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El Dorado (IPA Is Dead)El Dorado (IPA Is Dead)

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dgilks on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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330ml bottle 6,7% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass
Reviewed from notes

Appearance: El Dorado pours somewhat darker than the other beers in the series - appearing a lightly clouded dark orange in the glass. A rough pour yields a massive white head that lasts well and leaves great looking lacing. 4.25

Smell: As with the other beers in the series, this one definitely suffers from age and is not really showcasing much of this new hop at this point. Notes include: A grainy character, orange juice, orange peel, grassiness and an interesting lime note. 3.5

Taste: OLD!!! Of the 75 IBUs that are claimed, I would be surprised if there are 15 left as only a very mild bitterness is present. The flavour is grainy with some caramel/honey maltiness and a little citrus and grassy hop. 3.25

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice oiliness and a medium level of smooth carbonation. 4.5

Overall: I think this may have been a nice beer at one point, but the ridiculous year long shelf life has reduced it from an IPA to a standard pale ale. 3.25

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The final foray into my Brew Dog "IPA is Dead" pack and perhaps the one single-hop ale of the four that truly makes sense from a flavor hop showcase perspective, El Dorado pours the standard Brew Dog dark yellow/light orange amber IPA hue with around four fingers of light tan head. Aroma moderately assertive and dominated by fresh citrus juice, citrus peel, nondescript fermented notes, wet hay ... a bit yeasty and funky. Probably the least overtly malty of the four IPA is Dead offerings, this one really does let the hops shine through. There is a toasty, light caramel background but really the predominant flavor here is fresh citrus: Blood and navel oranges, lime, lemon. The hops taste like aromatic fresh juice but there is also a bitter leafy component, a little black tea, and a hard candy flavor like Lifesavers. Minimal pine but I do get a menthol undercurrent like mint or some other fresh herb. Moderately chewy body and finishes smooth with citrus pith, not crazy bitter or astringent. I can only assume that this is an accurate, uncomplicated representation of what this American flavor hop tastes like, so mission accomplished. As a representative of the IPA style, the brew projects a great hoppiness but I'd lift up the malts a bit more. The Maris Otter complexity deserves better.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows some peach and floral notes along with sweet clean malt and a little confectionary. Also some biscuity malt. Similar biscuity malt as a flavour with a fair bit of sweetness. Some pear and green tea. Seems to finish a little flat.
Needs more carbonation.

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy orange, head quickly fizzled to a thin cover
S - big bubble gum note , leafs and grains
T - buttery with big mineral notes, leafy, grape bubble gum
M - relatively lite, not much on the way of dry or bitter ipa characteristics
O - it's diffetent but nothing special

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (24 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger-thick head is compact and beige, it sinks quickly ti a fine lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is mild with some chalk and minerals. Cheap orange juice, fresh meat and some cookies. I expect more of an IPA at 6.7 %.

The quite mild taste is sour-tart with lots of oranges, tangerines and lime. It is somewhat fat with notes of corn oil and butter. Lemon-like fruity sour flavours. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is elegant and balanced with some alcohol, lemon cookies, and some fresh herbs. The short finish is all lemon juice.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Not bad, but way too mild for an American IPA.

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