Thursday, February 7, 2013
Eel River Brewing Company Organic IPA
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Eel River Brewing Company Organic IPA.
From the Eel River Brewing Company website: “Brewed with the finest organic malts and hops, this IPA features a bright-minted copper color with a crisp, yet smooth hop bitterness taste. A malty caramel sweetness is balanced with an aggressively clean burst of fresh hop flavor in the middle palate without lingering bitter astringency. A strong floral and citrus character from generous dry hopping blends with strawberry esters from our house yeast strain for an inviting and satiating aroma.
This English-style IPA differs from its West Coast IPA brethren in that it lacks the intense hop bitterness characterized by the American IPA.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a bright amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit and sweet malts.
Taste: Caramel malt followed by pine and citrus hop notes. Not as bitter as I'm accustomed to, but nice tasting.
Overall: Pleasing and easy to drink, Eel River Brewing Company Organic IPA is a nice IPA. At 7.2% ABV the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Balanced and enjoyable I’m not sure I’d stock this regularly in the beer fridge, but it is something I may pick up from time to time and I would certainly not refuse it.