White Dog IPA | El Segundo Brewing Company

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White Dog IPAWhite Dog IPA

Brewed by:
El Segundo Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 01-06-2012

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 138
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some really nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same and finishes with a malt presence. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a tasty set of flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attractive rich yellow amber color in the big New Belgium tulip. Plenty of suds with a spritzy mouthfeel. Big nose of flowery, fruity hops.

Warm and malty with a sharp mouthfeel. Brewer says this is 50% wheat. It does give the brew a tangy edge along with the toasty Pale Ale flavor. Hops are redolent with fruit. The Nelson Sauvin mango and pineapple flavors along with some just plain bitter grapefruit pith. Bitterness overall is more than ample, with that acidic spiciness of the big IPA. Better than average hop flavor, but less drinkable than I'd like.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head. Orange and grapefruit hops on the nose with lots of pine. A mild bread and wheat sweetness, some sweet, candied citrus peel, and a touch of tropical fruit. A nice balance of bitterness and sweet hops and malt on the palate. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and mild pineapple along with bitter pine hop character. A bit of malt sweetness to go with it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep rusted yellow, and slightly murky orange body, with a cloud appearance. Head is a good four fingers tall with about two fingers of retention and an off white color. Slightly soapy, with a creamy looking top.

Solid hop forward nose. Juicy fruit and spicy action on the hop angle. Hints faint tropical and some sweet grapefruit mixed in with some vanilla and woody like sweetness to match. Very nice, and simple.

Palate comes surprisingly different. Thick earth hop and woody bitterness. Very bitter finish with a hint of burning ash quality. Sweetness is hardly detected, letting the bitterness become dominant and bigger.

Overall not bad, but missing much of the chewy wheat depth I associate with that malt addition and the hop profile.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the brewery, and I suggest you do the same. This is a great example of a wheat IPA. I've had some that were too sweet, and some just not hoppy enough. This makes the best of the hybrid style for a beer than slightly reminiscent of Belgian IPAs, but also takes cues from light-bodies West Coast hop monsters.

The wheat lends a lighter body than you'd expect from a 6.9% beer, with just a light wheat bread sweetness. The hops taste and feel wonderfully dry and spicy, but drops of floral and citrus fruit drop in to keep this from becoming an American take on the saison. Not only is this IPA delicious, but it's a fresh take on the style—something that's difficult to find.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Muddy yellow brown body with a long lasting head and plenty of sticky lacing around the glass. Pure West Coast hops in the nose, and in full force. It's a bitter citrus medley. Orange, grapefruit, and hop leaves are among the most prominent of the aromas.

Hop juice on top of more hop juice. It's delicious yet on the border of being overkill IMO. Grapefruit juice dominates this sense, pine, bittersweet citrus, and resin tag along. The beer has a medium-full body, and well placed carbonation.

A surprisingly intense experience, perhaps because it takes the character of a Double IPA. Don't be surprised if you end up "milking" the pint.

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Photo of markgugs
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall tulip glass.

Has that "Arnold Palmer" color that's half iced tea, half lemonade. Big foamy head and so much lacing you almost can't see glass. Nose is a bit muted but to be fair, this was bottled 2 1/2 months ago. What aroma is there is sweet like hay, moderately floral. Taste is still crisp, this has held up well. However it sticks pretty close to the tried & true west coast IPA formula, grapefruit, pine, pith, toasted grainy malts, nicely balanced. Great carb levels, very well made just not all that standout. Sneakily bitter in the finish. Solid.

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Photo of rawfish
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of off white foam lifts above a very hazy gold/amber body. Retention on this beer is quite good as is the messy lacing that slathers the entire glass.

New Zealand hops dominate the aroma with an opening bright tropical number, tangerine citrus follows hinting at pungent herbs. Somewhat grainy in character the wheat malt brightens up the tropical aromas as the lemon zest and classical wheat aromas get lost in the hops.

The malt profile is grainy and somewhat flat/stale, some sweet donut batter in the mix, the wheat doesn't possess quite the burst in brightness that the aroma does. Hops are an even blend of tangerine citrus, hay/grass, pine and the holes patched up by an airy white peach. Finish lingers with the light pine and grasses, occasionally the lemony wheat pushes through. A crowd pleaser as far as IPAs are concerned, bitterness on the lower end of the spectrum.

The carbonation was really active upon pouring but as the beer sits and warms it gets quite flat. Easy body a shade more drinkable than average. Bitterness is low but so is the drying feel. Malt sits flat and stale on the palate.

