Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: May 10, 2013
Consumed: May 10, 2013
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.
05-11-2013 07:24:15 | More by BucannonXC5
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-17-2012 20:40:22 | More by snaotheus
4.2/5 rDev +18.3%
- 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..
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
04-14-2012 05:59:48 | More by Docer
2.73/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
11-04-2011 01:29:26 | More by FightingEntropy
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
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!
04-25-2014 05:10:43 | More by whatthehull
3.23/5 rDev -9%
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.
04-17-2011 03:52:17 | More by SolomonGrundy
Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.