Hop Tanker - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wowcoolman on 10-11-2013

Two-row malt, meet Nelson Sauvin and Citra. Fast friends indeed. As sleek as a 9% DIPA can be with the sharp hop tone of lemon peels filled in by orange marmalade and just utter dankness. And you thought those tankers off-shore were just unloading crude...
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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and tropical fruity hops and some caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet melons and caramel malt with a big piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity piney DIPA.

Photo of Maurizio
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange. Nice head with quick dissipation. Floral, perfumy, dank nose. Taste is very mildly "hot" but not overwhelmingly so. Good bitterness, but there's something about the dank or perfumy qualities of the hop profile that takes this beer down a notch in my book.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Bubblegum citrus and white grapes. As advertised obviously with Citra meets Nelson. I wish the power of three were added with Simcoe, but hey! Beggars can't be choosers.

The beer was bottled on May 16, 2015. Consumed June 2nd. As fresh as it's going to get. This is a highly hopped beer with a high dose of sweet malt to add. Wish there was a wee bit less of the malt. One bomber might not put you out, but doesn't leave you wanting more of it after 22oz is consumed. Refreshing, clean and crisp isn't the term I'd use. Resinous hop fix juicy fruit is how I'd describe it.

This specimen is very good. From memory, this was "cleaner" on tap a year or so ago.


Photo of number1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is not for the timid beer drinker. Must have some experience in big DIPA's. This beer is exactly as it means to be, a tanker of hops!! With a blast of hops and a meaty malt backbone to back-up the 9.2 abv this beer promises to dry-dock your steamboat for sure. Love Life, Drink Fresh!!

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA style glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A big bright orange and crystal clear body, with lots of rising carbonation. There's a bit of cola like sized bubbles sticking to the side, with a big fist full capping off white and faint vanilla cream colored fistfull tall head. THick cap, swiss cheese retention and clumping slowly settling down.

Hop front of a good mix. Hits first with some dank then to citrus like aromas. Much of the citrus angle seems buried as the dankness wins and overpowers. Malt quality seems a faint hint of toasty brown caramel sugars slightly.

Palate comes with a nice juiced fruity body. Big hop blast of dank qualities, with some tropical action in the mid palate. Finishes with a good pine like sting and dryness to match. Great fantastic juiced mouthfeel, full and rich, letting the flavors dance and coat real easily and nicely. Minimal distinction in malt presence for this guy.

It's a very impressively made beer in the style realm, but it's flavor isn't one that is really knocking me stunned. A decent solid brew, looking forward to more from these guys in the future. Will keep the hopheads easily happy.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a golden dark orange, with a 3/4 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite citrusy, lots of orange and grapefruit, some slight malt as well.

Great taste. Some pine and bitter grapefruit, some sweet juicy orange, and a nice lingering bitterness. There is a bit of malt that struggles to make a presence, of the toasty and slightly sweet caramel variety.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice little surprise, this was very tasty. The bottle was about 2 months old and seemed to still be quite bright, juicy, and hop-forward.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks, CA

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits from the hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has some added notes of citrusy hops. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for an Imperial IPA because it hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle.

A: Pours a hazy orange with one finger thick off-white head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Juicy tropical fruits (guava, mango, lychee, passion) and floral notes are strong.

T: Dank, green herbal with light florals, citrus (orange, lemon). Malty backbone for balance.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Sticky, herbal, dry and bitter finish.

O: Quite good. Well balanced. Love the aroma.

Photo of Daktah
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Richmond Bar & Grill in El Segundo. Poured bright orange, and the citrus and tropical fruit started right away. Citrus/tropical profile carried into the taste. Mouthfeel was good to very good.

Overall a delicious and complete DIPA. Had no expectations upon ordering, and was pleasantly overwhelmed. Great beer.

Photo of rand
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

It appears crisp and light like a lager, clear and effervescent. A sudsy 2-inch head forms that never fully recedes.

The bouquet is classic West Coast-style: a big bold IPA with an anchor of citrus zest. Huge wafts of fresh cut pine and dank resin play against a giant malt-backbone. Some tropical nuances can be parsed, along with lemongrass.

The flavors are kind of a mess, disappointing. Astringently bitter, vinous hop essence rushes the palate, followed by a disjointed malty balance. There are citrus and tropical notes and malted grain resin all over the palate, but not in a cohesive way. Boozy as well. Finishes bitter, with lingering grapefruit zest that never completely leaves.

