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Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mcallister on 02-20-2011

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by Richard-Carla:
Photo of Richard-Carla
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love double IPAs... especially the ones that have a higher alcohol content, but are able to mask that with an almost whiskey-like smoothness. Unfortunately, the Earth First Double IPA doesn't bring the alcohol content typical of an Double IPA, and falters when compared to top IPAs.

The smell of this beer is amazing... floral, clean, crisp--almost perfect. The taste, though, is exceedingly sharp... almost hard to take. It's typical of what I've found in young breweries, where the focus is on producing a style without concern for producing the best of the style. I wouldn't consider it a Double IPA, and it's really an "ok" IPA--something that I would drink, but not seek out or order.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the cotton candy, citrus and bread notes. I get a lot of sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is a mix of bitter pine and grass from the hops as well as some bready malt. I also get some floral notes and a tad bit of butter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant copper tinted amber under a 2” pure white foam cap that leaves intricate lace patterns on the glass.
S: Floral and citrus, malt, fruit
T: Fruit, peaches, citrus, malt, caramel, orange with a citrus rind bitter finish.
M: medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Good balance between the malt and the hops making for a drinkable DIPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.19/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Decent orange color, almost 1" of larger bubbled head. Not much for retention or lacing, but I'm a sucker for orange colored ipas. Aroma, ugh, where's the hops man? Bleh, some very mild hop aroma I guess if you look for it, not exactly inspiring in a dipa when you have to search and search for some semblance of hop presence. Seriously, I smell more hops in some pilsners.

Taste, same thing, sure there's plenty of bitterness, but hop flavor and mouthfeel? Fuggetaboutit. If you only like the taste of copper and bitterness, this is the beer for you. I guess it didn't really come out strong with the alcohol, but who cares, it lacked what it should display most prominently. When its not in the nose or tongue, jeez, what are we doing here?

$8 down the drain (not really, I used it for corn on the grill).

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep caramel amber bodied with a light tan head formin thick and billowing above the rim of my chalice, very nice look to it. Aroma has citrus layers of malts imbedded in it, with pine and caramelized malt sugars noted. Almost more of a barleywine when I smell it but after first taste I realize it is a barleywine light with less alcohol but much similar flavors. Caramelized malt sugars run across the palate with big citric and pine notes that bring out an earthy quality about this beer that is definitely enjoyable and admirable at the same time. Mouthfeel is resinous with hops and earthy (marijuana) like character a fine even keeled malt presence super sweet but balanced with hop bitterness. Enjoyable from beginning to end, the type of beer that I really enjoy especially when harvested from the West Coast.

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, amber gold with a finger of sticky pale yellow head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Caramel, a little toasted grains and pink grapefruit.

Taste. Nice toasty caramel grains and decent piney, grapefruity hops. Nice bitter citrus rind finish. Lighter in taste than some dipas, but not a negative. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice DIPA. Another random grab from a Seattle Whole Foods that turns out to be a winner.

Photo of Catracho5
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. No code date on it, not that I could find, so I am not sure how fresh the beer is.

Appearance: Pours an orange color with a nice creamy head. Lots of tiny bubbles, some lacing on the glass.

Smell: For a double IPA I was expecting more hop aroma, but again I am not sure when the beer was brewed and bottled, some piney citrusy notes, I think this is faint for a double IPA.

Taste: I was also expecting more from the taste but it is smooth, hop flavors up front, then some bitterness. The bitterness is not up to par for a double IPA. I have other double IPAs with some bitterness that is noticeable up front. Nice malt on the backend of the palate, I am getting more of piney or earthy flavor than citrus notes on the hops. I don't notice a heavy alcohol taste. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy head, not a lot of oily or resiny hop feel, it's smooth.

Overall: Falls short of what I think a double IPA is but it's drinkable and I would purchase this in a six pack if it were available. I paid $6.99 for a 22 ounce bomber. It's good. I have had other double IPAs that are superior to this but this is not bad.

Photo of Docer
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)

- This is a rather dark amber brew. Light hue to a mostly clear brew from the bomber. Foamy thick inch of head settles to a very even thin blanket of ultra-light tan head, large spotty ring in the glass..

