Power Plant TIPA
El Segundo Brewing Company

Power Plant TIPAPower Plant TIPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,101
Ranked #4,498
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
Power Plant TIPAPower Plant TIPA
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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Bine and Vine in San Diego. 2020 edition 11.1% ABV.
Pours a crystal clear dark golden colour with a finger of bubbly yet creamy short lived white head.
Aroma is a fruity hop bomb with grapefruit, mango, significant pine, all on caramel malt base with hint of honey.
Taste starts with some caramel malt sweetness but quickly hits with a resinous piney blast, notes of grapefruit, orange, mango - building bitterness.
Full mouthfeel with a building delightful sticky resinous character and lingering bitterness along with a boozy warming effect down the throat. Bitter yet remarkably drinkable. Highly recommend to the IPA seeking crowd.

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Photo of colts9016
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy big DIPA, sadly several I have drunk lately were disappointing. I saw this beer and salivated, it sounded delicious. The beer is 52 degrees and served in a snifter. The pour on the beer was a gentle and produced a two finger frothy and creamy head. The head is bright white and left a little lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 7 a medium amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with visible carbonation within. The beer presentation is beautiful.

The aromas of the beer are tropical, pine, resin, biscuit, toasted malt, herbal, and grapefruit.

The beer has immense tropical, grapefruit, pine resin, biscuit, toasted malt, and herbal.

The mouthfeel is bitter and astringent and bracingly strong alcohol.

The body of the beer is full, the carbonation is medium, and the finish is long.
The beer is flavorful, full hop flavor and a strong malt backbone. The beer holds up well and delivers the punch hop heads are wanting. Recommended to try, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I signed up for Tavour a couple/few months ago & their service has really been bringing the west coast beers to this east coast imbiber! Man, my last shipment comprised two (2) boxes! I brought several bombers with me to Allentown last weekend, but my traveling companion was more into Stouts & Porters so I brought me big DIPAs home for another time.

From the bottle: "West Coast Craft"; "This behemoth of a 'Triple' India Pale Ale gets a healthy dose of hops both in the kettle and on the dry hop resulting in a nose that is straight up fruit cocktail. Truly impossible to distinguish just one note. Monstrous, yet deceptive in the same breath. Don't let this one sneak up you, lest ye be #PowerPlanted[.]"; "Smell Drink Repeat".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. This beer was not lacking for carbonation as it created a dense, foamy, pillowy, one-finger cap of tawny head unbidden by an in-glass swirl. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, allowing the bubbles to really shine, like a poor man's lava lamp. I agree that the nose was fruit cocktail, but there was also a good bit of fusel heat to accompany all of that sweetness. It went right into my sinus cavity & caused my eyes to water! Phew. A Triple IPA, indeed. Mouthfeel was full, kind of creamy, whether a product of the carbonation or the malt or both, but it was quite pleasant on the tongue. I was amazed at the taste - it was fruity, but not as simple as "tropical fruit", which is the flavor of the moment, nor was it entirely bitter, like grapefruit. Instead, it struck a pleasant slightly sweet fruitiness that went well amongst the ever-present alcohol. Quite simply, this was a big beer that never seemed to want to let me forget just how big it was. Finish would have been semi-dry, thanks to the fruitiness, but the inherent heat of the alcohol really dried it out to the point that I sneezed a couple of times in response to my sinuses. Phew! Nice, but one was plenty.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Purchased in Medford, OR. Bottled on 020317. Left a little bit in the bottle.

Pours pretty clear amber golden with a big head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is nice -- very floral, a little juicy. Maybe a little lemon and pine in the background.

Taste is powerful. Super sweet (honey and honeysuckle), super bitter (pine and hop resin), opened my eyes and raised my eyebrows when it hit my tongue. Resin is really strong here. This is a quite nice beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, but resinously dry. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at beermongers.

This beer looks attractive enough (good head retention), but the aroma and flavor profile are awful. I would be curious to know what hops were used, as I was getting a huge aroma of nail polish and onions. The flavor profile was more of the same, with a huge burning bite of alcohol on the finish. I literally couldn't wait to dump this down the drain.

