Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
404 Ratings

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

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 404 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jon's bottle. Golden yellow with a white head. A good bitterness, though no aroma. The hops do not really get there, the weakness of organics. As if watered down taste, yet drinkability is fine, mouthfeel is median. A bit below average for the style.

 250 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 566 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, clear orange with a lovely thick and firm white head.

Neat nose of assertive fruit with an integrated hop, fresh bread yeast character and a light white wine green apple character.

Mouthfeel is nice in that is is full and a bit creamy in the front, gives way quickly to a thin mid palate and a thin finish as far as mouthfeel.

Flavors a good and bold but shortlived and a bit simple. A hit of malt gives way quickly to nothing and then, seconds later, leaves you with a dull grapefruit bitter finish. Actually tastes better than it sounds although not a typical IPA. A bit thin and short for me all the way around.

 628 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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...

 727 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this the other day at the package store as a single for about $2.

An above average IPA, very high in ABV and hoppy but also well balanced. This beer provides its self on being organic and all which doesn't really concern me too much as I don't believe that garbage. What is most is important is the taste and in that department this beer does well. I wish the brewery had more offerings at my go to store.

 413 characters

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation with small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of biscuit and caramel from the malts and orange from the hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of malty sweetness and vanilla in the initial taste and a very light amount of bitterness towards the finish, which also has some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down quite smoothly.

 721 characters

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice bubbly head that leaves decent lacing

Smell: Nicely balanced aroma of caramel and earthy pine

Taste: Starts out with a caramel flavor that builds in fruit with an unusual strawberry tone; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness kicks in but doesn't really complement the malt very well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and flavorful but a little odd for an American IPA; just OK

 492 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated, orange amber color with an foamy, off-white, small head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and roasted malt.

T - It had a sweet citrus flavor with a floral taste. The caramel malt was very subtle.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Very citrsuy.

 355 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 850 characters

Photo of oberon
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head,well really subdued aromas for an IPA the toasted grain aromas are stronger than any hop profile, caramel sweetness shows up as well only a very light herbalness shows up.A sharp,prickely mouthfeel really keeps the drinkability low not to mention the flavors are nothing to write home about.Caramelly sweet with more of leafy hop profile finishing rough and abrupt.No complexities to this beer just a rough edged lightly hopped IPA,man I have 5 more to drink I'll be giving these out to friends although that would be mean.

 579 characters

Photo of nickfl
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful pour: solid head with lasting time and extensive lace. Light haze to an otherwise clear, neutral amber color.

Strong caramel and cream smells, unusual for an IPA. Very mild hop for the style.

The hop shows up in the taste, from start to aftertaste. The malt provides a solid base. Full bodied, with the richness of whole milk. The alcohol is well-hidden. Overall, a decent offering for an AIPA.

 408 characters

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coppery orange with bright tangerine edges. The three finger crown is pale orangish ecru in color and has a 'whipped egg whites' frothiness about it. Abundant, fine-bubbled carbonation ensures that the cap won't be disappearing any time soon. Plenty of lace further solidifies an already solid appearance.

Citric hops are appreciated in the nose, but they're incredibly muted. Caramel malt is noted, as is a minor soapiness whose origins I can only guess at. At least there are no major off-odors that make me turn away in disgust. Here's hoping the intensity knob is cranked up a few notches on the palate.

Like most of the Eel River beers that I've had so far, I.P.A. isn't especially well-constructed. It's as if the brewers followed a recipe from memory and didn't get the proportions quite right. Compared to the amount of bitterness, hop flavor is on the low end. The word 'muted' applies equally as well as it does when describing the nose.

There's a harsh, 'stored in stainless steel drums' quality to the beer that further keeps me from liking it. Maybe it's the somewhat medical, raw presence of the alcohol (that should be better masked at only 7.0%). As far as specifics, caramel and white grapefruit are present and accounted for, but don't add up to anything that I'd care to drink again.

The mouthfeel is firm without being the least bit full. Like the flavor, it has a standoffish quality that doesn't lend itself to warm fuzzies. Brittle, short-lived carbonation doesn't help. I'm sure I'd like the mouthfeel better if the flavor profile was more to my liking... but it isn't.

With the exception of Certified Organic Porter, which I didn't love, I haven't had a beer from these guys that has even risen to the level of average. In the end, it doesn't really matter where they're located. However, in the craft brew paradise that is California, I'm surprised that Eel River sells any beer at all.

 1,917 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
I.P.A. from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 404 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.