El Toro IPA - El Toro Brewing Co.
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3.69/5 rDev -6.1%
Trying this beer out of a make-your-own sixer of IPAs. I'm trying to find a more economical day-to-day IPA to sip on (Ruination gets a little pricey).
A - This beer is a nice orange/amber color that is clear of any hint of hop/cold haze. It has a finger of frothy white head that turns into a ring around the edge of the glass as it dissipates. Great looking beer. Leaves a nice, surprisingly fine lacing on the glass in almost perfect rings.
S - Definitely heavy malty aromas with hints of caramel and breadiness. Hint of pine/citrusy hops in the background.
T - The hop bitterness is right up front with a piney character to it. It's almost bitter enough at first that you have to stop and wait for the piney/citrusy character to kick in. Then comes the sweetness from the malt, which is not as much as you would expect from the smell, but in a good way.
M - Medium body with a nice carbonation to it. ABV hidden. Definitely leaves a nice bitter hop aftertaste.
O - This beer Is good, but not great. I would much rather have a Stone IPA or Firestone Walker Union Jack. The flavor from the hops just isn't there the same way as it is with these other beers. Also, the price is a little higher than the others I've been trying and while it's not a bad beer, it's not worth 2.25 a bottle.
07-31-2013 04:11:08 | More by ISmith87
3.76/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium orange hue with a fair bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. A good looking beer!
Smell: sweet malt with a bready, very slightly biscuity character and a funky, resinous hop component. Not exactly my bag, but pretty good nonetheless.
Taste: bitterness right up front, unusually, with sweetness developing later and finishing with a hoppy, caramelly melange. Hops are quite citrusy and smooth, and there's a little bit of a dusty character here as well. Not bad.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Not super creamy, but engagingly fizzy.
Overall: this is a pretty decent middle-of-the-road IPA. I would like to try it on tap sometime.
05-19-2013 19:49:03 | More by flagmantho
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clear copper color with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.
Smells of pine and citrus hops.
Tastes of the bright hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and a touch of tropical notes on the backend. Moderately bitter. Malts add some caramel sweetness on the end to cut a bit of the bitterness, but this is definitely all about the hops. Ends with a lingering pine note.
Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a good fruity IPA, but I knocked it down a bit due to price, $2.30 for 12 oz.
03-17-2013 00:28:42 | More by ocelot2500
4/5 rDev +1.8%
This is a pretty thorough IPA. Lots of malts and hops coming together nicely. Consistent and thick, but not really trying to blow me away with any kind of showy character. A bit heavy to be drinking in this pleasant and warm California weather, but it's good.
08-30-2012 16:39:17 | More by RblWthACoz
2.3/5 rDev -41.5%
A: Poured a burnt orange color with good carbonation, nice white cap and some soapy like bubbles and lacing remains
S: Toasty, grapefruit, some spicy notes witha whiff of toasty smoke
T: Oh boy. I'm not exactly how fresh this IPA is but it needs help. First sip is bittering orange peel, grapefruit, spicey, biscuity, toasted with a faded hop presence. The back end is a slick, grapefruit hop bite with a annoying buttery bite blended with hop bitterness, some astringency and booze.
M: Heavy, unplesasnt and disturbing
O: Wave the white flag.
04-15-2012 22:53:46 | More by barleywinefiend
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance - transparent, nice fluffy head, amazing retention
Smell - pine hops and sweet malts
Taste - very balanced, malts are strong, followed by pine hops
Mouthfeel - medium, dry finish, sticky
Overall - not a great example of a west coast IPA, expected it to be more hop forward
12-24-2011 05:20:23 | More by djbreezy
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
Aroma: Flowery and perfume like hop aroma. Light presence of pale malts, slight fruity ester aroma.
Appearance: Rocky white head, thick lacing as the beer went down. Light golden color. Good clarity.
Flavor: Initial taste was puckering. Extremely bitter trending towards astringency. The strong floral hop flavor tastes almost soapy. Very unbalanced, no malt backbone to support this level of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, light body.
