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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Eagle Rock Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SShelly on 08-14-2010

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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of ElSid
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#45

Bottled Date: None

A: Golden orange with that expected off white head of foam. This brew has minimal, if any, haziness, and the head slowly fades to a thin sheet of white which sticks around for the duration.

S: Mostly earth, stone, and bread. There is hint of sweetness along with some flowers, lemon rind, and dried leaves.

T: Strong malt presence for a West Coast IPA: caramel syrup sweetness, oven baked bread, grain, and sugar. The malt is paired with dried leaves, flowers, grass and a citrus presence that is mostly of lemon with hints of grapefruit. There are hints of pineapple that comes through the moderate hop bitterness and the finish is dry with a clove bite.

M: The feel is medium with good linger and activating carbonation which is all on par for the style.

O: An interesting concoction that is bright, balanced, and unique. This IPA is both surprising and memorable and is evidence that Eagle Rock is fast becoming one of the elite LA microbreweries.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle to Pint Glass.

A- A nice hazy golden tone, a tad more than a fingers width head that settled after a few minutes to leave a little cap on the beer. Great lacing, stuck to the glass well. It looks very inviting.

S- Maybe I grabbed an older bottle but the smell wasn't there too much for me. Kinda bready, grapefruit citrus slightly aggressive bitter hop smell on top of it all.

T- Grapefruit from beginning to end. Not too malty, not too bitter and a lemon grassy hop balance to it. Some caramel/toffee notes are revealing themselves here and there if you look for it. All the flavor bottoms out too fast for me, but the citrus lingers on your tongue for a short while.

MF- Medium thick body, light syrup feel. Dry spice to it as well. Just okay for an IPA.

O- This is a decent IPA. Very subtle but it grabs you with its mild flavor just enough. If you are looking for something with high IBU try a different beer, if you're new to IPAs also try another... This is something you can appreciate if you like your indians but something I don't think you should go out of your way for. Luckily I work at a craft beer store and get 20% off :) It's good though, and I had to finally try Eagle Rock Brewery since they are the local boys and I lived VERY close to them. I definitely been spoiled to aggressive ales though so this is just par for me. ;)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a deep orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention leaving some splotches on top. Sticky lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Just a bit of grapefruit rind and orange upfront with a nice piney aroma at the end.

T: A bit of grapefruit, orange, and citrus upfront. There is a hint of mint in the midpalate and some pine on the finish. A bit of grainy malt as well.

M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, easy drinking with a nice flavor profile. Thanks again James.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman for this one. 32oz. growler into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange-gold. Lacing is thick and layered with really good cling. Considering the serving type, the appearance and carbonation are fantastic.

Nose is burnt rubber and grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet and moderately aromatic but awkward.

Opens exceptionally sweet. Cane sugar, honey, boozy sugar, and vanilla. Hop bitterness expresses itself towards the middle and end. Malt backbone is very prominent. Finishes citrus and hop bite with a sweet, filmy aftertaste. Delicious!

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and refreshingly crisp going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Again, considering the serving style, this is exceptional.

A real big surprise here. This is one of the most solid IPAs I've come across in a long time. Good balance that leans toward the malt profile. Very drinkable with robust, full flavor. Could easily finish a growler in one sitting!

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a half-pint at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood and found it to be a pretty tasty IPA, on par with some of the best in the style. I always appreciate IPA's that can stand out and this had a much spicier character than most American pales. Sure, the usual citrus was there, but there was a mild herbal character that defined the beer in a delicious way. The body was a appropriately thick for the alcohol (it was a touch chewy, but still drinkable). Check this beer out if you can.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden-copper color with a foamy off white head, that was partly the result of a slightly rough pouring from a full growler and only having 2 hands. Growler was filled today 1/30/11 at the brewery.

Citrus heavy aroma, honestly I get a fair amount of lemon out of it as well as some grapefruit, and a clean white sugary hint of sweetness.

Quite dry, only as small amount of sugar cookie sweetness is noticed, otherwise it is all about the hops- piney, grapefruit heavy taste with a pleasant amount of bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol. Clearly a West Coast IPA, no overbearing caramel taste, and fulfills my expectations for the style.

Well carbonated, medium bodied and not syrupy at all.

Very easy to sit back and drink, I will definitely be returning to the brewery to refill this growler and most likely I'll be getting more of this IPA. Very well done West Coast IPA, a showcase for American hops, it checks in at 7% ABV, and was brewed a few miles away. I've been following Eagle Rock Brewing since before they opened their doors and brewed their first batch, today was the my first actual visit to their facility. And I am eager to see what they will do, especially with those sour beers they're aging in wine barrels...

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange tinged golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of clean hops with citrus and pine notes.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with pine and grapefruit that leaves a moderate bitterness. Malts come in to balance things out with a toffee sweetness and bready character accompanied by a creaminess. Finishes with a bitter note and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA worth a try, but nothing special.

Photo of robear
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into double walled glass.

Appearance: Straw gold with slight haze. Two fingers of head dissipates to one finger and then none after a few sips. Quickly swirls up again.

Smell: Sweet haystacks, tangerine, pineapple. Pale malts not completely over powered.

