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Pako's IPAPako's IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States
snakeriverbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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.

Added by Bitterbill on 05-23-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
307
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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62
Gots:
62
For Trade:
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 307
Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of eMucho
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight out the can after a few lagers and shots. Pretty good but not great. I'm not crazy about IPAs but do like them. This one is a bit above average. -eMucho

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from Boise Co-op. Piney, citrusy hops in both aroma and taste. Medium gold body with small tight head. Grapefruit finish, tangy and slightly dry. Crisp, clean IPA.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of loren01
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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).

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fine stuff. Try 6.

A: Pours a hazy darker golden yellow with significant, gentle carbonation supporting a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film and lotsa lacing.

S: Ample aromas of citrus hops - lemon, grapefruit, and orange - with pineapple and pine hops. There is a light amount of sweetness offered by a touch of caramel malts.

T: Upfront follows smell - there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness which to the dominant hop flavors - with pungent pine hop and pineapple hop flavors followed by bitter finish. Good with food.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky with ample dryness in the finish.

O: Try 6. Excellent, well balanced.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this pint draft in Teton Village- Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
A - Amber color, no carbonation, creamy head
S - slight hint of hops
T - nice full flavor of hops
F - creamy fullness

A really decent IPA, I would recommend.

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Photo of tone77
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a moth to a flame, the brewers at Snake River know how to get the hop-heads crawling. A bright and tantalizing IPA that doesn't over-try the style, but hits the IPA head on. Bitter, fruity and crisply sweet- the beer causes a step back and a pause regardless of whether you're in the wilderness or the city.

Surprisingly bright with gold, the beer's streaming carbonation gleans through a modest hop haze. Capped with a frothy bone white cap, the lacy beer teases the nose with caramel, citrus, grass and pine while the taste is juicy with malt- toasty, nutty and granola-like.

As the sweetness regresses, the hop flavor blooms with pink grapefruit, lemon, orange and apricot ahead of the bitter grip of grass clippings, freshly shaven pine, and peppery hops close the show.

Medium bodied, the beer's drying and crispening trend leads to a refreshing drinkable taste and texture with an after-palate of bitterness, grassiness and granola-like nuttiness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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