El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale | Mission Brewery

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El Conquistador Extra Pale AleEl Conquistador Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear golden color, thin head
Smell- mostly hops
Taste- mostly hops, pretty good, balanced
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The giant 32oz can is no longer the domain of cheep adjunct lagers, it's now part of the craft beer market, and I for one like it. Not that I am always wanting to have giant beer packages, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a BIG beer, and this one fits the bill! Not everything described as "big" needs to be high ABV either, this one is really mellow at 4.8% and great after a hard day when you just want a few beers, but are too lazy to take multiple trips to the fridge!

I like the malty base and the crispy hops crunchiness. I thought the feel was especially good, full bodied and light all at once. A tasty one to be sure.

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Photo of evduder
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the bottle so i was unable to rate the look. Hoppy and fresh citrus smelling. Same goes with the taste. Medium mouth feel for dryness with a crisp finish. I enjoyed this beer and looked forward to finishing the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Don't care for the name, or what it implies. Conquistador? Um, no.

The beer itself wasn't half bad. Sessionable pale ale, so light in alcohol with some hops and a touch of malt. I got a hint of melon and some toasted biscuit rounding it out. Thin bodied, but consistent for the style. That name tho...

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Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev +3%

I love the giant 32oz cans of Mission Brewery and had to get this one.

A - Vibrant light-orange color with some haze and a course white head. Good lacing.

S - Mostly citrus hop nose that is pretty clean. Balanced maltiness smell mingling with the hops. Also a distinct fruitiness from the ale yeast

T - Very similar to the smell but with more of everything. The hops seem to pop on your tongue but unlike an IPA there is plenty of malt and not a lot of bitterness allowing the flavors to really sit high on your palate instead of being overrun by other forces like bitterness or alcohol.

M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Higher carbonation which makes it effervescent and I really enjoyed that characteristic of this beer since it has plenty of flavor with high drinkability.

Overall, a really good APA with a lighter body and balanced flavor. Good hops and the nice graininess makes for a terrific summer brew. This beer is one I could drink all day but is not necessarily my favorite just because it is more tuned for drinkability and not staunch flavor.

Glass- Nonic Pint

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +9.9%

It's been a while since I had an 'Oil Can', but this one delivered! Great taste, with enough hop - citrus flavor to make it very drinkable. And this is key - 32 oz is like having three regular beers, so you have to be ready to consume, which I was. Knocked it down in a half hour, enjoying every sip along the way.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrifyingly large can--felt like a bum carrying this to checkout. Fortunately, googled, and 32 oz is 0.94L, so the perfect size for going in a 1L mug.

A: 4.0 - Hazy light orange color with a substantial inch-and-half-thick head.
S: 3.75 - Lots of citrus hops.
T: 4.0 - Citrus citrus citrus! A great heaping load of hop flavor, though bitterness is not all that, allowing some sweet malt to come through. Very light fruitiness. Dryish finish.
M: 3.75 - Medium, neutral texture, light bodied
O: 3.75 - Very drinkable pale ale. I have an urge to sit on the corner and drink it straight from the can.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Mostly clear honey, small head, mostly ring, not much lace.

S - Malt and hops, both on the light side.

T - Nice rich malt with a decent enough hop bite.

M - Good balance, good carb. Pleasant finish.

D - Nice session beer.

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Photo of leantom
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Wow, I really did not like this. Drain-pour. Here goes:

A: Only thing good about the beer. Massive, soapy head that leaves a tons of lacing. Beer is a clear yellow. 4.5/5.0

S: Very bad. Too much diacetyl, very peppery (but not in a good way), and the hops just smell...off. No grapefruit or pine; just straight up lemon. No malt either, which is bad for a pale ale, IMHO. 1/5

T: About as bad as the smell. Some white pepper and lemon, but that's all. On a side note, at least the beer was well carbonated. 1/5

M: OK, but the flavor and smell totally destroyed this beer for me. Good carbonation. 3/5

O: A bad representation of the style. I know that APA's tend to focus on hops instead of malt, but a pale ale needs some malt to balance out the hops and the hops should at least be tasty. 2/5

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the CAN: “Extra Pale Ale”; “Like a true [CAN]quistador, there is no settling. Break new territory with passion and precision while you discover the audacious flavor of hops. This is El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale. The light color and body belie the flourish of hop flavor derived from Centennial and pilot hops from Yakima Valley. Notes of lemon and watermelon keep the aroma bright, but do not be fooled. This is a real session beer. Which means, intrepid drinkers, you may stay a little longer.”

