El Torero Organic IPA - Alameda Brewhouse
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
06-30-2012 23:32:54 | More by Derek
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +21%
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.
06-19-2012 16:19:41 | More by CookstLiquor
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
03-31-2012 18:53:13 | More by morimech
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
03-29-2012 22:23:14 | More by flagmantho
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-06-2012 23:56:06 | More by Ratman197
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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%+.
03-16-2011 07:18:35 | More by olmatty
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-04-2011 02:10:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +21%
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.
11-19-2010 20:03:17 | More by Matchu
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-06-2010 13:35:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-08-2010 01:45:56 | More by brewandbbq
3/5 rDev -19.4%
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)
04-30-2010 19:00:59 | More by PDXHops
2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
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
04-26-2010 17:16:39 | More by Tucquan
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-09-2010 15:26:49 | More by jdense
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-06-2010 03:16:08 | More by Reidrover
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
11-05-2009 21:11:15 | More by Arbitrator
El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
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