I.P.A. - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 376
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nekronos on 11-17-2008

According to the brewer, "This beer is an English Style IPA, which lacks the intense hop bitterness characterized by the American Style." Certified Organic.
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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was at that so called Whole Pay Check store and didn't want to make an extra stop to get Racer 5 so I picked this up on sale. My mistake. First off, never, ever, put IPA on your label in California, if you ain't got the hops/IBU to prove it. Sort of misleading or just dumb. Somebody didn't market it right. Should be a cheap British pale ale with buzz boost. Old English 800? Organic is probably good but I just didn't know that other beers are full of pesticides. OK, it is drinkable and a lot better than Bass, and Old English 800. (536 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery Amber color. Mild flowery nose. Nice sweet malt taste with the hop bitterness in the background. Not a typical west coast IPA but still quite interesting. Not sure what the point of the organic certification means to most beer drinkers but it means nothing but a marketing ploy to me. Still, good and reasonably priced ($7.50 for a 6-pack). (348 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber copper color with a thick head with short retention.
Malty aroma with lots of caramels and pine. Strawberry jam arises once it warms up.
Flavor with notes of caramels, pine, floral and herbal hops, overripe oranges, toasted malts and mild soap. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well disguised.
Piney, caramely and herbaceous IPA. Although the brewer says, and I agree, it is an English style IPA, it is not that bland showing off its 49 IBUs. It does not have the IPA profile I generally like.
Ps. would you really be that worried about organic after ingesting alcohol?! For hipsters... (643 characters)

Photo of beergoot
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

No bottling or best-by information on the bottel.

Bright copper and gold body with a thick, white, creamy head. Very faint aroma, mostly grains with a lesser note of pine. Taste mostly offers a stinging hop bitterness; very little malt character. Medium bodied; crisp and dry.

A disappointing offering that really skimps on any malt character. One-dimensional hop bitterness with very little aroma is another bust. Despite decent looks and feel, the heart and soul of any decent beer is taste and aroma. This beer is sadly deficit in those areas. (548 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden orange. The 1/2 inch off-white head fades to a ring and film on top and leaves curtains of lace. There is visible floating sediment.

The smell is of buttered bread, pine and faint citrus fruit.

The taste is of piney hops, bready grains and a hint of citrus.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A decent IPA with some pine and orange characteristics. (391 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

!2 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: This is the beer's best part, nice orange amber color, nice creamy head with some lacing, the head dissipates pretty quickly. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: Not much of an aroma, not hoppy, more of a malt aroma, kind of yeasty smell, a little hops on the front end. Definitely not as aromatic as other IPAs I have tasted. The aroma needs more pine or citrus aroma to liven this beer up.

Taste: Bitterness up front, leading into a lingering bitterness that maintains a presence on the tongue, not getting a lot of hop flavors, no pine or citrus flavors, the bitterness is what stands out the most but it is not overwhelming. Not a lot of alcohol. The taste is not smooth, it doesn't flow well with flavor. It's bitter, then more bitterness that lingers, it needs some pine or citrus hop flavor in between.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, the head lends a lot of creaminess at the beginning but then dissipates.

Overall: This is not bad, as in drain pour, it's just not as good as other IPAs I have tasted. I have been looking for a good organic beer I can enjoy everyday, and this failed. There are far too many IPAs with superior flavor that I would much rather drink. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 03/28/14

A: Caramel amber with an all around blushed orange look. A tight crown of khaki froth forms over top with some nice stay power and a bit of sticky lace noted on the glass.

S: Smells of caramel malts and bready malts with a perfuming of floral hops. Very blossom like with some nectar like sweetness and there is a dash of alcohol coming through in the aromas well. A touch weak as its not incredibly potent in any matter.

T: Taste is a nice step up from the nose delivering a nice hop bitterness that cuts through the caramel and bready malt thickness. Definitely a bit more in balance achieved from the hops which are very floral in character. Some mary jane and ripe apricot notes with a touch of orange juice. And not at all too sweet, it stays dry and peppery from the bitters. Alcohol is well disguised in the flavor. Better than I was expecting from the nose.

