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Grand Hill IPA - El Segundo Brewing Company

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Grand Hill IPAGrand Hill IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SoCalBeerIdiot on 08-10-2013

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just released yesterday. Still not sure if this is a one-time or rotating brew. Had it on tap at Naja's Place in Redondo. Nice, crisp, clean taste and lots of great hops taste (they used Amarillo and Centennial). Not over the top. Another great IPA from ESBC. Will absolutely seek this one out again soon.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled May 22 / 2014.

Deep brass yellow, with a nice apricot orange body, with some slight cloudy character. Head is a creamy off white and three fingers tall with some retention. Settles with little lacing and a one finger somewhat thick puck.

Good hint of malt toast quality, and some citrus orange fruit hop character. Some mild floral sense but hop angle is a bit small and subtle. Still quite good.

Juiced body mouthfeel a little, with a solid bit of sugared sweetness. Fruit angle comes out a little candied with some mild hop bitterness on the finish. A good sense of zest and oils as well, with a decent palate coating. A good baked bread and citrus mix balance in the palate between malt and hop.

Overall just a pretty solid IPA.

Photo of jeff1973
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip. No freshness date, but this was new at the Whole Foods, so should be under a month old. Bought at WF Newport Beach for $6.99.

A - Dark gold (almost orange). Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Catpiss, mango, peach. Lots of hop aroma.

T - Signature simcoe (catpiss), also mango, lemon, very tropical. A little pine also, but faint. Ends dry and bitter, but w/ a hint of malt. Very nice.

M - Full side of medium. A;most DIPA territory. Really coats the palate well. Medium carbonation.

O - Great IPA. Almost a DIPA. The hop combination really does it for me. I would like a little less body and maybe some creaminess, but this is a minor complaint.

Photo of goldendenizen
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: beautiful golden blonde; not brown. Decent, lovely lacing. Retains head,

S: straw, guava, passion fruit, wild strawberries.

T: Great fruity, tropical front end..drops off at the back end. Disappointing.

M: A bit oily, sweet. Not a particularly bad thing though.

O: Im a fan of ESBC, but this one falls a tad short.

Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome rich golden color in the Cristal Alken becher with a tall head. Fragrant with hop oils and flowers. Light body with some oily character. Lots of aromatics.

I haven't tasted such a piney brew in a long time. The malt is very plain with a hint of browned biscuits before it disappears into the hops. Sweet pear and a touch of mango. This seems to hit the right spot between bitterness and sweetness with a big aromatic flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste with a sharpness that heads to the acidic side.

That great fragrance bursts out with every sip as you dip your beak into the glass. One of my favorite IPAs of 2013. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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

Great IPA. Nice local LA brewery that makes some outstanding beers.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival held in Downtown Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop aroma in my opinion.

Photo of lsummers
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap a crisp gold with a one finger bone white head that dissipates leaving some great lacing.

Smells of piney tropical fruits and hints of floral hops. Malty creamy sweets with the hop bitterness very apparent.

Taste is a very hop forward front. Lots of herbal pine and those nice subtle tropical fruits. Still has some glaze like sweetness coming through on the back end with the malts.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, feels very bubbly and light on the tongue. Mild amount of body.

Overall, a fantastic ipa that has some very interesting qualities. High amount of hop bitterness and some bite to boot. A must try for any hophead.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to analogchainsaw for an excellent trade, & this bottle arrived unexpectedly along with the rest o' the booty; a brand new brewery I've never heard of. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after an unpleasant beer start to the evening.

The pour is a light IPA orange. The nose, ah, the nose holds all the promise of young love. Lovely floral hops with a distant mountainside of pine. Looking for the like button.

Grand Hill IPA hits the sweet spot of IPAs. A lovely unbalanced bitterness greets one, which morphs into the nice floral notes noted in the nose, nice herbal thrust, slight earthiness (which I normally frown upon but works well here), & a nice stab of citrus to round it out. Bitterness reappears on the downside & brings the whole thing home. Lightly carbonated & drinkable as hell.

You know when your mom asks you to go to a garage sale with her & you end up finding a replacement for the plate from your wife's grandma's dish set that you drunkenly broke last year for twenty cents? This is a lot like that. Unknown brewery, very good beer. Marvelous.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle dated 04/03/14 (fairly fresh) $7.99 at Healthy Spirits (Castro). Bright orange, foamy head. Aroma is hops with a hint of butter? Flavor is pretty bitter covering up a bit of citrus but unable to hide a buttery flavor that surely must be diacetyl right? I am no brewer so I don;t know but I do know what butter tastes like. Take away the butter flavor and this would be a nice hoppy IPA.

Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold body on the pour, the stark white head builds quickly to three fingers. However the retention is rather poor leaving behind some scattered thin lacing.

Floral aroma, quite bright with citrus zest hop oils and a powdery note that makes me think Orange Tang. Quite a toasty and white bread malt aroma that does well to stay out of the way.

Hops are bright and explode on the tongue before the malt has a chance to catch up, buttered biscuits with some unexpected, cake batter, vanilla or marshmallow fluff sweetness. Lemon verbena, oily pine and white grapefruit, super bright hop profile with a moderate to high bitterness. Aftertaste really bangs on the citrus pith with just a bit of black lemon tea.

Medium body but the carbonation sits too low despite the brightness of the hops, this really could pop more though it does compliment the vanilla and smooth sweetness of the malt. The citrus pith aftertaste accentuates the bitterness leaving a good drying quality.

This IPA almost seems oak aged, there is a really unique but subtle malt sweet flavors. Paired with the bright citrus and oily herbaceous hops it is very good. Bitterness will definitely be too much for some and while I prefer more carbonation the mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Grand Hill IPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.