Grand Hill IPA
El Segundo Brewing Company

Grand Hill IPAGrand Hill IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,008
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,552
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
111
From:
El Segundo Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Grand Hill IPAGrand Hill IPA
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Photo of FireMedk
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Great color and not overly carbonated. Like most IPA's, it has hints of hops, citrus and pine. Love the very minimal aftertaste. Love this refreshing IPA. Probably the best thing to come from El Segundo since Sanford & Son.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/18/18. Somehow got "lost" in my fridge.
L: Burnt orange color. A finger of bubbly white head with loads of lacing.
S: Aromas of malts, biscuit, pine, grapefruit and lemon. Slight dankness.
T: Grapefruit and lemon are dominant. Bold malt backbone with an earthy/pine finish.
F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue.
O: An enjoyable beer. A nice throwback to the old school WCIPAs. I would drink again, and would be curious to try when fresher. I am very glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dull golden color with great clarity. Off-white head retains well and leaves behind a lot of chunky lacing.

S: Loads of lemon zest and aromatic pine on the nose. Orange and hints of grapefruit beneath. Pinch of toasty grain from an otherwise neutral malt base.

T: Lemon peel, orange, and pithy grapefruit are all over the palate quickly. Some earthy and piney hop flavors start to ride up as well. Bitterness crests late on the mid-palate, and clamps down a bit. Toasty malt exists mostly as a canvas on which to paint the bold hop flavors. Earthy, oily, and catty/bitter hops close out a long finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate heft and a firm and creamy feel. Highly effervescent and scrubbing. Bit of that tannic enamel-scrape from the large hop addition.

O: True west-coast style here. It's a blend of some of the more venerable American hop strains, designed to be bold and unashamed of its IBUs. Citrus and pine, like the good Lord intended. These sorts of IPAs are becoming more scarce these days, and I miss them. Solid stuff.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled on 08/01/17

Pours clear gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like wildflowers, crackery honey malt, some tangerine peel, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, with woodsy dank floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tangerine peel, juicy grapefruit, some tropical notes of pineapple, crackery honey caramelized malt, wildflowers, with bitter dank woodsy spicy floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bottle into a nonic style glass
Noted on 07/29/15. Bottled 5 days prior 07/24/15

Burnished gold look with a touch of hop haze on it. Nice creamy lather of off white comes to rest over top. Light dotting and patch work of lace left behind.
Pine resin and tangerine-orange rind in the nose with a touch of softer complimentary fruit esters. Some malt sweetness to it albeit fairly limited.
More classic duo of orange zest and resinous pines. Nice bitter bite to it with some herbal elements and other fruits at play. Falls off rather quick though leaving you with nothing but bitter envy. Actually more like a washed out finish to it. Dry and frothy with some lingering pucker.
Not a bad brew and with its moments. Overall pretty unremarkable though. Just didn’t hold up for me.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep golden orange with a bright full white head, lots of lacing, good head retention, lots of carbonation streaming up the sides.

A: Citrus, tangerine skins, touch of guava, peach, apricot, on the sweet and citrusy side, smells nice.

T: Follows the nose, tangerine skins, some guava, peach, touch of piney dryness, moderate amount of bitterness, finish is dry, pine and citrus linger in the aftertaste.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice dry crisp finish.

O: Great appearance and aroma, but the taste falls short of both, still very enjoyable, drinkable and balanced, a solid beer, probably won't seek this one out again as I think El Segundo has better beers than this.

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Photo of rand
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

Straight-up, West Coast style IPA. Clear, yellow-tan appearance, while it's hop forward, piney, rindy and bitter on the palate. Citrusy undertone with a crisp, quick finish. The nose is orange rind and sweet bread. Nothing fancy here, but refreshing and drinkable. Paired it with pan-fried pork chops, and the hop-forward bitterness cut nicely through the fat.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bottle.

Nice golden yellow color. Pine and citrus notes on the nose. Pretty standard IPA flavors, pine and citrus. Very tame. Decent carbonation. Medium Attenuation. Decent IPA.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

7-24-15 bottled date 7-31-15 drank

A: golden straw with a tint of orange. Pretty clear. Creamy white head
S:citrus. Grass. Resin. Malt. Orange creamsicle.
T: yea this is awesome. Simple yet done pristinely. Bitter but far from overly. It's the perfect bitterness with great malt backbone. It has a distinct creaminess to it. I would say there were oats added but I don't think there was. It has a great softness to it. Orange creamsicle again. Some pine on the finish with that fresh cut grass. Did I mention how good this is?
F: the mouthfeel on this is one of the best I've had on an IPA. As stated numerous times it's soooo creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth leaving you wanting another sip This drinks with EASE.
O: El Segundo has been killin it with IPAs and this is no different. Super simple but done perfectly. There needs to be an appreciation for what they have accomplished here. Bitter with good sweet malt. Smooth finish. Great IPA

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 7/24/15 (two days old) into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: dark yellow with a nice orange-white head.

Smell: huge punch of lemons/mango, with something almost a little Belgian-y going on. Confectioners sugar, banana.

Taste: to be blunt, the flavor does not deliver on the promise made by the aroma. Kind of like a Belgian IPA dosed with a Lemonheads. Also reminiscent of Wieckse Witte with the traditional wedge of lemon. Spice (maybe thyme), banana, lemon.

Feel: pretty good. Medium, nice carbonation.

