Organic West Coast IPA
Eel River Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,796
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,228
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 16.22%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
410
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Eel River Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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77
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Notes: Brewed as a traditional IPA, our organic IPA is bright copper in color. Balanced with a crisp hoppy flavor and light malt background, it features floral and citrus aroma of Pacific Northwest organic hops.
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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a darker golden color with a soapy head. There is good carbonation coming up and a thick haze to the beer. The beer did not have a strong smell to it. I do get a aroma of orange juice. The orange juice flavor comes out with a hint of sweetness in the taste and there is a bitterness but nothing really stands out. The beer has a nice feel to it, a long flavor, but one again it is all very slight.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to get some bad reviews, but I think there are far worse out there. I will admit, I drank this beer at the end of a long, hot, day, and we were in a remote area with limited beer selection. That's when many beers taste better than they normally do because you are just glad you have a beer at that point. Also in its defense, I think it's difficult to brew a consistent beer using certified organic ingredients, so maybe some batches are better than others? It's a malty, earthy, resinous IPA with some character. Solid enough. Not necessarily a beer I'd recommend, but if your in the middle of nowhere on a hot day, it will be just fine!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 oz bottle on March 29, 2017. Look is orange amber with a thick head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is citrus and floral with lightly sweet malt. Feel is crisp with medium bitterness.

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Photo of stevepat
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look is a clear apple juice amber with a thin, bordering on nonexistent, head.
Smell is fruity and thin. It's a bottle from Costco so I can't say I'm optimistic about the freshness and I do recall pints at the tasting room having a bit more character in the nose but it is definitely sweet malty heavy without much characteristic bitter hoppiness.
Taste is again malt dominated, there is a decent amount of bitterness and a sort of yeasty funk. almost cidery.
Feel is decent, not full but with some body. Living in Humboldt this is definitely a regular resident of my fridge and it hurts me somewhat to expose it to the full light of the critical day. I do love Eel River and they definitely have some good IPA type beers but unfortunately this is a very mediocre IPA, especially in the crowded field up here in the Pacific Northwest. Try their porter, their stout, their emerald triangle and the session version, and any of their one offs if you make it to the tap room. But don't come to this IPA if you're looking for a star in the field, a great Costco buy at a dollar a bottle but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in substantially darker than most ipas you come across. Drops of that caramel, crystal and brown malt traces. Aroma has some citrus, grapefruit, milder pine, more malt.

Taste is big time malt driven ipa, English in style halfway I would say. Heavy earth and malt notes. No bottle dating. If you like your ipa lacking hop mouthfeel, but still giving bitterness and lots of caramel malt tones, this is your bag.

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Photo of gandres
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: light amber orange liquid, minimal white foam, lacing
A: nose: hint of grains, drrink: no bold aroma
T: medium bitterness
MF: lively carbonation, log nice finish
OA: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 24, 2016

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Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a really nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma and taste are of sweet orange peel, some sweet Hawaiian bread, and a hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is crisp but sticky. A nice malt-forward English India pale ale.

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Photo of bsonk
4.71/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Eel River Brewing Company IPA- 7.2% abv.

A: light red brownish, with soapy white head that sticks around.

S: cracked light roast grain, sugar, pine, orange juice, alcohol.

T: very good. Full malt body, zesty sweet hops with a little pine and a little passion fruit and a little orange peel.

M: chewy, juicy, a bit of bitterness on roof of mouth.