Smell: (4.0)

- This has a really nice smell to it. Caramel malt, husky grain, bready cinnamon dessert quality to it, while balanced with a pine, grassy, and floral hop arrangement. This smells super solid and balanced, and both the malt, and hop aromas are unique to their own.

Taste: (4.5)

- Great bready caramel malt and fine malt. This isn't as sweet as I was expecting. That is a good trait. The bitter grassy hop is just right to balance the malt forward kick. This double IPA has balance written all over it as far as flavor. Light alcohol, and still an oat-like cinnamon dessert flare which is so subtle.. but perfect. I must have got a good bottle.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is a well rounded, full bodied double IPA. Its bitterness lends a dry feel, with a cloying, and chewy finish. This is a bit of a meal in a glass. Great.

Overall: (4.0)

- This is another one of those brewers that I rarely visit a beer from. I see their bottles on the shelves often, and am afraid that when I return to those outlets, they are the same bottles. I got this one fresh and new, and really dig it. It is dangerously drinkable, and I bet is a killer treat on tap. Certainly worth the purchase.

Photo of DearthVader
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip

Picked this up on whim at Whole Foods yesterday. It's my first experience with an organic brew.

Great color to this beer. A deep amber glow that is slightly see through. The head is almost non existent with just an off white crown that sticks around until the end.

Smell is very floral with hints of hops with a good swirl.

Taste is very piney with a very bitter, hoppy finish. Comes off a little tart. I wish there were more complexities to this beer. Not much to it. Pine and hops.

Extremely high carbonation level. Definitely the most carbonation in any DIPA that I've had. Very light feel to it and it goes down smooth. Highly drinkable.

My overall impression is a little underwhelmed. I'm all for simple beers but I feel this needs a little more added to it. I'm not sure if I'll search this one out again. Possibly a good beer to drink during a cookout. The 8.2% ABV is practically unnoticed.

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I get this for $4.99 on 52nd street and Evanston here in Indianapolis. I love Earth Thirst 2IPA! Smell is soft malt, taste is a total hop bomb. dry, citrusy, herbal. A winner! I can't understand the mediocre reviews for this beer. It's not to be missed, as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of iadler
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks for this extra Brian!

A- Pours a clear amber with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. No sign of lacing.

S- Caramel and toffee malt. Some pine follow as well as faint citrus notes.

T- Lot's of pine followed by some grapefruit and lemon zest and a good amount of sweet malt. Finishes with a pretty boozy finish.

M- High carbonation, actually too high for a DIPA. It's slightly oily and not really a smooth and creamy mouthfeel you can find in some other DIPA's.

O- While certainly not a bad DIPA, it lacks the complexity and mouthfeel that I look for in the style.

Thanks again Brian!

Photo of jbird8
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz Bottle
A- Appearance is a murky golden copper. Finger head on a 16 oz pour.

S- For a double the smell is not as abundant as expected.

T- Taste is what is expected from a standard IPA. No surprises,

M- A bit thick on entry with a subtle punch, again not as expected with an IPA.

O- Expected a bit more from this beer, probably will not purchase again.

Photo of Birrion
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz. bottle from the Earth Origins grocery store yesterday. The fact that this is an organic beer is what caught my eye. I must say that I am a big fan of big beers, especially Double IPA's and IPA's.

While the color, pour, taste, and smoothness of this brew are all above par, the thing that I like most about this beer is I noticed chocolate-like smell that you would get from a stout.

Highly recommended for the IPA lovers out there.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cereal grains and a small hop. In the taste, cereal grains, a bit earthy, and small boozyness. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and boozy aftertaste. OK, really boozy and no big hops at all.

Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap up at Hops & Pie, early last week. Poured a nice orange color with a medium sized white head. Aromas of citrus peel, pineapple and light malt. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of grapefruit, earth and light malt.

Photo of route66pubs
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Tonys Darts Away in Burbank.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a thin off-white head. Halfway through the head is gone but good glass lacing remains on the tulip glass.

Virtually nothing in the aroma ecxept a slight caramel / malt. Largely disappointing.

I cannot say this is great but there is some grapefruit and pine from the hops and caramel from the malts. Bonus points here for being extremely well balanced from front to back.

The good balance leads to a nice, crisp, bitter mouthfeel from front to back with a good bite at the back.

