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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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BA SCORE
82
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kojevergas on 04-14-2013

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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the quart can.Pours into an imperial nonic a light dull golden with a half finger lacey bone white head atop.Aromas of light herbal and floral hops and a bit of lightly toasted grain.The flavors are a little more amped up than the aromas with a good shot of herbal and grapefruit hops over top of a firm toasted cereal grain base,not much sweetness detected.Not bad and very quaffable,I could drink a few quarts of this I think.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drank enough of this to know that I like it...a sessionable extra pale ale with hop flavor let me describe it: Looks pale copper golden with a slight haze going on fine bubbled white head forms nice formed head, chunky sporadic lacing is left behind after it slowly dwindles. Aroma has citrus and grapefruit notes with a funky fruity melon not going on in the nose, it's strange in a good way. Flavor is a mix of hops and fruity malts with an ongoing refreshing quality about it, I'm a fan. Not overly done not extreme good drinking enjoy the 5th game of the buccos versus the cards without drinking too heavily to cope with the results of the game. After cracking a few of these and finding an enjoyable easily steady flowing carbonation along with slightly slick hop oils I lit an Illusione Epernay box pressed in all it's beauty of subtle blending pairs quite well with this citric light alcohol drinkable hoppy session pale ale. I'm a fan, go forth and enjoy if your looking for this type of experience.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Now, Minhas/Rhinelander, you see this is a real 'So-Cal' brewery. Take note. (See my last review if you care.)

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, dirty white rising cake dough head, which leaves a decent stretch of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things take a dive southwards.

It smells of sharp, somewhat tart generic citrus zest, some meaty, underripe pineapple, wet pine needles, bready, faintly caramelized pale malt, and further twinge of floral hoppiness. The taste is likewise upfront with the bitter, almost acrid citrus peel hoppiness, this time joined by the label-denoted watermelon rind, somewhat grainy pale cereal malt, and more of that earthy floral essence. Alcohol warming is well.. - just kidding!

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, and surely frothy at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, despite all those hops mucking about. It finishes just barely off-dry, the pale malt making a listless last-ditch stand to maintain a modicum of balance here, though it's a bit of a wasted effort, as the hops have their own tear-down activity going on.

A pretty tasty, hoppy, and easy to drink APA, due in no small part to the lowered ABV. I like the blend of hop flavours here as well - the citrus doesn't dominate, rather it plays nice with the other bitter and fruity notes. I hate to seem to be slavish to a label's marketing schtick, but yes, this could very well be a commendable session ale, even if some Brit might find something wrong with it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Thin layer of foam on arrival and it becomes just blotchy surface wisps.

Smell - Some sweet citrus hop. Mostly a grainy biscuit malt. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste - Grain up front. A touch of doughy malt. Aggressive hops for its size. Pine. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Excessively bitter. Makes it kinda rough. Just a touch watery.

Overall - Decent pale. Nothing much to it, but I appreciate that it's 4.8%.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a huge 32 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some mild hops, a bit of citrus. Taste is balanced, some citrus hops up front, a bit of malts at the finish. Kind of mild, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and this big ass can is draining very quickly. A solid beer.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear golden color, thin head
Smell- mostly hops
Taste- mostly hops, pretty good, balanced
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again.

Photo of AndreasDif
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok Needs more power, good fon weekdays

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint from tap at hops and pie in Denver. Nice hazy golden with a finger of creamy thick head. Nice citrus and grassy hop aroma. Very subtel but substantial. ...hmm
Great lemony citrus hop flavor..grassy and some late tartness. Really a lot going on for a sub 5abv. Refreshing and very sessionable...great lunch brew.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 6.99 strictly for the novelty. Never had this beer or a double pounder before (32oz can) Into my Unibroue goblet

A - Pours a dirty amber brown, very hazy with great carbonation bubbles yet just a 1/4 inch of frothy head that settles to a great lace ring.
S - Smells pretty bright and clean. Pale malts, sweet malts, bright grapefruit hop tones. Smell is clean.
T - Not bad it has a balanced hop to malt ratio a bit of the dry hopped side so their is a solid bitter bite each taste. Nothing bad to say here.
M - Light to medium in body. Drinks well easy to quaff back.

