El Segundo Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #179
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4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Mosaic hops take center stage in this truly West Coast India Pale Ale. The perfect companion for enjoying a sunny day on Main Street with us in our charming little town, affectionally known as "Mayberry by the Sea".
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TheBrewsClues from California

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/26/20; Drank 1/20/21

Look: Pours a dee, darkish orange with a decent heard
Smell/Taste: The aroma was mostly unremarkable. Was expecting a bit more fruity, but had kind of a dry citrus, almost tart-like quality. Definitely on the more bitter, resiney side of IPAs.
Feel: Moderate carbonation. Had a nice ling, crisp finish.
Overall: I would call this your classic west coast IPA, but nothing I got overly excited about.

Mar 10, 2021
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent IPA, stays true to older style IPAs (more WC than NE). Its good but kinda plain. If I was at a friend's BBQ that had this beer id be stoked but if I had my pick out of any IPA, it would be low on the list. Don't get me wrong, it is good. So give it a try.

Mar 03, 2021
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Top notch modern WC IPA right here. Assertive bitterness complimented by softer hop notes and a malt body that just balances that dry bitter pithy main note.

Brilliant clear golden beer with a sturdy white foam head.
Nose is bright and unique with notes of honeydew and papaya over top of typical citrus and pine hints.
Taste has an assertive dry bitterness like grapefruit pith front and center. Softer floral and creamy fruit notes play more along the edges
Perfect body, full and crisp

Jan 21, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can bought from room temp shelf at Trader Joes on about 11/14/20 Can dated 9/10/20. Beautiful white head about 3 fingers high in a tall tulip glass. Barely there haze. Decent lacing. Smell and taste match the "Mosaic hop" description. Smooth mouthfeel. I'm just not overly excited about this one and trying to not let my antipathy for Mosaic hops influence my judgement too much. Maybe fresher would be better.

Nov 26, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 6-5-20 for $3.24. Canned on 5-20-20; consumed 8-20-20.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is floral hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste is old school WCIPA. Clean medium malt base sets up the showcase of hops which come across as grapefruit and gooseberry. Finishes with a nice abrasive pine and rind bitterness; 9/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall a really enjoyable WCIPA at a pretty nice price!

Aug 20, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from Lifesource Natural grocery in Salem OR.
I see this is 2.5 months old..lets see if it hold up.
Pours a clear golden colour with a good sized thick and frothy white head.
'Still has plentiful hop aromas at least..citrus..lemon zest, pink grapefruit..slight floral hints.
Taste is similar but seems to be fading with age..its still nice but has that faded taste you get with older IPA.
Mouth feel is medium with medium to low carbonation..its OK. Long lasting bitter finish.
A nice to taste fresh

Aug 08, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear golden yellow and my fast pour brings on a nice, full head that pulls back leaving good lacing
Aroma: Pine and dank hit hard and then sweet blueberry joins in, along with some tropical fruit and citrus. Some sweet malt in the backdrop as well. If I was a betting man, to my palate, this has to have Mosaic hops in it – awesome nose overall
Taste: Slight citrus and dank again fly out of the gate and that dang (but welcome) blueberry note again dances around the palate. Tropical fruit and sweet bready malt rounds things out before a nice bite leads to a semi-dry finish
Mouthfeel: Big and flavorful and the good carbonation (medium), hop bite, and slightly dry finish keeps things quenching
Overall: I’m loving this one right now and it’s just as good as the one I had last night on a more fatigued palate. I’ve only had a couple brews from these folks but have been impressed by both enough to try more and would definitely purchase this tasty IPA again. Personally, I wish more [IPA-centered] brewers would use Mosaic in a non-hazy IPA as it is one of my favorite hops and I think really shines in this beer especially and in WCIPA’s in general. Awesome stuff here

Jul 17, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like marijuana, grassy hops, grapefruit peel, blueberry, and orange.

This comes across a just a touch boozy, but it's otherwise solid enough for me. There's the obvious Mosaic berry character, along with weed and fresh cut grass, with some light malt character. I also get some bitter grapefruit type character.

This is light bodied, crisp, and pretty bitter on the back end. It's decently drinkable.

