Organic West Coast IPA
Eel River Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
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3.33 | pDev: 15.92%
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from optimator13 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweeter than most beers in the style with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other EIPA’s that I would pick first.

Jun 13, 2011
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It says organic IPA on the label, but the label shown in the pic here is the exact same which also says "organic".

Coppery orange color with nice fluffy light tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Robust citric and piney hops. Sweet caramel malts. Some ripe pineapple and candied sugar also.

Wow major letdown. Does not live up to the nose at all. None of the sweetness from the nose is present. There is a light hop bite and some light malt notes. Key word is light! Some pine resin sticks around.

Lighter bodied, feels watered down a bit. Carbonation is fine, but there isn't much flavor for it to be releasing here.

Very drinkable, but lacking in some big flavors. I'm all for organic, but it just lacks in the flavor department for me. Easy beer to session, might better fall into the category of a pale ale. It is growing a bit on me as I consume further.

Jul 25, 2009
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thesidewayz01 from California

3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 22, 2015
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dudecandle from New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light golden-brown with a small head, leaving a small cap.

S/T: Nice floral hops with a good minty complement and some solid lemony-citrus background. Malt backbone is present. The fruitiness takes on a more apple-based tone as it warms.

M: Very nicely wholesome.

D: It provides a good flavor profile, rather deep, without being too aggressive. Nice and pleasant, though nothing special.

Jul 20, 2009
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PawG from California

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2015
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours brownish-orange in color (the orange comes through when it's held up to the light) and has a very impressive cream colored head following a medium pour. Loads of head retention here.

Smell is on the mild side for an Ipa with a mild hop aroma coming through followed up by hints of bread and malts.

Taste- a pleasent mix of hops and malts. Neither one are very potent, but I'd have to say that the hops win out in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a pretty low carbonation. I normally prefer the carbonation to be on the low side so that it dosen't get in the way of the flavors of the beer, but this one might be a touch too low. However, I'm not sure that this bottle is super fresh (it did contain a little sediment), so I'm going to give Eel River the benefit of the doubt here.

I could definitely have a few of these without wanting to switch gears.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not an award winner, but a good beer without question. Would like to have again, and I may be editing this review if I can get my hands on a fresher specimen.

Mar 31, 2010
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Masonpp85 from California

3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 11, 2015
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birdypowder from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compare Eel River IPA to the punter on a football team. This beer is an IPA, as indicated on the label, but does not act like one. A punter is a member of a football team but often does not act like one.

There was no hop punch in the aroma or taste, odd for a west coast IPA, and the body seemed a bit thin for the style. The somewhat robust ABV (7.2%) was hidden well.

If you spend some time seeking out this aroma it will reward you. I got enjoyable citrus with sight pineapple, nice subtle hop aroma, some floral character, though subdued, and as it warmed a delicious smelling caramel note.

About one finger of off-white foam, some noticeable haze, lots of beading. Pours an attractive orange color with some red notes.

IPA lite! Well balanced, though definitely not hoppy enough for an American IPA. Would make a good Pale! Thin, very light backend bitterness segueing into a dull aftertaste.

A bit thin feeling, medium conditioning.

Jul 22, 2009
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jul 17, 2016
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optiontwo from Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a generic pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange/ copper color, slightly hazy, plenty of bubbles, inch of fluffy head.

Smell: Not really that much going on here, smells like it would taste bitter but that's about it.

Taste: The flavors are all in the actual drinking and not in the smelling. It has the typical citrus/grapefruit/pine taste that IPA's have but leaning more towards the citrus, which is nice. Bitterness is right on, but there is a strange aftertaste that is bothering me...somewhat metallic tasting. Now that I've tasted it I can detect that weird taste in the smell. It's not so bad that I would not drink the whole thing, but it's a bummer that it's there because otherwise this is a completely solid IPA and organic to boot.

Mouthfeel: Good. Pretty standard feel for this style of beer, good amount of carbonation, not too thick.

Drinkability: If it weren't for that strange taste I could enjoy this all night even though it's 7.2% but I suppose drinkability and taste are too different things so it's drinkability is relatively high.

Overall: I might try it again but I hope I can find it in a sixer. Reminds me of Butte Creeks organic IPA, which also had a strange aftertaste, maybe it's because it's organic.

Nov 24, 2008
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Griphon from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 29, 2016
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MisterClean from California

3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottles at Bel Air

A - Auburn in color, not much head, lots of carb.

S - Honey, flowers, and malts. Pretty nice overall.

T - Flowers, earthiness, and honey.

M - Very bitter

D - For an organic not bad. However, there are much better examples of an IPA, so I can't rate this one very high.

Aug 16, 2008
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Skrumpy from Oregon

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!

Jun 11, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, medium orange with a 2 finger, rocky light beige head that had excellent retention lasting well into the drink leaving a spiderweb lacing behind. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: Bright citrus on the nose with fresh oranges.

T: fresh citrus with nice floral tones. Dry sour malt and dry oranges laces the tongue after the swallow. Overall a nice, bitter and dry citrus flavoring.

