fulfilling their utmost potential. It does not go along with the tropical hop profile that is all the rage right now, instead it showcases a beautiful balance of resiny pine and citrus. Pick this up if you haven't, I bet you will be surprised. (870 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -32%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (642 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed from my kentucky bourbon barrel ale snifter. huge thanks to pokesbeerdude!!!

a - brew poured a murky orange with a thin bubbly head that bubbled away rather quickly. some visible carbonation could be seen when held to the light.

s - really wonderful hop blast. citrus and grapefruit and tropical fruits. some candied sweetness. the columbus hops dance beautifully with the simcoe.

t - YUM. candy and hops. fantastic sweetness. robust flavor. how can you go wrong with columbus and simcoe though?

m - medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but it works. leaves an oh so subtle bitterness in the finish.

o - overall, a full flavored IPA. really tasty. EXTREMELY impressive IPA. surprised you don't hear about this one as it is really a wonderful beer. (752 characters)

Photo of spark3148857
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy, white, foamy, two-finger head rests atop a crystal clear orange brew with lots of yellows. A bit light in color, but nice lacing!

Lots of melon, orange, lemon, and spice stand out in the nose. Kinda smells like the inside of a pumpkin.

SMOOOOTH! This is quite possibly the lightest and smoothest IPA i've EVER had. No heat or bitterness. This brew is silky smooth with lots of creamy light citrus goodness. My only complaint is that it lacks a bit of "hop bite". A tiny bit bitterness comes in at the very end and traces throughout your mouth. Thin body with perfect light carbonation. Very sessionable.

Highly recommended brew. Perfect for a hot and muggy summer day. Super glad this was recommended to me when I was in MT, as I had walked past it numerous times previous. YUM! (789 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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! (559 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (1,047 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (363 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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... (835 characters)

Photo of JayAre46
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - transparent orang amber with a big fluffy white head that falls with a great cascading lace.

A - big pine and an amazing citrus aroma, absolute fresh hop oils sublime aroma

T - follows the nose, great pine, grapefruit and a mongo presence, this beer is stupid amazing. Great bitter finish. A pale malt for a poor attempt at balance, but who wants balance? Grab a 90 minute...

M - medium body, it's lacking a huge creamy feel buries there a slight, a little prickle in the back

O - this is one of the best american ipa's I've had to date up there with red racer (I know it's from CANada) This beer is not getting the clout because its from Wyoming but it deserves some serious recognition it will never get. Amazing brew! (730 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (316 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,999 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (769 characters)

Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.