I do not often get to Crack! open a Quart CAN, but when I do, it feels like I am opening a 55-gallon drum. Needless to say, an inverted Glug was not on the menu as I could not maneuver the crane that was lifting the monolith well enough to maintain CANtrol if it was inverted. It was almost out of CANtrol anyway and quickly filled my awaiting glass and forming three dense, rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with decent retention. Once it fell, while I was resetting the oil drum, it left some beautiful sticky lacing in its wake. I feel like I am on a CANstruction job, since I am going to need a jackhammer later to remove the lacing. Since when did The CANQuest ™ become such hard work?!? Color was a barely (I hate to even mention it) hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Nose had a slight grassiness to it and I became curious to see what it would taste like. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was mildly grassy with a slight citrus rind bitterness. This was probably one of the more drinkable session beers that I have encountered. Finish was dry and I really never got the “watermelon” that they mentioned, but “lemon” as in lemon zest or lemon rind? Heck, yeah! Now, how to quantify this so that it becomes a “useful” review? The first thing to remember is that a Quart CAN requires a real CANmittment on the part of the CANsumer, unless you are sharing with others. I liked it, but by the halfway point, I was ready to move on to something else. It is an impressive CAN and I have only had a couple/few Craft Quart CANs, but is that enough to merit inclusion in the cooler? I am not sure. YMMV.

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Photo of ricke49
4/5  rDev +9.9%

since this is a great sessionable style and appropriate ABV, I think the Quart can makes perfect sense. the rich foamy head holds up quite well and the flavor is a nice balance on the hop malt scale. I really enjoyed this pale ale. having a 32 oz "factory sealed" container, that can be opened in due time seems like a great alternative to a much more perishable mini (or half) growler. good job in recognizing a niche market Mission!

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 32-ounce can is pretty ballsy, in my opinion, but Mission delivers. This sucker pours a decent , off-white head with a lightly-amber, translucent body. Don't remember the aroma from last night, but I was stuffed up a bit so probably didn't pick up too much anyway. Mouthfeel is effervescent, smooth, a touch dry (in a good way). Taste is straightforward and exactly what it claims to be- starts with a balanced citrus hop palate, finishes with a moderately bitter hop backbone. Great session.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bottle with no date on it. My first beer from this brewery, here we go.

Look is a gold-orange, clear, with decent retention. Smell is light, grainy, with hops that remind me of snpa. Slightly bitter prickly feel, bready malt, apple, pear, pine.

Packs a lot of flavor in, but expensive.

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Photo of theteleman
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light yellowish/hay color with a big fluffy white head. Smells piney, hops, and citrus...what one would expect from a pale ale. Lots of hops are forward in the taste, very similar to an IPA but less alcohol. Lacing is excellent on this brew as is the smell and taste. Throughly enjoyed this one, a good beer to session with.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a magnificent head that leaves a ton of lacing behind

Smell: Gentle tones of bread and citrus and pineapple

Taste: Bready and citrusy, up front, with a bit of pith, in the middle; a hint of lemon in the finish which is otherwise crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I love low ABV session ales that pack in some flavor and this is among that group; not sure about the 32 oz. can, however, as that is a bit too much of a gimmick

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a huge 32 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some mild hops, a bit of citrus. Taste is balanced, some citrus hops up front, a bit of malts at the finish. Kind of mild, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and this big ass can is draining very quickly. A solid beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, bright goldenrod coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, bright white head. Aromas are very fruity, with a blast of grapefruit, melon, and pineapple. Smells sweet, with some herbal highlights. Flavors are toasted and sweet forward, with a tropical fruit blend of melon, grapefruit, lime, and a backbone of baked bread. Mid-bodied, but the carbonation keeps it light throughout. The aftertaste is tart and sweet, with all the fruit characteristics lingering on a bit. Effervesced, slightly frothy finish, with a very subtle sweet linger. Refreshing and crisp. Solid brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light clear yellow color. There is a bone white, short lived head that provides minimal lacework. The aroma is light, and lemony. In the taste, lemony citrus, fuzzy tangerine and some pine round out the hop flavor. There is a fair amount of bitterness and the beer drinks smoothly and is quite refreshing. I would imagine this to be a great pale ale option in the summer months, for the refreshing quality and overall lightness, and remained palatable as it approached room temperature. Light bodied and crisp, overall this is a decent pale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First of all, throwing this ale into something that mimics a 40oz type of can has got to strum a chord in my Appalachian roots, however its taste within resonates with the craft beer lover that I have become.

