Hop Tanker
El Segundo Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #441
Ranked #2,469
4.17 | pDev: 9.83%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
Hop TankerHop Tanker
Notes: Two-row malt, meet Nelson Sauvin and Citra. Fast friends indeed. As sleek as a 9% DIPA can be with the sharp hop tone of lemon peels filled in by orange marmalade and just utter dankness. And you thought those tankers off-shore were just unloading crude...
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Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 3/11/16. Pours a clear dark gold with a touch of garnet. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of dank citrus (lemon) over a nice cracker biscuit. Underneath are hints of light spruce and grape.

Light medium body that is smooth. Well balanced carbonation level for the body with a light effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good. The 9.2% alcohol is reasonably covered, but does deliver a somewhat strong astringency before, during and after the finish. Balance is world class with a rich sweet (caramel, biscuit) middle providing balance to a moderate bitterness. Here the flavors separate, allowing hop complexity to shine. Mango, lemon, light spicy spruce and subtle zest flow over the dank undercurrent. As the sweetness fades, so go the hop flavors and the dank aspect, slightly vegetal, dominates. The finish is dry with a dank and somewhat strong astringent alcohol off flavor that lingers.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance golden hue with some tinge of orange. Smell is lemon peel, citrus juice. Taste is clean fresh upfront, openjng to a bigger hop profile and finsishing with a balanced juicy lemon rind and touch of pine. Pair with spicy bbq or indian food

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light orange liquid, white, off white head. 1/2". Aroma of funky citrus, hits what you want on the nelson/citra tip.

Taste solid citrus, tangerine presence without high bitterness, ample malt, not quite caramel territory thankfully. Nelsons bring the dankness throughout the mouthfeel, properly carbonated.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear light gold
S: Samoas girl scout cookies, cotton candy, grapefruit and peel, dank oils
T: Alcohol, bitter hops, some citrus and pine
M: Full, creamy, some sharp bite at the end

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Photo of Reema
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass

Pours a clear honey. Smells of lemon rind, fresh squeezed citrus juice, hops dank, and citrus oils. Smells very nice. Taste reflects the smell perfectly, initial lemon rind bitterness, leading into a large hops punch, finishing again with a slightly sweet bitterness. Feel is medium thick, slight oily, with medium light carbonation that makes this feel like orange juice. Works well with the flavor profile. Overall, this is a very good beer with great citrus and hops dank characteristics that aren't overpowering.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden to amber. Thick creamy white foam.

S: mango. Cotton candy orange pith. Grapefruit. Resin guava

T: citrus fruit forward. But def piney grass in between the fruitiness. Ripen nectarine. Lemon peel. Bitter raw hops.

F: creamy. Smooth. Crisp bitter bite on the end. Mild carbonation

O: solid offering from an IPA beast in El Segundo.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with frothy white head. Smell is slightly sweet with citrus and mango. Taste is juicy tropical hops, grapefruit zest, and a little white wine and weed from the Nelson. The 9% shows a bit at the back. Sweet malts. Mouthfeel is quite dry with a good amount of carbonation. Bitterness might be a little overpowering. Overall a really great DIPA. Citra and Nelson Sauvin work amazingly well here.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled On: 051915.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with somewhat fruity hop character and a bit of booze fume.

T- Toasted malt, moderate bitterness and a slight citrus note from the hops. Decently balanced.

O- Pretty good but quite incomparable to the dozens of other Double IPAs out there that are so much more satisfying.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at O’Brien’s Pub – Kearny Mesa
Full pint – 12/11/2014

A: My pour arrives a soft caramel colored hue with some well filtered clarity. A thin paper white foam cap forms with some modest hang time before settling out to a crown. Not much of any stick or lace noted.

S: Citrus zest blends with dank marijuana, pine, white grape, and spiced melon fruit. I get some sugary malt presence but not much roast or depth to it. Definitely a hopped up aroma, nicely fresh with spiced fruit and herbal notes.

T: The taste brings a big dose of malt sugars with a high level of scrubbing hop bitterness following suit. Mostly citrus and grapefruit notes with some white wine grape and sweet melon. Again not much carmelization on the malt but it is definitely present. The beer has some mild alcohol noted and a sharp hop bite to it. Deals a real puckering finish that kicks out some more pine and herbal spice notes. Pretty solid DIPA here that is aggressive while maintaining some honest balance.

M: Moderately filling body with a nice carbed up consistency lending a mostly frothy feel. High constricting bitterness with resinous pucker and long linger. Dry and crisp at the finish.

