Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA
El Segundo Brewing Company

Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPASteve Austin's Broken Skull IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,042
Ranked #12,415
3.93 | pDev: 7.89%
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPASteve Austin's Broken Skull IPA
Notes: A bad-ass 6.7% IPA designed by Steve Austin and ESBC for the working man & woman. It features Citra, Cascade, and Chinook hops to deliver big flavor with an easy finish. Now stop reading and start enjoying this awesome beer! Cheers! - Steve
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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a wrestling fan for as long as I've been alive, I'm pleased too see that some of this beer made it all the way up here. Packaged on 2/13/20 so it's a little old. I couldn't say no either way. Pours a bright golden hue with a thin head into my glass. Citrus and pine, an old school feel in the nose. It drinks like an old school, west coast IPA too with light citrus, pine and a doughiness that I like which I feel is missing from most 'modern' IPAs. The finish is clean and crisp with a nice touch of lingering bitterness. I'm impressed and I don't think that I've ever reviewed anything from El Segundo. Well worth picking this up and I wonder if they are continuing to produce it?

And before you think that I'm rating it this high just because of Stone Cold, you're damn right! Better than I expected it to be!

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Brad007 from Vermont, May 09, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden in body topped by white foam. Aroma of lemon, citrus, grass, and pine. Tastes of grass, lemon, citrus, pine, booze-soaked apple skins, dry and bitter in the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Apr 23, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 3/12/20. Opened 4/17/20.
2 finger white head with a 1/4" dome cresting over the rim of the glass. Good staying power with a slow, steady recession. Sudsy lacing. Golden/copper IPA with a slight chill haze but otherwise clear an clean.
Sweet malt, caramel and dough. Floral, pine, orange - absolute WC OG aroma.
Pine, weeds, green, orange zest / pith. Big malt backbone for an IPA in 2020...nice doughy flavor, especially late.
Light to medium body, medium to medium high carbonation. Well balanced between malt and hops. Medium length piney and floral finish.
Nice WCIPA, enjoyed the C-Hops, both new and old school.
Very good.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a can shaped pint glass. Pours a beautiful straw yellow with a finger plus sticky white head that leaves massive steaks of lace is slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is lemon, pine, herbal earthy hops, hint of biscuit, and grapefruit. 4

Taste follows lemon, pine, biscuit, some floral herbal hop I can’t describe, and grapefruit. 4

Mouthfeel is about medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and at 6.7% really approachable WCIPA. 4

Overall this is old school WCIPA and I still appreciate a clear bitter beer from time to time. Nice stuff. 4

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Apr 09, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into one of my many pint glasses, this beer pours a pretty clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy looking white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a very thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass, big cluster film layer swirls of of foam on the beer's surface, and excellent lacing. Aromas of some bready, just slightly zesty, malts along with some pretty big tangerine and grapefruit citrus notes as well as a bit of pine dankness. Flavors of some ready, just slightly zesty, malts along with some pretty big tangerine and grapefruit citrus along with a bit of piney dankness hop bitterness are all present here. Nicely balanced flavor profile overall. Has a crisp, smooth, and frothy, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very refreshing beer with a clean finish. A good beer here.


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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hmm. A bit different. No real aroma, but it’s hella West Coast in the pour like Bukowski asking for a double. Taste is the same West Coast dry bitter hops upfront, but then it kind of has this weird little sweet tang like Bob Dylan on the harmonica. It’s not bad, but it’s just a bit odd and it doesn’t make this one a complete winner. Stick to Mayberry.


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RaulMondesi from California, Apr 01, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good as is lacing. On the aroma, there is some citrus and mild piney notes with dank earthiness. Taste is somewhat dank with some citrus and piney resin. I detect just a tad of honey at the end. It is just a little watery. Moderate carbonation. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 2/17/20.

Pours clear yellow with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Dank and piney in the nose. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A bit tacky. Green onions with zesty citrus on the palate. Finishes with a drying bitterness, zero malt, and lingering dankness.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Mar 22, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace rings on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is massive of citrus smells with a big showing of tangerine and orange as well as a whole lot of a ruby red grapefruit smell. Along with these aromas comes notes of breadiness as well as a touch of a pine hop smell.
Taste – The taste was not what I was anticipating from the nose. The taste begins with a more bready and doughy taste mixed with a touch of grapefruit hop. While the grapefruit is light upfront, it is accompanied by some herbal and grassy flavors which are quite a bit more potent. As the taste advances the herbal flavors get stronger and are joined by a big hit of pine hop taste. Some light flavors of a tangerine nature develop toward the middle of the profile, only to fade again at the end. With some light earthy hop and a bit of an increase in the grapefruit that comes at the finish, one is left with a rather dank and somewhat malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is average. For the mix of bready and doughy malt with dank hop the feel is quite nice and makes for an easy sipping brew.
Overall – While the nose was super citrus heavy the taste was not, which I actually quite enjoyed. A bit more on the dank and bready side it is a flavorful and well crafted brew. I a world seemingly obsessed with tropical and citrus IPA’s this is a nice change of pace. Very enjoyable!!

