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Two 5 Left - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 179
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-05-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 179
Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Handsome dark amber with a brownish tint in the nonic. foam is exemplary. Long lasting, off-white, fine-grained. Crisp mouthfeel with a tongue-stabbing acidity.

First there is a surprising sweetness. Then the sharp, bitter, and aromatic blast coming full force. This stuff is a total hop takeover. Everything that doesn't taste like a hop is vaporized. Aftertaste is a spicy bitterness. Take another sip and it's the same all over. Fruity hops with a sharp grapefruit taste and bitterness that borders on the painful.

This seems like a good example of the ultimate cage-fighting double IPA. This game is getting kind of old. However, you get enough hop flavor to firm up a case of cheap flabby lagers. Silver Bullet, meet Two 5 Left. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for nine bucks.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

"I lost my wallet in El Segundo, I lost my wallet in El Segundo!" Kinda true, if I were hurting for cash...

New West Coast DIPA I've never had. Excited for this one based on previous reviews. Was Told at K&L Liquor, Redwood City where I bought this, that it's a brand new beer they just started carrying, and that it should be very fresh. No Bottle on date. Range of 8% DIPA's I've found to be my sweet spot with this style...

A - A bit darker than your standard WC DIPA, copper, dark orange colored, head sticks around for a quick second and lacing does what it should. Not much activity going on. A wee bit above average.

S - Malt is there backing up the hops. Smells as if both are in almost equal parts, but I was hoping for more of a hop forward, fresh citrus aroma. Nothing really separates this from the run of the mill West Coast DIPAs in this department.

T - Mirrors the smell. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing memorable either. Some oranges, grapefruit and a very solid malt backbone backing this all up, but nothing making this unique at all. Just a good DIPA, nothing more, nothing less. Higher scores from me if the citrus was more vibrant, and brighter.

M - My Favorite part of the beer. Creamy, smooth, but somehow, dry. Nice, but just a wee bit less malt would be appreciated. Complete opposite preference from an East Coaster I'd imagine. Subjective.

O - For the record, this did not impact my scoring of this beer AT ALL, although the next few comments will make you think otherwise, but whatever.... I'm actually offended that this bomber costs $8.99. I'm offended Sculpin does as well, and at a "World Class" level. Here's where this new brewery will have problems. We will pay for this bomber once at this price, just try it or "tick" it. But at the end of the day, we will never pay that premium for this beer ever again...quite honesty because it's non-memorable, and there's plenty of better DIPAs out there, and at a MUCH better price.


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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Grapefruit, honey, lemon, kiwi. Has a dark floral edge and a touch of onion.

T: Juicy guava, lemon, and grapefruit upfront with honey and caramel. Bitterness is firm, and chalky and keeps this free being very sweet, especially for a DIPA. The middle has notes of pine, lavender, lillies, and is a touch astringent on the tongue from the alcohol and whip-crack bitterness. Solid, but nondescript malt backbone, maltier than most west coast DIPAs. Finish is straight grapefruit complete with a little tanginess and a touch of onion.

Notes: A solid hop bomb, with a nice balance of hop notes and its more malt and bitterness forward than most.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a murky amber color, hues of red and copper. A 2 finger white head, soapy in texture rises from the beer and has great retention and and leaves behind some great soapy lace. The aroma is a bit malty with some bitter, resinous, piney hop presence. The flavors are nice, lots of oily, pine forward hops that are followed by rich, sweet caramel malt, balance leans a bit on the malty side, but the bitter, dry grassy flavors are nice. The body is nice, very dry, nice level of carbonation that supports the richer, sweet malt forward flavors.

Verdict: A solid DIPA from El Segundo and one of their best offerings. I prefer the Citra Blue House, but this never fails to satisfy my DIPA urges, especially when it's on draft locally in LA.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice golden orange with clean white ~1.5" head. Lacing stays for several minutes/sips.

S - Sweet citrus hops - peach, orange, tangerine.

T - Orange, grass, malt, and sour lemon. Very bitter finish.

M - Chewy and sticky.

O - This DIPA smelled much better than it tasted. Smell reminded me of PsuedoSue or CitraNinja but taste fell short. It's a good DIPA, but the bitter finish and dominate grassy notes could be smoothed out. Would give this another try. Prost!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Pleasant, fluffy, white head. Clear amber-gold, lightly effervescent.

S: Juicy! A whiff of onion from the Simcoe, but mostly it's fruit-forward and malty-sweet.

T: Oh yum! A well-balanced, pleasant, easy-drinking IPA. There a lot of hops here, obviously, but they are actually somewhat subdued, and the intense bitterness is subtle. Herbal, lightly spicy, lightly fruity, heavy malts anchor the flavours.