Taste: Excellent balance between hops and malt. Mostly fruit (papaya?) with a hint of pine that might be more prevalent when fresh. Good malt finish gives the palate something to think about before the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. At 7% it feels heavier than other beers at this abv. I don't mind that, but it does coat the mouth a little- might have something to do with the haze. They were going for "breadiness" and it comes through most in the mouthfeel.

Overall: I was expecting a forgettable experience based on most other 80-85 BA beers I've had. This bottles is 2 months old and still holds up really well. Not only do I think this is a very good example of a malty West Coast IPA, I think it ranks up above Green Flash West Coast, probably because it takes malts a bit more seriously. If you like hoppy IPA's but want a bit more body, this is a good beer to try.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz swingtop Eagle Rock growler into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for sending this home from LA!

A: Pours a clear and bright honey-gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy and pillow-y off white head on top. Retention was excellent and some gorgeous lace patterns were left to decorate the inside of the glass. Carbonation was perfect!

S: Interesting Noble hop aroma when first poured. Spicy and dry (if that's something you can smell). As it warms, the hops take on a fruity, almost gummy bear-like juicy fruitiness. Pretty neat.

T: See above. Juicy fruit hops that pick up some toasty caramel malt and honey.

M: Dry and spicy with a full-on peppery prickliness that lingers for days.

O: A very strong effort. By the end of the growler we were hoping for a bit of pine for balance, but realized that that probably wasn't what the brewer was going for. An exceedingly well made IPA that held quite well considering its' voyage through the USPS and a few days in the fridge.

Photo of RexF
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

California style IPA delivered with everything you could ask for, but could use a little more body, and the one I had at the brewery was a little murky.

I love the smell and the flavor, and i think I may have gotten a bottom of the keg pour, because from reading other reviews, people like the way this looks and I can't say I did.

No question I would order it again. In fact next time i'm at the brewery, this is probably what I'll fill the growler with.

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Rock n' Fish, this was the recommendation for a spicy meal.
Slightly hazy, golden orange with a slightly off white head. Settles to a film, thin rings of lace.
Smell is of some pine and herbal hops.
Taste is of pine, some citrus, and herbal hops. Well balanced with some malt flavor to finish. There is a nice hoppy bitterness that hangs around between each sip.
Lower level of carbonation keeps it smooth and on the creamy side. Medium bodied . Overall, this is a good IPA with a very nice flavor, that cut the spice and was a great compliment to the meal.

Photo of CA_brewster
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellowish copper color with not much of a head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy but quite mild. I was expecting more. Taste is piney, slightly citrusy and has some definite hop bitterness.
I like that the malt backbone of this beer is subtle as this is perfect for showcasing a blend of hops and delivering a broad spectrum of delicious hoppy characteristics. That being said there is not enough depth to the hoppy characteristics of this particular beer to merit this and as a result the beer is somewhat bland. It's lacking particularly in flavor but also in aroma. Overall this is no masterpiece of a beer but it is an entirely drinkable brew, even quite enjoyable if it's a nice, fresh bottle. I will buy it again to support an LA brewery.

Photo of t420o
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Eagle Rock Populist west coast IPA

A- pour priduces a nice 2 finger off white/light tan head resting on a deep gold colored body that is hazy and has some light brown hues. Great head retention and nice lacing. Looks great but the greatness ends right there.  4.5

S- some floral hops, sweet malt, light alcohol, lightly bitter. Smell is a little faint and doesn't have that juicy citrus hop smell I expect from "west coast IPA's" 3

T- taste is too malty for a west coast ipa. Caramel malt dominates at the beginning allowing some bitter hop taste and floral hops to come tbrough a bit. Again no real citrus or resiny flavor. Too sweet but not bad. Definitely no west coast IPA, that's for sure. 3

M- good carbonation. Body is slightly thick for the style. 3.5   

O- a good beer but a fail for the style and a disappointment for me because I was craving a real hoppy IPA and normally a west coast IPA would do the trick. My first offering from EAgle Rock brewing. Let's hope it gets better from here. Drinkability is ok, but I'm going to detract based on a style comparison.  2

C-

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden amber with a fluffy white head.

S; Smells nice and citrusy with lots of floral and spicy hops.  A fair amount of bready malts along with some light pine and toffee sweetness. Not an overly impressive aroma, but decent.

T: The nose starts off with light citrus hop notes and a moderate caramel and toffee sweetness.  Floral hops and some spicy hop notes as well.  There is only a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

M: Both the body and carbonation are medium.

O: This is a pretty good beer, but it's not an amazing beer.

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey, amber color with a thick three finger white head. Head retention is amazing. The lacing around the glass is some of the thickest I've ever seen. Really nice looking poured right out of the bottle.

S - Very muted hops. A little bit of biscuity malts and toffee. Not a whole lot going for the nose of this IPA.

T - Tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, some pineapple. Not picking up much in the line of the bitter fruits. Pretty sweet, but very easy to drink. If you don't like the real bitter IPAs this may be the choice for you. After taste is pretty similar to my initial impression.

M - A little oily. Nice body with little carbonation to show for.

O - Pretty standard IPA that would be amazing if it had some bitterness thrown in.

