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Certified Extra Pale Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: nekronos on 11-17-2008)
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Photo of RedDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extra pale ale. Indeed, that’s exactly what it is. It’s not merely pale, it’s extra pale. It’s bright, sunny yellow-gold -- nearly the color of a lager, only clouded. The first thing I noticed about this brew was the hardy pfsssst that leapt from the bottle as the cap was cracked. This was closely followed by a profuse yeasty smell that wafted quickly across the room. The smell was abundantly fresh, like the smell of a fermentation vat. After pouring out the beer, the smell at the glass’s rim was citrus-like and sharp.

A massive white head threatened to exceed my weizen glass. A solid five-fingers of bright white foam erupted with glee, then gently receded to a thin rim with large bubbles.

Eel River’s XPA is an unusual specimen with distinctive features. The aroma is durable and charged. The taste is crazy with both light notes and dark. I prefer the brighter more citrusy highlights but the bitterness is solid and tastefully displayed. The end result is an innovative, full-bodied brew that defies easy comparisons and suggests a lemon wedge compliment.

RedDiamond, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of xhcadamx
4.43/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - very light copper with a bubbly/foamy head that lingers and some nice lacing.

S - Cascade citrusy hops and a background of grain. Not overwhelming which you usually encounter.

T - Lighter hop presence than expected. But that's ok. Bigger isn't always better. Cascade / citrus type hops and a subtle amount of bready and biscuity grains.

M - tons of tiny bubbles so this has a nice bite.

D - I really like this beer and can appreciate a less EXTREME flavor.

xhcadamx, May 27, 2009
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Nage37, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of rkuhnel
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Orange with white head. Nice floral nose, and nicely balanced hops. Overall a nice ale to drink. Re-rate. I tried this again and feel they have improved this since the last rating. I feel it is one of the better APAs around, I have tried it both on tap and in the bottle. The tap version is really fresh and clean. Maybe because it is organic, the bottle version does not seem quite as good. The rating above is for draft.

rkuhnel, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of jjanega08
3.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am assuming this Cali Pale Ale is the same as the extra pale ale. No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a nice looking pale yellow color that is completely translucent with a finger of head on it. The head is active and holds nice retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is faint of grassy hops and sweet grain. I dunno if it has wheat in it but it has a wheaty poopy smell to it.

T= The taste is a nice piney citrusy hop flavor with a nice sweet grainy malt flavor. The suspected wheat aroma doesn't come through in the nose and instead this is a nice hop forward easy drinker.

M= The mouth is perfect for having a few.

O= This is a solid brew. I don't understand why it is rated so low by BA standards. If I had this available I would drink it pretty often during the summer. If you can try it out do it. A light easy drinking APA.

jjanega08, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

LXIXME, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger white head and plentiful lacings. Slight floral hop and caramel aroma. Taste is earthy bitter hops with plenty of support from the malts. Clean and crisp almost APA like. Carbonation is average. Easy drinker would be a good light session beer. I believe the abv is about 4.8%.

Spikester, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Endocador
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Endocador, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon the pour from the stubby 12-ounce brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass a slightly hazy gold with a personable creamy bright white head that slowly erodes leaving a thin but concealing sheet of lace. Nose is sweet malt, nutty, hints of lemons, also has that musty tone, found in many organic beers, start is somewhat sweet, the grain presence delightful, top is middling in feel. Finish has a kindly acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and a very drinkable beer.

Gusler, May 05, 2006
Photo of nekronos
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not so pale, but it was very nice. Quite bitter but not excesively. likd, not my style but I liked it. Great head and can be easily enjoyed. Thus I have tried 5 Ee river organic ones in most places I find only 2 or 4. I don't know if the California Blonde one exists in the two ways: organic and not organic, but apparently some of the other organic ones do.

nekronos, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Rumrunner
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

A bit mild in flavor for a pale but a very refreshing pale none the less.

Poured a not exciting transparent gold. A good white fluffy head with some fine lacing. Smells are dry and sweet. A taffy sugar. Some wheat and grain are in the mix as well. Very dry on the nose.

A very light bodied pale. Flavors are grainy and sweet with a sour finish. Malts are prominent. Some mild fruity hops and sweet candy sugars. It finishes with an unpleasant sour tang. It does not ruin the taste but it leaves one a little unsettled.

This pale is very light and easy to drink. It feels dry and also very refreshing. A pale to have on a very hot day after some strenuous activity. A simple and enjoyable pale.

Rumrunner, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of GeorgeH
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GeorgeH, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stubby 12 oz bottle purchased at Westy's.

A: The pale ale is, above all else, pale. The color is amber, more orange-brown than red, a watered down gravy seems like an apt description. Two fingers of head covered the top of the glass and is slowly lacing.

S: The nose is more grainy than not, lots of bready, biscuit aromas dominate with little indication of hoppiness.

