Earth Thirst Double IPA
Eel River Brewing Co.

Earth Thirst Double IPAEarth Thirst Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,996
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #41,841
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
132
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Eel River Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured in to a nonic glass. Can is dated 03/26/20.

L- Clear beautiful copper color, solid off-white head that slowly recedes to a solid cap of foam, plenty of beautiful lacing. Moderate carbonation streams as it sits.

S- Caramel sweet malts, some pithy citrus, maybe a touch of melon and berries, pine and spicy/herbal hop notes.

T- Follows the nose, the herbal citrus and malts play off each other very well, nicely balanced.

F- Heavier side of medium bodied, fairly sweet but a light lingering bitter finish. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- No gimmicks here, just a straight up old school WC style DIPA. Worth giving a try.

May 21, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed pale gold with three fingers of cream color head.
Smell is sweet malts and lightly dank hops.
Taste is bitter piney green slightly dank hops. Some bready malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a big bold DIPA.

Aug 28, 2019
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ChristopherOrev from California

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine Double IPA that feels a little "lighter" than most doubles. It's so light, in fact, that it goes down like a "sessioning" double IPA, if there could be such a thing. Overall, it's a fine CostCo-level Double IPA...and it makes sense that's where I found it.

(As always, I rate "look" for label/container design, not the look of the beer inside; I'm an artist and designer.)

May 18, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

2019 they put this thing in a can and indicate on the label that they are 'featuring small farmed experimental hops and a massive dose of certified organic Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic'
Look and aroma are similar to years past, aroma has slightly less sweetness and a more floral quality.
The taste is massively improved. Tangerine and hints of melon play nicely with lemon peel and lightly herbal.
Mouthfeel is still solid. This is a great DIPA and the best organic IPA I've ever had if that sort of thing matters to you.

May 31, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Mar 15, 2018
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R_i_P from California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

May 27, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jan 16, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.16/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Jan 03, 2016
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WeedWolf from California

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Aug 17, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Aug 07, 2015
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anon from California

3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. First go from Eel River.

Smell is rather subdued, the hops come through light, with some pine and grapefruit notes. Nothing too flashy here.

Taste is also subdued, the hops in this dipa are very toned down, and the earthy maltiness comes through the stronger. Bitter pine and grapefruit are most present, very slight citrus but the malt backbone in this mellows the hop bitterness and makes for an unbalanced feel in the mouth.

Wouldn't go out of my way for this dipa, but I'll be trying more from this brewery.

Apr 12, 2015
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FleasandLice from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeu de mots.....Pours like the rain falling in an old growth forest with subtle fragrant notes of dumpstered bagel and carhart with a hint of patchouli. At first taste one is reminded of scabies and dirt with an intricate lacing pattern left on the glass reminiscent of Edward Abbey's beard. An interesting beer, one that has been well received by the oi polloi.

Apr 07, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant copper tinted amber under a 2” pure white foam cap that leaves intricate lace patterns on the glass.
S: Floral and citrus, malt, fruit
T: Fruit, peaches, citrus, malt, caramel, orange with a citrus rind bitter finish.
M: medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Good balance between the malt and the hops making for a drinkable DIPA.

Apr 06, 2015
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avwrite from California

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden color. Not as dark as I thought it would be, but good amber glow.

S - Nothing that stands out, but certainly decent in hops.

T - Run of the mill IPA taste. Not too bitter, but a bit lacking in flavor.

M - Not exactly a great after taste. Lingers in the mouth for a bit.

O - Pretty decent overall. Not the greatest, but certainly not the worst.

Jul 26, 2014
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whatthehull from California

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/wine/tulip glass

A - Pours a very beautiful bubbly almost opaque grapefruit/orange California sunset, one finger off white head and a tiny bit of sticky

S - Beautiful citrus, huge sweet, huge malt, very earthy, brown sugar, woodsy, crisp water, yeast funk, biscuit as well, a bit floral, nice hop note under lying everything and smells down right lovely.

T - Huge punch you in the face floral/citrus hops, nice earth and wood, delicious sweet malts and grains, very nice bigger than I thought but amazing booze note, refreshingly crisp water, yummy sugar, a nice pungent yeast note and just all around nice

M - Full bodied, well balanced, perfect complexity, medium plus acidity and a very nice from start to finish hoppy/malty/boozey/sweet finish

D/O - This is a fantastic beer. Never mind the organic symbol, this just is flat out a craft beer at it's finest. Has everything I love about an IPA/DIPA and still overly refreshing. Really a joy this one. If you love IPA, you'll love this, May not be for the hop novice though.

Final thoughts - $8 is a bit high, but I live in an expensive part of CA, so everything is a dollar to five more than anywhere else. Great 8.2% abv, though it does taste a bit higher. Just a warning for those of you that don't like the sugary boozey luxuriousness!

Apr 25, 2014
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Brolo75 from California

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. No code date on it, not that I could find, so I am not sure how fresh the beer is.

Appearance: Pours an orange color with a nice creamy head. Lots of tiny bubbles, some lacing on the glass.

Smell: For a double IPA I was expecting more hop aroma, but again I am not sure when the beer was brewed and bottled, some piney citrusy notes, I think this is faint for a double IPA.