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1320th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

No bottle date
Purchased for $5.99 @ Walnut Liquorette

App- A dark orange with a yellow bottom. Only a 1 finger white fluffy bubbly head.

Smell-  A creamy hoppy aroma with a nice pine undertone. Not overpowering at all. Nice fruit flavors with a bit of orange vs. tropical

Taste- A really nice beer. Has a ton of layers behind it. A small hoppy beer with a good creamy citrus flavor. No sign of the 7%. Nice balance. Ill have to find more.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium carbonation. A creamy hoppy flavor with only a small malty bitter.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. Especially with a nice grilled ribeye to accompany it. I would like another one.

Photo of kojevergas
1.97/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: A great floral hop aroma. Clean pleasant malts. Hints of pine and citrus. A surprisingly appealing aroma for an IPA. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hops - both bittering and floral. Entirely too bitter. Horribly balanced for an IPA. Awful stale grapefruit notes. Bad cream. Clean malts. Poorly built for an IPA. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I don't like it. Not subtle or complex; it beats you over the head with hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. The thickness and carbonation are both off.

Dr: Hard to drink due to the badly balanced and executed flavour profile. Hides its ABV well to its credit. This beer represents precisely what I hate about IPAs. The brewers need to learn how to balance.

D-

Photo of MrTopher
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey golden color. Pours with a 1-inch head, but dissipates quickly.

S: Sent of pine and flowery hops. No citrus smell at all. The pine smell dominates.

T: Big pine and floral taste, limited malt flavor, all hop presence.

M: Good carbonation, decent mouth feel for a single IPA

D: Very drinkable. I could drink it all day!

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The usual orangey amber, but with a very substantial head and well carbonated in the mouth.

Lighter body than some of these 7 percent IPAs. Thoroughly hop-centric with some floral notes and plenty of resins. Settles into a spicy bitterness that holds on like a big-jawed dog. Some fruity notes and a modest sense of malt. Some grapefruit peel in the finish.

A very drinkable IPA. Unpretentious, simple, plenty bitter, and well made. Not much different from many others, though they do a great job on the carbonation. Bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego, 22 oz.

Photo of route66pubs
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured today at the brewery.

Pours a deep orange, with a nice thick white head. Head has good retention on the glass. Light easily seeps through the orange haze of the body of the beer.

Citrus - primarily grapefruit - abounds in the aroma, permeating out even before your nose gets close to the Stone IPA pint glass.

Citrus abounds in the flavor as well. Pure hoppy goodness here with little or no malt flavor around. This certainly is your west coast IPA.

Decent crispness, good hop bitterness. Enjoyable to be sure, but it seems like MAYBE, just maybe, it could have a slightly higher carbonation level.

This certainly goes down well, and that 7% is not even noticeable, for better or worse. This is definitely an easy-drinking West Coast IPA.

Photo of MEsoJD
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a generic tulip glass]

I: I picked this up due to a recommendation at Whole Foods. I figured I would also support close breweries. I may have to lay off West Coast Ipas... it's a style that I'm starting to get too accustom to. Anyway, lets see it ERB take on the style is satisfactory.

B: [7% ABV. 22 Fl. OZ. May 2012 bottle] The bottles label will be the first thing to draw you in. It's a quite attractive label with a good quality feel to it. Includes an adequate amount of information, including a small back story (always appreciated). So it is definitely eligible on the looks front for my beer trophy shelf, but we know that's not enough.

A: A hazy orange/slightly transparent body with a fluffy head (moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, and earthy/grassy malt (sweet sense is minimal).

T: Spicy hops complimented by grapefruit and earthy sweet malt with a sharp sour back bone.

M: Crisp finish, med bodied, med carbonation, and apparent alcohol.

O: As you can see, this isn't a totally predictable WIPA. It's an interesting take, but not what I would consider to be favorable to the style. My biggest gripes were on the smell and taste fronts. I like my ipas to smell sweet, and I really find the sour twist to be off putting (though I like sour in the appropriate context). With all of that said, it's not a bad beer. I appreciate the interesting take on the style, it just wasn't for me. Definitely worth a try. I can see many people split between this brew. Til next time.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great IPA right in Los Angeles. Outstanding beers at this place.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eagle Rock Brewery. Amarillo, Citra, Summit, and Centennial hops, are used in this brew.

Spicy herbal nose.

Bitter, long finish; moderately astringent.

Medium carbonation and body; creamy.

This brew is much better as it warms up. Low to moderate sweetness with some grapefruit citrus, slightly floral, average hop character for the style. Finishes a little harsh but a pleasant beer nonetheless.

Photo of BRANDY818
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like it on nitro even better than normal.

Looks really nice with the thick cascading ntro head and gradients of yellow to white from glass bottom to top.

Nice American hope aromas but not too aromatic, maybe that's the nitro affect, not sure.

Hop forward and hop dominated flavor with a nice lightly cereal underscore.

Love the rich smooth nitro mouthfeel.

Great Socal IPA

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some pine and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of the pine, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with some honey and malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers 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 good IPA with a better flavor than smell in my opinion.

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Populist from Eagle Rock Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.