This beer has some promise but like alot of the beers that hit heavy in tropical fruit aroma it fails to follow that into the flavor. The wheat component really thins out this beer putting focus away from the bitterness but adds very little else. I'd group this into the starter category for those developing a taste for hops.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to MrKennedy for this one and pours a clear very golden hue with suddiest two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is a good mix of NZ and West Coast hops but mostly NZ with aromas of gooseberries,a sweet herbalness,lychees and citrus but honestly it's all about the Nelson sauvin I'm smelling,the mouthfeel is very smooth well carbonated but a little light and the tastes are very pedestrian but tasty with hints of citrus,pineapple,berries,a touch of sweet wheat and finished with a passionfruit bittersweetness and overall it's tasty but a touch pedestrian for me cheers.

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Photo of kevanb
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into an El Segundo Pint glass.

The beer pours a clear, golden straw color, hues of orange and light amber with a 2 finger soft, cloudy white head that has decent retention and leaves a touch of lace behind. The aroma is of sweet tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit and pineapple, lightly bitter pine, a bit of spiciness with some soft wheat and rich malt. Lots of pineapple on the tongue, backing passionfruit and mango with some crisp grapefruit and lemon rind, sweet malt, crushed wheat and light pine back this beer that is predominantly sweet rather than bitter and aggressive. The body is juicy, coats the mouth well, moderate carbonation with just enough prickly liveliness that finishes lightly sweet and lightly dry.

Verdict: A nice IPA from El Segundo. It's definitely on the sweeter end rather than the dank, bitter end, but the balance of flavors is really nice. The wheat component is nicely integrated, reminds me a lot of FFF Gumballhead, but less aggressive.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice full yellow with a bouncy and ebullient head on top. Lacing sticks around, and there's some fierce carbonation supporting the head. Delightful and promising.

Aroma is smooth and pure; a whiff of yeast, green hop cones, starfruit, melon, all carried on a cool breeze. Lovely, and as fresh as if the glass had been drawn straight from the fermentation tank.

Taste is like sunshine in a glass. Tons of grapefruit (juice and pith), lychee, agave nectar, a slightly salty hit of preserved lemon. On the swallow, there's a pleasant lash of petrol, a bright bang right before the lights go out. I like it. No malt or pine for miles; this is juicy as all get out. Incidentally, this would be outrageous with ceviche and a few al pastor tacos.

Mouthfeel is good; probably a 4.25, if such a score was possible. It's aggressive, mind you, but I think it goes with the rest of the beer's character. I'd say that they could tone down the bubbles just a little bit, but I'd worry that it would mess with the rest of the beer's character. Leave it as is.

Overall, this is positively tremendous, especially from such a young brewery. What a shot out of the gate! A pure expression of Southern California, and the best beer I've had in months.

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Photo of ElSid
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Deep orange to copper with a big foamy and clingy off-white head, which fades slowly.

S: Pine and dankness play backseat to flowers, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Some surprisingly thick malt sugariness is also present.

T: Good strong malt backbone which supports a varied hop experience: earth, pine, tropical notes and lemon and grapefruit zest. The bitterness with a linger hint of citrus zest builds to a

M: Strong carbonation supporting a medium, oily feel with a tenacious linger.

O: The ale of uncertain age holds its own with other solid California West Coast IPA's. This will certainly be a regular if I can find it fresh and in sixers.

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Photo of ufmj
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--> 22-oz bomber poured into a snifter...

A- Two fingers of white, pillowy foam atop a clear, golden-orange brew. Moderate head retention with scattered lacing.

S- Pineapple, citrus, and mango on the nose...amazing.

T- Tangerine and mixed tropical fruits up front with a subtle, almost imperceptible bitterness on the tail-end.

M- Smooth with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

O- Definitely a citrus-forward, low-hop (in a good way) IPA. A very pleasant and enjoyable surprise from a Left Coast brewery that was under my radar. Until now. Perhaps I have found a new "perma-want"...

* Thanks to choobaccaHB for this trade extra.

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Photo of EricO357
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle purchased at Vendome in Fullerton into a beer goblet.

Appeared a light straw/yellow color. Very little head, I was expecting it to be thicker with the 50% wheat added to the malt bill.

Smells of very light citrus.

Mouthfeel is very light, very little body. Bitterness is sharp but fades fast.

Tastes like a sessionable IPA to me, not offensive, but not bold in anyway. Reminds me of the Nooner IPA from Sierra Nevada, although that one has a slightly thicker mouthfeel.

Overall an approachable lighter IPA for neophytes. Do not expect anything "wheaty" about this beer, but it is pretty good beer all things considered.

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White Dog IPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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