El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale - Mission Brewery
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Reviews by msubulldog25:
3.96/5 rDev +10.3%
Bought one of those gargantuan 32 oz/1 QUART cans ($5.99) at the brewery last Friday, a quick stop before heading to the airport. Popped it and poured to 2 pint glasses with my wife tonight, pairing it with an awesome homemade dungeness crab mac & cheese and the Saints-Seahawks MNF game.
A: Lightly hazed golden-butterscotch pour, with a fluffy 2-finger head of white foam. Good retention, dwindling over several minutes, and sticking tufts of lace, gradually turning to smaller speckles. Decent carbonation, nothing too vigorous, but a few steadily rising streams.
S: Good whiffs of sourdough and mild spice. Cut hay, wet and a bit earthy.
T: Lemony upfront, with a pithy then piney bitterness to follow. Bready, grassy, green, a touch tangy. Very flavorful, if slightly brassy in the finish
M: Smooth, even carbonation. Coating mouthfeel, just a little oily/clingy. Refreshing, lighter body.
O: A very nice APA, loads of flavor, good aroma and the modest strength (only 4.8% ABV) to considered "sessionable". I like it and would be glad to have some again.
12-03-2013 03:22:50 | More by msubulldog25
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3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-14-2013 20:50:34 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
09-09-2013 19:14:10 | More by WVbeergeek
4.04/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-22-2013 23:12:14 | More by biboergosum
3.14/5 rDev -12.5%
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%.
07-08-2013 23:25:15 | More by Alieniloquium
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-27-2014 00:14:40 | More by tone77
El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale from Mission Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.