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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

56 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
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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Photo of IllNate
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

IllNate, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
3/5  rDev -19.4%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Stizz19
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Stizz19, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, this pours an amazing creamy golden copper colour. On the nose there are big fruit aromas of pineapple and apricot with a hint of pine. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich in texture but there is a bold hop finish that balances
the beer beautifully. A favourite Portland India Pale Ale.

CookstLiquor, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bumchilly25, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

twelveinches, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +7.5%

johnnyboy76, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

shelby415, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

sharpski, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Ratman197
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.

Ratman197, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kopfschuss, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of olmatty
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A hazy orange with a rocky pillow of creamy head. Good retention and strong lacing.

Smell-Light, bitter, citrus hop and some biscuity malt

Taste-Fresh, hoppy citrus snap up front, significant honey and fruit candy sweetness in the middle and a pleasant, lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body and carbonation. Appropriate to style. Moderately sweet.

Drinkability-A deliciously devilishly drinkable IPA, even for 7%+.

olmatty, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A head that is not afraid to stick around; stunning brassy clarity. Bitter orange peel comes to mind when the hops hit the nose; slight twang of yeast in the back. Smoothness has depth within the creamy medium body. A whole lot of hop flavor here and the bitterness is without a doubt aggressive, though the flavor almost reaches the point of being soapy. Maltiness rings hard enough on the palate to not make this happen, and toasted bread and caramel stay long enough for a hit of alcohol and exotic fruit to round out the bittersweet finish. The hops are running down a completely different path here, and it works very well.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Matchu
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very much like this beer. A muskier hop than I am used to but very palatable.

This beer graciously provided by Joe F. (22oz bottle) - thanks for sharing!

Bought local and flown 'home', the beer has a beautiful russet golden color with a musk hop taste. Slightly cloudy with bottle conditioned yeast sitting on bottom. I should note that I am particularly a hoppy beer fan. This is not extravagant in that regard but graded favorably in my preferred style.
The malt is very complimentary to the hop profile - this is no doubt assisted by the herbal variety of hop (not citrusy).
Highly recommend this beer and have enjoyed beer on tap at this brewery.

Matchu, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
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.

brewandbbq, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
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)

PDXHops, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
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

Tucquan, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into UCLA pint glass 4.8.10.

Second pour resulted in 1 1/2 fingers white head, pretty quick dissipation with some lacing present. Cloudy orangish amber body, some visible carbonation rising in multiple streams, thin layer of head retained on top of body. The nose is pretty frutiy, peaches more than grapefruit, dry bready malts in the middle, with a spicy hop finish. Tasty is sweet and spicy up front, quite a bit of piney hops, firm malt backbone in the middle, with a lingering bitter finish which got more pronounced as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence, not very sticky. Drinkability is fairly high. On the cusp of a DIPA, I believe the tap version is a bit hoppier than the bottled one. Hard to break through in the ultra-competitive Beervana IPA market, but this is certainly worth a try, a good representative of the style.

jdense, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
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.

Reidrover, Mar 06, 2010
El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.