M: light with sour citrus and sour malt leaving a dry bittering flowery hop lacing.

D: Good dry bittering ipa with above average drinkability. Not terribly complex but nice flavor and solid example makes it hard to turn down another.

Apr 23, 2008
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DoctorRobert1969 from California

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit too harsh for me. I'm not a huge IPA guy.

Nov 26, 2017
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Offa from California

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good IPA, tasty and with flavour and body to go along with the bitterness and balance it a little.

It's darkish amber, a tad hazy, with a very big off-white head slowly shrinking and leaving some fairly nice lace.

The aroma is hoppy with sweet, caramelly malt, winey-grapey-alcohol, citrus (grapefruit and lemon), juice, caramelized fruit, toasted bread. It's quite nice.

The taste is also nice, very juicy with some caramelized fruit, a light raisiny sweetness a but dominated by hoppy taste and bitterness, mostly mixed citrus and pine.

Oct 15, 2008
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12-ounce stubby bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear bright-copper body capped with three fingers of orange-tinged pale ecru foam. The soft cap of bubbles relaxes into a fluffy ring that leaves bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is muted, but what does come through is a sourish maltiness with floral, herbal hops.

The flavor profile of the drink sports quite a bit of sour, overextracted grain, but is mostly muddy and as muted as the nose. The pale and caramel malt body finishes with a musty, sour-cereal-heavy, dry, earthy finish much too bitter considering the erstwhile lack of hop flavor.

Medium-bodied, under-carbonated, not very good. Meh.

Oct 25, 2008
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PeprSprYoFace from California

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark amber color. Cloudy. Thin white head with good lacing.

Aroma is malty with a bit of hops. Not bad.

Taste is pretty malty. A decent hop bite. Wish it was a bit drier and more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is a bit too malty. Nice carb.

Overall an ok beer. Probably wouldn't buy it again. But it did lift my thoughts that organic beers aren't that good. Gunna try a couple more now.

Apr 15, 2011
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tclapper from Maine

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 17, 2011
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Lexluthor33 from New York

3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great suds,foamy one inch head with long lasting lace. An amber brown color. The aroma of hops,light fruits and malt.

Grapefruit taste with hop bitterness and a good malt backbone. Piney but it had very good balance.
The feel was medium in body and carbonation with bitterness and grains in the finish.

Notes: A smooth beer with the expected hop bitterness.I really don't care about Organics for my beer,but I liked this beer and if the Organics made it better then great. This one will not blow you away but it beats having a SN Torpedo any day.

Feb 16, 2009
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Smakawhat from Maryland

2.19/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light tan head of large size and fairly uniform is made off the pour, with foamy bubbles, but also falls at a good pace. Body color is a cloudy orange amber, but very hazy, not much more to say about it. Looks ok.

Smell is weak, non existent, even a hint of cheese sort of like a mild soft stinky cheese. Something sort of vegetable like almost too. Nothing like an IPA at all. The first time I stuck my nose in this a giant WTF?! went racing through my head.

Wow, I didn't think an IPA could taste this awful. Sour. Light bodied, this is like bad homebrew or something. No hint of hop presence or even malt grain. Really there is nothing going on here but a sense of weak soda pop, and chalkyness. Strange lingering novocaine on the tongue as well after the pour.

If there was ever an idea of watered down flavorless IPA this has got to be it. Gives organic beer a bad name. Real bad. How and the heck can you release something this horrible tasting is beyond me.

Jul 14, 2011
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CityBoy1986 from Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. No freshness date is on the bottle.

The pour is a hazy amber with a finger's white head. The head is gone quickly, and there is little lacing.

The grassy and citrusy aromas stood out most, but some sweet caramel and a bit of alcohol was there as well. The taste starts sweet before progressing to more savory. The bitterness hangs around well after the sip goes down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Drinkability is okay, but I wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

This beer may be just a hair above average. I doubt I'll ever buy it again, but I wouldn't refuse if offered one.

Mar 20, 2009
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eel River Organic IPA

Pours a rich copper color with a chill haze and a nice soapy froth. Semi sweet nose, mildly fruity with some malt poking through. In the flavor, caramel, fruity hops (berry/mango/citrus) and a light roasted character. Bitterness is adequate for the style. Medium to full bodied brew, modest carbonation and a smooth overall feel. Overall, I thought this was a very fruity IPA which was alittle unusual but not bad.

Aug 19, 2011
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CaptainIPA from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty copper color with an impressive three-finger head with excellent retention.

S: Piney hops, brown sugar, caramel and a subtle hint of maple.

T: Fresh pine hops expertly melded with sweet caramel malt. Very well-balanced taste profile. Playful effervesence hits the back of throat. Flavor bitters as warms. Finishes dry and somewhat astringent. The best certified organic IPA I've sampled to date.

M: Great mouthfeel. Clean and crisp. Active carbonation.

D: Great tasting, plus it's "brewed with the finest certified organic hops and barley."

Sep 08, 2008
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nov 13, 2016
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