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El Torero Organic IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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El Torero Organic IPAEl Torero Organic IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A Northwest IPA made from all organic grain. It is bursting with hops from the big floral aroma to the deep, lingering bitterness. Balancing out the hops is a malt bill with generous amount of crystal, Munich, and wheat malts, plus an alcohol content just over 7%. This is an organic beer with big flavors that combine in a complex, satisfying brew."
7.1% ABV 88 IBU

(Beer added by: freed on 06-29-2006)
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fishguyac

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.2%

11-08-2012 20:55:27 | More by fishguyac
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Arbitrator

California

2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Thanks to ramnuts for DDing.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with half a finger of light-cream colored head. It retains poorly, lapsing into a film on top of the brew, and it leaves no lacing.

S: Caramel and orange syrup. Not citrus hops, but the artificial nature of that stuff you put into soda.

T: Caramely with a slight orange taste. There's no hop bite to the main flavor, although there is a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Neither of us could figure it out; this might be an old keg, but at the brewpub I can't reasonably make that excuse. None of the complexity or flavor punch I'd expect out of an American IPA.

M: Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Slightly malty finish.

D: Pretty weak.... But ramnuts felt this was probably just an off glass, so hell, maybe I'll try it again in the future. As it stands, this glass is pretty much a perfect example of what I'd consider an average IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 21:11:15 | More by Arbitrator
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the brew pub in Portland, OR on 2010-01-18

A - Cloudy amber with a short head

S - Fruit and bread

T - Unusual. Way too much grain taste and a sweet fruit taste that I didn't care for. Not hoppy up front but a little bitterness int he aftertaste

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - I'll pass

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 17:16:39 | More by Tucquan
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-12-2012 10:32:18 | More by yossarian14
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

A half finger of cream-colored head tops a hazy orange body. This quickly reduces to a skim of foam, but does it's best to leave a bit of lacing here and there. Pleasant citrusy aromas are present, but also a slightly distracting background aroma vaguelly akin to canned fruit cocktail. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Tastes OK, but again nothing to really distinguish itself. Sweet caramel and some juicy fruit salad up front, but the bitterness doesn't really appear until things dry out toward the swallow. A pine character that was previously hidden supplies a lingering sting.

Nothing at all wrong with this brew, but forgettable in a town with so many great IPAs. (Do consider stopping by for a pint of their excellent Black Bear XX Stout, though)

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 19:00:59 | More by PDXHops
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RJLarse

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:24:36 | More by RJLarse
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

07-20-2014 15:15:46 | More by Howlader
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jschwanke84

Oregon

3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:45:33 | More by jschwanke84
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper-bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a hint of lace.

S: Apricot, nectarine, tangerine & a bit of weed with some sweet toffee.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit rind, mango, good bitterness, but a little too much crystal malt. Showing some signs of oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation with some hop acidity.

O: It's just not bursting with fresh hop flavour and I find the combination with the malts a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 23:32:54 | More by Derek
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:53:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark, clear amber with barely a whisp of an off-white head. A placid surface appears quickly with a few dots of lacing. Very lightly carbonated.

Aromatics are certainly malt-forward with subued hopping. Candied malt, caramel, light roast, raisins, and some pine in the back.

Medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Tacky.

Sweet crystal malt, husky grains, and a firm bitterness start the palate. Light pine and grapefruit follow through but the sweet malt with light roast keeps the hops subdued.

Finishes with a slightly acrid roastiness, pine-smashed grapefruit, and a pressing bitterness.

Eeek. Not really digging this one. More akin to an Imperial Irish Red. More hops, less sweet malt and roast please.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:45:56 | More by brewandbbq
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-16-2012 01:29:22 | More by bumchilly25
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-11-2012 07:27:29 | More by shelby415
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-23-2014 00:10:58 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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Imrite


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-27-2012 02:53:03 | More by Imrite
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-09-2012 21:52:14 | More by sharpski
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Redrover

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 15:19:02 | More by Redrover
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 05:39:56 | More by biboergosum
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stcules

Italy

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 20:07:28 | More by stcules
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ripe kumquat orange that explodes with topaz-like brilliance when backlit with sunshine. Several fingers of khaki colored froth look pretty good up top. The foam has a quality texture and is doing a pretty good job with respect to lace. A solid look.

The nose is too toasted and earthy for my tastes. A caramel maltiness would have been better and more hoppiness is definitely needed. For a beer with a reported 88 IBUs, the lupulins aren't exactly leaping out of the pint glass. In fact, no guesses as to country of origin are even possible.

This bottle has to be on the fresh side because El Torero is still bracingly bitter. Trouble is, the malts take too much of the flavor spotlight and good hop flavor is still lacking. The top notes are more earthy-herbal-spicy than citric or fruity.

The total amount of malt seems fine. There's a sugary, cookie-like sweetness cushioning the alpha acid attack and keeping the tongue from being abraded too significantly. This combination of flavors might be fine for some, but it doesn't quite hit my IPA fun zone. Paler malts and a different hop bill would fix it right up.

There's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's easily big enough for the style and gains a lovely silky creaminess as the beer warms. Sparkly bubbles add mouth excitment while stopping well short of buzzy.

El Torero (The Bullfighter) IPA is my third Alameda Brewhouse brew and it's probably my favorite. It still isn't a great example of the style, although that probably has more to do with my American IPA flavor preferences than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 13:35:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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morimech

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with the ever so slight haze. Just over one finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Copious amounts of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Quite a bit of malt influence in this IPA. Biscuit like malt dominates with grassy, earthy hops lingering in the background.

A lot of malt flavor as well. Biscuits or toasted bread lays the foundation earthy and grassy hops. A lot of bitterness compared to the amount of hop flavor.

Carbonation is low but it fits nicely with the flavor profile. Nice soft, smooth texture.

An enjoyable IPA with a different hop profile from most IPAs that come from the PNW.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:53:13 | More by morimech
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Malt and Vine poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, floral notes, light citrus and a hint of earthiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light grapefruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:56:06 | More by Ratman197
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nqdell

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:41:25 | More by nqdell
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Alameda appears to no longer market El Torero as an organic IPA. Bottle reads 7.2% ABV rather than the above-noted 7.1%.

Appearance: light holden hue with a heavy haze and an active effervescence. Head is a good finger of pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: biscuity malt with some grain aroma paired with grassy, earthy hops. A bit dry, but not too bad.

Taste: flavor matches the aroma almost identically. Biscuity, dry malt aroma with earthy hops, perhaps with a touch of citrus. Not bad, but not my preferred flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: this IPA employs some flavor choices which aren't my favorite, but I feel that it is well-crafted and eminently drinkable. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:23:14 | More by flagmantho
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber..no mention or 'orgainic" on the label. In appearance this is already an odd IPA, darker amber with a small bubbly,frothy tan head. Strong citrus like hop aromas, but also stong breadyness from the malts. very balanced flavours the citric hopping and very strong semi-sweet malts shining though.. Good enough o the palate..nice lingering finish. Overall a strange one. Almost an American Strong Ale rather than an IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:16:08 | More by Reidrover
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El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.