El Torero Organic IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

El Torero Organic IPAEl Torero Organic IPA
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El Torero Organic IPAEl Torero Organic IPA

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A Northwest IPA made from all organic grain. It is bursting with hops from the big floral aroma to the deep, lingering bitterness. Balancing out the hops is a malt bill with generous amount of crystal, Munich, and wheat malts, plus an alcohol content just over 7%. This is an organic beer with big flavors that combine in a complex, satisfying brew."
7.1% ABV 88 IBU

Added by freed on 06-29-2006

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, this pours an amazing creamy golden copper colour. On the nose there are big fruit aromas of pineapple and apricot with a hint of pine. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich in texture but there is a bold hop finish that balances
the beer beautifully. A favourite Portland India Pale Ale.

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Photo of theblueale
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty, spicy and earthy. Smells big.

Appearance: Thick amber-orange with a small, foamy head that never leaves the beer uncovered. Lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Flavor: Big and balanced. Full toasty malt sweetness meets some smooth, deep-earth hops. A berry sweetness and strong, lasting bitterness finish it out. Clear and crisp throughout.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying and hearty hop edges give this beer a full mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: Excellent for those who like their IPA's big and crisp. At 7.1 % ABV, it's definitely not a session beer, but it is the perfect beer to slap you out of the overcast doldrums. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Matchu
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very much like this beer. A muskier hop than I am used to but very palatable.

This beer graciously provided by Joe F. (22oz bottle) - thanks for sharing!

Bought local and flown 'home', the beer has a beautiful russet golden color with a musk hop taste. Slightly cloudy with bottle conditioned yeast sitting on bottom. I should note that I am particularly a hoppy beer fan. This is not extravagant in that regard but graded favorably in my preferred style.
The malt is very complimentary to the hop profile - this is no doubt assisted by the herbal variety of hop (not citrusy).
Highly recommend this beer and have enjoyed beer on tap at this brewery.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber orange. Lacing follows the beer all the way down.

S - Earth, spice, malts, very big aroma.

T - Big taste as well. A nice bitterness comes with the hops. A foll flavored toasty malt helps balance.

M - Very full body, Crisp, refreshing.

D - Big beer that is very drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 'retirement' of this beer is premature to say the least, as I just had a pint of it two days ago. Enjoyed an extended walk through my NE Portland neighborhood and stopped at Alameda for a pint; sat outside under a clear blue skyful of sun, a September-like day in early November.

A: Pours a hazy copper-auburn, clear enough to see the small and infrequent carbonation yet too opaque to see my fingers through. Color is gradated up the pint, refracting the sunlight nicely. Head is rather small, gathering in a foamy ring of dusty tan-ness. Lace is modest, but sticks nicely.

S: I'm outside, there's light traffic passing on who-knows-what kind of smells, but this one still leaps from the glass. Big hop nose, juicy with pine and citrus fruit. Grapefruit steps forward, but there's a resinous evergreen lurking - all coat a sweet (almost candy-like) caramel malt.

T: Whew - that grapefruit bitters things from the get-go. Substantial hopping warms the throat and draws the cheeks inward. Light-toasted grains then advance to balance the hoppiness somewhat, producing a sweeter than expected finish, especially after the initial jolt of pithy citrus. In the end, balance is achieved.

M: Creamy and really thick - remarkably creamy, to the point I can't recall a creamier DIPA I've ever had. 'Silky' describes El Torero accurately. As mentioned under 'Taste', blatant hops do heat up the mouth and cling on the cheeks and tongue in a pucker-inducing sort of way. Alcohol is fairly reasonable at just over 7%, so that perceived heat is hop/oil-based, not necessarily alcohol. Simply one of the finest mouthfeels I can recall, regardless of style.

D: Absolutely tasty and wonderful to smell. I think I may have had this once before (Organic Brewers Festival, perhaps?), but shame on me for not seeking it out since then. I am not a huge lover of the big hops, yet I found this to be pretty incredible. Seek it out - highly recommended!

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Photo of Docer
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just back from their Brewhouse.. which I had never been there before.. why did it take me so long I wonder? They also do growler fills.

- A nice rich orange/amber cloudy almost "hefe" like appearance.. about a 3/4" thick head that was an eggshell color... lacing all over the glass (shorted pint... eeeek..)