After drinking Pliny the Younger, Citra and Exponential Hoppiness for the last month, this just feels like brewers trying to fill a category. I like a lot of the brews I've had from El Segundo, but this needs some work.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Radiant orange with very little head and some slightly visible carbonation.

S: A ton of citrusy hops. Tropical notes are very predominant: grapefruit, orange and even some mango.

T: Holds true to its fantastic aroma -- citrusy and piney flavors are overwhelming (and delicious). "Hop tanker" is quite accurate, as this beer packs on the hop bitterness and fruity notes in equal measure.

M: Medium-bodied, yet manages to have a sticky, warm finish. Not much carbonation-wise, but probably for the best to get that full hop resin feel.

O: Among my favorite Double IPAs in Los Angeles -- it's a well balanced IPA that hangs with some of the best DIPAs I've had anywhere. While they're obviously best fresh (I've had at the brewery as well as off the shelf from the liquor store), you really can't go wrong with this excellent and very reasonably priced beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at O’Brien’s Pub – Kearny Mesa
Full pint – 12/11/2014

A: My pour arrives a soft caramel colored hue with some well filtered clarity. A thin paper white foam cap forms with some modest hang time before settling out to a crown. Not much of any stick or lace noted.

S: Citrus zest blends with dank marijuana, pine, white grape, and spiced melon fruit. I get some sugary malt presence but not much roast or depth to it. Definitely a hopped up aroma, nicely fresh with spiced fruit and herbal notes.

T: The taste brings a big dose of malt sugars with a high level of scrubbing hop bitterness following suit. Mostly citrus and grapefruit notes with some white wine grape and sweet melon. Again not much carmelization on the malt but it is definitely present. The beer has some mild alcohol noted and a sharp hop bite to it. Deals a real puckering finish that kicks out some more pine and herbal spice notes. Pretty solid DIPA here that is aggressive while maintaining some honest balance.

M: Moderately filling body with a nice carbed up consistency lending a mostly frothy feel. High constricting bitterness with resinous pucker and long linger. Dry and crisp at the finish.

D: Haven’t been all that impressed with El Segundo’s brews just yet but I will say Hop Tanker is definitely making a statement. Nice in your face hop flavor and bitterness while maintaining balance with the malt sweetness and overall drinkability.

Photo of derik2015
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odd at first.. But settles in...oh so nice..

Photo of ecarl97
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

How can you go wrong with Nelson and Citra? A little heavy, but outstanding. These guys are great at IPA's and I will be watching them closely. Hit the tasting room if you ever get the chance.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bringing a taste of hops from LA to a beer glass near you, El Segundo introduces themselves to me with their Hop Tanker Double IPA- full of all things herbacious, citrus and tropical with the spiciness of 9.2% abv to boot.

Opening with a honey-amber pour, the hazy ale glows with colors of blood orange and peach. As its ivory-white head builds upon the beer, a thick sheet of foam recedes to a simmer while light broken lace sheds on the glass.

Its citrus and herb aromas are bountiful as an undercurrent of caramel offers to give the taste of red grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon and mango a juicy, plump and ripe scent. Bursting with pulp and sherbet scents, its earthen aromas strike the olfactory with a sense of chive and cannabis heading into taste.

Sweet caramel, honey and bread weave together like gingersnaps and cookie dough just ahead of the hop onslaught that overcomes the palate in the middle. What starts out with vibrant tropical and citrus concludes with resinous pine, herbal grasses, chive and again- cannabis. Bitter in its finish, a slim malt sweetness retains a mild semblance to balance even as its alcohol spice lays down a gin-like taste to close.

Medium bodied, its upstart seems slightly elevated until the bulk of its residual sweetness recedes and its carbonation dries the palate effectively. Its malty-dry finish is warm, spicy and with peps of booze and lingering bitter spice.

Loving what hops do to beer, Hop Tanker is a testament to all things lupulin- citrus, tropics, pepper, lemon, pine and even the herb that is hops not-so-distant cousin. Even as a caramel sweetness remains- this ale is a centerpiece to the hop cone!

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of hazy amber in the New Belgium snifter. Huge fruity aroma. Streaming bubbles and a long-lasting sudsiness. A nice foamy mouthfeel sip after sip.

Other have noted the hop content, and it is quite amazing. Hugely fruity without an intense bitterness. Oily and acidic but smoothed over by the huge malty foundation. The grape flavor is quite distinct, more of a Concord along with the mango, pineapple, and I can't even think what all. The spiciness is remarkable as well. Burnt toast finish.