Frankly, having tried most of the IPA's and dipa's from El Segundo (which were all pretty good to excellent), this came as a complete shock. It's been a long time since I tried a beer I disliked this much. This is completely undrinkable (IMHO).

Looking through some of the previous reviews, it's almost as if I was trying a different beer, and I wonder if freshness might have been an issue. I asked the bartender at BM if he'd heard any comments about the beer, but he was pretty busy and wasn't really interested in talking about it. I did notice that the beer didn't seem to be selling all that well, and that there was virtually no banter about the beer (the beer was poured during BM's anniversary party, and so there were a number of interesting selections on tap). Weird.

Edit from 2/26/17. With some trepidation, I tried this beer again at the recent TIPA festival at NWIPA yesterday. Was told that the keg for the event was super fresh, and it showed. The beer I had yesterday had almost nothing in common with the miserable mess I sampled at Beermongers a while back. While certainly not one of the top echelon TIPA's I tried yesterday, it was by no means the worst either. The aroma profile was much more attractive (still some onion aroma, but no nail polish), as I picked up some nice tropical fruit, dry citrus, light honey and some light onion. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, and while there was still some heat from the alcohol on the finish, it was nothing like the abomination I tried at Beermongers. The beer I had yesterday was actually pretty decent, and is one I might consider ordering again. Anyway, I'm going to assume the beer I had at Beermongers was an aberration, and I've adjusted my review ratings accordingly.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, piney and citrus hops, touch of onion. Flavor is caramel malt, resinous piney and citrus hop, tropical fruit, grapefruit and lemon citrus. Finishes with long lingering resinous piney hops. Medium bodied with a good creaminess. Delivers on the power plant. Bold, powerful hops that skate on the edge of astringency, but even though the caramel malt is rather dry without the sweetness many of these big IPA have to cut the bitterness, the hops are well supported. Nice hops profile and good fruit flavor, nicely balanced. It's big ABV is obvious, slightly boozy, but the hops are such a main attraction that the alcohol is mostly covered. I'm somewhat impressed that this triple IPA does not taste like a borderline barleywine, and I suspect it might not age like one, but it tastes great now as is appropriate for an IPA. Flavorful and powerful. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Absolut
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. coppery orange with a white head.

smells of bitter grapefruit, hops.

taste is hop forward, grapefruit, and a little hot. given its 10.5 it hides it very well.

clean finish and extreme lacing.

another very solid effort from el Segundo.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 020516 into a nonic pint. Pours a caramel copper color with 1 finger of cream colored head that left a little bit of lacing. Nose is a bit sweet for me, possibly due to age...still enjoyable. Taste was good, slightly sweet but plenty of piney hop character and a little bready. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, carbonation good, and the finish dry and slightly astringent and boozy. Not in the same tier as PtY or Notorious for my palate, but a very enjoyable TIPA.

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Photo of BeerTailor
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extreme hops and full bitterness, very heady a ton of pine and fairly dry. The smell does not match the amount of hops or alcohol. If you love hops and alcohol this is perfect for you.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a bomber dated 20516. Very excited to try this since it won gold for TIPA at the Bistro DIPA fest.
Look: Poured into a tulip but no head. Only lacings around the rim. Color is amber and you could tell it thick and is likely a sipper.
Smell: Piney and subtle tropical notes but you can smell the booze.
Taste: Follows the smell.
Feel: Good carbonation and bitterness but it burns.
Overall: Very big and boozy. Not my style. I think the younger, simtra, and ruinten are all better TIPA.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I wasn't a huge fan of this beer, it hid it's high abv very well. Unfortunately, I wasn't getting all the intense tropical flavors some of the other users have mentioned. This is a very dry beer with a lot of typical west coast qualities, lot of earthiness and pine going on. Not much of a bite at the end which was kind of surprising.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a translucent bright orange/amber colour with a thin layer of bright white head.