Will I have this again? Probably. Will I ever seek it out? No. It is quite enjoyable but not at all memorable

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at Vine Street Pub for Earth Day. $6/half pint is way too much for this beer.

Pours a light caramel golden color. Looks nice with a slightly creamy white head.

Aroma is mostly malt and "dusty". Not sure what I mean by that. Maybe earthy. Not sure, but something is different. Slight grapefruit and citrus aromas.

The caramel and biscuit bakcbone is the strong point to the beer, yet it's not sturdy enough. The hops are over powered still. This has a decent bite to it and nice finish. Overall, this DIPA doesn't seem too 'double' in malt or hops.

Photo of srandycarter
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty amber, somewhat murky, lots of head that stays for a spell. Plenty of cling lace as well.

S - Not much to the smell. Kind of musty, with a faint malt underneath.

T - Not over the top blow you up hops, but pretty solid malt happening. Tasty although not to style in my mind.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, easy enough balance.

D - On the plus, super easy to drink!

Photo of Genghis22
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep caramel color with a golden creamy head. Very clear, with some visible carbonation. Very little lacing.

S - Lots of caramel malt. Light whiffs of lemon grass and sweet citrus go along with the very sweet malt aromas. Seems like this will be a very balanced DIPA.

T - Sweet bready malt. Sweet citrus from the hops, but not very strong. The hops are subdued, and not the show piece of the beer, which is what I expect from a DIPA. The aftertaste provides some much needed bitterness. The alcohol dries the tongue and is slightly evident in the aftertaste.

M - The highlight of the beer. Good full body mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O - Meh. Eel River continues to "play it safe" and not push the envelope at all. Their beers have the potential to be so much more. The only thing that makes this a "DIPA" is the abv, which is hidden fairly well. So many other good examples of this style out there, I'll pass on having this again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of FleasandLice
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeu de mots.....Pours like the rain falling in an old growth forest with subtle fragrant notes of dumpstered bagel and carhart with a hint of patchouli. At first taste one is reminded of scabies and dirt with an intricate lacing pattern left on the glass reminiscent of Edward Abbey's beard. An interesting beer, one that has been well received by the oi polloi.

Photo of avwrite
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden color. Not as dark as I thought it would be, but good amber glow.

S - Nothing that stands out, but certainly decent in hops.

T - Run of the mill IPA taste. Not too bitter, but a bit lacking in flavor.

M - Not exactly a great after taste. Lingers in the mouth for a bit.

O - Pretty decent overall. Not the greatest, but certainly not the worst.

Photo of brodericksloth
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

figs, raisins, burnt toffee malty taste

not much head disappears fast; no lacing

lingering aftertaste of figs

reddish coppery color

not my style...like the cleaner approach for DIPA; tastes like it might have got cooked on the loading dock. thought it might have gone bad, almost poured it out

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Vibrant orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a mossy covering, leaving patchy lacing down the glass.

N- Soft, pleasant vanilla oakiness to the nose. Muted caramel maltiness underneath with a slight metallic twang to it. Really a subtle aroma, but the vanilla is nice.

T- Definitely tastes like an oak-aged beer. Dry and crisp toasted malt backbone with tons of oak and pine providing a strong bitterness. Subtle vanilla accents and a touch of citrus keep the dry bitterness from becoming overwhelming. The hops turn chalky into the long, bone-dry finish of bitter pine and oak. Some dry toasty malt and peppery alcohol in the finish as well.

M- Medium bodied with a slickness from the alcohol. Moderate to high carbonation with a bone-dry finish.

D- Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Very dry, bitter, and oaky, which is refreshing for a double IPA. I would love to try a dry-hopped version of this, as the aroma was really the weakest aspect of the beer.

Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at the Georgetown Deli on 25JAN12 for $8.99 and quaffed it yesterday, 12FEB12...

Poured into an imperial nonic, the bier was a bright honey color with a bit of cloudiness. Carbo was abundant and steady, while the head was quite thin and off-white, with a little lace here and there. Aroma had a touch of caramel and some mild, sweet citrus. Body was about medium, and it felt a little light and airy on the tongue.

Flavor had some mild sweetness, with some caramel and toasty notes present. Ofsetting this was some citrus, which included apricot along with rindy, piney bitterness. Not a whole lot going on here, in this slightly above average DIPA. Prosit!

3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.