M: There is some moderate heft to the body of this beer. Somewhat creamy in texture with a nice peppery bitterness and a good drying sense towards the finish. Lightly resinous

D: Not a great beer but drinkable and was actually expecting worse here. Didn’t really strike me as an English IPA however this might be one of the best Organic brews I have come across yet. Not sure why it is so hard to make a good organic beer but I applaud Eel River’s efforts. Not something that is going to be a regular although worth trying. (1,469 characters)

Photo of Mtn
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - fairly clear golden orange
S - Sweetness, apple juice, no hop aroma to speak of
T - this beer tastes good. I like it, it just doesn't taste like an IPA to me. Kind of reminds me of an ESB. Nice malt sweetness, pretty good balance, not too bitter. No where near the amount of hop aroma or bitterness that you find in most IPS's. that said, i do like it.
M - light body
O - a really good beer. Not an award winning IPA, but a really tasty beer. Couldn't taste the organic. (475 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion. (566 characters)

Photo of kwc017
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Kind of a strange brew. Not like Bob and Doug though. It doesn't smell like much of anything. Kinda yeasty I guess. No hop that I can detect. Taste is just muted. A little hop taste. Bread. Tobacco maybe. Just not a good choice when there are so many great IPA's out there. I really hate to not recommend a beer, especially when brewers put their heart and soul into their craft but I just cannot say I like this beer. (418 characters)

Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A medium, hazy orange color with a bubbly, white head that quickly dissipates.

S - The smell is fairly malt-forward, but with a slight, citrus profile. Not overwhelming at all with hops on the nose.

T - A nice taste, but for the style, not good. There is a little hop taste up front but very little bitterness and almost a bright, orange flavor. Almost a cross between a Belgian wit and a regular IPA.

M - Light, crisp.

Overall - I actually think this is a good beer, but not at all what I expected from an IPA. It's more of a slightly hoppy Belgian Wit. There is a distinct orange flavor with a little hops. A good beer, but for the style, not at all what I would be looking for if I'm trying to drink an IPA. (720 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. I would definitely have it again. (261 characters)

Photo of Beerney
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little soapy smell if you breathe in deeply. I'll give it a big "not bad", which is a good review from me. very light for an IPA. It's lighter in body and maltiness than Sierra Nevada, if that gives you a point of reference. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, but would it drink it offered.

If this beer were a woman, it would look great on paper. Nice liitle body. You'd have no problem taking her around you friends. but she's not very interesting, and you're asking the waitress what else in on tap. (516 characters)

Photo of Jellopants356
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey color, clear. Minimal cream head. Ew... smells kinda funky. Smells like alcohol (lots) and some citrus. Tastes of... maybe soap and hops? Citrus perhaps. Well, the mouthfeel is nice an bubbly at least. Not impressed. I knew organic was a mistake. Well, overall, about 3 of 5. That's being generous. Wouldn't recommend it. At least it was only $2.50. (361 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm...not exactly what I was expecting from the smell & appearance...Funky soapy flavor, which could be crazy hops?! Then, mellows out to a smooth and creamy with a relatively weak-body. The initial taste is a strange soap/hop mix on the palate! Some spicy, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is faintly present but gets lost in hops/soaps weirdness. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and faint malt sweetness, with the last touch of weird soapy flavor.

Notes: I'm not sure about this beer? I've sure had better. 7.2% abv. (606 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brutally underrated here on BA. it pours redish and clear with a nice two inch off white head. the nose is aromatic hops to the max, sticky and red and west coast in origin. they are sappy and rich, beautiful. the flavor is about the same, a little too sweet before the bitter, which is a minus, but there is also some neat red malts going on, which give a nice depth. some pine and some fruit, dense. the mouthfeel is thicker, maybe too much so, but the carbonation is good and the flavor stays in my mouth forever. its not the best ipa ever, but there is a lot to like here, and i think the masses have been too harsh with this one. it is organic and strong and pretty solid any way you slice it. ill drink it again gladly... (727 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has some perfume-like hop notes, as well as some light orange citrus. The flavor is a nice mix of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with a hint of bitterness. There is also a little grapefruit in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (312 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 24, 2012 (picked it up in a six-pack for $9.49 at Kiel’s in San Diego on Aug. 24, 2012). Poured a dark caramel with caramel laced white head. Thick, white foam on the sides, good retention on the top.