T: The ale shows off a little more hoppiness in the taste than the nose let on. Citrus flavors are sparse but strong enough to remind you that this is a pale ale. Those hops, overall, are content to hide behind the malts, which add a biscuity flavor to the happenings. A touch of hoppy bitterness is the lasting flavor when a sip is gone.

M: The ale is an enjoyable APA, showing off more grains than hops but still managing to sneak the hops into a memorable role.

D: ABV is listed as unknown but I don't think that it is too high. The result is an easy drink that has enough hops to keep me content.

akorsak, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

flexabull, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the conclusion of my Eel River tasting. These mostly orgainic ales, from northern California, are a recent addition to the stocks of the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
This one pours a hazed, apricot body with a one finger, white, head that retains well and leaves patchy lace down the glass.
Aroma is subdued, but citrus hoppy, with more sweetish malt aromas than with the IPA.
Mouthfeel is average, with a light/medium body and expected carbonation.
Hops are the highlight, but much more restrained than in the IPA. Grapefruit and orange rind suggest Cascades hops, but the hops are balanced by a sweet pale and caramel maltiness here. The taste and aroma are tame, compared to the IPA, but this is a decent, American Pale Ale that tastes like a blonde or golden ale compared to the brewery's IPA.
Another very tasty, organic ale from this west coast brewery.

merlin48, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/06/06- Part of my new beer stash which I brought camping.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no frehsness date found. Poured into my Pike Place Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Deep copper in color in the the pour. Full 3/4 inch frothy and creamy looking white head. Very nice streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Odd damp cardboardy smell. Maybe a bit moldy? You can still get a decent sweet toasted malt scent and a bit of grapefruit hops out of it though.

Taste- Hmmm, tastes a bit better than most organic beers I have tried. Nice light caramel malt base, maybe a bit bready or a biscuit malt flavor. Not a huge hop presence, but enough to keep you interested.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better organic's I have had to date. Perfectly bine beer worth a try if you see it.

GClarkage, May 07, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops but with an odd earthy & herbal to it, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is bready up front with hearty flavors of citrus, caramel and a grain malt character, also a touch of smokiness. There's a good hops presence that comes in a little more slowly than it does in most beers in the style, but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are certainly several others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, May 13, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 2/23/09. thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden amber body with modest carbonation and thin quarter inch head that settled into patchy retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Malt-heavy nose with lots of sweet caramel and toffee, as well as some bready notes. Hop character is subtle with hints of citrus fruit.

T - Very caramely overall with a honey sweetness and a more sturdy bready malt backbone. Hops are citrusy and mildly bitter at best.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and light carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter on the palate with some residual sweetness from the malt.

D - Decent enough pale ale. A little light on the hops and big on the caramel malt overall, but it was easy to finish.

ffejherb, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of MmmIPA
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a small white head that falls to a ring with some patches of lacing.

Smells of sweetness.Lemon notes also.

Faint hoppiness.Alot of the bitterness is gone from the beer.Lemon taste also.

Mouthful is very easy with a nice amount of carbonation going on.

Not a bad beer but I wouldnt drink it again.

MmmIPA, May 28, 2008
Photo of TinusTime
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this as a sample from specialty bev

Poured a light light amber with a white head.. Aroma was of bread with little else. Taste was grainy with a little hop flavour.. where was the EXTRA? Was this from the west coast? did they forget the hops? Well it was good drinking, but nothing special. Not something I would buy or sell

TinusTime, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of erosier
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some floral and earthy hoppiness and that is about it.
T: Tastes of a sweet toasted malt base followed by a nice mellow floral/earthy/slightly citrus-y hop finish. I was expecting more hops, but this was probably more palatable for the malt that went in it.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, more of a nice summer beer, but I liked it nonetheless.

erosier, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bountiful head that creates a meringue that laces the glass

Smell: Modest aroma but there is some fruit (apricot) and pine along with a vague caramel sensation

Taste: Starts out a bit biscuity with a tinge of bitter fruit; after the swallow, their is a grassy and piney bitterness that becomes harsh and slightly resinous

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; the harsh finish detracts from the mouthfeel

Drinkability: Compared to the other Eel River beers I have enjoyed, this one is a bit of a disappointment

brentk56, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Deuane
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden yellow amber with a medium white head that reduced into moderate lacing.

S-Very grainy and not much else. A bit of lemongrass in the nose to me..not sure if this is the hop nose or not.

T- A bit more hoppiness in the taste than in the nose. Lemony citrus flavors are present but certainly not strong. Tatse mostly dominated by the biscuity malt....but there is some hop bitterness to help balance this brew out.

M-Medium-light body with a lively carbonation.

D-Certainly not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out. Sessionable for sure...but I wouldnt want to many in a row! A decent effort by Eel River...but nothing stellar.

Deuane, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of donnebaby
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold color and minimal head. Tasteless aroma, boring and mildly sour. Taste is overly bitter, heavily leaning on bittering hops. Reminded of a spicy curry that overwhelps other flavor development. Watery and light feel. Clean, but not overly interesting.

donnebaby, May 14, 2005
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Certified Extra Pale Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.