El Chingon IPA | Four Corners Brewing Company

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El Chingon IPAEl Chingon IPA

Brewed by:
Four Corners Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big hop taste, but lacks aroma qualities. Overall, a good example of its style, but defiantly not the best. The brewery is cool, and a good place to catch a cowboys game - indoor and outdoor seating, with a great view of the brewery operation. They have around nine of their brews on tap.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am re-rating this beer because the first batch I got had something wrong with it. Probably bacterial contamination. Pours a dark amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a sour, skunky aroma. Kind of like wet leaves. Still smells like it went bad. Bready taste with mild hop burst at the end. Maybe some slight caramel. Taste is not skunky like the aroma. Kind of coppery. Has a very astringent /soapy aftertaste. Still not what i was hoping for but drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Malty, Fruity, Jammy, Bready

Can with a 360 degree top, but we dropped it into a glass to take a look at its bright amber color and creamy lacing. Nose is malty, fruity, and jammy. Incredibly smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, and a bit slick. Firm malty backbone, fruity orange marmalade, and caramel. Quite sweet too. Hops? Hello? Surprisingly low perceived hop bitterness due to the malt dominance. Sure, there’s some hop flavor, but this is a malt bomb.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple cans of this at Wild Salsa in Fairview, TX. I love the old school pop top on the can. I can honestly say this is the first one of these I have had. It serves two purposes: easy to open, and allows one to consume the beverage straight from the can while benefitting from the ability to proper smell the beverage. Sure, pouring into a glass would kick start the carbonation and allow more aromas to permeate, but in an emergency, vesselless situation, this would work.

Nice and hoppy on the aroma, but this one had a little too much malt character for me. It was kind of sweet and heavy. I would find this tough to drink in warm weather, making it hard to stomach in Texas for a majority of the year. No major flaws but not a crushable beer, one that needs to be sipped in cooler weather, and one that probably is not consumable in large quantities.

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Photo of erikcx
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Deep Amber color with creamy head. Thick mouthfeel for an IPA, lots of bready malt with just enough hops to back it up. Something odd (funky) on the aftertaste. Still, tasty and easy to drink despite the high ABV.

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Photo of srv33
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another one of those cool pop top cans, really digging that and think more brewers should get into that style of cans.

Awesome scent! The usual IPA suspects - plus this lovely berry jam note it has going on really adds a lot of charm.

Taste is surprisingly sweet for an IPA, very malty and almost more of a scotch ale taste than an IPA taste. The hops, I feel, take a backseat to the strength of malt in this brew which makes it a unique IPA but maybe not what one would expect from such a brew. Heavy-ish mouthfeel, and an aftertaste that fades rather quickly. Favorite thing about this brew is still the scent. Not a bad brew though, and the best of the two I've had from this brewery thus far.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can with a unique pull-top lid. On to the beer:

Semi-creamy head rests above this lightly toasted orange beer. A few whips of lace stick around the glass. El Chingon smells like an IPA who's hops have decayed. I smell sap, resin, and vague bitter grapefruit. Not surprising, it tastes like a faded West Coast IPA. It's resiny with touches of toasted caramel and bitter grapefruit, running through a medium/full body. The can I drank was two months old, so I was surprised to taste something which I associate with double the age. As it is, it still remains a decent beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First sip knocked me back with a massive hop punch. As I continued to drink and my palate adjusted I enjoyed it a little more. A well made beer but overall this was a bit too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not a bad brew, but its most interesting aspect is its packaging. a can i have never seen before, a pop top peel back that lets the whole lid come off. the nose that way can get a lot more activity when guzzling from the can, very cool design. the beer itself is a sturdy one. they call this a session ale project or something, which i think is absurd for this abv, unless of course your day starts at noon and ends at 6pm, then its an all day beer. for those of us with more regular hours, its a bit much for all day consumption at almost 8% abv. caramel malt balances rugged american hops, maybe simcoe or centennial, it has that high resin woody flavor to it in the finish, very pine family, very bitter, but very well built. bright carbonation makes it drink pretty easy for a big ipa, but the hops stay on the palate after the swallow, and the booze is only thinly veiled, making it less nice as it warms. getting filling too. a bit generic, but well enough made. i havent had much beer from dallas, so this was a treat.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear lightly burnt orange with decent retention. good lacing.

S: delicious tropical fruits, citrus. nicely dry-hopped.

T: maybe an old can - I get some tropical fruit / citrus, but also a lot of malt sweetness.

M: good mouth feel. nice and crisp as is appropriate for the style.

O: a good beer. nothing incredibly speical.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellowed white head and a clear orange body. Leaves some lacing and good head retention.

Orange, caramel, floral, and pine aroma.

Bigger pine on the flavor. Lots of caramel malt and orange hop.

