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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From:
El Segundo Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,889
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,163
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
217
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 11:00 PM
Added:
Oct 29, 2015
Wants:
  72
Gots:
  52
SCORE
88
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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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a tall aluminum can, this brew is clear, with a huge, frothy, rocky head. The aroma is clean, fresh, and hoppy. The taste is balanced and smoother than expected. When I saw the name, I thought of this as a gimmick beer, but, although not outstanding, this is a solidly drinkable and enjoyable everyday IPA.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Right fine, uncompliated, hoppy, fresh, bitter and beautiful IPA. Totally crushable.
Little rich at $18.49 for a 4 pack of pints.
Glad to see the rollout reach Florida.
Good beer!
Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Ocalafox from Florida

Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This wasn't bad. Nothing wrong with it just an extremely boring and average IPA to me. It's better than some other celebrity offerings but overall I don't think I'd ever drink this again
Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by meanmutt from Ohio

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Clear and faintly sparkling pale gold with a tall off-white foam head settling in uneven chunks leaving super fat spongy lacing on the glass.

A big time throwback, this pretty old school IPA is not just biting of piney cologne, but it's also fairly malty of grahamy biscuit qualities. That said, it's fairly refreshing with a balanced bitterness.

The medium-light body has a fluffy, airy froth that comes to a chewy dry finish.
Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a very good IPA! Clear,golden color and a thick white head makes me want to chug this.Good hop aroma and flavor. Bitterness and carbonation are spot. on.Like others, I had my doubts,but this is a full flavored, tasty IPA.
Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Floral hop aroma with additional notes of citrus, especially grapefruit. Taste covers the same ground helped in part by a bit of pine and a bit of spiciness. Bitterness seems to hit just the right spot. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish. Pleasantly surprised by this one; thought I was buying into a gimmicky offering with the celebrity name attached but it is really a solid, tasty IPA.
May 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a fine IPA!!!! Pour from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer features a slightly hazy, light straw yellow color and a medium sized foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Hoppiest IPA I have had in awhile!!!! Aroma and taste include some piney and floral hops but mostly citrus (grapefruit.) The hops have a nice bite to them and the aroma and taste are fairly robust. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and rich enough for the style. I had this beer with a corned beef dinner and it went down very well. I would seek this one out again!!!!
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pour is a clear lightly golden yellow with a dense finger and half of chalk white head. Good lacing, and a half finger of nice white foam persists on the beer throughout.
Nose is pine, grapefruit, citrus rind. Classic west coast IPA.
Taste follows with grapefruit rind, pine, citrus, moderate bitterness, finishing with a pleasant tropical fruit.
Clean, easy to drink. Dry finish. Good beer.
Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by MartyB8 from Indiana

Mar 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Mar 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by freewill35 from Indiana

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by ManlyWealth from Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is an outstanding IPA. If this was my first beer of the evening it would be a 5 out a 5, but I’ve had so many other outstanding to world class beers tonight, my taste buds and sense of smell are probably a bit tainted. Definitely a classic IPA!
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by Ashes857 from Maine

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L - Split a 16 oz can with a friend. Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass at around 50 degrees. 1 finger head with good lacing. The color is a light golden, and the beer had a slight haze.

S - The smell is a straightforward citrus and floral. Nothing else really comes through to complicate anything.

T - The taste reinforces the citrus, but adds a moderate hop bitterness that fades to a light bitterness. The flavor is best described as a light grapefruit. There's also a slight floral taste with it still.

F - Not super carbonated and again, the moderate bitterness hits half way through and fades with each taste. Consistent throughout even as it came up to temperature.

O - Overall this beer had good and straightforward IPA flavors. The best way I could describe it was that it seems like a good beer to take camping or outdoors. Would definitely try again, but I probably wouldn't buy it again in favor of other beers in this styling, or other beers in general.
Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pale yellow with thick foam. Pleasant hop aroma. Big hop body. Fades quickly to nice even bitterness. Not too overpowering. Easy to drink. Good flavor. Now go out and buy a sixer because Stone Cold says so!
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by Grupatre from Michigan

Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Clear gold, nice white head, decent retention, great lace
Some dank jumped out while pouring it, mango, grapefruit, dank, pine, spice
Piney, mango, and citrus hops, some sweet malt to keep it from being enamel stripping. Been a while since I had a beer this bitter.
Medium light and appropriately carbonated
This is the best IPA I've had in a long time. The big aroma of a well done NEIPA with the body and bitterness of a WCIPA.
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by SFNC from North Carolina

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Heading into this crusher of an IPA, El Sigundo slams this beer with a trio tag-team of hops. Citra, Chinook and Cascade fuel a bitter, crisp and characterful flavor that's not for the faint of heart.

Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA hits the glass with a very pale gold, medium straw appearance. Laced with a mild haze, the frothy IPA leaps right out with a toasty, citrus, peppery and pithy aromatic scent that's redolent of citronella. A formal palate introduction provides a toasty-sweet upstart of bread crust, light honey and granola.

As the hops step into the middle palate, its malt influences retreat and turn the show over to a citrusy bitterness that's laced with white grapefruit, under ripened orange and a hint of lemon. Trending bitter, resinous and pith-like, the lasting impressions in taste are of lemongrass, light hemp, pine and peat.

Medium bodied and trending lighter, the beer's light flavor profile carries a dry drinkability which allows the hops to shine which highlights a slightly astringent hop bite. An aftertaste of herb, hazy and pepper follows in a long series of echoes.
Oct 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium bright golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate pale yellow + pale apricot colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith + citrus/grapefruit zest + pine + citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of bready + lightly toasted + caramel + grainy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready + lightly toasted + caramel + grainy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith + citrus/grapefruit zest + pine + citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a slightly heavier than moderate amount of aggressive lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly crisp + aggressive bitter mouthfeel. Enjoyable with lots of classic West Coast C-hops present. Definitely one that I will grab again when I’m feeling nostalgic for those old school classic West Coast IPAs.
Sep 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2d beer from brewer. As clean an IPA as you will find. Lovely every day, but sharp, bitter brew.
a) Mostly clear golden body, with thinnish head and lace.
s) Tame aroma, but clean with bright sunshine, grass, cali coast wild herb aromas.
t) Big burst of pine, sunshine, sun-baked wild herbs.
f) As clean and crisp as any IPA - 4.5 feel.
o) A true favorite.
Sep 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Mortarforker from Texas

Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Aug 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.99. Canned on 6/10/21, so this is 2 1/2 months old.

Look: Clear beer! Almost. Deep golden color with the slightest haze. There was a rocky off-white head that dissipated to a very thin rim.

Smell: This has a nice aroma - soft citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit, stone fruit. Specifically I get some nice mango, apricot, cantaloupe, and orange marmalade notes along with some crusty and subtly caramel malt.

Taste: Really tasty. Super easy to drink. I'm actually surprised that there is a fair amount of sweetness on the finish that I was not expecting, which is nice because it balances out the bittering elements. The finish is moderately bitter, but after that bitterness recedes it leaves behind this woody, vanilla-laden mouthfeel that has a good amount of sweetness in it. Very interesting. In some ways, this kind of reminds me of a cream ale (of which I have not had in forever).

Feel: Nice mouthfeel. It's medium-bodied and it's appropriately carbonated.

Overall: I've been drinking a lot of NEIPA style beers lately, so I was craving something West Coast style, for a change. This is doing the trick. This is a good go-to IPA when you want something a little bit different from the usual choices.
Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: pours a nice golden straw color. Minimal head and retention
S: sweet malt with citrus and a touch of pine
T: Lots of citrus with a bit of pine and bready malt. Hops are there but it’s missing something. Lacking a bit of pop
F: thin and remarkably light. Crushable
O: a very nice WCIPA that’s drinks very smooth but does lack some punch. Overall a very good beer
Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by NoFoLocal from New York

3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Very pale yellow with minimal foam/lace. Light and enjoyable flavor hides the 6.7. very drinkable but not outstanding in flavor. Much lighter in flavor than expected.
Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From a 16 oz. can dated 06-19-21. Sampled Aug 1, 2021.

Golden-yellow appearance under a modest white head with good clarity.

The aroma expresses earth tones, some floral tones as well as white bread crust.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

The taste starts out sweet and then the earthy and floral hop characters come up on the backside. It all lingers briefly. A decent traditional IPA.
Aug 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Samnem from Georgia

Jul 29, 2021
Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 333 ratings