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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 2/17/20

Pours a clear pale golden straw body topped with two fingers of cloudy, soapy white foam; great head retention recedes steadily to a light but chunky cap, thick, fluffy collar, and a webby spatter of thin lacing.

Aroma shows a healthy medley of citric and earthy tones, highlighting a mixture of dried orange peel, musty grain, spent white tea, pomelo, and mint throughout, with a bushel of dank herb popping through on the back end.

Taste opens with an established flaky malt, grassy hop tones, and touches of white tea; pineapple shows a tropical sweetness over the mid-palate, while peppery straw, white tea and soft grapefruit zest lighten the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter-bodied and on the thinner side with a fluffier moderate carbonation; eases across the mid-palate with a clean, resinous consistency before a flaky-crispness into the swallow and a fading residual bitterness lingering delicately.

Unique, quietly toned, and solidly structured, though suffers from a lack of consistency and commitment to asserting depth in the profile; overall, a solid classic take on an IPA with its fair share of intrigue but nothing outwardly stunning.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Mar 07, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Broken Skull pours a dark, golden yellow with a full and foamy white head. The smell is classic West Coast IPA, big and bolg with a dose of pine, citrus and stone fruit with a hint of sweetness. The taste starts with a resinous pine with citrus including grapefruit, bitter orange, a slight hint of floral with a melon sweetness

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stoumi from California, Feb 14, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral, citrus, tropical and stone fruit, pine, grassy herbal notes, biscuity malt, and a just a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous spicy pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and tangerine, grassy, floral, and herbal notes, a little tropical and stone fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, cherry, and a hint of melon, crackery biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not quite a full can of whoop ass, but still a pretty solid West Coast IPA.

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RyanK252 from California, Jan 19, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking thin bodied hoppy ipa with very minimal malt level. Solid standard American IPA. Worth drinking again, something I could see myself drinking at a concert or something.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 Nov.

A crystal clear light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing this looks good. The nose is a blend of citrus peel, fresh citrus zest, some pine, a little floral and melon note and just a touch of grass. Minimal malt character. The palate opens moderately bitter with orange peel, bitter orange pith,a little dried mango and papaya. Fruity but in the classic, late aughts San Diego way, rather than today's murkbombs. A mild but noticeable sweetness is present. Dry, light on the palate, arguably a little watery on the mid palate. Carbonation is moderate, allowing the bitter, mildly fruity finish to be refreshing and quenching. Nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like a good ol fashioned IPA with just enough bitter bite and none of that sissy hazy nonsense, give me a HELL YEAH! Stone Cold's Broken Skull IPA is easy drinking while still getting the job done. Very pale and clear, the smell brings grapefruit, lime, pine, honey while the taste is grapefruit, orange, pine, slight dankness. Great combination of flavors. A solid IPA for the workin man. yb

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SmashAdams from New Jersey, Nov 25, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a soft golden yellow color with a good amount of transparency about it. A slim finger's worth of white foamy head started and ended up sliding off fairly quick. Lace was sporadic throughout my glass, seemed somewhat messy with small bubbles and a wavy ring near the top.
The aroma had a grassy sweet danky onion tone up with running through some crisp piney character and a dose of citrusy rind bittersweetness.
The flavor had a bittersweet danky/earthy blend through all of the previously mentioned aromas. Semi-dry bittersweet condensed onion/grassy/earthy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under. Good carbonation and lengthy finish of semi-smooth and slightly sticky onion/Danny with crisp floral and a touch of pine.
Overall, really nice West coast styled IPA well worthy of more pours.

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2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with full clarity and a decent head of white bubbles. The nose is rather light with some hops and malt. A rather clean and dry start to the drinking on the initial sips. Hops are rather muted and fade mostly to the background. No real fruit character to speak of aside from slight citrus. A moderate body that drinks dry and slight.

Overall, this is pretty bad. Really just one dimensional and meager tasting.