This is about as sweet as they come for a DIPA, but I find it thoroughly charming. It's a late-nite sip, like a Barley Wine, only tangy and full of aromatics.. And the suds cream up to the very last swirl in the glass. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine.

Photo of beerviews2013
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: hoppy pine smell every ipa drinker has to love.

Appearance: a liquid gold brew with a medium tight head and the bubbles are bigger then I'm use to seeing this is putting a big smile on my face.

taste: bang it hits the pallet so great. A big double hop taste with a crisp citrus finish of orange and lemon citrus that is so great and refreshing id recommend this to any ipa lover. As the beer sits on the pallet it makes the taste buds stand up just the way i like it. As the beer warms up the sweetness of the malts come alive and take this drink to another level of greatness as make it smooth and provide that smooth finish.

Overall: this was a awesome brew out of l.a. the only l.a water ill drink. A must try giving this a the highest rating

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty. Nice local LA brewery that makes some outstanding beers.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row malt, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops.

22 oz. bomber purchased at Hacienda Beverages (Brea).

Bottled on 22-Nov-13. Poured into Firestone Walker pint glass on 19-Feb-14.

For a DIPA that's about 3 months old, I'm surprised at how refreshing and fruity this is. Full of juicy grapefruit and orange peel aromas and in flavor. I won't repeat what other BA's have reviewed here. The finish is a bit too hop bitter for my taste, so I'm only assuming a fresh batch would blow my mind.

I'm proud of yet another local-brewed IPA. Looking forward to the next batch and hopefully will hit shelves as soon after its brewed this time.

Photo of misterworldwide
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop front. Very bitter. Not doing it for me.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the well-formed head leaves a dripping pattern of lace

Smell: Dank, vinous and citrusy, with an undertone of caramel and a hint of pine

Taste: Vague elements of shortbread and caramel build the base and then the hops take over, with tropical fruit, melon, lemon and white wine grape tones; the finish is all about the hop flavors, with the malts hidden in the background

Mouthfeel:: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer using two hop varieties that I doubt would pair well when I read the label; having visited the brewpub, I know this brewery has good buzz in the LA market but it should be better known on a nationwide basis, too

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/22/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between citrus and herbal hop aromas and flavors.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nelson Sauvin and Cita hops together? Well, I'm in! Coming out a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Copper orange colored in the glass, and topped with nearly three fingers worth of head in my Speigelau IPA glass. Head retention is excellent, and several thick strings of lacing are left. The aroma is quite god. I get pleasing cantaloupe, kiwi, light pine, a kiss of honey and dry bread.

Strong and hoppy is the taste. I taste intense hop oils, intense hot spots of alcohol, and good notes of kiwi, passionfruit, orange peel, intense citric action! For as hot as the alcohol can get, the beer is actually quite smooth going down. In the aftertaste, there are plenty of hop oils an citric notes lingering to keep that hop flavor going.

Hop Tanker is indeed impressive. The pricetag is a tough one to swallow though, at $10.99 a bomber.

Photo of Rado
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden yellow orange clear

S - heavy on the sweet fruit, has a danky cheesey almost Brie like front component on nose, most interesting component either u like it or not

T - huge on fruit with a citrus component, almost bordering pineapple

M - very nice, fills the mouth without too much of a malt component, coats the tongue like a great dipa

O - very good, interesting ipa with a unique nose and awesome mouthfeel, worth a try. Although has certain characteristics that you will either like or not care for

Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Not much head atop a pale, clear golden ale with lots of effervesce.

S: Huge, soaring, unbelievable fruit. Bitter hops. This combination of my two favourite hops (Nelson Sauvin and Citra) is something to behold. Tropical and juicy; piney and dry. The interplay between the two extremes of hop flavour is remarkable.

T/M: Wonderful. Softer than anticipated. The flavor here is more floral and herbal, with only hints of the fruitiness of the nose. The hops are dank and heavy, leaving a light but lingering bitterness for ages on the tongue. I'd guess 100+ IBU. A bit of acidity as well that can sometimes give the impression of sourness. A little bit more supporting malt would be nice. Not very balanced, but still quite good.

O: A very good DIPA, that smells phenomenal and tastes well above average. Certainly recommended, though not quite as stellar as I'd hoped.

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Hop Tanker from El Segundo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.