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Earth Thirst Double IPA - Eel River Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

KevinBrewer, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Rutager, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Mora2000, May 20, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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!

iadler, May 14, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  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.

emmasdad, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Genghis22, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

SolomonGrundy, Apr 17, 2011
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

barleywinefiend, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of route66pubs
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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

route66pubs, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

srandycarter, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

DearthVader, Mar 28, 2011
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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.