Amber Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2003

Certified Organic
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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 130
Photo of mntlover
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear burnt amber color what off white head there was of is entirely gone now, looks like no carbonstion is present but it is there. Aroma is lightly toasted malt caramel light chocolate in background some very light hops are present. taste is caramel malt lightly toasted with a nutty flavor that announces itsself while the sweet malt is fading. Finish is a mixture of nuts light chocolate and light hops, no lingering bitterness just a touch at the end. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy due to lack of carbonation there is a little burst of carbonation as sweet malt flavor fades but thats about it. Drinkability its a pretty average, nothing worth searching for, I would not buy it again will be sticking to my favorites. (726 characters)

Photo of schrist275
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All organic? hmm.. I'm not a vegatarian nor a purist.. but.. havent had this beer nor this brewery will give it a shot. pours itself nicely into my pils glass a nice burnt orange with a small showing of head that leaves a cute ring of lace..(so far its promising), smell comes across malty with caramel and a light note of dark chocolate, and tastes exactly the same way.!!!! very nice mouthfeel, no oily residue, clears out but lingers just long enough to enjoy. gonna have to admit, its good (493 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, large head. Aroma is malty and slighlty sweet. Nice malts, somewhat hoppy. Nice smooth taste, good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and somewhat malty. Nice easy drinking amber ale. (256 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second from Eel River via the health food store.
12 oz brown short neck simple label depicting ears of barley and a wreath of hops
Very nice looking amber dark red almost a garnet colour when held to the light, small off white head doesnt last long but nice lace.
veru nice strong aroma of malts and an aroma like fresh baked biscuits.
Nice strong malty profile taste..and a good hop ending this is very well balanced..slightly salty..but nice.
very good on the palate did all the right things!
very drinkable amber.
Eel River continues to impress me with their Organic beers..had three now and loved em all.Probably the best organic ales I have tasted anywere. (669 characters)

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Amber Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.