- Smell the malts and wheat as well as some citrus and floral hop notes.. the roasted caramel scent really stands out though.

- Wonderfully balanced IPA for sure... one of the better IPA's out there in my opinion... some wheat malt, roasted caramel.. very complex... and a nice hop backbone as well... floral, and a light citrus flare with a mildly bitter finish. What's so great about it? It's unique and very well balanced.

- Not very dry at all, and only slightly chewy.. but leaves a great malt aftertaste.. which is demanding more pulls from the glass.

- Creamy and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.. and has no strength of alcohol at all... but does pack what it states. An overall very good IPA and was better than I expected.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JackieKu
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the 2006 Organic Brewers fest, this IPA stood out from the crowd. The beer was a light golden with a slight haze and bright white head.

The aroma was dominated by flowery hop notes, bright and fragrant.

The taste was cleaner than the other offerings with none of the musty malt flavors present in most organic beers. It was somewhat sweet, but it complimented the hops quite well. One of the better organic beers I've had, and a good IPA in it's own right.

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Photo of olmatty
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A hazy orange with a rocky pillow of creamy head. Good retention and strong lacing.

Smell-Light, bitter, citrus hop and some biscuity malt

Taste-Fresh, hoppy citrus snap up front, significant honey and fruit candy sweetness in the middle and a pleasant, lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body and carbonation. Appropriate to style. Moderately sweet.

Drinkability-A deliciously devilishly drinkable IPA, even for 7%+.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A head that is not afraid to stick around; stunning brassy clarity. Bitter orange peel comes to mind when the hops hit the nose; slight twang of yeast in the back. Smoothness has depth within the creamy medium body. A whole lot of hop flavor here and the bitterness is without a doubt aggressive, though the flavor almost reaches the point of being soapy. Maltiness rings hard enough on the palate to not make this happen, and toasted bread and caramel stay long enough for a hit of alcohol and exotic fruit to round out the bittersweet finish. The hops are running down a completely different path here, and it works very well.

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Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a most impressive head that clings to the side of the pint glass, leaving a ring of lace

Smell: The biscuity malt elements dominate the aroma, overwhelming the herbal/pithy hops

Taste: Biscuity malt,. up front, and a building sweetness are joined, in the middle, by the herbal/pithy hops, producing a candy-like character that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A little on the sweet side overall, for my palate, but a very nice IPA

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into UCLA pint glass 4.8.10.

Second pour resulted in 1 1/2 fingers white head, pretty quick dissipation with some lacing present. Cloudy orangish amber body, some visible carbonation rising in multiple streams, thin layer of head retained on top of body. The nose is pretty frutiy, peaches more than grapefruit, dry bready malts in the middle, with a spicy hop finish. Tasty is sweet and spicy up front, quite a bit of piney hops, firm malt backbone in the middle, with a lingering bitter finish which got more pronounced as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence, not very sticky. Drinkability is fairly high. On the cusp of a DIPA, I believe the tap version is a bit hoppier than the bottled one. Hard to break through in the ultra-competitive Beervana IPA market, but this is certainly worth a try, a good representative of the style.

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Photo of IllNate
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really hazy light copper with ample white head and good retention. Aroma is hoppy with mostly citrus (orange) and a bit of pine. Picks things up in the taste. Hoppy in nature with orange and more pine with some grassyness as well. Bit of caramel maltiness, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is bitter and relatively smooth. Overall it edges out a 4, a good IPA but nothing spectacular. I'm not sure if I have my hands on a mistreated beer or a bad bad, but the clarity was awful, others say clear...

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Photo of imbibehour
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Yikes this is old..

A real nice creamy light tan head is made three fingers, which settles with a big whipped up top, hanging on like sheets of cream. Body is an opaque somewhat brown amber with hints of orange. Quite a nice looking beer.

Lots of biscuity malts on this, and faint tea like hops. I get the impression this has totally faded. Other that that some milky like sweetness but not much else to say.

Luckily the palate still delivers nicely but without a big blast. Controlling good mix of sweetness and toasty malts. Doughy biscuity sweetness, and a nice small mix of earthy pine on the finish, and light herbal tea. Good doughy mix with a hint of oily finish. Bit of honey sweetness on the lips too.

Surprisingly good mix to drink, but with a fairly closed nose. Would like to try one that is fresher though.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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