El Torero Organic IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

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62 Ratings
El Torero Organic IPAEl Torero Organic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States
alamedabrewhouse.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of fishguyac
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub. Thanks to ramnuts for DDing.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with half a finger of light-cream colored head. It retains poorly, lapsing into a film on top of the brew, and it leaves no lacing.

S: Caramel and orange syrup. Not citrus hops, but the artificial nature of that stuff you put into soda.

T: Caramely with a slight orange taste. There's no hop bite to the main flavor, although there is a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Neither of us could figure it out; this might be an old keg, but at the brewpub I can't reasonably make that excuse. None of the complexity or flavor punch I'd expect out of an American IPA.

M: Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Slightly malty finish.

D: Pretty weak.... But ramnuts felt this was probably just an off glass, so hell, maybe I'll try it again in the future. As it stands, this glass is pretty much a perfect example of what I'd consider an average IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the brew pub in Portland, OR on 2010-01-18

A - Cloudy amber with a short head

S - Fruit and bread

T - Unusual. Way too much grain taste and a sweet fruit taste that I didn't care for. Not hoppy up front but a little bitterness int he aftertaste

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - I'll pass

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a hazy orange hue with an over carbonated head that overflows out of the glass. Smell is simplistic in sweet malt with a soft piney aroma. Taste is sweet upfront malt with a hoppy bitter in the end. Mouthfeel is medium and very over carbonated. A little more difficult to enjoy with the over carbonation through out.

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Photo of yossarian14
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

A half finger of cream-colored head tops a hazy orange body. This quickly reduces to a skim of foam, but does it's best to leave a bit of lacing here and there. Pleasant citrusy aromas are present, but also a slightly distracting background aroma vaguelly akin to canned fruit cocktail. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Tastes OK, but again nothing to really distinguish itself. Sweet caramel and some juicy fruit salad up front, but the bitterness doesn't really appear until things dry out toward the swallow. A pine character that was previously hidden supplies a lingering sting.

Nothing at all wrong with this brew, but forgettable in a town with so many great IPAs. (Do consider stopping by for a pint of their excellent Black Bear XX Stout, though)

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Photo of RJLarse
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Eel Torero IPA in a bottle shop. No mention of it being organic on the bottle. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, with a creamy white head.

Smell is an acerbic grain aroma. Smells a little like crackers, with an earthy aroma along side.

Taste is also dominated by a malted grain flavor up front, followed by a citrus flavor, and a bitter sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost as if it were an imperial IPA, with a sticky cloying nature.

This one is kind of a thick, sweet bead flavored number, without the crisp and fruity character I look for in an IPA. I suppose it's OK, but not by glass of beer on a warm summer day.

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Photo of jschwanke84
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Live review.

A: pours a somewhat hazy orange and copper color with almost no head - half a finger white that dissipates in under 30 seconds. Nice lace and nice color but the lack of head is disappointing.

S: Earthy, biscuity malts with minimal hops. A bit of citrus but not much. Slightly toasty. Very malt forward. Pretty mild overall. Not impressive.

T: Very toasty and bitter. Surprisingly hop forward which I did not expect based on the smell. Malts help to calm some of the aggressive bitterness. You get hit with alcohol and a bit of exotic fruit at the end. Very nicely done strong IPA flavor.

M: Creamy medium body that sits well on the palate. Alcohol kick is calmed by the toasty malts. Smooth finish that goes down nicely.

O: Overall this is a good but not great IPA. I would order it on tap but likely will not purchase again in the $7 bomber. Lacks the citrus sweetness that I love in an IPA, both in scent and flavor. Toasty malts balance well with very bitter hops. This would be a great brew to have with dinner, but not recommended alone except to diehard IPA fans.

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tjcamm
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed, deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a small wite cap, bubbles and nice lacing

S: Wheat, Earthiness and some pine plus citrus to boot

T: Immediate Crystal malt-which I hate followed by light citrus, pine and Earthiness coupled with a nice bitterness. The finish is rather dry, bitter and lingering with a light booze and pine punch.

M: Medium body, more bittering, Earthiness and pine, citrus reside on the palate and hang out, especially the bitterness

O: I hate Crystal malt in a IPA. Deschutes commonly uses Crystal and Pale and I cant stand it. However, I wont hold that against Alameda. My taste aside, this beer is pretty balanced, pretty good overall.

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Photo of Derek
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper-bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a hint of lace.

S: Apricot, nectarine, tangerine & a bit of weed with some sweet toffee.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit rind, mango, good bitterness, but a little too much crystal malt. Showing some signs of oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation with some hop acidity.

