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El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale - Mission Brewery

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El Conquistador Extra Pale AleEl Conquistador Extra Pale Ale

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139 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 04-14-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the CAN: “Extra Pale Ale”; “Like a true [CAN]quistador, there is no settling. Break new territory with passion and precision while you discover the audacious flavor of hops. This is El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale. The light color and body belie the flourish of hop flavor derived from Centennial and pilot hops from Yakima Valley. Notes of lemon and watermelon keep the aroma bright, but do not be fooled. This is a real session beer. Which means, intrepid drinkers, you may stay a little longer.”

I do not often get to Crack! open a Quart CAN, but when I do, it feels like I am opening a 55-gallon drum. Needless to say, an inverted Glug was not on the menu as I could not maneuver the crane that was lifting the monolith well enough to maintain CANtrol if it was inverted. It was almost out of CANtrol anyway and quickly filled my awaiting glass and forming three dense, rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with decent retention. Once it fell, while I was resetting the oil drum, it left some beautiful sticky lacing in its wake. I feel like I am on a CANstruction job, since I am going to need a jackhammer later to remove the lacing. Since when did The CANQuest ™ become such hard work?!? Color was a barely (I hate to even mention it) hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Nose had a slight grassiness to it and I became curious to see what it would taste like. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was mildly grassy with a slight citrus rind bitterness. This was probably one of the more drinkable session beers that I have encountered. Finish was dry and I really never got the “watermelon” that they mentioned, but “lemon” as in lemon zest or lemon rind? Heck, yeah! Now, how to quantify this so that it becomes a “useful” review? The first thing to remember is that a Quart CAN requires a real CANmittment on the part of the CANsumer, unless you are sharing with others. I liked it, but by the halfway point, I was ready to move on to something else. It is an impressive CAN and I have only had a couple/few Craft Quart CANs, but is that enough to merit inclusion in the cooler? I am not sure. YMMV.

woodychandler, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beerbuddha, Sunday at 09:31 PM
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Gagnonsux, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrifyingly large can--felt like a bum carrying this to checkout. Fortunately, googled, and 32 oz is 0.94L, so the perfect size for going in a 1L mug.

A: 4.0 - Hazy light orange color with a substantial inch-and-half-thick head.
S: 3.75 - Lots of citrus hops.
T: 4.0 - Citrus citrus citrus! A great heaping load of hop flavor, though bitterness is not all that, allowing some sweet malt to come through. Very light fruitiness. Dryish finish.
M: 3.75 - Medium, neutral texture, light bodied
O: 3.75 - Very drinkable pale ale. I have an urge to sit on the corner and drink it straight from the can.

allengarvin, Oct 11, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -1.4%

AMCimpi, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

UltimateLivewire, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

A - Mostly clear honey, small head, mostly ring, not much lace.

S - Malt and hops, both on the light side.

T - Nice rich malt with a decent enough hop bite.

M - Good balance, good carb. Pleasant finish.

D - Nice session beer.

srandycarter, Sep 30, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

KGalindo, Sep 21, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

jheezee, Sep 19, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +8%

johlac66, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

wrightst, Sep 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Wow, I really did not like this. Drain-pour. Here goes:

A: Only thing good about the beer. Massive, soapy head that leaves a tons of lacing. Beer is a clear yellow. 4.5/5.0

S: Very bad. Too much diacetyl, very peppery (but not in a good way), and the hops just smell...off. No grapefruit or pine; just straight up lemon. No malt either, which is bad for a pale ale, IMHO. 1/5

T: About as bad as the smell. Some white pepper and lemon, but that's all. On a side note, at least the beer was well carbonated. 1/5

M: OK, but the flavor and smell totally destroyed this beer for me. Good carbonation. 3/5

O: A bad representation of the style. I know that APA's tend to focus on hops instead of malt, but a pale ale needs some malt to balance out the hops and the hops should at least be tasty. 2/5

leantom, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

BogAl, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

TX-Badger, Sep 05, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Tiernan, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Bmm281, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

mcloud2, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

since this is a great sessionable style and appropriate ABV, I think the Quart can makes perfect sense. the rich foamy head holds up quite well and the flavor is a nice balance on the hop malt scale. I really enjoyed this pale ale. having a 32 oz "factory sealed" container, that can be opened in due time seems like a great alternative to a much more perishable mini (or half) growler. good job in recognizing a niche market Mission!

ricke49, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

NYR_Rob, Aug 24, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

goods003, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

FLBEERGUY25, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

tbarnett80, Aug 10, 2014
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El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale from Mission Brewery
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