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Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sort of underwhelmed by this one, although a good ipa, it lack distinction from the millions of others out there just like it, aside from being organic, which I really cant taste uniquely ya know? it pours a nice red orange color, with some floating yeast bits and a luxurious white head that slowly recedes. the nose on it is big bitter hops and some alcohol. the grains deliver only a touch of honey sweetness to the nose, while the bitterness is entirely dominant. the flavor agrees, although the hops aren't super brutal on the bitter front. they have come light pine and grapefruit notes, but remain primarily a bittering agent. some caramel flavors in the grains, but not enough to offset the hops. the feel is heavy for me, a bomber is plenty of this stuff. it reminds me of something generic from lagunitas. creamy feel though, and happening carbonation. overall a satisfying ipa, refreshing and robust at the same time, but not something I will rush to buy again. it just doesn't have anything to set it apart from the crowd. again though, props for being organic and looking after the earth! (1,101 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper-amber body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent, spicy hops with notes of pine, orange, and a light sweaty note.

T - Sweet, thick toffee malt up front with notes of pine and sweaty hops. Some sweet caramel in the middle with peppery notes. Finishes with more sweet, sugary malt, peppery notes and lingering spicy-citrus hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is much more malty than I normally like hoppy beers to be but it works alright here. The dark sugar is overly sweet though and it kind of obscures the hops so that the flavor doesn't quite live up to the pleasant aroma. (730 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +27%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (558 characters)

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

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a nioe white cap

S: Some booze, citrus, caramel

T: A bready and caramel malt, some Earthiness, citrus and mild bitterness

M: Medium body, good feel.

O: Pretty good, above average and drinkable (252 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
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). (810 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, piny and resinous hops, peach and apricot.
Similar flavours with a big clean malt presence, massive piny and spicy hops along with softer fruit hops. (208 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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. :( (270 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of srandycarter
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (384 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.39
Purchased: May 10, 2013
Consumed: May 10, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange murky color with two fingers of khaki white head. Nice foamy coat of lacing on the sides all the way down. Very good retention on the top as well.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, sweet floral hops and citrus hops (orange, tangerine and orange rind) with a thick malt and honey backbone.

Tasted a strong whiff of alcohol to start. Definitely not hidden. Seemed to then go right into a bitter finish. In between was earthy, grainy, bready malts with some citrus notes (still getting orange rind, tangerine and orange).

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Not too bad, especially for the price. Pretty good value here. That being said, I am a bit sick as a rate this so maybe I’m just out of it. (944 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy coppery orange color with a medium tan head. Smell is mild but crisp and floral. Taste is over-the-top hoppy, not enough maltiness to back it up. Lots of grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Overall, not a bad beer. (300 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of anon
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. First go from Eel River.

Smell is rather subdued, the hops come through light, with some pine and grapefruit notes. Nothing too flashy here.

Taste is also subdued, the hops in this dipa are very toned down, and the earthy maltiness comes through the stronger. Bitter pine and grapefruit are most present, very slight citrus but the malt backbone in this mellows the hop bitterness and makes for an unbalanced feel in the mouth.

Wouldn't go out of my way for this dipa, but I'll be trying more from this brewery. (527 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.74/5  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. (558 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/wine/tulip glass

A - Pours a very beautiful bubbly almost opaque grapefruit/orange California sunset, one finger off white head and a tiny bit of sticky

S - Beautiful citrus, huge sweet, huge malt, very earthy, brown sugar, woodsy, crisp water, yeast funk, biscuit as well, a bit floral, nice hop note under lying everything and smells down right lovely.

T - Huge punch you in the face floral/citrus hops, nice earth and wood, delicious sweet malts and grains, very nice bigger than I thought but amazing booze note, refreshingly crisp water, yummy sugar, a nice pungent yeast note and just all around nice

M - Full bodied, well balanced, perfect complexity, medium plus acidity and a very nice from start to finish hoppy/malty/boozey/sweet finish

D/O - This is a fantastic beer. Never mind the organic symbol, this just is flat out a craft beer at it's finest. Has everything I love about an IPA/DIPA and still overly refreshing. Really a joy this one. If you love IPA, you'll love this, May not be for the hop novice though.

Final thoughts - $8 is a bit high, but I live in an expensive part of CA, so everything is a dollar to five more than anywhere else. Great 8.2% abv, though it does taste a bit higher. Just a warning for those of you that don't like the sugary boozey luxuriousness! (1,321 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,703 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
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! (651 characters)

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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.