Taste: I was also expecting more from the taste but it is smooth, hop flavors up front, then some bitterness. The bitterness is not up to par for a double IPA. I have other double IPAs with some bitterness that is noticeable up front. Nice malt on the backend of the palate, I am getting more of piney or earthy flavor than citrus notes on the hops. I don't notice a heavy alcohol taste. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy head, not a lot of oily or resiny hop feel, it's smooth.

Overall: Falls short of what I think a double IPA is but it's drinkable and I would purchase this in a six pack if it were available. I paid $6.99 for a 22 ounce bomber. It's good. I have had other double IPAs that are superior to this but this is not bad.

Apr 18, 2014
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Richard-Carla from Florida

3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love double IPAs... especially the ones that have a higher alcohol content, but are able to mask that with an almost whiskey-like smoothness. Unfortunately, the Earth First Double IPA doesn't bring the alcohol content typical of an Double IPA, and falters when compared to top IPAs.

The smell of this beer is amazing... floral, clean, crisp--almost perfect. The taste, though, is exceedingly sharp... almost hard to take. It's typical of what I've found in young breweries, where the focus is on producing a style without concern for producing the best of the style. I wouldn't consider it a Double IPA, and it's really an "ok" IPA--something that I would drink, but not seek out or order.

Feb 21, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sort of underwhelmed by this one, although a good ipa, it lack distinction from the millions of others out there just like it, aside from being organic, which I really cant taste uniquely ya know? it pours a nice red orange color, with some floating yeast bits and a luxurious white head that slowly recedes. the nose on it is big bitter hops and some alcohol. the grains deliver only a touch of honey sweetness to the nose, while the bitterness is entirely dominant. the flavor agrees, although the hops aren't super brutal on the bitter front. they have come light pine and grapefruit notes, but remain primarily a bittering agent. some caramel flavors in the grains, but not enough to offset the hops. the feel is heavy for me, a bomber is plenty of this stuff. it reminds me of something generic from lagunitas. creamy feel though, and happening carbonation. overall a satisfying ipa, refreshing and robust at the same time, but not something I will rush to buy again. it just doesn't have anything to set it apart from the crowd. again though, props for being organic and looking after the earth!

May 27, 2013
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.39
Purchased: May 10, 2013
Consumed: May 10, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange murky color with two fingers of khaki white head. Nice foamy coat of lacing on the sides all the way down. Very good retention on the top as well.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, sweet floral hops and citrus hops (orange, tangerine and orange rind) with a thick malt and honey backbone.

Tasted a strong whiff of alcohol to start. Definitely not hidden. Seemed to then go right into a bitter finish. In between was earthy, grainy, bready malts with some citrus notes (still getting orange rind, tangerine and orange).

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Not too bad, especially for the price. Pretty good value here. That being said, I am a bit sick as a rate this so maybe I’m just out of it.

May 11, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Apr 23, 2013
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jbird8 from California

2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz Bottle
A- Appearance is a murky golden copper. Finger head on a 16 oz pour.

S- For a double the smell is not as abundant as expected.

T- Taste is what is expected from a standard IPA. No surprises,

M- A bit thick on entry with a subtle punch, again not as expected with an IPA.

O- Expected a bit more from this beer, probably will not purchase again.

Apr 13, 2013
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brodericksloth from Oregon

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

figs, raisins, burnt toffee malty taste

not much head disappears fast; no lacing

lingering aftertaste of figs

reddish coppery color

not my style...like the cleaner approach for DIPA; tastes like it might have got cooked on the loading dock. thought it might have gone bad, almost poured it out

Feb 16, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.19/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Decent orange color, almost 1" of larger bubbled head. Not much for retention or lacing, but I'm a sucker for orange colored ipas. Aroma, ugh, where's the hops man? Bleh, some very mild hop aroma I guess if you look for it, not exactly inspiring in a dipa when you have to search and search for some semblance of hop presence. Seriously, I smell more hops in some pilsners.

Taste, same thing, sure there's plenty of bitterness, but hop flavor and mouthfeel? Fuggetaboutit. If you only like the taste of copper and bitterness, this is the beer for you. I guess it didn't really come out strong with the alcohol, but who cares, it lacked what it should display most prominently. When its not in the nose or tongue, jeez, what are we doing here?

$8 down the drain (not really, I used it for corn on the grill).

Aug 03, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper-amber body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent, spicy hops with notes of pine, orange, and a light sweaty note.

T - Sweet, thick toffee malt up front with notes of pine and sweaty hops. Some sweet caramel in the middle with peppery notes. Finishes with more sweet, sugary malt, peppery notes and lingering spicy-citrus hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is much more malty than I normally like hoppy beers to be but it works alright here. The dark sugar is overly sweet though and it kind of obscures the hops so that the flavor doesn't quite live up to the pleasant aroma.

Aug 03, 2012
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Birrion

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz. bottle from the Earth Origins grocery store yesterday. The fact that this is an organic beer is what caught my eye. I must say that I am a big fan of big beers, especially Double IPA's and IPA's.

While the color, pour, taste, and smoothness of this brew are all above par, the thing that I like most about this beer is I noticed chocolate-like smell that you would get from a stout.

Highly recommended for the IPA lovers out there.

Jul 01, 2012
Earth Thirst Double IPA from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 132 ratings