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Extra Pale Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Extra Pale Ale
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%
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:
Beer added by: nekronos on 11-17-2008

Certified Organic
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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 53
Photo of DogFood11
1.33/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle (the last of a sixer) poured into a pounder glass. Nice frothy eggshell white head and plenty of retention. No lace left behind. Chill hazed body with medium sized carbonation.

First drink and I instantly was taken back by the backend medicinal, aspirin, cakey mouthfeel and taste. Not a good start. Once I managed to block that out the rest of the beer is very boring. Hops add some bitterness but little else. Sweet grainy malt bill is similar to what you'd find in alot of Euro pale's. As this thing warmed up it was a complete dissaster. The finish is dirty and lingers on and on.

Notes: I'll pass on this one unless something drastically changes. I've yet to have a really kick ass beer that bragged about being "organic" on the label. I'm sure there is one out there but I'll be a bit more cautious to these brews and start picking up singles as this sixer was some work.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.95/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place. I was only going to have one beer tonight, but the last one sucked so bad that I needed to drink this as well.

2.0 A: Hazy brownish yellow color. Agressive pour resulted in half a finger of head that fell quickly, but surprisingly left a decent amount of lacing.

2.0 S: Slight (as in zero + the smallest discrete unit of measurement) floral hoppiness and nothing else.

1.5 T: Slight bitterness along with the meagerest of citrusy hops. Nothing else really going on other than musty vegetal-like flavor.

3.5 M: Not as horrible. Medium body, but it lays heavy on the tongue (like carbonated lead or something like that).

2.0 D: The worst part about tonight is that this wasn't even the worst beer I've had.

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Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok I was excited to see this beer froma brewery I had come to like.
Comes in the usual Eel River brown 12 oz short neck..pick of some 1930s style dudes raising a glass.
Now this is quite a shock..I know its says "extra" Pale Ale but this weird looks like a lager..clear yellow with a pure white head.
even smells like a pils..stranger and stranger.
taste is quite bad..malty but somehow not sweet..dry finish.
not impressive in the mouth.
not very drinkable.
This is awful stuff from a brewery that has some great beers..i dont know what happened here..maybe some lager got bottled in a pale ale bottle...but I wont be buying this again.
NOTE..OK checked the brewery website thay have this down as a "golden" ale or a California Blonde..still its far from the best this brewery has to offer!

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Photo of RoyalT
2.11/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – The head here is very nice, coming up strongly and leaving some good lacing, but the color is kind of light. It’s a very light yellow for a Pale Ale.

Smell – Big, huge, nutty aroma to this one. I can kind of pick up a light hoppy smell, maybe like lemons, but mostly this is more like a nutty ale.

Taste – Yes, very nutty with some big toasted malts. What the hell?

Mouthfeel – I like the smoothness and dry finish to this “IPA”, but the carbonation was very cheap.

Drinkability – This is not bad but way off-style. This is one of the most mislabeled beers that I’ve every purchased.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head.

Smell. Not too much hops here, seems the malts dominate with a touch of caramel...but overall the aroma is not too appealing to me at all.

Taste. small bitterness comes out that is a little piney and earthy. under that is some pepperyness to it with just a little bit of fruit. aftertaste is a little astringent.

Mouthfeel. body is at an average level with a normal amount of carbonation that is a bit prickly on my tongue.

Overall, this is not a beer i will get again. The aroma and the flavor is just not good to me.

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Photo of rastaman
2.18/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap@Eel River. Thin lemony, grany/malty pale ale, surprisingly not much hops, easy to drink, not interesting though. Its seems that a lot the brewpubs i visited in the US had these pretty tame pale ale offerings, but like Eel River, they always have some bigger styles, which were more to my liking.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.51/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer without a true direction. It lacks a real hop profile but has neither a good balance or any malt to carry the day. A strange musty nose and a weak head make this a one time drink. The competition in California is such that beer such as this stand little chance.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured to a light yellow and gold with a small head that lasted well. There's a few nice clumps of lace.

The smell is not very appealing. It has plenty of hops but they don't come out well, and along with it is some off grain flavors. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is average.

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Photo of BurnsTau
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange/yellow, nice white head, little lacing.

Smells are up front hops, a bit of a medicinal alchohol smell. Taste is mostly hoppy, some sweet maltiness balances it out. There are some strange aftertastes going on here, not sure what it is but it takes away from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit light and carbonation is good.

Eh, I really wasn't impressed by this beer, nor any of the beers I've tried by eel river so far. Not recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Generously carbonated orange-gold, slightly favoring the latter. All those bubbles create a three finger cap of yellowed ivory foam that looks to be in no hurry to enter the atmosphere. Meandering streamers of watery lace get the job done, even if they don't qualify as eye candy.

The nose is a near equal mixture of citric American (Centennial) and earthy English (East Kent Goldings), with another, underlying, aroma that dulls their brilliance almost completely. I guess malt and yeast are only possibilities. In any case, I'm not especially thrilled when I put my nose over the glass, so I think I'll start drinking now.

I continue to maintain that I can identify organic beer, even if blinded (obviously, I wasn't in this case). Most of it possesses what can only be described as an off-flavor that, while it defies easy description, is eerily similar across the board. Vegetal or clay-like comes close. Chemical-laden works as well, although organic brewers would shudder at such a notion.

