Amber Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2003

Certified Organic
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by PeprSprYoFace:
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Cloudy darker amber color. Thin off white head. Little lacing.

Aroma is just kinda malty. Don't know how else to describe it.

Taste is ok. It's just kinda there. It's not bad. Just boring. Ok malt character. Slight bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Bland.

This beer is ok. Won't buy it again but I ticked it. Wouldn't really reccommend this beer to anyone. But is not like I drain poured it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DamDweller
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as amber in color as I would have imagined. I think it looks a little more on the brown side. The head retention wasn't what I was hoping for.

Smell: Smells sweet with a slight hint of honey and biscuit.

Taste: I taste a lot of caramel malts. I was hoping it would be a little more balanced with the malt and hops. It would have been nice if they brought out the hops to top off the initial malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The taste seems to hang around a bit on my tongue almost a little bit to long in my opinion.

Drinkability: Pretty easy beer to have a couple in one sitting. Living in Pennsylvania I would have to say I couldn't drink a whole case of it, although I would enjoy it in a mix pack.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eel River was a brewery I had not heard of, until I saw it on the shelf at Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Virginia, on 10-15-04. I see that most of their products are certified organic, under California criteria.
This one pours a chillhazed, copper amber with a small, beige head that holds for several minutes. Attractive, sheet lacing on the glass.
Nice amber ale aroma, with caramel malt, nutty walnut, and hops notes of grapefruit and orange.
Mouthfeel has spritzy, high carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is well balanced, with a creamy, caramel malt backbone, and a grapefruit hoppiness that suggests Cascades hops. Finish is mildly bitter, with a grapefruit aftertaste.
More hoppy than a lot of American amber ales, but a solid and above average effort for style. I will buy this again.

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info to be perused. Pours darker honey amber, clear, under a puffy dark oatmeal cap, leaving minor spotty lace. Malt infused nose. Pleasant enough. Mostly malt, minor, yet present hop balance. Smooth enough. Nothing exciting, middle of the road style, middle of the road brew. Would do in a pinch is the best I can say here.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a tall pilsener glass. Out of the bottle it poured a deep amber, almost copper color, with a good stiff head balancing atop the coppery liquid. Smell was of hop spice with hints of woody earthiness, maybe oak. Taste was good, nice malt backbone balanced out evenly with the spiciness of the hops. This beer had a really clean taste and quality to it. Very refreshing. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of masikon
2.01/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this for christmas in a sampler pack. Poured a dirty brown, more brown really than amber with a nice creamy head. Smell was dull and malty with some caramel notes but nothing to exciting. Taste was very odd, Extremely dull with a thin mouthfeel. Maltiness was present but in a very unappetizing way, flavors were all very washed out and dominated by the disturbing flat, watery mouthfeel. Finish was something like when I played baseball in college...after a head first slide....lots of dirt in the mouth. Very odd beer, not well done in my opinion but there is certainly a chance I got a bad batch. If I see this at a store I might pick up a bottle just to make sure but if this was a good bottle I'd avoid this one.

Note: after reading some other reviews it appears a few other BA's have possibly gotten bad bottles as well, I'll definitely give this another shot and hopfully Eel River will have the problem worked out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper pour, tannish to white head, lacing clung well.

Taste, roasted, grainy, minimal hop presence, wood feel, a little heavy on the back end. Not real adventurous, not bland, but just kinda meh. Too expensive to even be a desparation beer, might as well order a SA as its comparable in its non offensiveness.

Photo of williamjbauer
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber with half finger of white head. Moderate lacing on glass.

S: Very light wheat scent, pretty underwhelming

T: Light grain, light sweetness with a molasses and slight citrus hoppy finish

M: Medium body, medium carbonation

O: Really underwhelming beer, was hoping for something stronger with the organic ingredients.

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz bottle consumed in Redwoods Park. 4.8%
Red-amber; clear; decent tan head and lacing.
Aroma: an appealing mix of sweet baked grains with caramel.
Flavor: Follows the aroma; average or low-average intensity. Limited aftertaste.
Feel: Faintly prickly medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: mild; resembles a Mexican Dark.

Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Funny tasting. Nutty and mild, sweet, with a very mild bitterness. Some cola and lactic flavours. Really thin mouthfeel aswell, flat and sweet, accidentally bought 2 bottles of this and was so dissapointed i chucked the other one out, really not good. Dull, flat.

Photo of watermelonman
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a somewhat cloudy and deep amber. The head was small and quicky shrank to a ring, while lace is limited to a few thin lines.

The smell is mostly of grains with just a hint of hops. In the taste, grains and malts are stong up front, with a mild bitterness coming through at the very end. The mouthfeel is medium.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with lots of red and a small white head that slowly disappears to nothing.

Aromas are on the malty side...some toastiness and biscuits there.

Taste isn't as sweet as I was afraid it would fact, it has a nice bite of citrus hops from the beginning to a pleasantly drying finish. Amber malts show their sweetness but are quickly overpowered by the toastiness of the malts then the citrus bite of the hops.

Unusal for a red but very refreshing and pleasant.
I could drink several of these.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eel River- Amber

A- Ruby red with a huge frothy/ sticky head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet dry malt. Heavy grain aroma.
T- Sweet molasses malt light woodsy flavor comes through.
M- Sweet and flavorful throughout becomes thick and chewy in the end.

Overall- A smooth and mild Amber that, although won't knock your socks off, will make an excellent poker night beer!

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Promising creamy foamy head that soon dissipitates. Amber colour. Neutral slightly malty aroma, with just a hint of hops. Taste is malty and a bit of hoppy,Centennial and East Golding, but not all that tasty.Light mouthfeel,even watery.
Poor for its style.