Overall I am just on my first pint of this but I could easily finish the massive oil drum of a can. Not really sure if it was worth the novelty but its still a great beer.

Photo of shand
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

El Conquistador is a tasty, highly hopped APA. The body is light, and there's a solid bitter grapefruit and citrus hop that just tastes good. One of the most refreshing "session IPAs" I've had, the mouthfeel is great with a good crispness, and the drinkability is outstanding. Easily the best thing I've had from Mission to date, and one I'd pick up regularly if they put it in six-packs instead of bombers.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW Imperial Nonic Glass
Notes from 08/23/13

A: Light goldenrod body with some slight hazing. Thin paper white fizz dissipates out to a crown fairly quickly. Low amounts of stick or lace remain behind.

S: Smells super piney and floral with a light splash of perfume mixed in. A rather pungent hop nose with a resinous pine lead.

T: Big hoppy bitterness packs a light punch of pine with some lemon and juicy fruit gum flavors. Very light with a slight bread and honey graham sweetness. Finishes up with some more floral botanic notes. Crisp, light, and hoppy. This is rather refreshing.

M: Very light in body with a moderate to higher amount of carbonation. Peppery hop bitterness and a fairly intense drying crisp finish. Nice little resinous after effect.

D: I found this to be a nice sessionable Pale ale with some big bold hoppy flavors. A little aggressive with the bitterness but on the lighter side in body with decent balance overall. Would have again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, bright goldenrod coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, bright white head. Aromas are very fruity, with a blast of grapefruit, melon, and pineapple. Smells sweet, with some herbal highlights. Flavors are toasted and sweet forward, with a tropical fruit blend of melon, grapefruit, lime, and a backbone of baked bread. Mid-bodied, but the carbonation keeps it light throughout. The aftertaste is tart and sweet, with all the fruit characteristics lingering on a bit. Effervesced, slightly frothy finish, with a very subtle sweet linger. Refreshing and crisp. Solid brew.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The giant 32oz can is no longer the domain of cheep adjunct lagers, it's now part of the craft beer market, and I for one like it. Not that I am always wanting to have giant beer packages, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a BIG beer, and this one fits the bill! Not everything described as "big" needs to be high ABV either, this one is really mellow at 4.8% and great after a hard day when you just want a few beers, but are too lazy to take multiple trips to the fridge!

I like the malty base and the crispy hops crunchiness. I thought the feel was especially good, full bodied and light all at once. A tasty one to be sure.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear yellow color. There is a bone white, short lived head that provides minimal lacework. The aroma is light, and lemony. In the taste, lemony citrus, fuzzy tangerine and some pine round out the hop flavor. There is a fair amount of bitterness and the beer drinks smoothly and is quite refreshing. I would imagine this to be a great pale ale option in the summer months, for the refreshing quality and overall lightness, and remained palatable as it approached room temperature. Light bodied and crisp, overall this is a decent pale.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local Vons grocery store in Southern California and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a good pale. Label is black and green. Brewed with Centennial and Yakima Valley pilot hops.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice soft froth, decent cream, pretty decent thickness, and good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper of decent vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style. There are no overt flaws.

Sm: Floral hop character, lemon citrus zest, grassy character, and spruce. When I look for watermelon (per the label) I do find it - that's a nice unique touch. I like it. Quite appealing but not as fresh as it needs to be. A very pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

T: Citrusy and a bit juicy. Nectary. Nice floral hop character. Lemon grass; lemon zest. Balanced and enjoyable, but held back by its simplicity. It's enjoyable for what it is. Not horribly subtle, but tasty stuff. I do like it. Decent watermelon.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Nicely thick. Adequate carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it, but its simplicity does hold it back. The price could be better. I won't get it again, but it was pleasant to try once.

C

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First of all, throwing this ale into something that mimics a 40oz type of can has got to strum a chord in my Appalachian roots, however its taste within resonates with the craft beer lover that I have become.

