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

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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

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Photo of snpub540
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber hue with a small white head. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma was slightly floral hops and some sweetness.

Taste was very balanced. Hops were woody and dry in the finish but nice malt sweetness made it taste more like an English style IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability was good, probably could have had two or three more with my lunch.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head. Nose is pungent and biting lemon-toned citrus at first. Then a pine tone comes in as well. Flavor is a bit tangy. A bit too much I would have to say. But it isn't a train wreck or anything like that. Overall an okay IPA. Not bringing any interesting balance or anything, but it'll do. On to the next beer.

Edit: I'm bumping up the score. Gets much nicer as it warms.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Magic Chouffee tulip

Clear, filtered pour

Beer has hardly any discernible scents...odd

Grassy bitterness and butter cookies, more citrus with warming

Watery mouthfeel

I keep drinking and thinking....rather flummoxed by what's here, or rather what isn't. I'm in an IPA rut. Whoa is me.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured with a white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. The beer poured a semi-hazy orangeish-amber color. Not as much hop aroma as a lot of IPAs, but a pleasant scent none the less. Much like the aroma the hop taste is not an overpowering kick in the mouth. Much smoother and has better balance than A lot of the style. Very drinkable, this IPA will not kill your tastebuds, allowing you to actually enjoy tasting several of these. Overall an average IPA that you should try if you see it, but I'm not sure it's worth searching for.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Jan 2008. Thanks to R&T for this one.

Medium light beige head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy golden orange color. Aroma is quite citrusy and hoppy, with apples and pears. Starts quite caramely with a citric hoppy bite. Moderate caramel and citrus throughout. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol warming in finish.

Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of DIM
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a hazy orange color with some amber highlights. It poured with a thin soapy head that faded quickly.

s: Sweet toffee malts, bitter leafy hops and a little solventy heat.

t: On the sweet side, but it isn't rough or cloying. Caramel malt up front with a bitter, slightly herbal finish. The bitterness is actually kind of generic. That solventy heat is mildly noticeable here as well.

m: Nice, slick body, but the carbonation is a bit still.

d: Thanks to joepais for the chance to try this one. It wasn't bad, but there are plenty of better IPA options out there.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ironlung
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a nice 2 finger white head that dissappers very quickly. Has that english malt smell, with a touch of alcohol. No hops can be detected. Let me just say that I'm not a fan of english ipa's, but this one has enough going on to hide what to me is normally a poor malt choice. Very smooth drinking beer. Smoother than a SNPA. Has that wierd after-taste that all of the "organic" beers I've tried seem to have? The label says 7.2%, but I am really doubting that. I would reccomend this beer as a starter to a session since it's just all-around mild and not very flavorfull in any aspect.

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Photo of eelriverbrewfan
4.29/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eel River has a pension for pumping out decent organic beers every time. I wouldn't say that this beer is on par with, let's say Rubicon, but for the price I would say it is a definite contender if you want to drink five or six beers to be merry! Head lasts quite a while so even in the bottle so they have a good co2 system going...

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Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average of-white head, better lacing than foam, most of it all gone not soon after the pour. Very light haze to the amber red to orange color. In the nose there's a thick presence of uncooked hops, wild field grasses and orange citrus, over time more territory acquired by cocoa, malt without any deep roasted qualities, a little cherry or fig fruit, persistent without trying to knock you over. Medium-bodied, above average foaminess during mouth entry, creates an initial impression of more heft. Dries out your mouth in a dulling manner, with each additional sip you feel you cannot register as many impressions as before. Still the pine resin, tea leaf, raw almonds and orange peel notes come through decently. At times minerally. Hard to get at that cocoa maltiness here, most there during aftertaste. Has too much bottom heaviness to be that bitter, this requiring some lift and cut. A decent quaff, nothing more nor less.

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Photo of jdklks
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

the beer poured an amber goled color with a white-tan head that left the glass thickly laced. there was hardly an aroma to speak of. a slight bit of hops and fruit was all there was to be found. the taste was the most disappointing aspect of the beer. minimal hops, which is naturally bad for an ipa, and possibly some fruits. it was smooth, i will give it that much, but it doesn't drink very well as a result of the flavor.

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Photo of theghost3
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This organic IPA pours a cloudy, deep amber with a one finger off-whith head. Some sediment is present. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is oddly more roasted malts than citrusy, woody hops. It tastes of bitter, woody hops and first, but then the semi-sweet malt takes over. Faint citrus and grass. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little thick.

This is a drinkable beer, and it goes well with Indian/Middle Eastern food. However, this is one of the strangest IPAs where the malts are just as prevalent as the hops.

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Photo of joepais
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass produced a good finger worth of lace on top of a clear amber colored body.

Aromas of citrus and pine hops overwhelm my nose; yes this is from the west coast.
Flavors are the same as the nose really nice hoppy bitter. Light oily in my mouth with a crisp dry finish

A good west coast IPA easy to drink and went down well watching the game.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apricot coloration on the island sunset allows a finger of cumulus to rise above it, but not for long... "aye, we won't be seeing any rain upon this eve." A few faint wisps stay around, but the wind has blown the rest of it away.
Breathe the beach air... "argh, I suppose some litterbug's been dropping cigarette butts again... do you smell that?" A three-legged dog runs by and there's a faint whiff of him as well. Somewhere someone is making some toffee, but it must be far away. The wind slithers through the palm trees and the small scrub-birch, and a hint of the sap is in the air as well... A beautiful scene, but not quite the aroma one might wish.
For some reason the salt-water tastes more bitter than salty today, as we frolic in it. A tinge of grapefruit and a bitter finish.
Leaves the mouth lightly dry, as seawater often does.
"I suppose I'll come back here if the price is right, but I doubt I'll make a special trip... the aroma really killed it for me, and there's simply not a whole lot going on, you know."

