Pako's IPA - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 52
Gots: 30 | 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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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 65
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 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 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 beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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...

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 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 Phigg1102
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of spark3148857
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - a beautiful golden orange color that's quite clear and produces about an inch of white foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma - before you even bring this beer to your nose you'll be smelling two things; grapefruit and pineapple. The nose on this beer is heavenly. Loads of big tropical fruit aromas along with the bitter pine and astringency of those simcoe hops. They've got the hop blend down perfect and certainly didn't skimp on those green little monsters.

Taste - bitter, tropical fruit, sweet oranges, loads of grapefruit, resiny and just about perfect. The weight of this beer and the sheer volume of hop flavor along with being nicely balanced and not too astringent is out of this world. It's light on the tongue and not too sweet and those pineapple and grapefruit flavors just keep coming. This is an outstanding IPA.

Overall - hands down one of the best canned IPAs we've had in awhile (or ever). I'd easily put this among the top 5 available in the US. This might be a secret all you folks in Wyoming have been keeping but we're going to get the word out. If you love big, hoppy IPAs than this is one you'll definitely want to get your hands on!

Would I buy more of it? - no question about it. I would absolutely be buying a six-pack of this beer on many occasions. I'm still shaking my head as to just how good this IPA is, wow.

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +22%

Piney

Photo of match1112
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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 chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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!

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 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 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 dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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...

Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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

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 StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.