Pako's IPA | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

76 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Pako's IPAPako's IPA

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

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 314
Photo of lovemesumipa
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a can into a 16 oz glass. Pours a hazy, amber color with a nice lacing of foam.
This is one of those IPA'S that hits the spot for me. My only complaint is that they disappear too fast.
Who woukd have thought that beer from a can could taste this good.

 258 characters

Photo of frykid
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: poured from can into pint glass, hazy dark golden color with a head about 1 finger width
s: aromas of citrus, not so strong
t: orange, fruity tasting; a little bit bitter
f: very smooth drink, just right level of carbonation

very nice beer ! enjoyed it

 258 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

 214 characters

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.

 709 characters

Photo of Parmesan
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy smooth white head, with thick lace all around the glass.

S: Ripe tropical fruit, and pine with a sweet malt backbone.

T: Sweet juicy tropical fruit, a nice piney bitterness balanced with a good sweet malt backbone.

F: Medium body and nice smooth carbonation.

O: A nice juicy tropical IPA.

 336 characters

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.

 961 characters

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

 167 characters

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/5/15. Served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Pako is a hazy golden orange color with thick white head that leaves great lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with great west coast citrus and pine.

Flavor is equally enjoyable with fantastic hop taste and bitterness. Grapefruit, orange zest, and dank character all comes through. Good variety of hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall a fantastic IPA and worth the drive to Wyoming.

 482 characters

Photo of MFMB
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another spot on brew from Snake River. The perfect amount of citrus and pine in nose and on the tastebuds. Golden orange in appearance with a huge frothy foamy head that laces the glass. A solid offering from Snake River

 220 characters

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.

 221 characters

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.

 167 characters

Photo of Jfacb91
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm fairly new to beer tasting, but this was a good ipa. I wasn't sure about it when I bought, since I never herd of snake river brewing co. I got a sixxer of these badboys and I like. Would I buy it again, hmm I'm not sure? But it did get me feeling good after the fourth can.

 277 characters

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.

 238 characters

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -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.

 458 characters

Photo of dtumminelliob
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.7%
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 +2%
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 +1.5%
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 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?

 1,231 characters

Photo of dougfur
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -2.2%
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 +2.7%

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 -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.

 468 characters

Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pako's IPA from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.