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El Torero Organic IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

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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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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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4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Docer
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +22%
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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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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 freed
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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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El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
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