Triple Exultation | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of chumba526
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appears brown with a sizeable tan head.

It smells strongly of caramel, toffee and sugar. There is a strong raw alcohol smell to the beer as all. The smell is not giving me a strong feeling of joy.

It tastes sweet and malty as hell. A strong sweet flavor comprised of caramel and toffee comprises the sweet flavor. The sweet flavor is a bit rough to handle. The sweetness is slightly balanced by a bit of a citrus flavor provide by hops. The citrus flavor takes away some of the overbearing caramel flavor. there is a slight bitter taste in the finish.

The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability is not very good. The sweetness effects the drinkability is a negative way. I made it through the beer but it was not enjoyable.

Overall I find the beer to be overly sweet and rough around the edges. This was not undrinkable but it was not very good.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a very dark ruby with a frothy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is a mix of dark toffee malts, citrusy hops, booze and a touch of diacetyl. Taste starts off with some dark malty sweetness but is interrupted by some harshly bitter hops (which give flavors of citrus and lots of aspirin), out-of-place butter, and medicinal alcohol. Finishes sweet like drinking a piloncillo syrup. Mouthfeel is full, slick, and oily. This could use a decade or so to rest. Heavy handed, to say the least with no subtle nuances at all. Nearly a drain pour, but I want to get my buzz on.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another organic bomb. Pours a murky reddish-brown, with no head. Reminiscent of rusty water. Ethyl alcohol, caramel, and the smell of burnt sugar. Viscous, soilid mouthfeel has me looking up, maybe the taste will redeem this one. Nope. Raisins, prunes, and malt doused in alcohol and molasses. This is like one of those nightmarish Christmas homemade candied plums. Boooo.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Average appearance for an ale, slightly hazy with an unfiltered appearance.

Smell: Semi sweet and caramely in smell, nothing overwhelming, very blah.

Taste: A semi sweet caramel like the smell, nothing to write home about, very average/below average for an ale.

Mouthfeel: Semi mild and peppery, finishes with a warm "hot" feel.

Overall: ABV saves the beer, It does pack a punch and is a decent overall, but Eel River doesn't really do much for me, they are a good decent brewery with their heart in the right place. This beer is a slightly better one of theirs.

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Photo of beerman33
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Hangar 24 2nd Anniv tulip.
A - maple and slightly unfiltered
S - bit weak, bread, apple
T - malt followed by dried fruit. The hop bitterness comes through to attemt to round out the beer but seems to fail. I normally like a booze feel, but this is too overwhelming for me for the style.
M - consistency but really just overwhelmed by booze so it loses me
D - Just did not do it for me. I am not looking for a sessionable beer when drinking Old Ale, but you should want to finish the glass. Not this time.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Certified Organic... //007!!!11

Pours with a certain thickness into my glass. Pretty much no head whatsoever. It also appears to be unfiltered as it looks like pond water. Not so good looking to be honest. However, I smelled it as soon as I began the pour. Smells like fusel alcohol with a ton of hops and nutty grain to try to cover it up. After you get past the boozy smell you begin to notice more subtle notes of vanilla and raisin. I guess it smells a little like North Coast Ole Stock Ale, but much less body and malt backing and more heartburn-inducing booze. (Rum I think...)
As far as taste.
It is burning hot with alcohol. My first thought is: How can North Coast make an old ale that looks better, smells better, and tastes smooth and rich that is also 3.55% ABV MORE than this beer? (the '06 was 13.25% ABV)
This needs to be laid down for a few years and revisited when the more complex alcohols have time to think about what they've done...
I know that the flavor potential is in there but the heat from the alcohol is just too much to bring it out. I shouldn't have to try this hard to taste a beer.
Drinkability suffers as well as taste. Double whammy Eel River.
Take you triple exultation and stick it-- a cellar for a couple of years before drinking it.

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Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark amber color, a little light for the style, with a creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aromas of alcohol, fruity esters, alcohol, caramel, and fusel alcohol. Flavor is malty with a thinnish mouthfeel. Solid bitterness. Again, lots of booze. Dark and red fruits and a burnt character. High carbonation, too much alcohol, not very drinkable, however it doesn't have a bunch of absurd off-flavors like most organic beers. Not recommended.

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Photo of travolta
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: No lacing, a clear cranberry juice in color. Head retention is good with a cloudy formed khaki head.

Nose: Burnt carmel, minimal dark candied fruit, some faint hops at the end.

