Earth Thirst Double IPA | Eel River Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 02-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,979
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
128
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of stevepat
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a bottle of the 2018 release, about a month or so old, poured into a pint mason jar.
Pours a deep rich amber, modest head of soft foam that persists and laces fairly strongly.
Smell is a lot of big pine and pineapple, strong honey like sweetness. Some subtle stone fruit, especially peach/nectarine.
Taste is somewhat acrid, very bitter hop note. Pine dominates the hop profile. There are notes of orange and simple sweetness. The malt is subtle, which I like in a DIPA but the hop bite is a little too sharp and one dimensional for me.
Mouthfeel is quite good for the style. It is certainly a big beer not meant to be drunk by the case but it doesn't coat the tongue at all. It drinks crisp and much more like an IPA than the barleywine like viscosity I sometimes find in the style.
Overall this is a very nice DIPA. This one is my favorite release that I can recall and is worth getting if you're at the taproom and I will definitely pick up a few more bombers, interested to see if the hop bite mellows with a little time.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

April 15th, 2015 - A solid amber color and a good half centimeter of head, the Eel River DIPA looks appetizing. The aroma is somewhat reserved for the style, lighter and with pine, white grape and white peach, swirling in a rarefied airiness. In contrast, the taste is heavier. Alcohol makes itself known from the very beginning of the sip and becomes more assertive through the aftertaste. Pear and white grape juice moderate some of the alcohol's brusque appearance. The hop profile is also understated, lifted a little by the carbonation, but still somewhat suppressed by the raw alcohol taste.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of clm9
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Eel River Brewing's 2017 Earth Thirst DIPA from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 05/15/2017. This DIPA is brewed with certified organic X17 and other Northwestern hops. No "bottled on" or "brewed by" date. 8.2% ABV. Eel River Brewery hails from Scotia/Fortuna, California, just south of Eureka.

Earth Thirst pours a clear amber with excellent carbonation. 3 fingers of ecru foam with nice lacing. The pour becomes increasingly cloudy towards the bottom of the bomber. The smell is citrus, pine, stone fruits and floral. The taste is essentially the same -- citrus, pine, stone fruits and floral supported by a moderate malt backbone. The alcohol is well-hidden.

Earth Thirst lacks the hop forwardness and bitterness that one expects from a DIPA. Earth Thirst is smooth but far too boring and mediocre for my taste. I honestly expected much more here from Eel River Brewing. Earth Thirst definitely isn't remotely on par with the celebrated DIPAs from the Russian River Brewery, located just 3 hours drive south in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky pale-medium amber producing 3 fingers of frothy, loose, beige, lasting, settling to a finely bubbled foam head that leaves a sheet-like coating of lace. Aroma malty sweetness, citrus hops especially orange & tangerine, cedar wood, honey & apple juice. Taste is sweet malty caramel a citrusy mix of orange, tangerine & grapefruit, cedar wood, some pine resin, pepper & spice. Finishes acidic & peppery with a hoppy bitterness that builds but is joined by a shortlived sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, intense pepper bite becoming slick & wet in the mouth but drying after the swallow.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jack-ruby
1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of erjaq
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulWaters
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wholefoods Oakland ca 2016

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.16/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Orange pour, substantial malt here, 1 inch of head. Looks pretty even if it didn't produce the most substantial retention qualities. Aroma was devoid of hops. Utter failure in that regard.

Taste drops lots of bitterness and not much else. Just not even approaching an average dipa. Bad format too. Avoid.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WeedWolf
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber to a tulip cause I get fancy with nice IPAs. Light, clear,gold color with generous white head that doesnt linger to long. Smells like tropical fruit grown in a pine forest. Taste is the same with floral hop notes and a dank, piney finish with slight lingering floral bitterness without any cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a pop of hop tangy-ness. Overall a well rounded/balanced DIPA, by my standards, that stands up well to others on the market.
The lack of a date on the bottle is a bit irksome and it did taste better fresh released off the tap bu t then again what IPA isnt?
Very solid nonetheless!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, piny and resinous hops, peach and apricot.
Similar flavours with a big clean malt presence, massive piny and spicy hops along with softer fruit hops.

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Photo of baklo
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of travolta
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 128 ratings