Photo of secondtooth
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Attractive deep amber, with tan head and not a lot of lace on my ale glass.

Awesome nose -- fruity, berries, yeast...unusual and enticing.

Flavor is biscuity, with some subtle spice undertones. Seems rather thick-bodied. Tastes rather dull, with almost no hops presence. Flat and malty, this one's not too impressive. Glad I didn't get a whole 6-pack, and I'll stick to Fat Tire, thanks. I like the organic angle, but this one didn't cut it.

Photo of ElGordo
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber hue topped by a half-inch of light tan head that recedes to just a small halo after a couple of minutes. Slightly smoky aroma of sweet roasted malt, light sweet fruit, and just a touch of mellow fruity hops. Palate is mostly sweet caramel malt, with some light fruit flavors and an underlying base of peaty smokiness. Medium-light body is appropriate for a fairly light ale, although a little foamy. Overall, I'm not really a fan of this one. Not bad, but not something I would buy again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a day of drinking at "The Bank" in Wheaton, I come home to find a beautiful Amber in my the form of Eel River Amber. The beer pours a very nice cleart amber with virtually no head and no lacing. The smell includes a malt with slight molassis balance. The taste follows the smell and there is a very nice sweet malt base. the Mouthfeel is a medium to light boddy with average carbonation. Overall the beer is taste, but I would not go searching for it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a nice off white head. The aroma is largely dominated by the malt that is both biscuity and nutty. The taste is nutty with some malt and a nice hop finish. This beer is pretty well balanced but I find something about the aroma and taste to be a little odd. Overall, not a bad Amber but there are far more offerings in this category that are quite superior.

Photo of russpowell
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this, not huge on organic beers got this from Mid-town Liqour today. This was on clearance, sooo:

Pours copper/orange with a finger of tan head. A trace of head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, hints of butterscotch

T: Caramel, slight citric hops, dryness & biscuitty malt up front. More biscuitty malt, dryness & a whisper of citric hops once warm. Powdery dryness, hints of diathechtyl (sic) in the finish

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, skews way too sweet

Drinks okay, I don't think this as fresh as it could be, first clunker I've had from Eel River, not sure if its the beer or its care & handling, avoid...

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, rusty-orange with a thin, micro-bubbly head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was light and steady.

S: The nose was spicy and sour tangerines with a light lemony hopping. The nose was rather gentle and light in nature.

T: The initial flavor was sweet-n-sour tangerines and a sour lemony hopping. Light sour oranges are experienced upfront but quickly fade to a thankfully clean finish. Overall the malt sweetness is lacking and the odd, sour lemony hopping distracts from the natural balance and nature of this beer.

M: very light wit sour oranges and lemony hopping. Carbonation was light.

D: Sour lemony hopping distracts from the overall style and affects the enjoyment as well drinkability. Not 6 pack worthy and no incentive to drink again. Save your dime on this one, unimpressed and a bad example per style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - The haze in the beer gives the amber color a muddy appearance. A moderate pour puts the light khaki head to a finger tall. Low retention ended up as a creamy ring and a few fingers of lace.

S - Sort of reminiscent of a dubbel for some reason. I get notes of dark fruit and dark candi sugar with a sweet caramel malt nose and light yeast and hops. Not very amber-ish.

T - What it lacks in amber qualities in the nose it slightly makes up for in the flavor. Lightly toasted notes of bread and caramel malts with a yeasty aftertaste and low hop flavor. Rather bland.

M - Fairly smooth and somewhat creamy with a low carbonation finish and a medium body, this is the beer's best quality.

D - Nothing seems to fall into place for this beer. Everything is certified organic though, and it's one of the "better" ones boasting that title. Also, the manner in which I found it was questionable so I gave it a bit of leniency. It could be old but it certainly doesn't taste "bad/off".

Photo of charlesw
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured, well, amber. Crazy, huh? Anyway, maybe it was my bottle or something, but there was NO HEAD at all. Weird. Smells a little bready - earthy. Not a whole lot going on in flavors or mouth - like it's been slightly watered down? Very light malt with just a touch of bitter at the end... Anyway, I'd drink it again if you offered me one, sure, but I wouldn't pick it out of a selection of ambers, you know? Still, it's nice that they're doing the organic deal.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my least favorite of the organic beers.

Pours a nice red body with a one finger white head that falls to a ring.

I smell some danky malt,possibly caramel malts? I dont really enjoy the smell.

Not bad taste but it isnt really enjoyable either.Taste like it smells,danky malt.

Mouthful is nice,sorta grainy.

Sad to say that this beer doesnt do it for me.Im not a huge fan of the style unless its a hoppy amber ale but I can appreciate a good amber and this dont fit the bill.Sorry guys.

Photo of blackie
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a .5" off white head that quickly recedes to only a collar around the glass. The beer is a rich orange-red amber in color, with some floaters suspended throughout.

smell: Subtle, though obvious, aromas of caramel malt, dried grain and grain husk (bready). Slight nuttiness and light fruitiness. Low hop aroma. Not bad at all. Just enough character to keep it interesting.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lower medium. The body is a very light medium, maybe even a heavier light.

taste: Malt balanced, though subtle on all accounts. The malt give a very light sweetness, as well as a nutty hint and maybe some light toffee or caramelized sugar. Hop flavor low, but a moderate bitterness kicks in to clean up the finish. Slightly watery.

drinkability: very easy to drink, though a pretty average amber

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous brown with a substantial creamy light tan head that last and last, the residual lace a clinging sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt, earthy and fresh, slight hint of hops, quite appealing, start is sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, quite dry aftertaste that last a long time, a fine drinking beer from a brewery that is new to me, well done Eel River!

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Amber Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.