O: A very tasty malt forward easy to drink IPA. Eel river is still one of my all time favorite breweries. 4.75/5. I agree with user StonedTrippin that this beer is brutally underrated here.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 22oz bomber. No date code, that's not good. Pours a boring small off white head honey color. Smells sweat with no hop aroma at all. Oh oh did I get a out of date IPA. Tastes like I did. No hop taste at all. Lots of sweat malt, which I like but come on, this is supposed to be a West Coast IPA. Overall it tastes like a average Pale Ale nothing more. 3.00

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was at that so called Whole Pay Check store and didn't want to make an extra stop to get Racer 5 so I picked this up on sale. My mistake. First off, never, ever, put IPA on your label in California, if you ain't got the hops/IBU to prove it. Sort of misleading or just dumb. Somebody didn't market it right. Should be a cheap British pale ale with buzz boost. Old English 800? Organic is probably good but I just didn't know that other beers are full of pesticides. OK, it is drinkable and a lot better than Bass, and Old English 800.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery Amber color. Mild flowery nose. Nice sweet malt taste with the hop bitterness in the background. Not a typical west coast IPA but still quite interesting. Not sure what the point of the organic certification means to most beer drinkers but it means nothing but a marketing ploy to me. Still, good and reasonably priced ($7.50 for a 6-pack).

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber copper color with a thick head with short retention.
Malty aroma with lots of caramels and pine. Strawberry jam arises once it warms up.
Flavor with notes of caramels, pine, floral and herbal hops, overripe oranges, toasted malts and mild soap. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well disguised.
Piney, caramely and herbaceous IPA. Although the brewer says, and I agree, it is an English style IPA, it is not that bland showing off its 49 IBUs. It does not have the IPA profile I generally like.
Ps. would you really be that worried about organic after ingesting alcohol?! For hipsters...

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Photo of beergoot
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

No bottling or best-by information on the bottel.

Bright copper and gold body with a thick, white, creamy head. Very faint aroma, mostly grains with a lesser note of pine. Taste mostly offers a stinging hop bitterness; very little malt character. Medium bodied; crisp and dry.

A disappointing offering that really skimps on any malt character. One-dimensional hop bitterness with very little aroma is another bust. Despite decent looks and feel, the heart and soul of any decent beer is taste and aroma. This beer is sadly deficit in those areas.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden orange. The 1/2 inch off-white head fades to a ring and film on top and leaves curtains of lace. There is visible floating sediment.

The smell is of buttered bread, pine and faint citrus fruit.

The taste is of piney hops, bready grains and a hint of citrus.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A decent IPA with some pine and orange characteristics.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

!2 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: This is the beer's best part, nice orange amber color, nice creamy head with some lacing, the head dissipates pretty quickly. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: Not much of an aroma, not hoppy, more of a malt aroma, kind of yeasty smell, a little hops on the front end. Definitely not as aromatic as other IPAs I have tasted. The aroma needs more pine or citrus aroma to liven this beer up.

Taste: Bitterness up front, leading into a lingering bitterness that maintains a presence on the tongue, not getting a lot of hop flavors, no pine or citrus flavors, the bitterness is what stands out the most but it is not overwhelming. Not a lot of alcohol. The taste is not smooth, it doesn't flow well with flavor. It's bitter, then more bitterness that lingers, it needs some pine or citrus hop flavor in between.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, the head lends a lot of creaminess at the beginning but then dissipates.

Overall: This is not bad, as in drain pour, it's just not as good as other IPAs I have tasted. I have been looking for a good organic beer I can enjoy everyday, and this failed. There are far too many IPAs with superior flavor that I would much rather drink.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 03/28/14

A: Caramel amber with an all around blushed orange look. A tight crown of khaki froth forms over top with some nice stay power and a bit of sticky lace noted on the glass.

S: Smells of caramel malts and bready malts with a perfuming of floral hops. Very blossom like with some nectar like sweetness and there is a dash of alcohol coming through in the aromas well. A touch weak as its not incredibly potent in any matter.

T: Taste is a nice step up from the nose delivering a nice hop bitterness that cuts through the caramel and bready malt thickness. Definitely a bit more in balance achieved from the hops which are very floral in character. Some mary jane and ripe apricot notes with a touch of orange juice. And not at all too sweet, it stays dry and peppery from the bitters. Alcohol is well disguised in the flavor. Better than I was expecting from the nose.

