El Torero Organic IPA - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
Hazy orange, off-white foam, not too much.
The smell is dominated by citric and piney. Quite fresh, but not too much.
The hop dominats in the taste too, citric notes, citrus fruit, resinous (less).
The malt is present to balance.
Probably a not too fresh bottle (long trip), but sytill, good beer.
Have to retry it on tap at the brewery...
05-20-2014 20:07:28 | More by stcules
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz bottle, sexy dark matador imagery on the label.
This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some drooping floating island lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.
It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, heady orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus, a bit of spicy black pepper, and more leafy, herbal, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is gritty pale and biscuity caramel malt, a strong mineral astringency, muddled citrus and wet pine hop notes, and a sort of herbal booziness rising up as things slowly warm.
The carbonation is pretty tight to the chest, not even allowing for any kind of frothy frivolity, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too edgy to be considered even plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity crystal malt still having a disproportionate level of say, amongst a creepily metallic lingering citrus and pine essence.
A pretty underwhelming IPA, to say the least - I don't know if it's the organic thing or what, as I've had a few bangin' examples of the ilk - but I'm getting much more of a somewhat watered-down ESB experience here. At any rate, for a PDX brewery, this is on the low side of the style, in terms of fullness of flavour, and overall rounded character, not to mention the wan appearance - c'mon, even hipsters can dress it up once in a while.
05-06-2014 05:39:56 | More by biboergosum
3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
A- Poured from a bottle to glass. Little to no head. Thick copper color.
S- A lotta good stuf going on here, leather, soil, slight citrus hops.
t- Tangy for a IPA, more malt than typical IPA, a little sweet for my palate but finishes dry bitter.
m- Thin and slimy
Overall a very decent beer, not what I look for in my IPA, too sweet and malty, you could change the label on this thing and I wouldn't be as critical.
04-03-2014 01:41:25 | More by nqdell
3.1/5 rDev -16.7%
I bought a bomber of Eel Torero IPA in a bottle shop. No mention of it being organic on the bottle. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, with a creamy white head.
Smell is an acerbic grain aroma. Smells a little like crackers, with an earthy aroma along side.
Taste is also dominated by a malted grain flavor up front, followed by a citrus flavor, and a bitter sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost as if it were an imperial IPA, with a sticky cloying nature.
This one is kind of a thick, sweet bead flavored number, without the crisp and fruity character I look for in an IPA. I suppose it's OK, but not by glass of beer on a warm summer day.
07-14-2013 23:24:36 | More by RJLarse
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
This was my second beer at the Saranac in Spokane. El Torero was served in a standard shaker.
The beer is a chill hazed bronze with a skim of off-white sticky lacing.
The aroma is if fresh citrus but it is a bit subdued. There is also some biscuit notes.
Taste leads with mild citrus, ritz crackers, a bit of something mineral-metallic. No off or odd or old tastes, just a very mellow IPA.
This is an example of me expecting a more in-your-face west coast style but instead was presented with a milder version. Nothing wrong here at all.
The mouth is medium and a bit oily.
06-21-2013 15:19:02 | More by Redrover
3.29/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from bomber into pint glass. Live review.
A: pours a somewhat hazy orange and copper color with almost no head - half a finger white that dissipates in under 30 seconds. Nice lace and nice color but the lack of head is disappointing.
S: Earthy, biscuity malts with minimal hops. A bit of citrus but not much. Slightly toasty. Very malt forward. Pretty mild overall. Not impressive.
T: Very toasty and bitter. Surprisingly hop forward which I did not expect based on the smell. Malts help to calm some of the aggressive bitterness. You get hit with alcohol and a bit of exotic fruit at the end. Very nicely done strong IPA flavor.
M: Creamy medium body that sits well on the palate. Alcohol kick is calmed by the toasty malts. Smooth finish that goes down nicely.
O: Overall this is a good but not great IPA. I would order it on tap but likely will not purchase again in the $7 bomber. Lacks the citrus sweetness that I love in an IPA, both in scent and flavor. Toasty malts balance well with very bitter hops. This would be a great brew to have with dinner, but not recommended alone except to diehard IPA fans.
05-03-2013 01:45:33 | More by jschwanke84
3.81/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Yikes this is old..
A real nice creamy light tan head is made three fingers, which settles with a big whipped up top, hanging on like sheets of cream. Body is an opaque somewhat brown amber with hints of orange. Quite a nice looking beer.
Lots of biscuity malts on this, and faint tea like hops. I get the impression this has totally faded. Other that that some milky like sweetness but not much else to say.
Luckily the palate still delivers nicely but without a big blast. Controlling good mix of sweetness and toasty malts. Doughy biscuity sweetness, and a nice small mix of earthy pine on the finish, and light herbal tea. Good doughy mix with a hint of oily finish. Bit of honey sweetness on the lips too.
Surprisingly good mix to drink, but with a fairly closed nose. Would like to try one that is fresher though.
03-10-2013 23:15:25 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a most impressive head that clings to the side of the pint glass, leaving a ring of lace
Smell: The biscuity malt elements dominate the aroma, overwhelming the herbal/pithy hops
Taste: Biscuity malt,. up front, and a building sweetness are joined, in the middle, by the herbal/pithy hops, producing a candy-like character that lingers into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: A little on the sweet side overall, for my palate, but a very nice IPA
Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity
01-01-2013 21:24:52 | More by brentk56
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
A: Poured a lightly hazed, deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a small wite cap, bubbles and nice lacing
S: Wheat, Earthiness and some pine plus citrus to boot
T: Immediate Crystal malt-which I hate followed by light citrus, pine and Earthiness coupled with a nice bitterness. The finish is rather dry, bitter and lingering with a light booze and pine punch.
M: Medium body, more bittering, Earthiness and pine, citrus reside on the palate and hang out, especially the bitterness
O: I hate Crystal malt in a IPA. Deschutes commonly uses Crystal and Pale and I cant stand it. However, I wont hold that against Alameda. My taste aside, this beer is pretty balanced, pretty good overall.
10-07-2012 01:53:56 | More by barleywinefiend
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
Really hazy light copper with ample white head and good retention. Aroma is hoppy with mostly citrus (orange) and a bit of pine. Picks things up in the taste. Hoppy in nature with orange and more pine with some grassyness as well. Bit of caramel maltiness, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is bitter and relatively smooth. Overall it edges out a 4, a good IPA but nothing spectacular. I'm not sure if I have my hands on a mistreated beer or a bad bad, but the clarity was awful, others say clear...
09-15-2012 03:44:17 | More by IllNate
El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
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