I.P.A. | Eel River Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
77
okay
400 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewer, "This beer is an English Style IPA, which lacks the intense hop bitterness characterized by the American Style." Certified Organic.

Added by nekronos on 11-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of CraftBeerRunner
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easy, drinkable, nothing memorable but very solid. Santa Cruz, April 2017

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -17.2%
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 n2185
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of vidisad
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Griphon
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AAG
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Nichols33
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of gandres
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
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 MonkeyBread
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CMC73
1.84/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of MIrvine
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve78
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKCNittany
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Masonpp85
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsonk
4.71/5  rDev +41.9%
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 DucksFan16
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thesidewayz01
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
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 PawG
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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I.P.A. from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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