Overall: Disappointed. Was told by one of the local bottle shop clerks that this was the best IPA out there. Totally unbalanced. Either tone down the bitterness or build the grain bill up to even this out.
10-10-2011 05:07:34 | More by SnacksMcBillings
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.25 Burnt orange hazy body to this beer with a lovely creamy,thick off white head. Handsome. Floral,spicy, fruity hop aromas abound..invigorating. An intensly hoppy taste..yet not harsh at all but smooth..i think this is because it HAS a substantial malt back bone..even if its not obvious under the hop attack.Semi dry finish some marmalade flavours aslo. Good. Great thick,luscious palate..smooth..very nice. I really liked this IPA..very smooth and easy.
10-01-2011 19:31:46 | More by Reidrover
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle purchased at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, OR. Brew batch 1512.
Poured into Oregon pinot wine glass.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, dark for an IPA, true amber and copper tones. Head is lingering and thin.
Nose: Yeasty, floral (honeysuckle), good complexity.
Palate: Rich, pungent, lingering. Weighty, complex. Notes of caramel, w/ a bitter finish.
Overall: Solid, well-made brew. Stands out among other IPAs. Richness can be overwhelming, which is good or bad depending on personal preference. Body and complexity accurately reflect the price point of this beer; worth the money.
09-12-2011 05:28:24 | More by thudstaffer
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours an orange amber with a huge pillowy off white head. The beer is crystalline and clean.
Light spice of hop aroma, grainy and a hint of honey sweetness.
Flavors of solid cereal grain body well balanced against a spicy, piney hop.
Moderate body, palate flooding flavors.
Very pleasant and delicious IPA.
06-08-2011 04:53:10 | More by olmatty
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured into a pint glass, 2-finger dense off-white head over a clear copper color with streams of bubbles.
S: citrus, marmalade, a little bready
T: More in the English style than I was expecting, this has a rich, bready body. A hint of butter, but in a pleasing way. Hops are definitely there, but don't dominate, rather clean the palate with a mild bitterness that leaves you ready for another sip.
M: Smooth, maybe a little oily, with a slight astringent finish. Low carbonation.
04-29-2011 00:19:16 | More by kscaldef
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Brew #1486, picked up at Belmont Station in Portland (it was recommended by the clerk, otherwise I would've never looked twice at it!)
One of the most pleasantly surprising bottles I've purchased in years! Nice bright white head, pretty clear orange in color, and spot on carbonation. Aroma is of tangerine, lemongrass, and grapefruit. The taste is similar - a solid, pleasant, citrus forward IPA. Nice and attenuated finish, with quenching bitterness. When fresh, this is one of the most drinkable, impressive, and unassuming west coast IPAs out there.
04-14-2011 03:18:31 | More by DousedInStout
1.68/5 rDev -57.3%
12 ounce bottle picked up in the Bay Area on a recent trip. I'm looking forward to this offering which I can't get in Orange County. On to the beer:
Little is wrong with the appearance. The head is thick and sports plenty of its original self, peach colored body has the "glowing" illusion at some spots. The nose could be better. There seems to be a phenol problem that pushes juicy grapefruit and white wine notes aside. Dry, husky malt and the everlasting band-aid are buzzkills to its potential.
I'm getting depressed. The bitterness is there, but the hop juice walked away. There's a tiny hint of grapefruit that the palate can sense, and from there hell breaks loose. It's just one bitter mess with some soap and soft waves of phenols (more specifically, pllastic) that don't belong and the beer becomes even more unpleasant. The aftertaste lingers of some phenols and lots of pure bitterness. The liquid on its own is fine, nice and smooth, but the rough aftertaste ruins the mouthfeel.
Second major egg lay in a row. It's time to dump the remaining 10 ounces in the toilet, because my sink doesn't deserve this kind of torment. Now where's my Ovila?
04-08-2011 05:13:33 | More by DoubleJ
El Toro IPA from El Toro Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.