D: Haven’t been all that impressed with El Segundo’s brews just yet but I will say Hop Tanker is definitely making a statement. Nice in your face hop flavor and bitterness while maintaining balance with the malt sweetness and overall drinkability.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nelson Sauvin and Cita hops together? Well, I'm in! Coming out a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Copper orange colored in the glass, and topped with nearly three fingers worth of head in my Speigelau IPA glass. Head retention is excellent, and several thick strings of lacing are left. The aroma is quite god. I get pleasing cantaloupe, kiwi, light pine, a kiss of honey and dry bread.

Strong and hoppy is the taste. I taste intense hop oils, intense hot spots of alcohol, and good notes of kiwi, passionfruit, orange peel, intense citric action! For as hot as the alcohol can get, the beer is actually quite smooth going down. In the aftertaste, there are plenty of hop oils an citric notes lingering to keep that hop flavor going.

Hop Tanker is indeed impressive. The pricetag is a tough one to swallow though, at $10.99 a bomber.

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Photo of rand
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

It appears crisp and light like a lager, clear and effervescent. A sudsy 2-inch head forms that never fully recedes.

The bouquet is classic West Coast-style: a big bold IPA with an anchor of citrus zest. Huge wafts of fresh cut pine and dank resin play against a giant malt-backbone. Some tropical nuances can be parsed, along with lemongrass.

The flavors are kind of a mess, disappointing. Astringently bitter, vinous hop essence rushes the palate, followed by a disjointed malty balance. There are citrus and tropical notes and malted grain resin all over the palate, but not in a cohesive way. Boozy as well. Finishes bitter, with lingering grapefruit zest that never completely leaves.

After drinking Pliny the Younger, Citra and Exponential Hoppiness for the last month, this just feels like brewers trying to fill a category. I like a lot of the brews I've had from El Segundo, but this needs some work.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into hotel cup. Two-finger off-white head over orange hazy body that fades to a ring and cap that last. Aroma is of pine, dankness, citrus, tropical fruit, herbs, and caramel. Taste has similar flavors with initially sweet caramel and bread followed by citrus peel, herb, pine, and grassy bitterness. Booze and bitter on the swallow. Medium body, creamy and resinous texture, moderate carbonation, and a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the well-formed head leaves a dripping pattern of lace

Smell: Dank, vinous and citrusy, with an undertone of caramel and a hint of pine

Taste: Vague elements of shortbread and caramel build the base and then the hops take over, with tropical fruit, melon, lemon and white wine grape tones; the finish is all about the hop flavors, with the malts hidden in the background

Mouthfeel:: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer using two hop varieties that I doubt would pair well when I read the label; having visited the brewpub, I know this brewery has good buzz in the LA market but it should be better known on a nationwide basis, too

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hello cat piss or dankness? Nope somewhere in between. This reviewer is biased to the dominance of Nelson. I love Citra but... Could use more dank or citrusy notes.

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Photo of ecarl97
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

How can you go wrong with Nelson and Citra? A little heavy, but outstanding. These guys are great at IPA's and I will be watching them closely. Hit the tasting room if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Man this stuff is killer, just killer. Poured with a huge thick and fluffy cream colored head that lasts forever, lots of lace and a clear amber color. Aroma’s caramel malt and hops. Flavor is the absolute perfect combination of hop flavor bitterness malt sweetness & flavor and carbonic tang. Perfect body. Can drink this beer till the cows come home or you pass out.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Bubblegum citrus and white grapes. As advertised obviously with Citra meets Nelson. I wish the power of three were added with Simcoe, but hey! Beggars can't be choosers.

The beer was bottled on May 16, 2015. Consumed June 2nd. As fresh as it's going to get. This is a highly hopped beer with a high dose of sweet malt to add. Wish there was a wee bit less of the malt. One bomber might not put you out, but doesn't leave you wanting more of it after 22oz is consumed. Refreshing, clean and crisp isn't the term I'd use. Resinous hop fix juicy fruit is how I'd describe it.

This specimen is very good. From memory, this was "cleaner" on tap a year or so ago.


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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - this one has a classic deep golden hue while offering a nominal head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - a lot of brews don't really offer a distinctive smell to my nose but this thing cracks me in the olfactory sensors with a heavy malt dankness infiltrated with mild citrus undertones.

Taste - beginners beware - this beer is no wallflower with big bold flavors of both malt and hops. It is in your face with a bitter damp musty taste. I thought that it had some hints of either coffee or licorice initially but these faded as I drank it. It also leaves a trail of orange chocolate with each sip.