This is nothing to go out of your way for, but it's a solid enough stab at the style.

Jul 04, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cranking out the July 2016 reviews lately, this one is from the 9th, its the older label with the tower in the middle.

Has a golden appearance that leans towards light amber with a white head 1/2" deep. Aroma hits that familiar Mosaic dank tropical fruit familiarity.

Taste is pretty similar to their hop tanker. Lightly pale toasted malt, neutral yeast, this is also all about the hops. Mosaic keeps pushing that lush papaya and guava edge with a little bit of weed. Good dry back end from the pale toasted barley, crisp level of carbonation all over it. Doesn't drop any of that caramel thick stickiness, keeps it light and crisp. Alcohol is restrained even if slightly elevated on the top end for style. The bitterness I would guess clocks in around 65 ibu. If I didn't know this was 100% Mosaic I would think it was dry hopped Mosaic but used Simcoe for bittering. Either way, another winner from El Segundo.

Jun 12, 2020
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this because I thought the Broken Skull IPA was awesome and this one is on par. Pretty similar to Broken Skull but definitely different flavor characteristics. This brewery knows how to make a really solid IPA in the style I like. yp

May 06, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 2/10/20.

Pours clear yellow with an inch of white head. Moderate retention and lacing. A bit dank and garlicky in the nose with chaulky pine following through. Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel. Pine and grapefruit with a touch of sweet malt in the palate. Finishes crisp and bitter.

Apr 04, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From fresh can.
Amber clear ipa look. Fluffy white head.
West coast ipa smells. Citrus, piney, grassy.
Tastes citrus, tropical melons as well. Piney, bitter. Grassy finish. Like wet grass.
Medium bodied.
Easy drinking solid wcipa. Like it.

Mar 19, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a clear pale yellow with a bright white frothy head.

Aroma is herbal lemon.

Taste is a well balanced IPA.

Mar 06, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Did Fred Flinstone work at the rock quarry? I think so. Well, if he brewed a beer, it would be Mayberry because this one is rock solid. Yeah, Mayberry is SoCal like a quesadilla for lunch and a mission burrito for dinner. Wow. Thank you. Thank you El Segundo for this beautiful West Side IPA that would make Tupac proud.

Hey Hazy’s: suck it.

Feb 23, 2020
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ithacabaron from California

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, beautiful golden blonde, with streams of various sized bubbles rising quickly to the surface. A sea foam head sits on top, with a craggy, alive head on top. Awfully pretty.

Aroma is of big, fresh, unfermented hops -- like sticking your nose in the fridge at the homebrew store. El Segundo consistently produces these big fantastic fresh hop aromas with their IPAs, and I really don't know how they do it so well. I am just glad they do. Notes of lemongrass, under-ripe pineapple, key lime, and wet grass clippings leap out at the nose. Makes you salivate.

Taste blooms open on the tongue. Big mango juice notes start, with classic bitter grapefruit and pine flavors close behind. Secondary notes of lychee, lemon cake, and benzene rise up as the beer warms. The finish dries out slowly but completely, like a wave retreating from the shore. The tongue is left refreshed, cool, and ready for more.

Mouthfeel is bright, lean, and somewhat aggressive. The bubbles in the glass prove to be committed tongue scrubbers in the mouth. I would perhaps have liked a slightly less sharp carbonation, but if you gave this to me with fish tacos, I'd probably tell you it was right on the mark. The hop burps are pretty nice, too.

All in all, this is a great beer, and a real treat from the folks near LAX. Honestly, with the invasion of all these weak-sauce NE IPAs around here these days, I didn't even know people still made them like this anymore! A great old-school West Coast IPA, but with the benefit of what we've learned over the decades with respect to malt ratios and maximum aroma excellence. Very highly recommended.

Dec 27, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with notes of pine.
T: The taste has flavors of piney and herbal hops along with notes of mangos. There is a moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a West Coast IPA with all of the piney hops but the aromas and flavors of mangos help to take off some of their edge.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 04, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw filtered with light carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of blueberry, mulberry and malt.

The taste follows the nose.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

Really great brew.

