SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, from six-pack split with DarkElf, purchased at BevMo LaJolla. Pours dark amber with a light haze and a small white head that left little lace. Aroma seems well balanced with caramel maltes and a nice counterpoint of floral and citrus hops and just a hint of grass. Rich malty backbone, mostly caramelly malts and fruity notes, orange juice along with citrus hops of featuring lemon and grapefruit rind. Medium body with gentle carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable IPA and without the ashy aroma and taste that iíve come to associate with most organic brews. Kudos to Eel River.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle via trade with cbkschubert! - Thanks Craig! - Pours amber slightly cloudy with a nice creamy tan head that stays quite well and laces in layers. Aromas of grapefruit hops over toasted and caramel malts with some grassy hops there as well. Flavor is lots of peach and apricot with a touch of grapefruit. Some caramel malts in the background. Quite a bit of carbonation in this one.. How come all organic beers lack what it takes to be great?
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very light head. Very light lacing. Light carbonation. Has a light grassy, bready aroma. Flavor is much of the same. Very light esters. Medium body. I donít think this "Certified Organic" BS makes much of a difference in taste or aroma. Unless you are a tree hugginí and/or tofu eatiní sucker. Worth a try.
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via beerguy101. Pours a dark copper, mostly clear, under a small off-white head. Light sediment in bottle. Aroma is of light toasted and caramel malts with a small dose of piney hops. Flavor is fairly light as well with a thin malt base and moderate bitterness. Finish is short with a citric and iced tea hoppy foinish. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with alot of fizzy carbonation. Slightly creamy in texture. A middle of the road IPA, not worth seeking out unless youíre into the organic thing.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with moderate carbonation. More malt than Iíd expect for an IPA, but still quite nice. Coffee and licorice with some berry on the nose. Starts with a dark flavor, moving sweeter and milder malt; a bit of hop bitterness. Ends with strong malt character and leaves a nice hop bitterness.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Bev Mo La Mesa. Pours a medium golden orange color. Head was white and bailed somewhat quikly. Nose of hops and some citrus. The initial bite was nice, but the finish was a litttle weak.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Medium orange-amber color with a small creamy white head. Grassy fresh hop aromatics with deep tones of citric sweetness. Fresh hop flavor, some floral soapiness as well. Some muted caramel malt flavors in the finish with some residual grassy herbal hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light medium, fairly dry.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the first certified organic beer which I really enjoyed. Far better than any of the Wolaverís beers Iíve had. The body was a semi-cloudy orange-brown with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma was sweet, of apricots, and maybe a little peach. Mouthfeel was medium full, with some syrupyness about the malts and hops which gave way to a really pleasant smooth, mildly sweet finish.
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle: Pours a nice amber color with a thick fluffy hazelnut head and some serious carbonation. GRass heavy on the nose, also some serious lemon, citrus, and malts. Underneath the main aromas are some glue, almost some coffee and alcohol as well. The flavors are sharp and quick. I donít think much lingers on my tounge. Starts out sweet, but only for a brief moment then lemony, bitter and a strange aftertaste I donít care for. I want to say the finish is hops, but not a type I care for. Might not be hops at all though, tastes dusty to me. Sweetens a little as it warms and is quite nice dispite the lacking of hops most expect with an IPA.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First of all I like this beer. Itís being seen around my area more, and is a good IPA. but...
The color is a little more orange than i think a IPA should be. I feel an american IPA should be rather pale [my version] golden to even straw colored.
The nose is surprisingly malty very malty.
However, this is no west coast hop-head IPA.
Nice creamy head that lingers for awhile.
It has a good full mouth-feel, and has adaquate hop bitterness. Great aftertaste. I think one of itís big claim/goal is itís certified organic wholeness. [and iím ALL for that] A great session beer, and one to have on hand in the refrigerator.