S - A very fresh tropical fruit bouquet - mango, peach, pineapple tangerine and slight honey malt sweetness. A beautiful nose.

T - Fresh and juicy. The hops punch a big bitterness with mango, peach, grapefruit and a hint of pine. A honey malt sweetness provides just enough balance without detracting from the fresh, juicy hop flavours.

M - Medium body, sticky and full of hop resin. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely well balanced. The ABV should denote a more boozy quality, but it doesn't. The taste and mouthfeel are very smooth and the malt to hop balance is spot on.

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Photo of mobrado
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big, bold, and boozy. Definitely not a beer for every day, but in a certain mood it hits the spot. Like chewing on hops and chasing it with a shot of vodka. In a good way.

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Photo of cherche
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: good looking beer, crisp orange, big fluffy white head with solid retention and some lacing
S: a bit boozy and malty with a strange wheatiness with a light piney hoppiness
T: hot, boozy, sweet malts and wheats
M: heavy as I would expect a triple IPA to be but a bit more carbonation would be nice
O: a very big beer, rated it harshly because if you are going to drink a beer that is this high in ABV it is a commitment and this one might not be worth the commitment...if you are looking for a boozy beer at a reasonable price this isn't a bad route to go.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber to orange hue. Khaki to white head

S: booze. Hops. Medicinal aroma. Some faint citrus peel

T: hops for days. Boozy. Citrus peel. Pine. Finishes nice

F: boozy harsh. Bitter coating

O: a nice TIPA offering.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange color with no head at all, beer is clear, some slight lacing, no seeing much carbonation, looks heavy.

A: Guava, onion/garlic,pine, resin, citrus, picking up some sweetness from the malts, vanilla, has lots of aroma, not picking up any alcohol on the nose.

T: Guava, peach skin, garlic/onion, some pine, citrus, big malt backbone sweetness with a hint of vanilla, finish is dry, piney and resiny, big flavors, lots of heat. Aftertaste is of pine needles and resin oil.

M: Slight more than medium bodied with a big dry finish, low carbonation.

O: It's a little too hot for my enjoyment, would like it to have more carbonation, it is a big beer. I would probably enjoy this more if the alcohol was just a bit less present as there is a heavy alcohol feeling in the aftertaste. This beer has plenty of hops and is balanced with a big sweet vanilla like backbone.

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Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Golden amber, white space toffee head, lasting lacing on the side ofbthe glass and on the top of the beer.
A: Malts, citrus, pine, floral, bread yeast.
T: Lemon, malt, caramel. Resinous pine, fresh baked biscuit.
M Medium body, nicely balanced, adequate bitterness. The high alcohol is well masked.
O: I'm having a hard time understanding why breweries are insisting on make huge ABV beers. This flavour could have been achieved as a double at a lesser percent. Never the less, a good offering by El Segundo Being Company.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives copper colored with a decent enough head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: CItrusy, with melon tones buttressed by bready malt and caramel

Taste: Juicy citrus forward, with grapefruit and a hint of melon; underneath the bready malt and caramel supports the bitter hop elements without making the beer sticky; bitter, but balanced with a lingering finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: For a triple IPA, this one holds back on the sweetness and delivers a nicely balanced flavor profile

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With a good track record of producing hoppy ales, I knew that I would be for an adventure. A 22 ounce bottle comes by way of Tina (thanks again!), so let's take it slow and move on to the beer:

A small head sits on top this light toasted orange ale. Some creamy lacing washes around the glass. Despite being an IPA over two months old (the horror!!), the aroma is fantastic!! Ditch the exotic fruit stand and smell this; mango, papaya, passionfruit, cantaloupe, grapefruit. Take it in, release, and anticipate a fine drinking beer.

Plenty of flavor here as well. Taking a similar route to the aroma, the taste is a fruit stand, plus a heavy dose of booze. The taste of mango, orange, passionfruit, melon, and cantaloupe, spiced with a dash of metallic alcohol and boozy character that warms the throat. It's a full bodied beast, but that booze could be neater, even though it does hit 11% ABV.

