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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Eel River Organic Amber Ale

Eel River Organic Amber Ale, an organic offering from Northern California Eel River Brewing, poured a flat, pinkish-red into the glass with a small, almost non-existent white head.  The nose was so subdued that there wasn't much to reliably pick out and identify.

Eel River Amber Ale opened extremely crisp and clean (an Eel River hallmark), with a mellow malt profile that started light but slightly sweetened and rounded as the ale settled.  A slightly estery yeast note consistently popped up in the otherwise dry fade.

Of all the Eel River offerings, Organic Amber Ale is probably the weakest.  It is by no means bad, but it's too subdued to be a flavorful beer while the strange fruit note at the end would likely turn off someone looking for a neutral beer.  

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