Taste: Hot sake and carmel. Cheap vodka on the tongue, with a malt foundation.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

old ale.. this strikes me more as a confused belgian strong, but wtf ever.


dark pour, brown and creamy. nose of maple and molasses.. and earth with a woody bite. wafts indicating a sharp heat. the beer is cool, approaching room tempishness and the flavor of the first sip is indistinguishable over an everclear-y crunk shock. there is certainly something indicated in the internal aroma.. before it hits the sense receptors, that prepare your body for something of a belgian ilk... the sense that what you're about to drink should taste of rich, ripe dates and slightly chocolaty malt sweetness.. but it just bombs your palate with straight up b00ze, yo! taking a break to let this warm. the time now is 707.

ok, now it's 713. i watched some documentary about pizza and a terrible sunroof commercial with the pink panther in it. now this beer smells like avery reverend with a butterfinger in it. what the fuck.

it's still very boozy despite being clearly warmer. it's got some good flavors in there, i can tell. i really want to like this, as it aspires to be something individual. it commits beer suicide by trying to be overly imperial. probably won't try it again.

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Photo of g00ey
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark coffee color. Small tan head, tightly packed bubbles. Smells good, tastes good, at first, but oh that aftertaste, quite bitter. Hits the back of the tongue hard and stays there. A verystrong hoppy ale, nothing subtle or nuanced about it. A bit syrupy going down the throat too.

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Photo of beagle75
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a 10 oz. pilsner glass at the Eel River pub in Fortuna.

A: Deep reddish-amber color with slight haze. Thin off-white foam head diminishes to a ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Weakly sweet with some earthiness far back in the shadows. Not complex or interesting.

T: Begins with caramel-like malt, giving way to abundantly juicy flavors of dark and tropical fruit. These fruit flavors are definitely pronounced, but difficult to label individually. Taken together, they remind of Hawaiian Punch. Booziness emerges in the middle as sweetness recedes. Rounded, earthy bitterness persists in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, light carbonation--but the presence on the palate is fairly clean.

D: While this beer does not offend the palate--it goes down pretty easy for a "big" beer--it lacks the subtle complexities and refined character that should be present in an English-style strong ale. I would look for an opportunity in the future to taste this beer with some age on it, for the sake of comparison, but I'm not rushing to add a bottle to my own collection. Not surprisingly there are some similarities to North Coast Old Stock, although this beer still seems to have the training wheels attached.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet to dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry fruit, candy sugar, and a small yeasty presence. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. OK, but average.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Triple Exultation is the Ozzy Osbourne of Old Ales."

--Eel River website

"I got rabies shots for biting the head off a bat. That's okay, the bat had to get Ozzy shots."

--Ozzy Osbourne

Darkest cranberry red with bright tangerine edges. This beer, like all beer, looks best when backlit with sunshine. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a golden ecru colored cap that doesn't have much character. It's just tacky enough to lay down scattered sheets of sudsy lace.

Keeping in mind the considerable overlap between the two styles, the aroma is more American barleywine than old ale. Each sniff is rife with boozy cherries and assorted other fruit, none of it especially dark. In spite of the brewery's claim, it smells like significantly less than 'a ton of hops' is present.

Triple Exultation tastes like a first attempt at an old ale by a beginning brewer. It's far from horrible, but there's precious little depth and no complexity. On the other hand, there is plenty of alcohol. Harsh heat... not good.

The Ozzy Osbourne comparison was made because Eel River supposedly hopped this ale to an IBU count of 'about 100'. The beer is harshly bitter, but it's probably because malt sugars are so few and far between. Hop flavor is on the low end too. There will be no exultation from this reviewer.

Specifics include cherry cough syrup, bitter orange, a double shot of Jagermeister and a single shot of lower shelf vodka. Have I used the word 'harsh' yet? Somewhere around ten year's worth of aging would have been the way to go. If I had another bomber it wouldn't be opened until 2018.

Although the mouthfeel isn't bad, it's on the thin end of the style spectrum. It's also too carbonated, which is the kiss of death for any beer, especially beer of this style. My tongue feels like it has sipped its way through four fingers of 101-proof bourbon. The cheap stuff.

I expected Triple Exultation to be at least as good as Raven's Eye Imperial Stout, a beer that was mucho enjoyable. Instead, it's about the same level of quality as the rest of Eel River's lineup. In other words, it's average to below average and isn't worthy of a repeat purchase. Ozzy deserves to be compared to much better beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a tulip glass with a minimal beige head. Murky and cloudy purple/brown color.

Aroma was of plastic and alcohol with some sweet malt and a touch of earthiness.

Flavor was very phenolic. Plastic was right there. Bubblegum almost. Some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Body was medium to bold and I didn't enjoy it that much.

Not among my favorites.
I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of wryepicures
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark brown with copper highlights, medium white lacy head. poured in a goblet.

S: piney hops, malts, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, copper, wood. Smells a bit hoppy for the style.

T: Malty up front, then honey vanilla sweetness (smell more than taste any fruits), which turns to a hoppy but smooth finish. Smells more complex than it tastes. Strongly alcholic on the way down.

M: Nice big mouthfeel as to be expected with decent carbonation. Turns a buit slick after a few tastes and coats the tongue a bit with the bitter/honey combo.