M: Solid and smooth. I would have liked either a touch more carbonation or dryness, but at least the hoppy bitterness lingers pleasantly.

O: Recommended! I've liked everything I'd ever had from El Segundo.

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Photo of Omnium
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange gold with 1.5 fingers of off white thick foamy head, medium lacing
S - Aroma is really good on this, sweet caramel malt, some toasted hints in there, pine, orange marmalade, overly ripe pineapple, mango, papaya.
T - Taste is a little of a fall off for me, defintiely get the mango, and a nice earthy pine bitter bite, the malt is a forerunner. Granted the bottle I have may be a little dated. Still there's a good balance of hops to malt here, and good flavor.
M - Very balanced, not too clingy sweet, decent bitter hop lingering.
O - Good IPA, glad to have gotten it. Lots of sweet fruit in the aroma that make it stand out.

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Photo of farrago
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whipped up head with a majority of larger bubbles which hurts overall retention, crests over two fingers, darker eggshell white, the lacing has adequate stickiness, nothing special. The liquid itself is on the darker side, an orangish brown more than red, fades to yellow at the rims, the bubbles are tiny and widely dispersed but display very good activity. At once the nose has clarity among the elements and one big thick whomp upside your head, loaded with pine sap, white grapefruit pulp, tar, pepper and melted caramel, the fruit is sweetly tropical like ripe mango and papaya, not so much tarter pineapple, sticks to your nostril hairs like glue and lingers for a considerable amount of time. Full-bodied to the point of immobility, even the soft and fluffy carbonation barely gets it moving. So it does offer a somewhat monolithic experience. As one would expect, you get a lot more bitterness on the palate, tauter pine and grassy notes. Mixes some lemon and blood orange into the white grapefruit. The caramel to butterscotch is there but woven in. Absence of fruit is curious, what’s there is mostly peach, nectarine, papaya and, here, pineapple. Dusting of cocoa powder. A lot going on, and in a confined space, but you have to give it credit, it pulls it all together somehow.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

Solid double IPA from another promising West Coast start up. Big piny bouquet with a refreshing balance of bitter hops and a big malt backbone. Spicy hops that yields slightly tropical nuances against honey sweet malts. Short, clean finish. I'd definitely hit this again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with quite a large off white head. Bubbles are loosely fitted and retention is decent. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Pungent tropical hops give off a overripened mango and passionfruit with quite a bit of pine thrown in. Backing hop aromas of orange citrus and earthy grass. Malt presence emboldens the natural sugars that would be in real fruit with a dense caramel.

Malt is well crafted with not a hint of grains, caramel, toasted waffles and some brown sugar provide more than enough base for the hops. Hop flavors come off as stock west coast citrus and pine with some measured mango. Balanced between malt and hops but with copious amounts of each. Finish is slightly drying carrying the orange citrus and pine through the aftertaste.

Medium bodied but standard DIPA fare. Carbonation is smooth and even making this dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is barely felt and drying feel is mild but present.

A rock solid DIPA, very flavorful and drinkable, nothing overly unique about this beer but delivers a strong showing where it counts. El Segundo is building a pedigree of handling their hops and this one falls right in line.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with a 1/2 inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruits and sweet pine. Some caramel and sweet bread notes. The taste is more of the caramel and sweet wheat bread with some piney hops. Hints of tropical fruits. More pine in the taste than in the nose. Resinous finish. Heavy mouthfeel. Slightly oily. This one had a lot more tropical fruits in the aroma than in the taste but it still works well. A lot maltier than it smelled. Overall, solid Imperial.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear medium honey. Not much head - barley a ring. Very spotty lace.

S - Citrus zest and malt.

T - Nice fat malt center, effectively squashed by both citrus and I believe pine bitterness.

M - Medium body, nice coating, good carb, kinda rocky finish, but understandable.

D - Dangerously good.

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Photo of raznug
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance This IPA pours a crystal clear dark orange color and is topped with 1” of white head that lingers nicely, a layer of Belgian Lacing lines the glass as I drink it.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a blend of grass and pine aromas that blend tastefully into hoppy goodness.
Taste: This IPA doesn’t have an overpowering hop flavor but I wish it did have a little more power than it does. It has a nice blend of hops and malt just not enough hops.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that allows the flavor to cling onto the palate nicely.

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Photo of antott0523
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper with a reddish hue. Eggshell head with nice foam that settled to a half finger. Fair amount of lace. Translucent with a minor amount of carbonation visible.

Smell: The nose has sweeter hop of notes mango and pine, but has a nice tart grapefruit presence as well. There is a sweeter malt note of caramel.

Taste: Sweeter hop notes of mango and pine. Finishes with more familiar bitter hop notes of grapefruit. The malt is there, but provides just the right amount of back to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation. Smooth. Slight tingle.

