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IPA - Six Rivers Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 24.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Six Rivers Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-03-2003)
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Photo of KarlHungus
1.13/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch. There might be something else there, but if there is it is covered up by all of the butterscotch. The taste is even stronger in the butterscotch realm than the aroma. It is awful, and offensive. I really wish BeerAdvocate's ratings allowed me to give it a negative score, because this beer's taste truly deserves one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with virtually no carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, this is one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. This is the kind of beer I would wish upon my enemies.

KarlHungus, May 09, 2012
Photo of dubinsky
1.5/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

!2oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Poured into a C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a very dark, slightly hazy amber with a one finger head that doesn't wast any time sitting sticking around. No lace is visible after the head has receded.

Sl - The smell kinda reminds me of Alpine's Duet, which btw, i really don't care for. It has a really off-putting caramel and butter smell. Almost like a popcorn jelly belly tastes like. No pine or citrus or hop character for that matter.

T - I swear this is a Duet clone. Its got that same buttered popcorn flavor that i smelled earlier. Very caramel like and malted, with a very distinct British malt. I do get a slight hop bitterness, but the real dominant player here is that butteriness that i really dont like.

M - Medium bodied with to lower than average carbonation for this style.

D - I'm having a real hard time debating whether or not to dump this one. Its not the worst beer i have had, but im debating whether its worth the calories when i can reach into the fridge a pour myself something i know i will like. I will not buy this again.

dubinsky, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of largadeer
1.53/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at The Bistro in Hayward. Flat hazy amber appearance, low carbonation and no head.

Tons of diacetyl in the aroma, this is incredibly buttery. It has an off-putting ambiguous fruitiness as well, somewhat tart in character, along with crystal malt richness. Hops are barely noticed beneath it all.

It tastes fruity and faintly tart up front, with herbal hop bitterness and buttery slickness following. There's a strong caramelized malt flavor supporting it all, and not nearly enough hop flavor to provide any semblance of balance. This one needs some work, not an enjoyable beer at all.

largadeer, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -33.8%

dipso123, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap@Six Rivers, May 2004. Tinny, rusty, sharp flavoured pale ale. Hoppy as i was expecting (lychee,pine etc...). I just found it a bit ugly, more of a rough alcoholic bitterness, rather a softly hoppy aromatic bitterness, that you find in so many Pacific North West IPA's.

rastaman, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Hopstout
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Hopstout, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JohnF51
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

JohnF51, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of olmatty
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly clouded amber with a low white head. Aroma of decaying fruit, some spicy, vegetal hops. Flavor is creamy up front with a pronounced spicy hop bitterness and that rotting fruit muddles its way back in as weird flavor. Malt forward and a significant hop presence. Finish is dry with a very bitter and unpleasant long lasting hop finish. Something very wrong in ingredients or process here. This beer has more characteristics of amber than IPA.

olmatty, May 13, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Beerswag, May 02, 2013
Photo of crowsoup
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nice amber/copper pour could lead your expectations around the bend but don't let it unless you're hoping that the bend hides a cliff to walk off of. This IPA is a real let-down. I walked away with malt all over me, feeling slightly depressed, fooled and burnt. Of course the over-done taste of buttered toast might have had something to do with that...

crowsoup, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Has a dark copper kind of color going on here, a little darker than your average ipa. Thin head. Aroma wasn't hoppy. Disappointing.

Taste, hey cool, I guess I have to talk about the malt bill, because the hopping is almost non existant. And I get it, its an English IPA made in CA, but even for the style guidelines, this one is disappointing. The bitterness tastes like it comes from roasting of the malt moreso than any hop character. The metallic toasted malt flavor isn't doing me anything in the mouthfeel.

Was glad to finish this one. Not quite drainpour territory, but not impressive in the least either.

Beerandraiderfan, May 02, 2013
Photo of Irrigate
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I AM A HOPEHEAD I HAVE A BIAS.

No f'n bueno.

Smells just like a couple poorly planned all-extract homebrews that I've made. Bad malt plus a faint bit of hops. I don't like trying so hard to find the hop aroma in an IPA.

Tastes mostly of biscuity malt and finishes with a light boring hop flavor. Hardly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium. It does mask the 7.2abv well. If only the taste was tolerable.

