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Pako's IPAPako's IPA
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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
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73
Ratings:
306
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.32%
 
 
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60
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 306
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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...

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Photo of JayAre46
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 DanThomas
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin but strong fingernail size head with good retention. Fair amount of bubbles in the body with a clear, orange/yellow color. I usually prefer a more copper/orange color in my IPAs, but this is okay.

S- Thick, oily hops dominate the aroma. I get grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, pine, and just a hint of brown sugar.

T- Lots of hops upfront. Grapefruit, pine, and a little pineapple. A little bit of sweeter maltiness balances this beer out a bit on the back, but really this is hops all the way. I love IPAs that emphasize hop flavor over bitterness, and this beer does a great job of that. It's really not that bitter at all.

M- It's medium-bodied, but the hop flavor creates the impression of drinking something like a pulpy orange juice, and I'm okay with that. It's also very oily. Hops hops hops!

O- A really great American IPA that emphasizes hop flavor and aroma over bitterness. Pleasing to drink, as long as you don't mind hops. Easily the best canned beer I've had, and definitely one of the tastiest IPAs I can think of that I've had. Check it out!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that left a heavy coat of lacing on the glass.

S - tropical citrus fruit aroma.

T - very hoppy bite upfront balanced by just the right amount of malt finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth level of carbonation.

O - a pretty darn good IPA

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a sixer of cans in Jackson - was excited to see local hops in a can

from notes

appearance: cool can design, golden orange body, thick off-white head

smell: potent and fresh - ruby red grapefruit, bright citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit

taste: exceeded all expectations - a terrific IPA and a joy to drink around the campsite. Lovely floral hop profile - ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, pine resin, sugar. If this were locally available, I would purchase - rivals Oskar Blues for best canned hops on the market

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body

overall: great!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cans just showed up at the COOP today.... this is a very good IPA.... Great 2 finger clingy head... nice lacing... nice clear golden color.

Tropical fruitbowl in the nose... pithy citrus zest and a dollop of pine.

Flavor mirrors the nose and despite the great hop flavors, it never verges into bracing bitterness... just enough pale malt to help the hops coat the palate.... yummy and very drinkable.

Body is a lite/medium with the expected carbonation.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09 18 11, from the new cans which just arrived in town.

A medium golden colour, lots of foam, ditto for the lacing.

Citrus and pine dominate the smell...suggesting some pretty strong bitter notes when it comes to the taste.

Yeah, it does lean towards the bitter side. Grapefruit with some notes of pine bring plenty of the bitter, the malt, from what I can tell, brings a light, very light bit of sweetness that doesn't really bring any balance but..what the hops are doing is working for me for this Anerican IPA. I've been enjoying the beer on draught lately, and in the past, at the Old Chicago in town and the beer in the can does not disappoint at all. A very well done and easy drinking IPA. I give it a firm thumbs up for the draught and in the can.

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Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: logo shaker pint, medium amber in color, capped with a thin but well retained layer of white carbonation, leaving light lace behind

s: gorgeous hop profile - fresh resinous hop cones, red grapefruit juice, citrus peel candy, malt body mild but supportive, featuring light doses of toasted caramel, impressive

m: carbonation and body both smooth and somewhere in the light-medium range

t: making a big impression from the first sip, this baby is absolutely loaded with pungent flavors of fresh grapefruit juice, oily and intense, candied young pine, light-moderate pale malt body with brushes of caramel and toast, some light sugars quickly overwhelmed, finishing with a building bitterness that flirts towards puckering levels, really digging the low/moderate malt and high hop ipa's these days

d: no problems here - would have never conceived that this beer could be over 5 percent, beautiful hop profile and drying finish make for a satisfying, easy drink

draft enjoyed on the brewpub patio on a cold October night

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Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, medium orange body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Attractive IPA.

S: Wow, this is a pure grapefruit bomb - the Columbus and Simcoe hops combine to make this one smell extremely clean, fresh, and citrusy. One dimensional, yes, but still amazing. Definitely a west coast style, and I'm loving it.

T: Follows the aroma fairly closely, as the grapefruit hops are front and center. A bit of caramel malt creeps in as well, but so does a bit of young-hop cattiness. Solid bitterness on the finish without being overwhelming. Very nice, but not quite as good as the nose.

M: Medium body with moderate, slightly sharp carbonation.

D: For a 7%+ IPA, this one goes down pretty smoothly. If I didn't want to try more of their beers while I'm here, I'd gladly drink several.

Notes: This is very, very solid IPA, and was probably my favorite of all the brewpub's offerings (although the Zonker Stout gives it a run for its money). I just love the pure citrus hoppiness of the aroma - why can't more IPAs smell this good? Good stuff from SRB.

Cheers!

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