Overall: This is a strong IPA.. Sweeter notes of fruit that become enveloped by bitter hop notes of grapefruit and pine. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Mild malt back that is just the right amount. Highly drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright bursting dark orange, darker almost light red towards the top, nearly shiny, with some faint rising carbonation coming up. Thick four finger head, soapy retention, and a big blob in the middle. Settles a bit fast than most large IPAs I've witnessed. The color is very impressive.

Great bursting fruit aroma. Hints of light crystal sugars, and fruit tangerine. Hits a slight grapefruit but much sweeter on the hop front. A bit of woody warmth on the hop angle and spiced to play a bit as well, almost peppery. Lovely play of aromas bouncing off here.

Palate comes after this surprisingly not as impressive. Spiced hop angle, and pine blasting. Fruit quality much less noticeable in flavor. A somewhat chalky mouthfeel, with much of the drying hop finish exacerbating the quality. Some bitter zest and rindy quality with time and warmth coming. Sticky finish too, almost a pine sticky sap quality. Quite an interesting bounce of flavors here.

The surprising thing, is that from the aroma the beer comes off disappointing hinting from greatness to be expected. But in the end it still comes off very enjoyable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Newly bottled and here's the first review.

A: Pours a clear copperish-orange with a 1" white head which fades slowly leaving clumpy lace.

N: Plenty of grapefruit and orange citrus peel with tropical fruits (mango and passionfruit) with some kiwi too. Lots of floral and herbal notes from the Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops used.

T: Dank with pine resins, some caramel malts and a bit of a bread. Pure hoppy goodness in a glass.

M: Medium to borderline full body and moderate carbonation. Mildly bitter and dry finish with a distinctive weed sticky icky.

O: Loud and brash like the jets flying overhead from LAX heading to who knows where.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belguim globe 12/30/13 date on bottle.

A-A clear orange amber with a lasting one finger beige head.

S-Aromas of caramel, orange zest, tropical fruit, peach and pink grapefruit.

T-Flavors of caramel, grapefruit, tangerine,light tropical fruit and a hint of pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Good carbonation

O-This is great DIPA with awesome aromas and favs with a dry finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper tinted amber with a slight chill haze under an off-white 2” frothy foam collar that grips the side of the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: Tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal notes.
T: Big malt backbone with caramel topped with citrusy, piney, tropical fruit hops.
M: Creamy smooth, medium to a little above on the body, medium carbonation.
O: Big tropical scented hop forward double IPA.

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful rocky and voluminous head with very nice retention and sticky, thick lacing. Copper with touches of gold in color.

Nose: Huge fresh hops jump right out. Cascade and Simcoe with pineapple, papaya, blueberries, tropical fruits, mango, with some pine in the middle.

Taste: Very nice malt balance with hop bitterness taking over in such a welcoming way. The malt is beautiful. It's almost perfect. It is not too syrupy, but does it's job in balancing out the copious amounts of hops. Mouthfeel is fantastic. I'm impressed.

Notes: If I read this correctly, the date stamp says 12-29-14, and today is the 5th of January. I'm guessing this is some of the reason why I'm loving this stuff so much.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brought a couple bottles of this back home from my Rose Bowl trip. Go Spartans!

A: transparent copper amber with a finger of beige foam. Good legs and lacing

S: lots of tropical fruit and pine

T: hop flavors follow the nose but the malt really asserts itself here and very nicely. Tastes like a flavorful base malt with enough crystal to be noticed but not overdone

M: a very rich thick feel with medium carbonation. Really takes it's time to dry out on the tongue, but it does get there

O: a terrific DIPA. I hope is brewery is very successful and one day distributes to Chicago. So glad I brought this home.

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Photo of OTB
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Zimmzys in Belmont Shore. It pours a beautiful sunset orange with a dense one inch cap of bright white foam that sticks to my glass as I get into this. The nose on this brew is absolutely amazing, it reeks of Citra and Simcoa hops, dense rich citrus fruits, tropical fruits, some nice mineral notes to balance things out, insanely delicious nose. The flavor profile steps right in, the buds are infused with mango,tangerine, nectarine, and lemon and lime pulp.A bit of sweet apricot jam infused with biscuit notes and sea salt balance it all out in a gorgeous mouth full of West Coast IPA 101. The mouth is fresh, a bit resinous, which it should be with all the drippings from the pine, but it leaves dry and requires another quaff immediately.
What a great find.The fact they are 35 minutes away is better, I plan on tasting their lineup in its entirety soon. If you love KRBC Citra, Alpine Nelson, or are just a fan of tropical/citrus forward West Coast IPA/DIPA then this is right up your alley. Great stuff !

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Two 5 Left from El Segundo Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.