Overall: this grew on me, once I adjusted my expectations. But, as much as I respect the logistical prowess required to get a beer to the shelf same-day, it feels a bit gimmicky in this case.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold with sudsy white head that dissipates to a thin cap. Smells of pine, citrus rind, malt. Taste has lots of bitter pine up front with oily orange zest. A good beer, but not the flavor profile I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold body on the pour, the stark white head builds quickly to three fingers. However the retention is rather poor leaving behind some scattered thin lacing.

Floral aroma, quite bright with citrus zest hop oils and a powdery note that makes me think Orange Tang. Quite a toasty and white bread malt aroma that does well to stay out of the way.

Hops are bright and explode on the tongue before the malt has a chance to catch up, buttered biscuits with some unexpected, cake batter, vanilla or marshmallow fluff sweetness. Lemon verbena, oily pine and white grapefruit, super bright hop profile with a moderate to high bitterness. Aftertaste really bangs on the citrus pith with just a bit of black lemon tea.

Medium body but the carbonation sits too low despite the brightness of the hops, this really could pop more though it does compliment the vanilla and smooth sweetness of the malt. The citrus pith aftertaste accentuates the bitterness leaving a good drying quality.

This IPA almost seems oak aged, there is a really unique but subtle malt sweet flavors. Paired with the bright citrus and oily herbaceous hops it is very good. Bitterness will definitely be too much for some and while I prefer more carbonation the mouthfeel is very smooth.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled May 22 / 2014.

Deep brass yellow, with a nice apricot orange body, with some slight cloudy character. Head is a creamy off white and three fingers tall with some retention. Settles with little lacing and a one finger somewhat thick puck.

Good hint of malt toast quality, and some citrus orange fruit hop character. Some mild floral sense but hop angle is a bit small and subtle. Still quite good.

Juiced body mouthfeel a little, with a solid bit of sugared sweetness. Fruit angle comes out a little candied with some mild hop bitterness on the finish. A good sense of zest and oils as well, with a decent palate coating. A good baked bread and citrus mix balance in the palate between malt and hop.

Overall just a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle dated 04/03/14 (fairly fresh) $7.99 at Healthy Spirits (Castro). Bright orange, foamy head. Aroma is hops with a hint of butter? Flavor is pretty bitter covering up a bit of citrus but unable to hide a buttery flavor that surely must be diacetyl right? I am no brewer so I don;t know but I do know what butter tastes like. Take away the butter flavor and this would be a nice hoppy IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome rich golden color in the Cristal Alken becher with a tall head. Fragrant with hop oils and flowers. Light body with some oily character. Lots of aromatics.

I haven't tasted such a piney brew in a long time. The malt is very plain with a hint of browned biscuits before it disappears into the hops. Sweet pear and a touch of mango. This seems to hit the right spot between bitterness and sweetness with a big aromatic flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste with a sharpness that heads to the acidic side.

That great fragrance bursts out with every sip as you dip your beak into the glass. One of my favorite IPAs of 2013. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to analogchainsaw for an excellent trade, & this bottle arrived unexpectedly along with the rest o' the booty; a brand new brewery I've never heard of. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after an unpleasant beer start to the evening.

The pour is a light IPA orange. The nose, ah, the nose holds all the promise of young love. Lovely floral hops with a distant mountainside of pine. Looking for the like button.

Grand Hill IPA hits the sweet spot of IPAs. A lovely unbalanced bitterness greets one, which morphs into the nice floral notes noted in the nose, nice herbal thrust, slight earthiness (which I normally frown upon but works well here), & a nice stab of citrus to round it out. Bitterness reappears on the downside & brings the whole thing home. Lightly carbonated & drinkable as hell.

You know when your mom asks you to go to a garage sale with her & you end up finding a replacement for the plate from your wife's grandma's dish set that you drunkenly broke last year for twenty cents? This is a lot like that. Unknown brewery, very good beer. Marvelous.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: beautiful golden blonde; not brown. Decent, lovely lacing. Retains head,

S: straw, guava, passion fruit, wild strawberries.

T: Great fruity, tropical front end..drops off at the back end. Disappointing.

M: A bit oily, sweet. Not a particularly bad thing though.

O: Im a fan of ESBC, but this one falls a tad short.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip. No freshness date, but this was new at the Whole Foods, so should be under a month old. Bought at WF Newport Beach for $6.99.

A - Dark gold (almost orange). Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Catpiss, mango, peach. Lots of hop aroma.

T - Signature simcoe (catpiss), also mango, lemon, very tropical. A little pine also, but faint. Ends dry and bitter, but w/ a hint of malt. Very nice.

M - Full side of medium. A;most DIPA territory. Really coats the palate well. Medium carbonation.

O - Great IPA. Almost a DIPA. The hop combination really does it for me. I would like a little less body and maybe some creaminess, but this is a minor complaint.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival held in Downtown Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of lsummers
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap a crisp gold with a one finger bone white head that dissipates leaving some great lacing.

Smells of piney tropical fruits and hints of floral hops. Malty creamy sweets with the hop bitterness very apparent.

Taste is a very hop forward front. Lots of herbal pine and those nice subtle tropical fruits. Still has some glaze like sweetness coming through on the back end with the malts.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, feels very bubbly and light on the tongue. Mild amount of body.

Overall, a fantastic ipa that has some very interesting qualities. High amount of hop bitterness and some bite to boot. A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just released yesterday. Still not sure if this is a one-time or rotating brew. Had it on tap at Naja's Place in Redondo. Nice, crisp, clean taste and lots of great hops taste (they used Amarillo and Centennial). Not over the top. Another great IPA from ESBC. Will absolutely seek this one out again soon.

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Grand Hill IPA from El Segundo Brewing Company
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