El Dorado (IPA Is Dead) - BrewDog
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
3.78/5 rDev +5%
Polished bronze with white clingy froth.
Kumquat, orange and papaya on the nose, along with a bit of fusel, maybe.
Pear and caramel cake up front with dank, musty orange hops.
Pear juice finish and resiny linger.
Lt-med, oily, chewy.
A bit too stewy, not seeing all the bright fruit that this hop is supposed to be about. There is a clean thing that cuts through at the end that I could call watermelon Jolly Ranchers (the note I've heard referenced.) But I don't like Jolly Ranchers.
Not getting the fuss, though it might warrant a 2nd look.
05-20-2013 18:36:20 | More by StJamesGate
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
4.23/5 rDev +17.5%
lace, nice orange colour. Smell of tropical fruits, tangerine and coriander, spices and also some caramel and malts. It Feels really pleasant in the tongue, not too heavy, not too soft, the same goes for carbonation. Taste of tropicalfruits, tangerine, some caramel... as time goes by, both smell and taste develope and leaves you asking for more. Not the strong falvour of some other IPAS, more balanced between hops and malts, it's a rich and full of flavour beer, maybe too mild palate, but great.
08-01-2013 16:22:46 | More by janubio
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
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
330ml bottle purchased as part of the series direct from the brewery.
Pours a pleasant, clear burnished golden colour, solid in the body with fine carbonation. Head forms a lovely sturdy, relatively frothy crest of off-white that settles down to a fine top that leaves tiny specky lacing. Looks good.
On opening, the nose reveled a gorgeous, intense mandarin character, chewy but sweet and citric. As it settles, a lot of that sort of volatile aroma is lost, leaving a decent pithy hop character that is nonetheless more generic. Pleasant edging of green herbal aromas and a sweet malty backbone round it out. It's still very pleasant.
Taste is more subdued, but pleasant enough. The bitterness is actually remarkably restrained, leaving the bulk of the central and back palate to the malt. Given that the malt character is intentionally quite neutral, it tastes a little bland. The hops do present themselves on the front, however, with a pithy citric character and a touch of mandarin peel. On the back the hops flitter out, leaving just a slight medicinal bite and a reminiscence of the mandarin. Feel is smooth but light, missing the little kick that some residual hop acid would bring.
Overall, though, this is a nice beer, well-done, that does give some pleasant insight into El Dorado as a hop variety. I was hopeful that it would be the standout of the series, but so far, that honour remains with Waimea.
07-02-2013 05:46:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
El Dorado (IPA Is Dead) from BrewDog
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