M: There is some moderate heft to the body of this beer. Somewhat creamy in texture with a nice peppery bitterness and a good drying sense towards the finish. Lightly resinous

D: Not a great beer but drinkable and was actually expecting worse here. Didn’t really strike me as an English IPA however this might be one of the best Organic brews I have come across yet. Not sure why it is so hard to make a good organic beer but I applaud Eel River’s efforts. Not something that is going to be a regular although worth trying.

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Photo of Mtn
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - fairly clear golden orange
S - Sweetness, apple juice, no hop aroma to speak of
T - this beer tastes good. I like it, it just doesn't taste like an IPA to me. Kind of reminds me of an ESB. Nice malt sweetness, pretty good balance, not too bitter. No where near the amount of hop aroma or bitterness that you find in most IPS's. that said, i do like it.
M - light body
O - a really good beer. Not an award winning IPA, but a really tasty beer. Couldn't taste the organic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has a better hop presence in the aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of kwc017
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Kind of a strange brew. Not like Bob and Doug though. It doesn't smell like much of anything. Kinda yeasty I guess. No hop that I can detect. Taste is just muted. A little hop taste. Bread. Tobacco maybe. Just not a good choice when there are so many great IPA's out there. I really hate to not recommend a beer, especially when brewers put their heart and soul into their craft but I just cannot say I like this beer.

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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A medium, hazy orange color with a bubbly, white head that quickly dissipates.

S - The smell is fairly malt-forward, but with a slight, citrus profile. Not overwhelming at all with hops on the nose.

T - A nice taste, but for the style, not good. There is a little hop taste up front but very little bitterness and almost a bright, orange flavor. Almost a cross between a Belgian wit and a regular IPA.

M - Light, crisp.

Overall - I actually think this is a good beer, but not at all what I expected from an IPA. It's more of a slightly hoppy Belgian Wit. There is a distinct orange flavor with a little hops. A good beer, but for the style, not at all what I would be looking for if I'm trying to drink an IPA.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Beerney
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little soapy smell if you breathe in deeply. I'll give it a big "not bad", which is a good review from me. very light for an IPA. It's lighter in body and maltiness than Sierra Nevada, if that gives you a point of reference. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, but would it drink it offered.

If this beer were a woman, it would look great on paper. Nice liitle body. You'd have no problem taking her around you friends. but she's not very interesting, and you're asking the waitress what else in on tap.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey color, clear. Minimal cream head. Ew... smells kinda funky. Smells like alcohol (lots) and some citrus. Tastes of... maybe soap and hops? Citrus perhaps. Well, the mouthfeel is nice an bubbly at least. Not impressed. I knew organic was a mistake. Well, overall, about 3 of 5. That's being generous. Wouldn't recommend it. At least it was only $2.50.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm...not exactly what I was expecting from the smell & appearance...Funky soapy flavor, which could be crazy hops?! Then, mellows out to a smooth and creamy with a relatively weak-body. The initial taste is a strange soap/hop mix on the palate! Some spicy, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is faintly present but gets lost in hops/soaps weirdness. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and faint malt sweetness, with the last touch of weird soapy flavor.

Notes: I'm not sure about this beer? I've sure had better. 7.2% abv.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brutally underrated here on BA. it pours redish and clear with a nice two inch off white head. the nose is aromatic hops to the max, sticky and red and west coast in origin. they are sappy and rich, beautiful. the flavor is about the same, a little too sweet before the bitter, which is a minus, but there is also some neat red malts going on, which give a nice depth. some pine and some fruit, dense. the mouthfeel is thicker, maybe too much so, but the carbonation is good and the flavor stays in my mouth forever. its not the best ipa ever, but there is a lot to like here, and i think the masses have been too harsh with this one. it is organic and strong and pretty solid any way you slice it. ill drink it again gladly...

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Organic West Coast IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 410 ratings