Extra Pale Ale | Eel River Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Certified Organic

Added by nekronos on 11-17-2008

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am assuming this Cali Pale Ale is the same as the extra pale ale. No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a nice looking pale yellow color that is completely translucent with a finger of head on it. The head is active and holds nice retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is faint of grassy hops and sweet grain. I dunno if it has wheat in it but it has a wheaty poopy smell to it.

T= The taste is a nice piney citrusy hop flavor with a nice sweet grainy malt flavor. The suspected wheat aroma doesn't come through in the nose and instead this is a nice hop forward easy drinker.

M= The mouth is perfect for having a few.

O= This is a solid brew. I don't understand why it is rated so low by BA standards. If I had this available I would drink it pretty often during the summer. If you can try it out do it. A light easy drinking APA.

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Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I usually like Eel River brews, but this Ale seemed more lager like than many I have drank. Poured with a rather flat and dull appearance and light head and lace. Still looks lively with carbonation and much prettier than those American lagers.

Again, smells more of lager like aromas than ale aromas. Rather light with some grassy notes and herbs. Light, crisp and mellow on the palate. Rather light and lacks the complexity I would like to make it more drinkable. Rather ordinary.

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Photo of erosier
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some floral and earthy hoppiness and that is about it.
T: Tastes of a sweet toasted malt base followed by a nice mellow floral/earthy/slightly citrus-y hop finish. I was expecting more hops, but this was probably more palatable for the malt that went in it.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, more of a nice summer beer, but I liked it nonetheless.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.95/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place. I was only going to have one beer tonight, but the last one sucked so bad that I needed to drink this as well.

2.0 A: Hazy brownish yellow color. Agressive pour resulted in half a finger of head that fell quickly, but surprisingly left a decent amount of lacing.

2.0 S: Slight (as in zero + the smallest discrete unit of measurement) floral hoppiness and nothing else.

1.5 T: Slight bitterness along with the meagerest of citrusy hops. Nothing else really going on other than musty vegetal-like flavor.

3.5 M: Not as horrible. Medium body, but it lays heavy on the tongue (like carbonated lead or something like that).

2.0 D: The worst part about tonight is that this wasn't even the worst beer I've had.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looks like a glass of bud light. This is not what a good pale ale is supposed to look like. No head, no lacing. Poor attempt.

The smell is of citrus hops, and thats about it. This is not a very strong smell, overall a very faint smell of a hop product.

The taste is drinkable. This represents a very poorly made pale ale. There is no malt characteristic whatsoever. Actually, this tastes like a Bud Light with hop extract. Not special at all.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and makes this thing drinkable. Cold and refreshing, that is about it.

The beer is drinkable, but no flavor or body makes this a memory that will soon fade out. This tastes like someone's first homebrew attempt. I hate to be a negative Nancy about this brew but this is not very good at all.


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Photo of xhcadamx
4.4/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - very light copper with a bubbly/foamy head that lingers and some nice lacing.

S - Cascade citrusy hops and a background of grain. Not overwhelming which you usually encounter.

T - Lighter hop presence than expected. But that's ok. Bigger isn't always better. Cascade / citrus type hops and a subtle amount of bready and biscuity grains.

M - tons of tiny bubbles so this has a nice bite.

D - I really like this beer and can appreciate a less EXTREME flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops but with an odd earthy & herbal to it, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is bready up front with hearty flavors of citrus, caramel and a grain malt character, also a touch of smokiness. There's a good hops presence that comes in a little more slowly than it does in most beers in the style, but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are certainly several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with some yellow and red highlighting. Lots of tiny bubbles moving very fast to the cap; head is white, sticks around quite a while. Lacing is moderate. All around pretty decent.

The nose is muted and earthy, with a bit of pepper and citrus. A little like trying to sniff a grapefruit that happens to be underneath a layer of dirt.

The flavor is under-hopped, with a mild sweetness throughout, along with a DMS undertone, probably from some adjunct used to fill out the pale malt bill. Bitterness lasts throughout the sip into the finish.

Nicely carbonated and decently chunky for an APA, just about right. Nothing great, but a nod towards a well brewed beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger white head and plentiful lacings. Slight floral hop and caramel aroma. Taste is earthy bitter hops with plenty of support from the malts. Clean and crisp almost APA like. Carbonation is average. Easy drinker would be a good light session beer. I believe the abv is about 4.8%.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 2/23/09. thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden amber body with modest carbonation and thin quarter inch head that settled into patchy retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Malt-heavy nose with lots of sweet caramel and toffee, as well as some bready notes. Hop character is subtle with hints of citrus fruit.

T - Very caramely overall with a honey sweetness and a more sturdy bready malt backbone. Hops are citrusy and mildly bitter at best.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and light carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter on the palate with some residual sweetness from the malt.

D - Decent enough pale ale. A little light on the hops and big on the caramel malt overall, but it was easy to finish.

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Photo of Billolick
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer w/o freshness info to be had. Pours clear, typical light amber, minimal head, zippo lacing and next to no nose....Hmm not off to a good start...cant say much great about this one....lacking much of a malty base, hops are resinous and drying, but none too exciting...tastes "off" somehow...
forgettable, nothing special pale.

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Extra Pale Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 54 ratings