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Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.

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81
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-20-2011)
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1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -37.9%
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).

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the idea of Eel River, and keep trying them for the love of the idea. In reality, their beers--like Earth First--are good, but just don't seem to move to the next level. EF looks great in the glass--burnished copper DIPA with a fluffy off white head that hangs in forever and a thick lace. Excited at this point--and then the smell is big citrus and pine, and a funky stale. Maybe light struck, but doesn't seem to be that funk. Stale hop bite on the tongue with a metallic aftertaste. As always, I really want to like this beer, but just can't do it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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 jbird8
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
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 emilylee
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of EricCioe
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brodericksloth
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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 iadler
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Genghis22
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Richard-Carla
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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 ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up for $7.99, big mistake. Orange color, good head. Smells slightly like hops, a bit of malt, so boring. The flavor was clearly a DIPA but was so lacking in hop presence that I was really disappointed. Overall this was very boring and I'd like my $8 back. :(

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally feeling a bit back to normal. Think I can actually taste this brew tonight after a horrendous last few days...

The basics: $5.99/bomber and 8.2% ABV...

I have not had good luck with anything labeled as "organic" in the adult beverage World, so let's hope these guys change my mind...Their Triple Exultation was a disappointment (IMO) and also the Raven's Eye (again, IMO)...

Oh, and I need to mention I hate the freaking Philadelphia Flyers!! but not nearly as much as I hate Brett Hull and the Dallas Stars...

Good lookin' brew. A deep orange amber, nice carbonation. A fluffly head that leaves decent lacing. Good thus far!!

Aromas are atypical for a Lefty DIPA: more malt forward than I expected. Somewhat subdued all the way around - lacking in depth and complexity...

Flavor is a touch more bitter than the nose implies. Mouthfeel is where this really falls apart. It's really thin, particularly for a DIPA. I expected a fuller, richer brew, particularly given the malt forward aromas...Carbonation is nice in here as it helps to wash away the hop-bomb up front. Lots of hops in here, and they taste nice a "fresh"...A ton of grapefruit peel and pith, some caramel malt in the back. A bit par for the course, and not bad, but more body to this ale would help a lot. As it is it's a thin and hoppy ale. The ABV is completely masked in here, btw, so that's a plus...At this price point you can go Pliny and you're better off...

What I like most: The nice pour and "fresh" hops character...

What I like least: The light-bodied to thin mouthfeel.

Verdict: Probably the best ale I've had from Eel River, but needs some refinement...worth trying if you see it, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.