El Segundo Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #481
Ranked #2,662
4.17 | pDev: 6.95%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Double IPA and two time winner at the Bistro DIPA festival. Simcoe and Mosaic 50/50 split.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Now that I have begun really diving into the Bottle backlog here at Chez Woody, I am unstoppable! Yes, it means suspending The CANQuest (tm) for the moment, but the thought of being rid of these pesky bottles for once & for all is so heartening that I almost do not have words. These next bunch were all purchases through Tavour & as I have said repeatedly, I have no real beef with them. It was their inflexible local shipper + the continual adding to the backlog that led me to part ways.

From the Bottle: "Hammerland DIPA Double India Pale Ale"; "Bright, Clan, Crisp, Blueberrydankness2 [squared] … exactly what you expect with a hop bill of Mosaic and Simcoe. Get your nose in the glass and the aromatics will overwhelm you like the double-overhead closeouts down at Hammerland."; "Smell[,] Drink[,] Repeat".

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it billowed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, almost refusing to fall and leaving a load of lacing in its grudging wake. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, once again causing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to rouse themselves from my couch & come into the kitchen for a taste. Nose was much as they described: Simcoe the naughty kitty doing her cattiness in a blueberry patch with some mint strewn around for good measure. 8=O Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy & so a little light for the style. The taste was simply marvelous - a swirling pleasure palace of dank, catty, blueberry, pine resin, grapefruit & light tropical fruits. This should serve as notice that this sort of thing can be done outside of turning it into a HazeBro. Finish was super dry, reminding me to take my daily hit off of my asthma inhaler. Phew! YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2020
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4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy smokes we have some smooth sauce from El Segundo. Last time we tried their Mayberry IPA and it was refreshingly tart, bitter, fruity and crisp. This one follows that trend seamlessly, with sumptuous Mosaic and Simcoe hop presence.

L: Pours a hazy golden honey color into a goblet; just transparent enough to see the little bubble streams throughout. Two fingers of soapy white head rose up from the pour, leaving decorative lacing.

S: Juicy ripe mangoes, pineapple, and passion fruit burst from the glass; a faint undertone of caramel and honey frames it, and a bit of lemon and grapefruit rind nip the nose on the finish.

T: Again, super juicy. That caramel malt is much more noticeable on the tongue, including some molasses notes; other than that, it follows the nose quite exactly. Finish has that impression of over-steeped Earl Grey that I always get from dank DIPAs.

F: Resinous and thick at first, but bitter and clingy with a sharp, acidic finish.

O: This is easily one of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

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Ahypercube from California, Jun 17, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a pint glass. Bottled on 032318.

Pours a clear light golden with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is refreshing, lemon/pine. Something in it smells like candy...can't identify it.

Taste is green, sharp. Resinous.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall, it's not bad.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 26, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Noted on 07/03/15

Golden straw color with near perfect clarity. Lively bubbles contribute to a mass of dense off-white suds over top. Lots of hang time there and some trellis of lacing left behind.
Pine and citrus with a sprinkling of dank herbs on the nose. Light sugary malt cracker bits. Fairly clean and hop forward.
Nice traditional Cali hop blend of sappy pine, earthy orange/grapefruit citrus, and sticky greens. Touch of light tropical too. Fairly toned back on the bitters actually. Dry and crackery in the finish.
Great balance to this DIPA. Didn’t have quite enough “pop” for me but some really well masked alcohol and minimal malt obtrusiveness.
Recommended for a try.

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Nugganooch from California, Dec 29, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled July 22nd 2016… oooooo baby.

Pretty looking brew. Beaming and crystal clear body of brass and lemon and dark bronze appearances. Bright shocking white, fluffy and creamy at the same time, ultra fine, with three fingers of solid height. Little bit of retention, and really fine even streams of carbonation. Excellent looking brew.

Real impressive mixing hop aroma. Stinging pine needles, with touches of earth citrus and tropic, in what seems like that order. Leafy greens and sharpness with soft fresh character for a somewhat later subdued bottle consumption making for excellent hop complexity. Relatively neutral on yeast and malts but gives a perfect template for them to shine and get out of the way. Excellent smelling IPA.

Creamy and juiced palate all at once. What a great mouthfeel, rich and coating without syrupy or overly sweet qualities. Juiced earth on first sip, bringing mellow exotic citrus in the mid palate with leafy soft greens. Finishes with a soft peppery carbonation, light hop oils as well. Rich and mellow sweetness that gets dialed down by excellent bitterness without astringency.

Another solid IPA from these guys who just nail it often in this department.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Sep 24, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Great Floral grapefruit aroma, with alike taste. A bit on the watery side, but the hop bill is still present. Very drinkable. Would revisit this one.