O: It's just not bursting with fresh hop flavour and I find the combination with the malts a bit odd.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark, clear amber with barely a whisp of an off-white head. A placid surface appears quickly with a few dots of lacing. Very lightly carbonated.

Aromatics are certainly malt-forward with subued hopping. Candied malt, caramel, light roast, raisins, and some pine in the back.

Medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Tacky.

Sweet crystal malt, husky grains, and a firm bitterness start the palate. Light pine and grapefruit follow through but the sweet malt with light roast keeps the hops subdued.

Finishes with a slightly acrid roastiness, pine-smashed grapefruit, and a pressing bitterness.

Eeek. Not really digging this one. More akin to an Imperial Irish Red. More hops, less sweet malt and roast please.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Imrite
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my second beer at the Saranac in Spokane. El Torero was served in a standard shaker.

The beer is a chill hazed bronze with a skim of off-white sticky lacing.

The aroma is if fresh citrus but it is a bit subdued. There is also some biscuit notes.

Taste leads with mild citrus, ritz crackers, a bit of something mineral-metallic. No off or odd or old tastes, just a very mellow IPA.

This is an example of me expecting a more in-your-face west coast style but instead was presented with a milder version. Nothing wrong here at all.

The mouth is medium and a bit oily.

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Photo of stcules
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange, off-white foam, not too much.
The smell is dominated by citric and piney. Quite fresh, but not too much.
The hop dominats in the taste too, citric notes, citrus fruit, resinous (less).
The malt is present to balance.
Probably a not too fresh bottle (long trip), but sytill, good beer.
Have to retry it on tap at the brewery...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, sexy dark matador imagery on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some drooping floating island lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, heady orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus, a bit of spicy black pepper, and more leafy, herbal, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is gritty pale and biscuity caramel malt, a strong mineral astringency, muddled citrus and wet pine hop notes, and a sort of herbal booziness rising up as things slowly warm.

The carbonation is pretty tight to the chest, not even allowing for any kind of frothy frivolity, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too edgy to be considered even plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity crystal malt still having a disproportionate level of say, amongst a creepily metallic lingering citrus and pine essence.

A pretty underwhelming IPA, to say the least - I don't know if it's the organic thing or what, as I've had a few bangin' examples of the ilk - but I'm getting much more of a somewhat watered-down ESB experience here. At any rate, for a PDX brewery, this is on the low side of the style, in terms of fullness of flavour, and overall rounded character, not to mention the wan appearance - c'mon, even hipsters can dress it up once in a while.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ripe kumquat orange that explodes with topaz-like brilliance when backlit with sunshine. Several fingers of khaki colored froth look pretty good up top. The foam has a quality texture and is doing a pretty good job with respect to lace. A solid look.

The nose is too toasted and earthy for my tastes. A caramel maltiness would have been better and more hoppiness is definitely needed. For a beer with a reported 88 IBUs, the lupulins aren't exactly leaping out of the pint glass. In fact, no guesses as to country of origin are even possible.

This bottle has to be on the fresh side because El Torero is still bracingly bitter. Trouble is, the malts take too much of the flavor spotlight and good hop flavor is still lacking. The top notes are more earthy-herbal-spicy than citric or fruity.

The total amount of malt seems fine. There's a sugary, cookie-like sweetness cushioning the alpha acid attack and keeping the tongue from being abraded too significantly. This combination of flavors might be fine for some, but it doesn't quite hit my IPA fun zone. Paler malts and a different hop bill would fix it right up.

There's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's easily big enough for the style and gains a lovely silky creaminess as the beer warms. Sparkly bubbles add mouth excitment while stopping well short of buzzy.

El Torero (The Bullfighter) IPA is my third Alameda Brewhouse brew and it's probably my favorite. It still isn't a great example of the style, although that probably has more to do with my American IPA flavor preferences than anything else.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with the ever so slight haze. Just over one finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Copious amounts of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Quite a bit of malt influence in this IPA. Biscuit like malt dominates with grassy, earthy hops lingering in the background.

A lot of malt flavor as well. Biscuits or toasted bread lays the foundation earthy and grassy hops. A lot of bitterness compared to the amount of hop flavor.

Carbonation is low but it fits nicely with the flavor profile. Nice soft, smooth texture.

An enjoyable IPA with a different hop profile from most IPAs that come from the PNW.

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Photo of nqdell
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a bottle to glass. Little to no head. Thick copper color.

S- A lotta good stuf going on here, leather, soil, slight citrus hops.

t- Tangy for a IPA, more malt than typical IPA, a little sweet for my palate but finishes dry bitter.

m- Thin and slimy

Overall a very decent beer, not what I look for in my IPA, too sweet and malty, you could change the label on this thing and I wouldn't be as critical.

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El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
3.69 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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