Nov 20, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated '092519.'
Opted for a tulip due to high-ish ABV for the style.
The appearance was a bronzed copper color with a mellow transparency about it. A one finger white foamy head slid off to some messy sticky lace.
The aroma had some danky onion/sweet garlic adding in subtle floral and piney hop notes coating some clean biscuit malts.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side throttling the onion and garlic tones in and around the floral and piney notes. Barely any biscuit maltiness or even much of any malts. Not much of an aftertaste but seemed to have some dry piney notes.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with some sort of sessionability about it. Good carbonation as an American IPA. Finishes crisp with some danky sweet onion.
Overall, very nice West coast styled IPA well worthy of coming back to.

Nov 11, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces beautifully.

S: Super dank, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Big time skunky dank, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and tangerine, tropical fruit, lots of papaya, some guava and mango, spicy pine, a hint of bubble gum and melon, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: I didn't know they still made beers like this. Everything I remember about Mosaic IPAs when that hop first came on the scene. If you're into that kinda thing it's an intense Mosaic West Coast IPA.

Nov 10, 2019
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A pretty darn good skunky IPA, if you know what I mean..........
Maybe I should add, very clean and crisp look with a smallish well lasting lacing. I will definitely try to drink this again.

Aug 19, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear sparkling gold-amber with a large off-white foam settling in airy fits and starts, leaving fuzzy lace.

Smell is grapefruit, cracker, pine, orange, Triple Sec and biscuit.

Taste is toasty cracker with crisp and refreshing yet slightly prickly pine, warming biscuit, orange rind and a hint of lemon zest.

Body is moderate with a fluffy foam, finishing dry.

Apr 11, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This brew had a very bitter and very dank scent and taste , with pithy citrus. It was clean and crisp and bold. Simply a fanatic IPA.

Dec 30, 2017
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Ahypercube from California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love the bottle shape. Wish more beers came in little fat bottles like this. I'm not sure why I'm so enamored. Maybe it's just cute?

L: Golden body with a slight haze to it, but almost completely transparent. Bone white head with great retention and nice-looking rings of speckled lacing on the glass.

S: Tangy and peppery: Papaya, mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, guava, blueberry and plum, then a malty base with caramel sweetness and a sharp black pepper edge.

T: Art. This is an example of what the west coast IPA style is capable of. Sour at first with lemon, orange, pineapple, guava and notable mango which persists as blueberry and papaya sweeten the mix, then lemon and grapefruit rind hit, lingering almost as long as the black pepper and citrus pith. Very my style, as I tend to prefer more acidic beers.

F: Basically perfect, super easy to drink. A tiny bit of soapiness on the end.

O: Legendary stuff.

Dec 06, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.33 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 1, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 7, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 22, 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to Bine & Vine as part of a variety 6-pack (and 10 percent off). Had this before, giving a full pour a 3.75 back on Jan. 1, 2016. Did not have any comments on it. Generally an El Segundo fan and was looking forward to reviewing this. Bottle read, “Mosaic hops take center stage in this truly West Coast India Pale Ale. The perfect companion for enjoying a sunny day on Main Street with us in our charming little town, affectionately known as “Mayberry by the Sea.” The hops appear to be Mosaic, Chinook and Cascade from their website. You had me at Mosaic.

Poured a gold clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding uneven foamy and watery lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled Mosaic, Chinook, bitter mango rind, pineapple, papaya, guava, Juicy Fruit, pine (Cascade), grass, floral and mixed berry. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose, but followed it. Mosaic dominated the way. Also bitter dry mango rind, pineapple, papaya, guava, pine, spicy Chinook, grass, passion fruit, Juicy Fruit, mixed berry, floral, resin and a lingering pepper taste on my lips. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a really good IPA overall. That spice on my lips would not go away though. Would have it again though for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

Oct 14, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious.

First off, the most intense pillowy head I may have ever witnessed.

Aromas are citrusy but subdued.

Flavors are on point with floral and citrus being in the forefront. Nothing extreme but extremely crisp and quenching.

Feel is dry and attenuated. Thinner and very easily drank.

Overall. Great ipa. Thanks @buddybeerdrinker1

Oct 05, 2017
Mayberry from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 379 ratings