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DrinkThemAll from California, Sep 01, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda a rough score. Bottled 2/26. Consumed 3/14.

Smells of bubblegum, pine & malt. Tastes the same. A bit too malty for how fresh this one is.

My verdict with El Segundo is that their beers fresh on draft blow away their bottles, even when bottles are fresh. On Draft, Hop Tanker blew me away. Had a two week old bottle and asked myself "where's all this maltiness come from??? Last week, Hop Plunge was the best DIPA I've arguably had all year. Now I'm afraid to purchase a bottle.

Good beer here with Hammerland. But this bottle at $8.99 will never be revisted.

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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California, Mar 15, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle on date of 1/14/2016

A: Pours a rusty orange color with an off-white head, not much on the head retention, gave an aggressive pour, head has dissipated into a soapy off-white film, got some lacing, some carbonation, beer is clear.

A: Grapefruit, pine, resin, picking up some sweetness from the malts, there is a lot of aroma coming out of my glass, very pungent, smells promising.

T: Grapefruit peel, some pine and resin, good amount of bitterness but not overwhelming, aftertaste is of grapefruit peel and dry.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, like sucking on grapefruit peels, good amount of carbonation.

O: A solid offering from El Segundo, perhaps my favorite beer so far from them, lots of flavor, aroma, nice dry finish, definitely going to keep a lookout for this one when it comes back around again.

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Brolo75 from California, Jan 22, 2016
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3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: light, pale straw, must be very limited malts besides 2 row.
Smell: clean, berry, melon, mosaic, filtered
Taste: front is a muted berry(blueberry and strawberry) hops followed by astringent bitterness of pine that lingers in a bone dry finish. Awful lingering taste. Absolutely no malt presence. This beer is 8.6% but I feel like I'm drinking a 4% session IPA. This is not good. Taking west coast to the extreme. Too much hop bitterness. No interesting notes except the usual muted, bland mosaic.
Overall: poor. This can't even be called a DIPA. Not to style. Needs to actually have a malt presence, this has none. All hop bitterness overwhelming palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Has a persistent, 3 minute, clingy 2” off-white to cream colored foam cap with gold highlights over a hazy light gold (SRM 6) body. S: Melon, light malts, some earthiness and wood. This bottle is 3 months old and the nose is starting to fade. T: Melon, some citrus, a hint of orange, faint earthiness, traces of mint over light biscuit and grains. The bitterness is assertive but not harsh. The malt is moderately low with the balance to the hop. F: Very creamy palate with fine soft carbonation and a medium body. O: Well put together with big flavor.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Oct 22, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber .Smell was hops pineapple and of course grapefruit.Nice 2 to three inch head.Taste was good.Very hoppy with the grapefruit taste up front.I liked it.I`ve had better but it wasn`t bad.Nice ABV of 8.6 got the job done.Give it a try.

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Motleydrunk56 from California, Oct 17, 2015
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3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden color with veils of lacing in the Ommegang chalice. Some biscuity malt, even a touch of white cake with vanilla. Rich and sweet but sharp with hoppy acidity. BIg aromatics of papaya with grapefruit.

Powerful with hop flavors. Vast grilled peach and green mango taste. Dark, woody, and bitter finish that turns into grapefruit peel. On the dank side. Hops are listed as Mosaic and Simcoe. I am happy to see El Segundo working on more big IPAs but I am still missing my favorite from them, Power Plant. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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mactrail from Washington, Sep 25, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled 6/24/15 poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one finger foamy white head that reduces to a thin ring, nice lacing left behind

S- piney and citrus hop aroma up front with some resin, sugary malt and some alcohol on the back end

T- piney hops up front with some leafy and resinous notes, sugary sweet malt with a quite noticeable boozy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, alcohol on the linger

O- one of the more malty DIPA's out there, the only downside was the noticeable alcohol flavor on the finish, which was surprising at only 8.6%

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Aug 30, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hammerland. Purchased because it fit the bill of my ongoing search for hoppy, danky IPA's. Hammerland did not disappoint. Outstanding Bitterness and tasty dank flavors that linger ever so nicely. By the way, wonderful lacing. ABV knocks @ your door as well. Nice!

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rblib from California, Aug 08, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear, amber, crisp looking beer. Light head dissipated really quick after the pour.

Smell: Lots of malts and citrus flavors.

Taste: Malts, mild hops and citrus. The malt stuck around from start to finish.

Feel: Crispy refreshing IPA.

Overall: A great DIPA really malty and catches up with you if you aren't careful. Great beer!