There's enough pale malt (and a little caramel?) to hold down the bottom end, even as the hops fail to take advantage of the support. If anything, what should be a fair amount of good hop flavor, is even less impressive on the palate. The bitterness is there, so that helps a little. Extra Pale Ale tastes like old, dessicated grapefruit peel covered with a fine layer of clay.

The mouthfeel is a few steps up. It's somewhere near the peak of the APA bell curve in terms of heft and is appropriately bubbled. What small amount of pleasure one might gain from the mouthfeel leaks away quickly given what the taste buds are up against.

Even though this is my third Eel River beer in the past several weeks, I have no recollection of the others. My guess is that I'll forget Extra Pale Ale pretty quickly too. Probably by the end of the day, if not sooner.

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Photo of WesWes
2.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a wet cardboard scent to it. I gues it has pale malts like most pale ales. It just seems quite musty and stale. The taste is average as well. It has a citrus hop flavor laid over pale malts. It is grainy with a bitter finish. It tastes like some of my bad homebrews. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average pale ale at best. It time for the drain pour.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looks like a glass of bud light. This is not what a good pale ale is supposed to look like. No head, no lacing. Poor attempt.

The smell is of citrus hops, and thats about it. This is not a very strong smell, overall a very faint smell of a hop product.

The taste is drinkable. This represents a very poorly made pale ale. There is no malt characteristic whatsoever. Actually, this tastes like a Bud Light with hop extract. Not special at all.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and makes this thing drinkable. Cold and refreshing, that is about it.

The beer is drinkable, but no flavor or body makes this a memory that will soon fade out. This tastes like someone's first homebrew attempt. I hate to be a negative Nancy about this brew but this is not very good at all.


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Photo of Billolick
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer w/o freshness info to be had. Pours clear, typical light amber, minimal head, zippo lacing and next to no nose....Hmm not off to a good start...cant say much great about this one....lacking much of a malty base, hops are resinous and drying, but none too exciting...tastes "off" somehow...
forgettable, nothing special pale.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a little lighter in color than a typical pale ale. There was a thick head though. The smell is hoppy with a slight harshness. The taste is fairly hoppy but run of the mill. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is fair. Average at best within the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color, Small head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and mild. Hops are slightly spicy. It a little mild flavored for a pale ale. Very dry taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer.

The aroma is an odd fruit cocktail with some spicy hops in their somewhere. Did I get a bad bottle?

Any way amber to copper, some head, did not linger too long.

Flavor mimics the aroma, fruity with hops in there, but not well integrated. This is probably a better food beer.

I am not sure I would buy just to drink.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Enola for the bottle.
Pour is the color of sweet tea. Be careful with your pour, as my pour started an eruption of a massive 4 finger head. The head is off-white and last. Sticky thick lacing sticks all over the glass. Nice carbonation.
The smell is off somewhat. Musty. Wet straw.
The flavor isn't bad. Just not very pale ale like. Where's the hops? It's sweet grainy and lemony. Also a hint of honey. There is a mild acidic bite in the aftertaste, that hints maybe they are some hops in it.
Mouthfeel is thin and very dry.
Over all it's not a good pale ale, but is a decent session beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass hazy golden copper with an off-white and huge head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light earthy and citrus component.

The flavor was lightly malty with a wheat flavor and a very light caramel. The fruit flavor was light and citrusy, but not overly so.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrus flavor that was grassy long and it seemed as if it intensified into the aftertaste. The body was medium light or perhaps even less and watery.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with some yellow and red highlighting. Lots of tiny bubbles moving very fast to the cap; head is white, sticks around quite a while. Lacing is moderate. All around pretty decent.

The nose is muted and earthy, with a bit of pepper and citrus. A little like trying to sniff a grapefruit that happens to be underneath a layer of dirt.

The flavor is under-hopped, with a mild sweetness throughout, along with a DMS undertone, probably from some adjunct used to fill out the pale malt bill. Bitterness lasts throughout the sip into the finish.

Nicely carbonated and decently chunky for an APA, just about right. Nothing great, but a nod towards a well brewed beer.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I usually like Eel River brews, but this Ale seemed more lager like than many I have drank. Poured with a rather flat and dull appearance and light head and lace. Still looks lively with carbonation and much prettier than those American lagers.

Again, smells more of lager like aromas than ale aromas. Rather light with some grassy notes and herbs. Light, crisp and mellow on the palate. Rather light and lacks the complexity I would like to make it more drinkable. Rather ordinary.

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Photo of llitsua
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a single 12 oz. at Tria Market in Homewood, AL, poured into a pint glass

A- Slightly dark golden color- looks darker than a typical lager, but lighter than an IPA or Extra Pale Ale. Head is large and develops quickly; I had to wait for it to settle a bit before I finished pouring it. It left a fair amount of lacing as I consumed it.

S- Slight presence of piney hops, which fades into a musty smell

T- I get a bit of honey and citrusy and piney hops, then the malt flavor really dominates the taste, finishes bitter- seems way to malty to label it an Extra Pale Ale

M- decent carbonation; leaves a slight numbing in mouth

D- certainly drinkable, went down easily; but I prefer my Pale Ales with more of a hop presence, and this seemed to be dominated by malt

Not worth the $$ IMO (around $9/6pack)- Sweetwater 420 is readily available down here, and I see is as being more representative of the style (and better tasting overall); not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of Deuane
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.29/5  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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Extra Pale Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.