Mouthful - very smooth and creamy feel, almost like a stout with an alcohol hint concealed in bitter hops.

Overall - this brew is a bold, complicated, ultimately well balanced and satisfying offering.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and tropical fruity hops and some caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet melons and caramel malt with a big piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity piney DIPA.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Radiant orange with very little head and some slightly visible carbonation.

S: A ton of citrusy hops. Tropical notes are very predominant: grapefruit, orange and even some mango.

T: Holds true to its fantastic aroma -- citrusy and piney flavors are overwhelming (and delicious). "Hop tanker" is quite accurate, as this beer packs on the hop bitterness and fruity notes in equal measure.

M: Medium-bodied, yet manages to have a sticky, warm finish. Not much carbonation-wise, but probably for the best to get that full hop resin feel.

O: Among my favorite Double IPAs in Los Angeles -- it's a well balanced IPA that hangs with some of the best DIPAs I've had anywhere. While they're obviously best fresh (I've had at the brewery as well as off the shelf from the liquor store), you really can't go wrong with this excellent and very reasonably priced beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA style glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A big bright orange and crystal clear body, with lots of rising carbonation. There's a bit of cola like sized bubbles sticking to the side, with a big fist full capping off white and faint vanilla cream colored fistfull tall head. THick cap, swiss cheese retention and clumping slowly settling down.

Hop front of a good mix. Hits first with some dank then to citrus like aromas. Much of the citrus angle seems buried as the dankness wins and overpowers. Malt quality seems a faint hint of toasty brown caramel sugars slightly.

Palate comes with a nice juiced fruity body. Big hop blast of dank qualities, with some tropical action in the mid palate. Finishes with a good pine like sting and dryness to match. Great fantastic juiced mouthfeel, full and rich, letting the flavors dance and coat real easily and nicely. Minimal distinction in malt presence for this guy.

It's a very impressively made beer in the style realm, but it's flavor isn't one that is really knocking me stunned. A decent solid brew, looking forward to more from these guys in the future. Will keep the hopheads easily happy.

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Photo of beerviews2013
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: hoppy pine smell every ipa drinker has to love.

Appearance: a liquid gold brew with a medium tight head and the bubbles are bigger then I'm use to seeing this is putting a big smile on my face.

taste: bang it hits the pallet so great. A big double hop taste with a crisp citrus finish of orange and lemon citrus that is so great and refreshing id recommend this to any ipa lover. As the beer sits on the pallet it makes the taste buds stand up just the way i like it. As the beer warms up the sweetness of the malts come alive and take this drink to another level of greatness as make it smooth and provide that smooth finish.

Overall: this was a awesome brew out of l.a. the only l.a water ill drink. A must try giving this a the highest rating

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Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

strong bitter grapefruit and dank-ish citrus hop aroma. very aromatic....
poured nicely with a decent slightly off-white head, maybe a good finger from a softer pour. very beautiful sitting in the glass; very stable.
taste is very bitter. lots of grapefruit, lots of bitter, and some decent tropicality to it.... high marks for its pungent aroma and strong flavor but there seems to be a slight cat urine smell and taste to it.... overall, a very decent brew with a very decent abv.... a little more bitter than I prefer (I have found my redemption in Midwest and east coast IPAs!) but a very good brew....

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a golden dark orange, with a 3/4 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite citrusy, lots of orange and grapefruit, some slight malt as well.

Great taste. Some pine and bitter grapefruit, some sweet juicy orange, and a nice lingering bitterness. There is a bit of malt that struggles to make a presence, of the toasty and slightly sweet caramel variety.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice little surprise, this was very tasty. The bottle was about 2 months old and seemed to still be quite bright, juicy, and hop-forward.

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Photo of rawfish
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange/copper with a thin off white head. Retention is pretty good and leaves lots of loose rings of lace on the glass.

Floral and perfume-like orange blossom, bright citrus, white wine grapes and passion fruit. A very fruity and airy aroma, sweet two-row malt brings the fruit to life. A bit lacking in power but overall Nelson and Citra are doing their thing.

Medium bready malt base with some caramel and syrup keeping the sweetness and balance. Nelson rolls in here dank and herbaceous, piney and green, light citrus flits in and out. Dankness holds a strong, stoic bitterness that carries well into the next quaff. Pine and dank herbaceous aftertaste.

Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and the lasting bitterness really highlights the drying ability of this beer.

A really great DIPA, I feel that when Citra and Nelson Sauvin are used in any beer everyone loses their minds, but this beer lives up to the hop hype. Perfect use of Citra aroma and deceptive dankness of the Nelson.

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