Emerald Triangle Pale Ale
Eel River Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #704
Ranked #16,822
4.01 | pDev: 9.48%
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Every detail of this dry-hopped pale ale has been deliberate and well considered. Loaded with Magnum, Simcoe, and Citra hops, it features a tropical fruit charater with hints of melon and citrus. IBU 40
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this really didnt do much for me, a rather generic ipa even though it sets up to be something a little more than that, its well made and all, but is really nothing out of the ordinary in terms of recipe or execution, and while its drinkable enough, its uninteresting and largely unremarkable. the hops arent obvious to me in terms of varietals, and the maltiness of the beer is relatively high, not sweet necessarily, but bready and a shade darker in color than i generally look for in a pale. there is high bitterness here too, which i think is needed for balance, but it makes it less nuanced on the hops side than maybe it would otherwise be. i taste one wash of bitter orange, pine, and an almost detergent intensity, and it comes all at once and then its kind of just bitter and samey, a forward climax, but not enough to make me want to order another pint. good carbonation always is appreciated in this style, and the relative dryness to finish is also good. kind of a woodsy vibe to the hops overall, maybe a better pale for fall than summer with the higher grain influence, but this didnt really turn me on at all. i feel like in this day and age, if you are going to use the same ingredients as everyone else, the beer has to stand out as awesome, at least from a quality standpoint, and this one really doesnt. not bad, but it could have come from anyone...

Jul 01, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze, a moderate effervescence and a finger of frothy ivory foam. Very standard but well-executed.

Smell: grassy hops over a mildly sweet malt base; uncomplicated but satisfying.

Taste: grassy hops, like the aroma, with a nicely fresh character; the malt is a bit sweeter in the flavor than in the aroma. Bitterness is mild but enough. Simple, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: nicely refreshing, if not especially remarkable. Definitely something you could have a few of in a sitting.

Jul 07, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint on tap THG.

Served a clear light golden with a thick frothy white head that never really faded all that much. A thick quarter inch of foam persisted damn near the whole beer through. Beautiful; great retention. Wispy sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: Fresh hop nose with notes of simcoe and citra. Fruity but dank and slightly herbal.
T: Crisp, clean, light pale malt backbone with fresh fruity/citrus hops. Sweet citrus juice and bitter clean citrus rind in the finish. Touch of herbal dankness in the aftertaste. Bitterness is refreshing. Just a hint of toast flavor as well.
M: Crisp light body with a dry and super drinkable and refreshing clean mouthfeel. Fuzzy and crisp carbonation. Easy to drink.
O: I love the light body on this. Very dry and crisp mouth with refreshing carbonation and clean hop bitterness. An excellent pale.

May 17, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From an undated 12 oz bottle. Also no ABV on the bottle, I thought that was required? Anyway, pours a pale yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head. Citrusy hop smell. Light feel with plenty of carbonation, easy to drink. Bright citrus and fruit flavors and a little bit of hop bitterness. Definitely on the lighter side, lives up to the session title. This would be a great summer beer.

Mar 20, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic citrus and tropical hop characteristics that make this one tasty, light, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 29, 2015
Emerald Triangle Pale Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 21 ratings