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Certified Extra Pale Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

Certified Extra Pale Ale
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.3%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 12:58:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 18:14:41 | More by brentk56
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 03:25:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 21:09:35 | More by WesWes
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 04:21:04 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 00:18:58 | More by Billolick
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 22:03:01 | More by Gusler
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 01:18:45 | More by RoyalT
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 20:10:56 | More by RedDiamond
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 22:28:11 | More by GClarkage
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 13:02:47 | More by ffejherb
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 20:25:09 | More by merlin48
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 01:51:30 | More by canucklehead
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

1.93/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:14:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 22:15:11 | More by Deuane
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Reidrover

Oregon

2/5  rDev -36.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:37:23 | More by Reidrover
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 22:38:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
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beerguy101

California

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2003 02:04:36 | More by beerguy101
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.15/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 19:19:04 | More by rastaman
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:32:11 | More by BretSikkink
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DogFood11

California

1.27/5  rDev -59.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 00:57:15 | More by DogFood11
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:10:02 | More by jjanega08
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erosier

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 11:28:23 | More by erosier
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 15:43:51 | More by wcudwight
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Spikester

Oregon

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%.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 17:58:58 | More by Spikester
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Certified Extra Pale Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
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