El Dorado (IPA Is Dead) - BrewDog
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3.61/5 rDev +0.3%
The final foray into my Brew Dog "IPA is Dead" pack and perhaps the one single-hop ale of the four that truly makes sense from a flavor hop showcase perspective, El Dorado pours the standard Brew Dog dark yellow/light orange amber IPA hue with around four fingers of light tan head. Aroma moderately assertive and dominated by fresh citrus juice, citrus peel, nondescript fermented notes, wet hay ... a bit yeasty and funky. Probably the least overtly malty of the four IPA is Dead offerings, this one really does let the hops shine through. There is a toasty, light caramel background but really the predominant flavor here is fresh citrus: Blood and navel oranges, lime, lemon. The hops taste like aromatic fresh juice but there is also a bitter leafy component, a little black tea, and a hard candy flavor like Lifesavers. Minimal pine but I do get a menthol undercurrent like mint or some other fresh herb. Moderately chewy body and finishes smooth with citrus pith, not crazy bitter or astringent. I can only assume that this is an accurate, uncomplicated representation of what this American flavor hop tastes like, so mission accomplished. As a representative of the IPA style, the brew projects a great hoppiness but I'd lift up the malts a bit more. The Maris Otter complexity deserves better.
11-20-2013 17:00:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows some peach and floral notes along with sweet clean malt and a little confectionary. Also some biscuity malt. Similar biscuity malt as a flavour with a fair bit of sweetness. Some pear and green tea. Seems to finish a little flat.
Needs more carbonation.
10-30-2013 00:35:54 | More by CrazyDavros
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
A - fully hazy orange, head quickly fizzled to a thin cover
S - big bubble gum note , leafs and grains
T - buttery with big mineral notes, leafy, grape bubble gum
M - relatively lite, not much on the way of dry or bitter ipa characteristics
O - it's diffetent but nothing special
10-13-2013 01:24:22 | More by joemcgrath27
2.99/5 rDev -16.9%
The colour is gold (24 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger-thick head is compact and beige, it sinks quickly ti a fine lid leaving no lacing.
The smell is mild with some chalk and minerals. Cheap orange juice, fresh meat and some cookies. I expect more of an IPA at 6.7 %.
The quite mild taste is sour-tart with lots of oranges, tangerines and lime. It is somewhat fat with notes of corn oil and butter. Lemon-like fruity sour flavours. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is elegant and balanced with some alcohol, lemon cookies, and some fresh herbs. The short finish is all lemon juice.
The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth.
Not bad, but way too mild for an American IPA.
09-04-2013 17:43:44 | More by bark
3.66/5 rDev +1.7%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/8/13
A slight haze in a amber body, just a few bubbles and a short live thin film for a head that leaves some polka dot lace
S ju jubes, gummy worms, and herbal notes and tropical citrus but its hard to place and a little chewing gum
T lime rind, faint pine and a little wet wood on top of what I smell, not overly intense and tastes like gummy candy more then anything
M medium bodied, slightly syrupy, just enough bubbles to give it some life and a little heat seems out of place in a 7%er, herbal rind on the finish
O its alright but there's room for improvement, its a little odd but perhaps just unfamiliar
drinkable but doesn't quite get there in every area, strange gummy candy notes just keep popping up
08-06-2013 06:17:49 | More by wordemupg
3.71/5 rDev +3.1%
330ml bottle. Part 2 of the IPA is Dead mixed 4-pack, another new hop varietal for me to know and love, it seems.
This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a rather impressive array of thickly webbed lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells of musty tropical fruit - pineapple, mostly - a bit of citrus cream, perfumed florals, bready caramel malt, and a hint of wet pine. The taste is more subdued juicy orange, pineapple, and grapefruit cocktail fruitiness, moderately caramelized bready malt, and another wee touch of inert pine resin.
The carbonation is quite understated, and almost dead to the world, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with a small twinge from this particular aspirational hop. It finishes well off-dry, the muted tropical fruitiness and tame bready malt in a certain consensual, middling pact.
An approachable enough single-hopped IPA, but the bitterness quotient just doesn't live up to general expectations. There's nothing off about this, and kudos to the low-key ABV, yet I would be kind of remiss in recommending this as anything near a paragon of the style.
08-06-2013 05:14:34 | More by biboergosum
El Dorado (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.