Amber Ale | Eel River Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Certified Organic

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2003

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Photo of TinusTime
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours-- well amber with a non descript white head.. It could be a poster for the amber beer by looking at it.. Aroma is well, pretty non discript.. Honestly i couldnt get much off of it but malt and bread. Taste was malty a bit and it dryed out near the end, nothing special, An average beer could be a decent session brew, but nothing to write home about.. although it is organic

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Photo of RootedFool
4.3/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dim amber. Creamy white head, substantial -- frothy -- rises about an inch and leaves some narrow streaks of verticle lace on the glass.

Smell: Honeydew (earthy, meaty) sweetness, followed by a more sugary (cotton candy) sweetness. Closes on a citrus rind, dull bitterness. Nice.

Taste: Opens with a short kick of bitterness to the tip of my palate, like licking the rind of a freshly peeled grapefruit; the middle is more powder-sugary and flows into a solid melon-like sweetness backed up by a nice little sizzle of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a perfect blend of all these flavors and lingers for a long, pleasurable period of time.

Carbonation is middling. Mouthfeel -- no qualms with it. Great session brew. One of the more flavorful amber ales I've had. Eel River is a consistently good brewery, they deserve more recognition.

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Photo of mntlover
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear burnt amber color what off white head there was of is entirely gone now, looks like no carbonstion is present but it is there. Aroma is lightly toasted malt caramel light chocolate in background some very light hops are present. taste is caramel malt lightly toasted with a nutty flavor that announces itsself while the sweet malt is fading. Finish is a mixture of nuts light chocolate and light hops, no lingering bitterness just a touch at the end. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy due to lack of carbonation there is a little burst of carbonation as sweet malt flavor fades but thats about it. Drinkability its a pretty average, nothing worth searching for, I would not buy it again will be sticking to my favorites.

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Photo of schrist275
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All organic? hmm.. I'm not a vegatarian nor a purist.. but.. havent had this beer nor this brewery will give it a shot. pours itself nicely into my pils glass a nice burnt orange with a small showing of head that leaves a cute ring of lace..(so far its promising), smell comes across malty with caramel and a light note of dark chocolate, and tastes exactly the same way.!!!! very nice mouthfeel, no oily residue, clears out but lingers just long enough to enjoy. gonna have to admit, its good

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eel River was a brewery I had not heard of, until I saw it on the shelf at Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Virginia, on 10-15-04. I see that most of their products are certified organic, under California criteria.
This one pours a chillhazed, copper amber with a small, beige head that holds for several minutes. Attractive, sheet lacing on the glass.
Nice amber ale aroma, with caramel malt, nutty walnut, and hops notes of grapefruit and orange.
Mouthfeel has spritzy, high carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is well balanced, with a creamy, caramel malt backbone, and a grapefruit hoppiness that suggests Cascades hops. Finish is mildly bitter, with a grapefruit aftertaste.
More hoppy than a lot of American amber ales, but a solid and above average effort for style. I will buy this again.

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Photo of charlesw
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured, well, amber. Crazy, huh? Anyway, maybe it was my bottle or something, but there was NO HEAD at all. Weird. Smells a little bready - earthy. Not a whole lot going on in flavors or mouth - like it's been slightly watered down? Very light malt with just a touch of bitter at the end... Anyway, I'd drink it again if you offered me one, sure, but I wouldn't pick it out of a selection of ambers, you know? Still, it's nice that they're doing the organic deal.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, large head. Aroma is malty and slighlty sweet. Nice malts, somewhat hoppy. Nice smooth taste, good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and somewhat malty. Nice easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second from Eel River via the health food store.
12 oz brown short neck simple label depicting ears of barley and a wreath of hops
Very nice looking amber dark red almost a garnet colour when held to the light, small off white head doesnt last long but nice lace.
veru nice strong aroma of malts and an aroma like fresh baked biscuits.
Nice strong malty profile taste..and a good hop ending this is very well balanced..slightly salty..but nice.
very good on the palate did all the right things!
very drinkable amber.
Eel River continues to impress me with their Organic beers..had three now and loved em all.Probably the best organic ales I have tasted anywere.

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Amber Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
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