Really liked the smell. Got citrus hops (lemon, orange, peach) and floral hops up front. Then got some caramel malts.

Tasted a raw version of the smell. Citrus hops (orange/tangerine) and more of a caramel malt backbone. A bit grainy and heavy. Something slightly off.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Gets old after a bit.

Not a bad beer, it had its moments. The look and smell had me hooked, but something was off with the taste. (735 characters)

Photo of LiquidPoem
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle gifted from AKtap.

Light head and golden color. Can smell the alcohol when poured.
Taste is really sweet with some caramel notes. Turns flat pretty quickly and not much going on. There are some decent hop notes but I find this beer to be pretty average and too sweet for my tastes. (303 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Eel River brewery

A - Clear copper amber with 2 finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Very faint aroma of pine and grassy hop, pretty wimpy.

T - The aroma is telling as this is a pretty weak and water IPA. Low on the hops and just a bit of malt and lacking complexity. I know this is organic but that is no excuse for lacking a bold flavor in an IPA. This is the chance for the home grown hops to shine.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, watery.

O - I would never get this again, though I appreciate the effort to go organic. (585 characters)

Photo of DrFayhee
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange-golden color with medium head and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malts and some citrusy pine notes.

T: Kind of a toasted malt quality to the hop flavor. The maltiness in the finish is kind of more reminiscent of an English-style pale ale than a west coast IPA.

M: Medium-bodied and clean.

O: A little bit too malty and stale for my tastes but not an unsatisfying beer. Not that all IPAs need to be hop-bombs but there's something that just isn't bright enough about this one. (492 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received early in March as a gift for helping out a friend.

Beer poured copper with a an off white head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, very nice with the initial pour.

Taste is well balanced, malt base and citrus tinged hops blend pretty well together. Bread and a citrusy residue left behind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty good representation of the English ipa style. Would not mind having this one again! (484 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good but maybe not great IPA. I would not refuse one ever (but maybe if I were sessioning a bunch). It's a little hoppier than a straight IPA and a bit darker, definitely capturing the English side of things.

Although it generally works, the smell, taste and aftertaste all have a bit of an off metallic character. This is not one I will seek out again.

Another I bought accidentally again 2-1-2014. It is a bit easy drinking, but not bad. I'll stick with my review. (478 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber with an orangish hue and a half of an inch of soft, off white, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has intense aromas of robust,sweet, barley malt that gives notes of bread and birthday cake. The taste is not what I expected after that nose. There are very, very faint malty notes that are bready and sweet, but they show up in the finish. The flavor opens up with some faint citrus and an odd bitterness that I find hard to explain. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit dry, smooth, and well carbonated.

This was an odd IPA. It smelled amazing. I was all in. But then after a few swallows I was confused. The flavor to me is backwards. The hops come first with a malty finish that's underwhelming. I think I'll pass in the future. (768 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my wife's cousin, Annie, for picking us up a sixer of this beer from the brewery. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a small Allagash tulip.

A: Very hazy orange body with little head that recedes quickly to leave small wisps floating in the center of the glass.

N: Citrus and pine balanced by a nice malt.

T/M: Crisp citrus and earthy pine dominate the flavor profile, backed by a nice biscuit-like sweetness. There is not much in the way of bitterness in the finish, but rather a lingering citric sweetness.

Overall, this is a bit of an underwhelming beer. I am not sure I would classify this as an English style IPA because of the immense citrus, but it is definitely not a strong AIPA. Honestly, this is just a bit one-dimensional. This beer is refreshing, but really just weighs in at average for me. (816 characters)

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I.P.A. from Eel River Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.