D: If it didn't turn slick, I'd give it a higher score but I'm not sure how often I could drink this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A: Poured a deep mahogany with medium carbonation leaving a small white cap, few bubbles and no lacing

S: Earthy notes, like soil, grass and dirt with sone grains and caramel but light nose

T: Earthy notes, a raisin and prube thrown in for good measure, faded hops grainy with a light caramel stickiness and bittering on the end

M: Medium bodied, a bit thin, booze is masked pretty well

O: Average

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Photo of waldowin
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, with hints of carbonation. Nothing lasting, no ring, and no lacing.

Smells of taffy, hard candies, and raisins, with a hint of grass. Smells very sweet, tastes even sweeter, with a hint of sherry and a very slightly salty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, though not "big".

Between the heavy sweetness, and 9.7%ABV, a 12oz would have been about the right size. 22oz is almost a bit much of it.

It's not a *bad* beer, but it's not astonishing.

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Photo of stephens101
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bronze pour results in a fluffy tan head. Retention is adequate and a smattering of lacing is left to and fro around the glass. Smell is a bit subtle at first, with some grapes, malts, taffy and hops floating around innocuous.

Tastes of taffee up front with a very surprising essence of roasted malts mixed somwhere deep within. Beyond all of that lie some dark chocolates and raisins, which oddly enough leave the palate perhaps a bit perplexed, but also satisfied. A good hop bite lingers deep down in the throat in the aftermath, and an astringency is left behind that is not completely welcome. As the session progresses, it becomes annoying.

Mouth-feel leans toward the heavy end, and tended to sit a bit heavy on my stomach as well. This is a unique brew, to say the least, and not to be taken lightly, as the 9.7% alcohol is hidden just enough, due to the other complexities, that you may forget what you're dealing with.

That being said, this one could keep you occupied for a while as you sip the night away knowing you're going completely organic, if that's your thing.

As for me, my taste buds aren't completely sold.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a good sized orange-tan head. Slow to dissipate, it has a tight bubble structure. Great lacing remains.
Smell is kind of weak with notes of apple, malt and wheat. A tinge well sourness as well.
Taste is better with a strong maltiness, a fairly strong whiskey note and a touch of sourness(?), hops and oak.
Full-bodied with a sharp initial effervescence that drops in the middle. A dryness in the finish but relatively rich at the fore and continuing throughout. Nicely warming from the get-go. A bit more nose and flavor would really make this a great beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a dark red, like black cherries, with a short tan head. Laces in a pathwork, kind of oily fashion. Smells of well roasted, almost burnt sugar, caramel malts, some smokiness. Flavor is somewhat fruity, with dates and cherries. Sweet malt and an obvious ethanol flavor/warmth grow on the tongue. Smokey, rauch notes. A bit underdone overall though in terms of the flavor...everything seems a bit muted (except the alcohol). Im a little disappointed with this one, which is a shame because i love old ales and their incarnations are so few and far between.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, semi-hazy orangeish amber with just a thin cap of off-white head that immediately became just a ring with no retention or lacing.

The aroma was malty sweet with a hint of hops. On the tongue the beer was sweet and sticky with a noticeable alcohol burn. The body was fairly typical, full and smooth. Drinkability was OK, the alcohol was a bit hot, that might ease with some time.

Overall, a decent, in not special, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from the first batch into the chicago area. yay for new breweries. into the over sized snifter.

A- this one pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges of my glass. the head is small and khaki colored, but sticks around for the entire beer. the lacing is wall-like.

S- it smells very sweet. lots and lots of dark fruits coming from the malts. cherries, plums, pears, apples, and grapes. a moderate amount of alcohol too.

T- the taste is dominated by the alcohol. the malts come through muted compared to the smell. not as sweet as i was expecting, but the fruits are there if you go looking for them. cherries and pear are the easiest ones to decipher.

M- thin and kind of watery. lots of warming from the alcohol as it makes its way down.

D- this one was a let down for me. not one i would grab another one of for a long time. maybe with some time in the cellar the malts will come out more and make this alot more interesting and easy to drink. ill check back in 2-3 years.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours Murky dark amber, ring lace, some sticky lace.

S - Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Huge nose of malt, hops.

T - NOT Arrogant Bastard :) Bitter and cloying at the same time.

M- See Taste - Good coating, not good balance. Carbonation ok.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep amber color with a two finger light tan head. The head retains relatively well. Sticky foam laces the glass as the head attenuates. Butterscotch cream up front. The mouthfeel accentuates the finish, which is a little to bitter for this style. The alcohol warmth that appears at the end further exacerbates the unappealing finish.

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Photo of wenkalman
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Deep golden color with a slight haze to it. Was able to get about 2 fingers width of head that was slightly off white. Head dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - Very sweet smells of grapefruit and plum. Very little earthy notes that I was hoping it would have. Lacked the hop profile that I enjoy.

Taste - Was disappointed with the balance. The sweetness of the malt was very noticeable. Strong plum and date notes with very little back end bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Had the typical syrupy texture in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - This wasn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't sit down a drink more then one.

I would recommend this one only to beer fans looking to try new beers. But there are others out there that might be better choices.

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