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El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA - El Toro Brewing Co.

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El Toro Deuce Imperial IPAEl Toro Deuce Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
El Toro Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rkhaze on 02-02-2005)
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

MastaShonuf, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.03/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Copper pour at the Bistro dipa fest. 1/2" head on it, looked nice. Aroma was just rough, bitter dog hair. Needs more dog? No thank you.

Taste, was even more rough, the bitterness was accompanied by terrible off flavors. Plenty of hops, but it made you wonder if it was infected, or just awful at times. All three of us that went to the festival together drain poured this and joked about how the 'drains to ocean' sign made us feel bad for the aquatic life that was going to get the remaining ounces. It tasted like the beer came through the most wretched tap line of yesteryear, uncleaned, and hooked right up to this beer.

I'd like to think this keg was just terrible, but I've never really been into El Toro's stuff anyways. We'll see, they're often at the Bistro fests, so I'm sure I'll take one more plunge into their creations, even this one, just for the sake of knowing if it was just a bad batch, or if they truly just make something so offensive to me and my crew.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of punkhim
2.75/5  rDev -30%

punkhim, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Beercounter1, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of popery
3/5  rDev -23.7%

popery, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -23.7%

KimenTshom, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz bottle oon 12.29.11

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a two finger yellow-cream colored head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Very carmely, malty and sweet.

T - Similar to the nose, Carmel and sweet. Some hoppiness in the background, but not much.

D - Good carbonation and an average body for the style. Slightly bitter finish.

O - It was sweet and not much hops. Makes me wonder if it was an older bottle, but I don't think it was.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my Murphy's Stout tulip, Deuce is dark burnt gold with a tight, sand colored head that leaves scattered, foamy lace, as well as some nice rings.

Smell is a hop explosion, no two ways about it. Loads of resiny pine, apricots

Taste is super fierce. This one's got plenty of hop flavor, but a very gritty, intense bitterness that lingers on the long aftertaste. There's some sweet alcohol flavor but it's mostly hop bitterness and fruity and resiny hop flavor. Extreme.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side, dry.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. Too bitter, a strong bite from the alcohol, which is only listed as 7.75% on my bottle, and fairly expensive as well. Worth a try for hop heads, but only lovers of extremely bitter IPAs will really dig this.

ccrida, Dec 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado in the city that is... San Fran

The beer was a light golden with a minimal head that faded quickly.

The aroma of the beer was that of citrusy hops and notes of grapefruit.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by a powerful burst of hops and followed by a thin sweetness of malt. In all honesty, the beer had a very flat flavor profile. The bouquet of hops didn't develop with each sip the same way that many other DIPAs, such as Pliny (either one) or Moylan's Hopsickle do.

The mouthfeel was thin for a DIPA and the carbonation was too high.

I like El Toro, but this beer was probably their least impressive as far as I'm concerned. The competition amongst double IPA brewers is getting fierce these days and unfortunately El Toro has not won this round.

SacoDeToro, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of kitty66
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must have been an old or sun-exposed bottle. Can only assume that much of the freshness of hops had disappeared.

2/3 Caramel sugar soda, 1/3 california pale ale. Girls would probably like this one as a sipper.

Will hold final verdict until having a chance to visit the brewery, lots of talk about toro, kind of disappointing with this one.

kitty66, Apr 02, 2011
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3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Peach in color with only some light white foam in center after pour. White flaky sediment visible in bottle and glass. Moderate carbonation. Some delicate lacing as liquid receded.

S - Strong fragrance. Sweet molasses, peach and apricot. No booziness.

T - Peach, apricot, apple, and raisin, with an orange rind/harsh finish. Finish is rather unbalanced. Initial flavor is rather pleasant, although not distinct. Mostly hides ABV; somewhat warming.

M - Moderate carbonation. Rather unremarkable.

O - Average DIPA. Nothing exciting here.

Duane_Opfer, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of mj001jk
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try this on tap at Toronado, SF.

This beer is all about hops and bittering and it is apparent on the nose. Tons of grapefruit, orange and west coast attitude hop treatment, there is also a toasted caramel and slight funk aspect that rounds it off nicely.

Flavors are intense, a ton of hops as is expected and it has a rich, chewy texture and extremely bitter on finish. It is a little too harsh for me, I would call it brawny and that is why I cannot score it higher although I am sure many like this style.

If you want a big and bitter DIPA this is it.

mj001jk, Jan 23, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

nmann08, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. I think very highly of their regular IPA, so I was looking forward to this one.

A: Pours a slightly murky, fruity orange-colored body with coppery edges against the light. The bartender knows what he's doing, and delivers this with a perfect 1" of head. Retention is decent, and it leaves webs of lace down the glass.

S: Lots of citrus: flowery grapefruit, orange rind, and bordering on tropical with pineapple and passionfruit. Also a substantial amount of pine, with a hint of dank weed underneath. Great aroma.

