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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Eel River IPA

Eel River IPA is an English India Pale Ale from the Eel River Brewing Company in Scotia, California. Scotia is about 20 miles south of Eureka, California on Highway 101. Eel River Brewing Company is known for having its beers certified USDA Organic. English IPA's have a more subtle hop taste and aroma than compared to the American IPA.

I bought this from Curtis Park Market for $4.69 for a 22oz bottle. The beer is 7.2% ABV.

The initial pour created a too much head which overflowed. I'm pretty sure I poured it correctly, however the remaining head quickly downsized to almost non-existant. Amber colored. The aroma is light, but distinctly caramel malt. Very faint hop background. The beer is nicely carbonated. Initial taste is the caramel malt with light hop taste. A faint honey/hop finish. Goes down smooth and not filling.

As an English IPA its hops are a lot more subtle than the usual big-hopped IPAs that we are used to here on the West Coast. It would go well on a hot day. Nothing spectacular, but a well made beer.

Postings on Beer Advocate suggest there were some bad batches of bottles.

Try It.

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