Irrigate, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of artoolemomo
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

artoolemomo, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: surprisingly deep colored pour of burnt orange and hazy reddish yellows, close to amber. The head boasts a dark dingy cream color with a few solid sheets and blobs of lace connected around and about

S: the nose has a different aroma. Caramel is by and far one of the stronger whiffs with some faint roasted maltiness. Otherwise, my nose gathers smells of sugary lemons and soft metallic whiffs

T: well, this is to bad. First and foremost, a lemon sourness engulfs the tongue and is the defining character of this beer. Caramel sweetness is at every sip with just a hint of earthy hopped bitterness. Oh, and by the way, where are the malts?
This beer is a rather bland British type of IPA, if that is what they are going for? That sourness continues to linger and a new burnt leathery character develops on the tongue, not a fan

M: the body has some nice features with a medium style and feel. The carbonation is nice and tickles the tongue, close to creamy down the chugger

D: if anything they need to get some more hop notes and most importantly a hefty dose of malts. I find that lemon sourness a damper on the overall flavor. I find this one somewhere in between a wounded American IPA and a hobbling English IPA.
Another note, alcohol is nicely hidden

Magpie14, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

A: Dark amber red with thick white head which lasts a long time.

S: Smells of piney hops, a lot of grapefruit as well.

T: Weak, somewhat muted tastes of hops, a good bit of malt in the back.

M: Smooth, a bit watery, would like a little more robustness.

D: OK, not a really good IPA, but drinkable, pretty average.

Halcyondays, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of ackeeper
3/5  rDev -0.7%

ackeeper, May 22, 2013
Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -0.7%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -0.7%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of RootedFool
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. No freshness date.

A thin, greasy gray head barely makes a whimper. A faint ring of short lace wraps around the glass. The body is hazy, dark amber.

The smell is a one dimensional nudge of hops. Not much happening here.

The taste moves in with a greasy, close to watery mouthfeel, middling carbonation, and carries with it a rush of crusty hops
quickly obscured by the greasiness of the mouthfeel and the malts that are just too syrupy sweet.

Aftertaste is an unpleasantly grating bitterness with the malt sweetness playing a lame second fiddle. The tastes don't balance out.

This is clearly an attempt at an English style IPA, and not an American hop monster -- but it just doesn't work.

I like this much better on tap at the brewery, where the ambience of the bar (in downtown Eureka) magically improves the taste.

RootedFool, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a thin off-white head. Broken lacing sticks.

The smell is caramel/toffee forward with pine and hint of citrus in the back.

The taste is of caramel and pine with some citrus and doughy notes and fruity/peppery alcohol in the finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Texture is a bit raw.

This is more of a stronger amber if you ask me. Style aside the caramel/toffee masks the brightness of the hops. There is no freshness date, but liquid solutions (second time I've ordered from them) has been on-target with freshness. And, I wasn't surprised that it was caramel-malt forward from the color of it. Hops are there, and bitterness shows in the finish, but the malt character and alcohol showing just a bit too much even for abv put a dent in the hoppy character. It is listed here as an English IPA, but it doesn't have an English character per se, IMO. It's just mildly hopped (or, rather, masked). Not "off" or "inoffensive", just rather bland, especially for a West Coast IPA.

jwc215, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- bitter, burnt, toffeeish

color- dark copper

smell- roasted malt, slight chocolate

body- bitterness on the end of the tongue

overall impression- not a memorable beer and not true to the style in my opinion, there are better examples

notes- this review is for a 2003 vintage tasted in 2003

NorCalYeti, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Elimination
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

darkish brown
smell: bitter, metally
taste:more of a bitter but a slight metal taste iron?
drink: goes down good, higher abv, but the flavor doesnt stick

Might of been a bad batch, my wife didnt like it very much and she loves ipas so that is not the problem. They do have much better beers.

Elimination, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Tecate_Pablo
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Tecate_Pablo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of claytong
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - a dark tangerine in color, edges fading to yellow. small head with great lacing and nice activity

smell - caramel malts, biscuity malts, orange peel, floral, hops

taste - much the same with biscuit and hops coming in stronger...bitterness isnt the nicest

mouthfeel - cloying which is odd, quite sticky, good carbonation and good body but not very nice cloying.

claytong, Nov 08, 2011
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IPA from Six Rivers Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.