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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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4.07/5
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333 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,956
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
333
pDev:
9.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
70
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Hopheadhiker
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Beer21
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kayakguy
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored, 2 finger head

Nose of cantaloupe rind, some citrus, sprite.

Lots of juicy hop. Lemon, lime, citra. Finish of sprite.

Exciting carbonation, and medium pop rocks-like feel.

A nice IPA! Recommended.

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Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Fowdy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mackenzie river pizza. Ice cold in a 23oz glass.

Appearance: a filtered medium amber with minimal white head with medium lacing.

Smell: fruity, fresh hops,

Taste: balanced bitterness and citrus.

Feel: medium carbonation with not many bubbles.

Overall: very tasty IPA. I will buy this again.

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Photo of canudoa9
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mflamar
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 ncelauro
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mertzhb15
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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%
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 Lobina
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Diggy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Silva11ha
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 333 ratings
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