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. Poured a clear reddish amber with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor lack significant hops for the style, but there's still a nice mix of juicy orange-citrus an biting grapefruit flavors and sensations. For the strength (7.2% according to the bottle) it's quite drinkable, but really more a of a strong pale ale.

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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.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an attractive hazy orange/gold/amber color with a finger tall off white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Leaves good lacing down the sides of my tulip glass.

S - Smell is primarily grapefruit and orange at first but gets a weedy, earthy smell as it warms.

T - Flavor follows the smell. Grapefruit flavor and good bitterness but as it warms its gets that weedy smell as well. Kind of funky actually.

M - Medium bodied and mildly sticky. Solid amount of carbonation very fitting for the style.

D - Good drinkability. Feels more like a 5% then a 7% to me.

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Photo of stephens101
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A murky copper pour finishes off with a two-finger thick tan head. Closer inspection reveals some sediment floating around. Head retention is quite good, with some rolling lacing left behind. Subdued aromas of citrusy hops and caramel rise to the nose. Tastes a bit odd at first, with the hops almost being hidden by the malts. Some spice and yeast reveal themselves after a couple of drinks, and some earthy vegetal notes work themselves in as well. As usual, I always respect what folks are doing organically, but it doesn't always suit my tastes.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a translucent amber color. Pours with a 1 finger slightly off white head that slowly fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass. Body is very uniformly hazy.

S- A sugary sweetness comes forward in the scent first followed by a subdues, mild balance of earthy and citrus hops.

T-Some earthy hop flavor upfront with a very subtle pale malt backbone. The slightest hint of pine comes through for the finish at the back of the throat as well as a dash of pale malt sweetness. Minimal residual hop bitterness lingers on.

M- Medium to high carbonation and smooth medium weight body. A bit thinner than I like but still decent.

D- I really don't have anything bad to say about this beer. Its decent and drinkable and definitely and IPA. It fits the bill. It just doesn't have much...character. Worth a try an maybe good for an into IPA. It's certainly above average.

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Photo of ballenc
2.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber

A - Coppery gold/amber with a hint of orange hue. One finger of dense, off-white head. No lacing.

S - Nothing of interest. Very weak on the nose. Mainly pungent yeast with very slight herbal/floral notes

T - Not very hoppy for an IPA, somewhat bland yet overall balanced.

M - Thin and a bit watery. Slight alcohol burn on the tongue.

D - Very average. Nothing outstanding about this beer. It may appeal to ale drinkers who are turned off by bitter, hoppy brews but it will leave hopheads (like myselt) quite disappointed.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy light copper color with a big foamy white head and sticky lacing.
Some earth and herbal hop notes in the nose. There is almost sour malt note there as well.
The taste is clean and crisp but the hops are muddled but not too bad. It could use a little more bitterness for balance.
It could use a little more body. The mouthfeel not as chewy as some of the IPA's that I like.
Overall not a bad beer, just not great.

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Photo of benclimbs
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a total blahhh to me, it isn't awful but has nothing exciting about it save the look in the glass in which it's poured. It pours a really amber color with a head that stays around a while.

Other than that, the nose has nothing other than unexciting yeast. It kept thinking of a hot dog stand (probably the buns? i doubt they put pork hearts in it)...wierd i know. The hops are almost non existent, it tastes like an amber ale without any malt sweetness. Would not buy again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness indication. Pours moderately cloudy orangy medium amber, under a puffy oatmeal head, that stays and stays and then leaves just a smattering of lace blobs. Nose is malty and nothing special. This one is a little light in the hops and a tad watery in the mouth feel. Still surprised by the very low scores for this offering. Reasonable, sessionable ale. Could use some more hop jolt to fit into and compete with the heavy hitter of the AIPA world.

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Photo of ffejherb
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 11/24/08.

A - Poured a hazy, rusty orange color with lots of suspended debris and almost a finger's width of bubbly off-white head that receded into a thin veil but left solid lacing.

S - Malty nose with lots of caramel and some toffee notes. Some mild butery diacetyl is in there as well, unfortunately. Hops are primarily earthy and herbal, possessing an almost medicinal quality.

T - This IPA starts off on the right foot with a pretty well-balanced flavor profile featuring some sweet caramel notes, herbal hops and a bitter citrus rind aspect. However, the flavor quickly becomes extremely medicinal and biting, with a burnt aspect and an off-putting metallic bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a somewhat syrupy, through primarily thin and watery, texture and prickly carbonation. Finish is dry, metallic and quite bitter, and lingers on the palate for a while.

D - I was disappointed with this IPA overall. While fairly drinkable, this was a pretty unbalanced and mediocre affair. This one could be cleaned up a bit with a more balanced flavor profile, more sturdy malt backbone and a finish that is less harsh on the palate.

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I.P.A. from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 404 ratings
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