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beerloserLI from New York, Oct 29, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/18/19

A: Honey gold with some orange undertones - clear - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a few wisps, retains a small collar

S: If you've encountered enough Citra, Cascade, and Chinook, these varietal aromas are very clear - Citra, with some orange and tangerine, with a spritz of lime - Cascade, with some grapefruit, floral orange, earth, and pine - Chinook, with some herbal notes, pine sap, pine needles - overall, a nice amount of citrus, pine, and herbal aromas - clean pale malts with a touch of caramel, might actually have some balance

T: Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, citrus juice, citrus zest - touch of lemon and lime - the "fruity" notes are fairly restrained and decidedly old-school (which is not a criticism) - leafy hops, herbal notes, pine sap, pine needles - above-average bitterness, which works well - pale malts and just a touch of caramel grain, very clean

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, more crisp than smooth

O: *Glass shatters*

You sit there and you worship your trendy new hops, and you do your double dry-hopping, and it didn’t get you anywhere. Talk about your mosaic, talk about your Idaho 7... Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA at 6.7%ABV says I just whipped your ass!

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angrybabboon from Massachusetts, Oct 19, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, lighter amber color. Small but lasting head with thick streaks and blankets on the glass.

Fresh cut weeds smell from the fresh hop.

Nicely balanced flavor despite the powerful bittering hop. The malt (pale) holds its own initially while the bitterness slowly seeps in to dominate. While the carbonation is high, the richness of the body does stand out. Balanced finish.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Oct 06, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with notes of grapefruity orange citrus, some tropical fruit like papaya and pineapple, mixed berries, earthy dank resinous grassy floral pine, with some toasty caramelized malt

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Oct 01, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for this one, no can date
Pours a very large fizzy foamy 2 finger head that fades at a quicker pace, medium retention, a bit of lacing, very clear pale golden color

nose fresh hops, a bit of that grassy fresh dry hop, very floral herbal, some mild fruity citrus notes, candied stone fruit like, maybe candied apricot and tangerine, and citrus rind, very light sweet malt, getting a touch of grapefruit and mango late

Taste starts with a bit of sweet malt, grainy like almost cereal malt, into hops, medium hop bitterness, with some fresh dry hop grassy flavors, as well as fruit, citrus, candied tangerine and a bit of grapefruit, a little aged IPA character, floral herbal hops with a little stale dried leaves, citrus rind later, with a very dry finish, bit more spicy hop characters late and medium bitterness

Mouth is med bod, medium to a bit higher carb, no alcohol

Overall not bad, fairly solid American IPA although it seems to have a bit of age but pretty solid for west coast style IPA

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Sep 20, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a four pack of this in a trade. Been wanting to try this one for a while, hooked a few friends up with cans.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a big, fat two finger white head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of lightly bitter hops decent malt sweetness. The aroma here reminds me of what IPAs used to smell like 15 years ago or so; West Coast style. Big resinous pine and maybe a light flash of grapefruit peel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big bitter pine hops up front along with a heavy dose of malt sweetness. The finish has the briefest flash of grapefruit and pineapple; super fleeting but its there in the way back being elbowed out by that bitter finish. Finish is more of that lingering bitterness, however, it's not oppressive. Just screams old school West Coast IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little crisp, no discernible alcohol. Only knock is it feels a bit on the thin side. Then again modern IPAs are so saturated with oats that perhaps I've forgotten what late 90s/early 2000s IPAs felt like.

O - Overall hell ya this comes across as a great representation of what IPAs on the West Coast, or in general really, were like years and years ago. Not too bitter not too malty this really is a blast from the past to an Attitude Era when IPAs were more about bitterness and malts than the chunky orange juice and oatmeal of today. I have a feeling though if Steve Austin slammed these in the ring back then after matches he wouldn't be able to walk to the locker room. Very enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Sep 11, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this when it first launched in the bombers some years ago at the brewery. This tastes different for some reason. It has that classic El Segundo back bone. Hops smell like citra which I'm a fan of. The drawback is the body, it's a bit thin, and also the price point. It seems waaaay too unpractical for 4 cans of 6% beer to be priced at $14 to $15.

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Santosizer from California, Sep 05, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding IPA, and one that really surprised me since I wasn't sure about the Steve Austin collaboration. Pours a beautiful golden color with some mild fluffy white head but then sheets of lingering lacing that lasted forever! Smells nice, some bitter citrus zest hops along with some weaker piney and floral hops, malt, caramel and bread. Tastes similarly - the fruit is mainly grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and some orange. Maybe a little guava in the background. Nice, crisp, bracing bitter bite at the end but very well-balanced with the moderately-strong sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, slightly creamy, sticky mouthfeel and great carbonation. An excellent, well-crafted IPA and I will definitely look for other offerings from this brewery.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Feb 09, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 12/11/17. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours clear golden with a nice fluffy head and medium carbonation. Smell is hops, lemon, general citrus, maybe a hint of pineapple.

Taste is more of the same -- nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly filmy. Overall, solid beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, Feb 04, 2018
Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 198 ratings