As the ale goes from can to glass, its pour is the classic Pale Ale pour- golden to slight amber, the ales colors are alive with sunny-bright colors. Yet its mild haze allows for a prism-like glow. As its foamy head builds, it does so with an arid honeycomb structure to easily outlast the session and lace the glass with artistry along the way.

The beer bursts with medium aromas of grapefruit and orange zest that rests upon a body of caramel and honey. Lightly biscuity- its scent carries a sweet starchiness that remains understated and allows the command of citrus, herb and leaf to carry the load. Its tea and light cannabis scent are unmistakable as the taste draws near.

Honey, caramel and crisp baked crackers are the beer's leading flavors, but the citrus overtakes all that as the hops govern the middle- pink grapefruit, orange peels, leaf, light lemon and herbal component gives the ale a lupulin-forward taste while the ale finishes bitter, crisp and snappy. Its clean aftertaste lingers on with the bitterness of citrus pith.

Mid-light in its body, the ale's crisp, clean and refreshing properties makes it suitable for a wide array of American cuisine. But as its middle palate casts away its sweetness and high carbonation, it invites a playfully acidic tone with acute grain-derived astringency.

I love how the hoppy Pale Ale plays out on the taste buds, but the ale is boring to a fault. Its a well crafted beer but one that carries little intrigue past what has already been tasted and well documented.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours an attractive fizzy golden in the tall tulip. A nice head and plenty of carbonation. Perfumey aroma of a grapefruit Kolsch. Starts with a sweet kiss of malt and then spirals into a bitter single note. The hop flavor would be pleasant enough, but my taste buds are just flashing red.

I can't taste anything but the resiny, grapefruit pith hop. I always applaud the flavorful sub-five percent brews, but it's a delicate act. This one is so over hopped for the light body. But since I'm such a lightweight, the hop uber alles folks will want to try it. It tastes like something Stone would make and call a Blonde. So it's an extra pale Palate Wrecker. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Von's supermarket for a nice price.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light almost golden color. The head was smalland carbs were light.
The aroma is fresh hops and malts. The taste is good and a bit dry. A sporty little hop taste pocks through the malts which finish with a cracker taste.
A good beer. It's easy and refreshing to drink and no doubt wold work well around the yard.

Photo of theteleman
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light yellowish/hay color with a big fluffy white head. Smells piney, hops, and citrus...what one would expect from a pale ale. Lots of hops are forward in the taste, very similar to an IPA but less alcohol. Lacing is excellent on this brew as is the smell and taste. Throughly enjoyed this one, a good beer to session with.

Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bottle with no date on it. My first beer from this brewery, here we go.

Look is a gold-orange, clear, with decent retention. Smell is light, grainy, with hops that remind me of snpa. Slightly bitter prickly feel, bready malt, apple, pear, pine.

Packs a lot of flavor in, but expensive.

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of QueerBeer
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 32-ounce can is pretty ballsy, in my opinion, but Mission delivers. This sucker pours a decent , off-white head with a lightly-amber, translucent body. Don't remember the aroma from last night, but I was stuffed up a bit so probably didn't pick up too much anyway. Mouthfeel is effervescent, smooth, a touch dry (in a good way). Taste is straightforward and exactly what it claims to be- starts with a balanced citrus hop palate, finishes with a moderately bitter hop backbone. Great session.

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +10.5%

It's been a while since I had an 'Oil Can', but this one delivered! Great taste, with enough hop - citrus flavor to make it very drinkable. And this is key - 32 oz is like having three regular beers, so you have to be ready to consume, which I was. Knocked it down in a half hour, enjoying every sip along the way.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a magnificent head that leaves a ton of lacing behind

Smell: Gentle tones of bread and citrus and pineapple

Taste: Bready and citrusy, up front, with a bit of pith, in the middle; a hint of lemon in the finish which is otherwise crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I love low ABV session ales that pack in some flavor and this is among that group; not sure about the 32 oz. can, however, as that is a bit too much of a gimmick

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El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale from Mission Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.