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Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.

Earth Thirst Double IPAEarth Thirst Double IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%


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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Catracho5

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:02:12 | More by Catracho5
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Richard-Carla

Florida

3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 23:42:43 | More by Richard-Carla
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:35:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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BucannonXC5

California

3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 07:24:15 | More by BucannonXC5
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 03:50:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jbird8

California

2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:59:06 | More by jbird8
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brodericksloth

Oregon

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:47:29 | More by brodericksloth
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:52:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:28:41 | More by nickfl
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Birrion


4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 17:31:34 | More by Birrion
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snaotheus

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:40:22 | More by snaotheus
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:53:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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Docer

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 05:59:48 | More by Docer
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -11%
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. :(

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:08:35 | More by ArrogantB
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

1442

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:46:38 | More by Bierman9
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MarkBlackout

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 16:31:30 | More by MarkBlackout
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:29:26 | More by FightingEntropy
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 13:41:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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KevinBrewer

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:56:46 | More by KevinBrewer
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:27:03 | More by Rutager
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Mora2000

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:54:15 | More by Mora2000
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iadler

Illinois

3.1/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:14:08 | More by iadler
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 05:06:32 | More by emmasdad
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.15/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 17:27:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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Genghis22

California

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:20:10 | More by Genghis22
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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.