As the ale goes from can to glass, its pour is the classic Pale Ale pour- golden to slight amber, the ales colors are alive with sunny-bright colors. Yet its mild haze allows for a prism-like glow. As its foamy head builds, it does so with an arid honeycomb structure to easily outlast the session and lace the glass with artistry along the way.

The beer bursts with medium aromas of grapefruit and orange zest that rests upon a body of caramel and honey. Lightly biscuity- its scent carries a sweet starchiness that remains understated and allows the command of citrus, herb and leaf to carry the load. Its tea and light cannabis scent are unmistakable as the taste draws near.

Honey, caramel and crisp baked crackers are the beer's leading flavors, but the citrus overtakes all that as the hops govern the middle- pink grapefruit, orange peels, leaf, light lemon and herbal component gives the ale a lupulin-forward taste while the ale finishes bitter, crisp and snappy. Its clean aftertaste lingers on with the bitterness of citrus pith.

Mid-light in its body, the ale's crisp, clean and refreshing properties makes it suitable for a wide array of American cuisine. But as its middle palate casts away its sweetness and high carbonation, it invites a playfully acidic tone with acute grain-derived astringency.

I love how the hoppy Pale Ale plays out on the taste buds, but the ale is boring to a fault. Its a well crafted beer but one that carries little intrigue past what has already been tasted and well documented.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

light, hoppy, clean, delicious for what it is, and some of missions better work. clear honey colored brew with less than an inch of reasonably thick white foam. the nose is fruity west coast oily hops, not bitter at all though. there is a light pale malt base, a little generic, but i think this is particularly well made. very easy drinking with the light body, low alcohol, minimal bitterness, and robust carbonation. the huge cans are an odd packaging choice, but they seem to have found a pretty good dose. also, i think this is better in the can than the bottle, just comes across a little fresher. good stuff here from mission.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 6.99 strictly for the novelty. Never had this beer or a double pounder before (32oz can) Into my Unibroue goblet

A - Pours a dirty amber brown, very hazy with great carbonation bubbles yet just a 1/4 inch of frothy head that settles to a great lace ring.
S - Smells pretty bright and clean. Pale malts, sweet malts, bright grapefruit hop tones. Smell is clean.
T - Not bad it has a balanced hop to malt ratio a bit of the dry hopped side so their is a solid bitter bite each taste. Nothing bad to say here.
M - Light to medium in body. Drinks well easy to quaff back.

Overall I am just on my first pint of this but I could easily finish the massive oil drum of a can. Not really sure if it was worth the novelty but its still a great beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the quart can.Pours into an imperial nonic a light dull golden with a half finger lacey bone white head atop.Aromas of light herbal and floral hops and a bit of lightly toasted grain.The flavors are a little more amped up than the aromas with a good shot of herbal and grapefruit hops over top of a firm toasted cereal grain base,not much sweetness detected.Not bad and very quaffable,I could drink a few quarts of this I think.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought one of those gargantuan 32 oz/1 QUART cans ($5.99) at the brewery last Friday, a quick stop before heading to the airport. Popped it and poured to 2 pint glasses with my wife tonight, pairing it with an awesome homemade dungeness crab mac & cheese and the Saints-Seahawks MNF game.

A: Lightly hazed golden-butterscotch pour, with a fluffy 2-finger head of white foam. Good retention, dwindling over several minutes, and sticking tufts of lace, gradually turning to smaller speckles. Decent carbonation, nothing too vigorous, but a few steadily rising streams.

S: Good whiffs of sourdough and mild spice. Cut hay, wet and a bit earthy.

T: Lemony upfront, with a pithy then piney bitterness to follow. Bready, grassy, green, a touch tangy. Very flavorful, if slightly brassy in the finish

M: Smooth, even carbonation. Coating mouthfeel, just a little oily/clingy. Refreshing, lighter body.

O: A very nice APA, loads of flavor, good aroma and the modest strength (only 4.8% ABV) to considered "sessionable". I like it and would be glad to have some again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light almost golden color. The head was smalland carbs were light.
The aroma is fresh hops and malts. The taste is good and a bit dry. A sporty little hop taste pocks through the malts which finish with a cracker taste.
A good beer. It's easy and refreshing to drink and no doubt wold work well around the yard.

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Photo of beergoot
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale, straw yellow colored body and sported a thick, creamy, sticky white head. Bold pine hop scent with touches of cantaloup and banana; traces of light malt notes. Slight malt flavors with a dominant hop bitterness from the middle to finish. Mild tingling on the tongue; medium body; dry finish.

A pretty respectable extra pale ale, big on looks and aroma with a decent flavor. My sample came in an impressive quart can, so there's plenty to drink with this sessionable ABV ale.

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