T: Phenomenal on the taste buds. It's drier than the IPA, which is something to appreciate in a beer that has obviously much more malt (and hops). It's not completely attenuated, and I get some caramel and pale malt flavors in there, but it's definitely hop-forward, with citrus leading the way. I love the ganja flavors underneath all of this.

M: Medium-heavy bodied; it threatens to coat the tongue and mouth, but it's helped along nicely by carbonation that pushes the sticky hop oils out of the mouth. Can't detect the alcohol, which is always good thing.

D: Pretty high, I'd say. I want to sit down and review this out of a bottle, and maybe side-by-side with their IPA, to get a better understanding of the differences. But so far, 2 for 2 on their IPA offerings.

Arbitrator, Sep 14, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of EinWeizenbitte.

The aroma is big and fantastic, just full of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit and pineapple. On top of that is a slight herbal character with maybe some sweet malts.

The taste doesn't live up to the aroma for me. It's got a huge spicy bitterness throughout but doesn't have nearly the juicy citrus presence that I was expecting given the aroma. There is a hefty sweetness underneath as well. The finish is slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very bitter and dry in the finish.

This is a very good DIPA that could have been great if the taste came together a little better. That said, I still enjoyed it.

gford217, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for this bottle of the Deuce! This one pours a golden orange color with a touch of haze, big head with large beads, high retention and thick lacing. The aroma has a lot of lavender and floral hops with citrus, tropical fruits and an underlying malt backbone evident. The flavor is resinous along with lavender, orange peel, full bitterness with a finish of cookielike malts, geranium, and leafiness.

Body is relatively thick for a DIPA with a moderate carbonation that lends itself to a smoother thicker body, though a touch of astringency is present for me with a bit too many botanicals. Pretty nice beer though the hop bill is a touch too floral-astringent for my liking, though there may be some batch to batch variation obviously, the two bottles I have tried have displayed this. Pretty tasty though, if this were available for a fair price I'd probably get a six pack from time to time.

vacax, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Stoneman78
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Toronado SF

Appearance is a translucent murky orange hue, thin layer of white creamy head, sticky lacing on the glass

Smell is pine resin, sweet citrus, cotton candy, touch of mustiness

Taste is bitter pine resin and grapefruit dominated hops, orange and lemons creep in with some grassy hops, cotton candy bubblegum appears near the end, finishes bitter and resiny

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, big thick oily resin texture, biting carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a nice sticky and resiny hop bomb with a nice balance of sweet citrus and candy sweetness, the finish is a touch too harsh

Stoneman78, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Livid
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from draft. Pours a hazy amber color with about 1/2" of white head, laces nicely down the glass. Aroma is almost all hops - citrus, pine, floral and grassy notes. Good body and mouthfeel - not oily like many high IBU IIPAs. The flavor is very hoppy and unbalanced. Big hit of citrus rind and pine flavors, with faint malt flavors of caramel peeking through right before a long bitter aftertaste. This is a borderline hop bomb. I happen to lean towards the hoppier end of the spectrum, so this is right up my alley.

Livid, Feb 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this brew hand delivered for my BA Anny. A little foamy while taking off the cap. The foam settled quickly with the pour. Not very strong in smell. Typical IPA color. Taste is predominantly citrus hops with a good bit of bite. Mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty good DIPA but not special.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Bosazga
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at NW Growlers in PDX

I'm one of those weirdos who like heavy beer so this one hits the spot! Cloudy beers to me = heaven, so that looked good. High ABV rocks, and don't you connossiuers (sp?) tell me otherwise. Went down a little bitter at first but commensurate with IPAs in general. The bouquet is a little flat but, remember, I'm about the ABV. Sits nice and warm in my stomach and makes me wish fall was here. Overall all a solid, strong IPA.

Bosazga, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

GJonesy, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of having this one with dinner last night, I am always happy to get a new IPA whenever I can find one. This poured a very nice and somewhat hazy amber, with just a touch of a golden hue to it. Very nice three inch plus head of foamy and sticky lace formed on the top and gradually settled down to just a thin layer across the top and a very nice set of concentric rings of side glass lace. Smell was thoroughly and deeply hopped. Big floral bouquet of bitter pine and a touch of grapefruit. This followed over very well to the taste. Not a tear your lips off bitter, but defiantly a big IPA for sure. Very nice mixed of orange and tangerine like hops with jus the slightest touch of pine to even it out. Great smooth feel and nice carbonation gave it a medium body and a very nice drink ability. Long drawn out dry finish and a nice touch of sweetness added into the back rounded it off very nicely. Overall this was a fine IPA, and definitely something I would like to try again. Nothing earth shattering, but just very nice and well crafted. A good version for the hophead to get themselves wrapped around.

mikesgroove, Nov 07, 2007
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El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA from El Toro Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.