How about that for a Triple IPA? Power Plant has no shortage of hop goodness, and certainly no shortage of alcohol. There's plenty in the bottle to satisfy 4 people, or just myself.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz tulip at THG.

A: Served an opaque glowing orange color with a greasy and oily off-white head that faded to a lasting collar. Sheets of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweet pine and citrus hop nose with a touch of tropical. Mild booze as it warms.
T: Pineapple, pine sap, hop resin, mild earthy spice, touch of rye-like spice in the aftertaste. Potent grassy taste, touch of citrus rind. Light creaminess.
M: Full body for an IPA, super sticky and potent mouthfeel with a powerful sweet punch mixed with a clean bitterness. Greasy and thick mouthfeel, tons of hop oils, medium carb, drink very well. Alcohol is thick but not boozy.
O: Similar to the double digit ipas that knee deep makes. Definitely a solid beer that was easy to drink for being so bold.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark golden color with a one finger cream colored head. Some great lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Big notes of pine and resin with some smooth caramel malt in the background. Light citrus zest as well. Smells pretty fantastic.

T: Huge pine, grapefruit zest, and sticky resin. A bit of pink grapefruit and sticky resin on the finish. The backbone is velvety smooth caramel malt and the body is slick without being syrupy. Carbonated enough that the alcohol doesn't wear you down, though there's a warmness on each swallow that reminds you this is a beefy bastard. Very very very good. Best beer I've had from El Segundo hands down, and I've liked everything I've had to date.

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Photo of anonymoose
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is dark orange. The aroma is malt and alcohol. There is a lot of sweet malt taste to mask the alcohol which it does a good job of for the most part. There is also a pleasant hop character. It's not a bad beer but the malt and alcohol presence is too much.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this because the guy at Whole Foods recommended it. I'm glad he did.
Bottled: 9/18/15
Reviewed 10/1/15

L: Deep golden orange, with several fingers of light tan foam. A massive amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Vivid and lively citrus-pine hops, an ample amount of mellowy-resin hops, strong hints of tropical fruit.

T: Tastes quite similar to the smell, but the emphasis is more on the resin aspects. Also the tropical fruit aspects are more subdued than they are in the smell. Moderately sweet. Quite delicious

F: On the higher end of medium-full bodied. Moderate level of carbonation. Smooth with a little bite at some points.

O: Overall this was a good TIPA. Very smooth, it wasn't too bitter or too hoppy, but rather the hops blended well and the result was a very smooth and flavorful IPA. At $12 not something I would likely get often, but glad to try.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on September 18th, 2015. 11.1% ABV.

L - An aggressive pour into a big snifter yields a clear amber-ish orange color with several fingers of egg-shell foam. Great retention from start to finish in the form of sticky rings of lacing and a nice cap atop the beer. Very nice to look at.

S - Massive aromas of fresh tropical and citrus fruits hit the nose first, evocative of Sunkist Fruit Gems candy. Clean ale yeast and a sweet malt character nicely compliment the hop aromas. Notes of stone fruit emerge. As the beer warms, some heavy alcohol phenols lightly sting the nostrils.

T - A deep bitterness overtakes the palate with all of the delicious hop flavors that the aroma promised. Grapefruit rind, pineapple, and ripe stone fruits. The hefty malt base provides great balance, but the flavor never becomes too sweet. The yeast character is clean. The finish is remarkably dry for an IPA this big. The alcohol provides a nice boozy warmth as a profound bitterness clings to the palate.

F - The texture is thick, viscous, oily, slick, and a bit syrupy as the beer rolls around on the palate. The carbonation is perfectly dialed in.

O - One of the best Triple IPAs I've tasted. This beer is massive on all fronts, but astoundingly drinkable. Besides showcasing a myriad of hop aromas and flavors, its greatest achievements are in how clean, dry, and not overly sweet the flavor is. It is certainly boozy, but in the best way possible for a beer of this size. A must-try for IPA lovers.

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Power Plant TIPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 171 ratings