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ihazabucket7 from California, Jul 26, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice orange haze out of the bottle (into a tulip). White-ish (again, eggshell? latte?) head that stuck for awhile. Big piney notes at first whiff. I see other reviewers mention berry. Didn't get that. Guess I'll have to try another bottle to see. I did pick up citrus and some sort of tropical - a rounder, darker ... passionfruit maybe? Flavor was just a blast of the aromas with the tropicals up front, pines and malts in the middle, and the citrus closing, mostly grapefruit. Really did not get an alcohol pop beyond what would be expected of a DIPA, just nice and dry.

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MisterGone from California, Jul 25, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piney with a little bit of alcohol. Lots of dank in the nose. The feel is really nice and on par for the ABV and a DIPA. Drinks easy and was surprised to find some fruity notes along with the pine.

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Beer4B from Florida, Jul 22, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light foam hangs a little; clear, light color for a DIPA. Aroma dark berry and pine, a little citrus. Taste: light sweet malt sticks, hop follows and lasts turning to clean and dry bitterness with flavor. Body just right for a DIPA, light with no alcohol sting. This is more a big IPA than most DIPAs.

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MacPhergus from Pennsylvania, Jul 11, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge 3 finger head and great retention. No legs on the walls at all. Smell is alcohol, pine, oranges and grapefruits. Aroma isnt super strong but its pretty nice. Taste is kind of disappointing. Not even close to a Pliny clone, this beer has more bready malt and a lot more harsh alcohol in the taste than Pliny does. Its also more bitter on the back of the tongue and less resiny pine/grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeel is a little thin for me. One major plus is how the flavor unfolds and develops after several sips. Its mostly because my tongue is getting used to the lupulins and alcohol but it has layers of different flavors that come out. Pretty good over all but its' not as good as Mayberry.

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vitALEity from California, Jun 14, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mosaic definitely seems to be one of the in style hops. Let's see how this one turns out.

A: Pours a nice pale orange/slightly darkened straw. Excellent clarity. Finger of slight off white head. Carbonation is moderate/minimal, with tiny bubbles streaming to the surface to form the cap. Nice lacing, with sticky webbing left on the glass.

S: Right out the gate is mostly dankness. Tropical fruit, earthy onion/garlic and underlying pine needles. Malt bill is present, but not quite to the overwhelming. After letting it open up, some spicy tropical candy comes off the glass, with hints of berry. Malt also opens up a bit. Slightly sweet, without the overload of caramel. Smells pretty good, with the exception of that savory onion/garlic note.

T: Pretty good shot of bitterness up front. Berry pops in the mid palat, the savory notes pop back up momentarily. before the bitterness overloads towards the finish. Definite alcohol bite on the rear end. Residual is mostlydry, with lots of astringent citrus rind intermingling with the sweetness of the malt. Aftertaste brings about more of the berry flavor, which is noticeable among the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Ample body from the malts. Slightly crisp, with the carbonation providing enough support to keep the sugary malts from completely enveloping the palate.

O: Pretty tasty. Still, this one seems a bit one trick, and the hops aren't expressive enough, especially on the nose (which is odd, since the label emphasizes smelling the beer). Would not purchase again at 8 bucks a bomber.

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McStagger from California, Jun 07, 2015
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pliney Clone? Not even close. It blows Younger and elder out of the water. Best DIPA I've had. Especially noteworthy is the nose, HUGE fruity citrus bomb with dankness spread all around. Get it if you can find it, you won't regret it, its simply perfect! ESBC is redefining what a DIPA is. ESBC reigns!

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HoppyDaze1127 from California, May 27, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good but makes you gassy. I can drink quite a few hanger 24 dipa' without feeling so "full". Drinking these reminds me of drinking Sierra Nevada torpedo out of the bottle. After the second one you feel like you're gonna explode.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, citrus and dankness.

Taste - Tropical, citrus and pine. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation. Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Great IPA. Highly recommended!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 4/13/15 so pretty fresh. Light yellow color, decent head. Aroma is very stinky, lots of cat pee, like a litter box and yet I liked it quite a bit. Flavor was fruity and hoppy, bit of cat pee in the taste (ask me how I know what cat pee tastes like). I would have preferred a better malt to this but whatever. Solid DIPA but not one I would buy a second bottle of.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Apr 27, 2015
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love a lot of the ESBC beers. This was going to be great because it was going to be delivered in 12 hours, from pot to store which was a great marketing idea. For me the hype proceeded the taste. I liked it, but would rather drink their Two Five Left or their Mayberry.

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HopTopher2014 from California, Apr 11, 2015
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