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IPA - Six Rivers Brewery

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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 15:38:24 | More by jwc215
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NorCalYeti

California

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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:42:07 | More by NorCalYeti
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 18:54:40 | More by Magpie14
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GClarkage

California

3.95/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/29/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Unfiltered deep caramel colored pour. Seems kinda lifeless at the beginning of the pour, but perks up and leaves a 1/4 inch head, but really no real lacing at all.

Smell- Nice sugary fruity nose. Kinda like a sugar coated tangerine. Definite caramel sugary malt nose as well.

Taste- Noticed the english style malted flavor. Nice and caramely, almost chewy. Hops are fruited, sugary and pretty bitter. More malted than hopped, but the bitter flavor makes you think otherwise.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation level. Thicker for an IPA, but not really heavy. Lasting and lingering light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad, for and English IPA pretty darn good. Not sure why all the sub par reviews. Found this brew perfectly fine and drinkable. Especialy for a brewery known for it's cider.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:29:49 | More by GClarkage
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Spikester

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with an off-white modest head and a good amount of lacings.
Aroma is sweet, floral.
Taste is rich bitter hops, some leather, smooth malts.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
Drinkability is marginal due to the 7.2 abv.
Overall a different hop taste than the usual West Coast IPA. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 10:32:01 | More by Spikester
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Irrigate

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 03:31:01 | More by Irrigate
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fuzzy ochre with blurry apricot trim. It looks like this will be one of those IPAs that favor caramel malt over pale. In spite of an increasingly elevated pour, the orange-ecru cap is only one finger in size. It makes up for it by being heavily creamy and by laying down a wide band of attractive lace... that really looks like lace.

As expected, there's plenty of caramel in the nose. Actually, the beer does smell more like an EIPA than an AIPA; and it's not just the Cutty Sark (or whatever sort of sailing vessel that is) on the label. The top end is occupied by citric fruity hops that could be American or could be Fuggles, it's hard to say.

Six Rivers IPA is definitely not among the top IPAs in the state of California, that much is certain. Having said that, it's a decent effort that is a few well-chosen tweaks away from being pretty good. I was going to say 'from being respectable', but it's already there.

First impressions: not enough barley, too much sourness, better than decent hop flavor. The lack of malt is noted most acutely in the mouthfeel, not the flavor profile. Each gulp delivers English toffee, orange marmalade on lightly toasted bread, unripe fruit and tea leaves. It's all semi-pleasant without being memorable.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side for an APA. Trouble is, this is a 7.2% IPA. Ain't no way this sucker is making the trip to Bombay intact. Again, more malt is needed. The bubbles are fine.

Six Rivers Brewery IPA needs a name change and a recipe change, both to something more exciting. My sense is that there's a pretty good India pale ale in here somewhere. Bottom line: not quite shipshape, but close.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 13:07:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Bottle Trek, poured into a Warsteiner Pilsner glass.

A - Color fades from a burnt reddish brown to a light golden brown. Fingertip of head, nice retention and lacing. Attractive presentation overall.

S - Faint yet pleasant aroma of cedar, citrus, and a slight bite of hops.

T - Initially a tad overwhelming, a clash of sweetness and raw bitterness, but then a second yeasty wave mellows it out and it finishes a bit malty. Both complex and balanced, very impressive.

M - Light bodied, carbonation was a bit high, and the aftertaste is bitter and almost sour.

D - Pretty good, an ideal dinner brew, and a great representation of the English style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 15:45:41 | More by PhageLab
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mnapier

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temp. 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 oz German Balloon.

Appearance is deep copper and hazy with a ring of mild white foam & a slight lace that etches across the glass.
Swirling the glass around across my nose I pick up mild pine, some spice, and a biscuit like sweetness.
As I sip it to my mouth, I inbibe a malt sweetness, with some biscuit, a slight hint of hops, with a little spiciness.
There is a mild like mouthfeel that is offers a light fare.

Overall, drinkable but would be lower if it was passing itself off as a northwest India Pale Ale.

Cheer

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 04:39:35 | More by mnapier
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 02:11:00 | More by Halcyondays
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mentor

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the Brewer's Association as a reward for some volunteer efforts for the upcoming 2006 GABF. I suspect that this bottle was left-over from the 2005 GABF is likely about a year old. Pours a half finger caramel head over a cloudy murky copper-brown liquid. Smells piney hops that are woody dry and tempered with oranges. Caramel is present, but quite modest. A touch of butterscotch and pineapple.

Tastes woody and piney hoppy with moderate hop bitterness. Malt sweet plays a nice supporting role and the finish was a pleasing estery. There is a bit of sherry-like oxidation that mixes with the pine hop flavor. Stronger and it would be unpleasant, but at this level it adds an interesting dimension. Halfway through the glass, I find the hops have a strong orange and tangerine flavor, as well as a bit of a dry tangy character (mango?). Mouthfeel is medium with some dextrinous qualities. Modest carbonation forms sharp tiny bubbles on the tastebuds.

This beer tastes like a mini american barleywine that's been aged a few years. Piney and sherry, but still sweet and fruity.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:14:17 | More by mentor
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 17:47:17 | More by rastaman
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clouded light coppery color with deep golden highlights along the edges with some hops bits floating around within and a cap of thin off-white tight foam. Lacing minimal in miniscule spots and a few thicker strings.

Aroma is pleasant of chips of dry wood with a few touches of tropical fruits lending pineapple & mandorine orange with a caramel drizzling of malts underneath, overall a sweeter, well rounded, kinda fruity, dry, lightly woody, pleasingly soft yet welcoming nose.

Taste is quite good too, not overly complex, good sense of wood characteristics mixing with a bit of fruits that bring some dulled grapefruit, lemon, and melon husk, yet the bittering takes both pine wood and grapefruit along for the ride where it stakes claim along a dryish pale malt backbone. It brings a favorable drying across the palate to end this nice IPA into a heavy-handed hop-sided scale. Its not overly hoppy but its hoppy enough with just the right amount of bittering effects taking place here and there, but seems to come through mostly in the finish.

Feel is medium bodied with a solid stated hop bite with just enough kick and pleasant mildness of drying all the way through. A nice drinkin' IPA, just enough hop fronting this brigade!
Thanks to xlperro for the samples!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 22:53:48 | More by tavernjef
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RootedFool

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2004 00:48:14 | More by RootedFool
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IPA from Six Rivers Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.