Fairly smooth medium bodied. Fairly bitter from those 72 ibu's. Finishes a little dry.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Totally decent IPA. Nice flavor, sticky malt and fairly good hop profile. Decent feel. Not particularly memorable, doesn't stand up against other well established brews, but pretty darn refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Uanof
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a translucid orange to golden orange in color, great big white fluffy head that slowly retreats leaving a nice sticky lace behind. No carbonation.

S: aromas are piney, resinous, band-aids with a grapefruit zest. Tropical rainforest with some cedar notes.

T: nice wooden bite, slightly alcoholic and medicinal. No esters were noticeable.

M: chalky and arid are present at the front palate while some chewiness and stickiness develope as it lingers down your throat.

O: an above average IPA with an excellent canning format (360 lid) turns this beer into an inmediate go-to for any outdoor activity. Very enjoyable, although the initial presentation to the palate can be improved, this shows a great ingredient combination and execution for a brewery which barely went into market.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Dark yellow-orange. I like the can top that comes completely off.

S: Strong hops and orange bitter. Very nice aroma.

T: Huge amounts of hop oil and orange bitter. Lemon rind, spice, molasses, and malt. Big flavor in this.

M: Thick and sticky.

O: Lovely beer. Very complex for an IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bronze with slight effervescence & 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, a little pine, some breadyness

T: Pine, much breadyness, a little grapefruit & some pear up front. Bready sweetness, pine & a little grapefruit as this warms, some dryness too. Finishes with a little grapefruit, some pine, dryness, some pear & breadyness, plus a little herbal hop bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Very malt forward, a good IPA, not completely in my wheelhouse hop-wise, but well worth a try

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Photo of tubeyes
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A yellow, min head, some nice lacing.
S very herbal grassy piney hoppiness.
T very hoppy, lots of pine herbal grassy blast.
M very drinkable mf, hoppy pine at.
O very enjoyable beer, quite tasty IPA, piney as shit, but major yum out. Had on tap at OSDH. Very much like the spanish wrestler theme.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of those odd tops--I guess the kind you're allowed to drink out of the can and not be un-beercool? I poured mine into a glass. It's a clear gold color with a finger's worth of head atop it--good lacing as it goes down. The nose is... faint and disappointing. It is pleasantly resinous, hop-wise, but there's not much of it. Good flavor though. The hops tend towards the spicy, and the hop taste comes out a lot more on the tongue. There's also some nice balancing malt--sweet and a little bready, and it never gets lost under the hops (unlike the beer I had just before this). Mouthfeel is a little insubstantial, watery.

Overall, a good beer. Dallas is just awash with good local beer these days.

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Photo of Edman5P
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malty body with a hop finish.. Very nice bouquet of hops on the nose but I expected more hops on the palate for an IPA but I can mosdef drink a 6 in a session. El Super Bee poured with El Chingon makes a very nice hoppy saison

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with think, light-khaki head that persists well into the session.

Smell is pretty well balanced of earthy, piney hops and bready malts. Nothing is too dominant, and there is a little fruitiness in the middle.

Taste is once again led by the floral and earthy hops, taste like pine and bread throughout. Well balanced in my opinion. The malts are very present in the flavor, but cannot overcome the bitterness.

Feel is pretty full for an IPA, well into the medium range. Kind of chewy, but not too sticky.

Overall, this is a really decent IPA. Pretty big ABV is well hidden, and its very drinkable while still presenting some rich hop character. People who like their IPAs extra dank/fruity or just bitter as hell might not care for this, but for someone who likes a more traditional representation this is very solid.

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Photo of stephens101
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pulled the top off and spilled a bit in my lap. Not so big on this type of pull-off top, and its the only time I've seen it.

Moving on...

One finger of tan head atop a murky brown brew.

Smells of mellow earthy hops, melon rind, caramel and even sugar.

Tastes of potent earthy hops with a bold caramel finish. A bit of spice mixed in with rind at the very back. Slightly gritty though.

Medium and well-balanced.

Well-crafted IPA's like this have gone a long way in putting Dallas on the beer map.

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Photo of zonker17
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guessing a bit on looks due to drinking directly from can. Love the smell, Fragrant and floral. Taste is right there with the smell. This is my kind of IPA. The finish is a bit off, but I will be back for more. Hard to believe how high the ABV is on this one.

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Photo of Reema
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz pop top can into a pint glass

Pours a clear orange amber color. Smells of earthy hops, pine hops, and slight honey/caramel malts. Taste reflects the smell. Initial pine like and earthy hop flavors lead into a honeydew melon and caramel malt flavor. Very balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and amply carbonated which fits the flavor profile well! Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with a different hop presence that make this pleasant to drink.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass. Liquid is a caramel-amber color with lots of bubbles, and produces a thick off-white head that fades quickly but leaves lots of lace.

Strangely enough, raspberries is the main thing I get from the nose on this. I would have believed somebody if they'd told me this was a fruit beer. Other than that, maybe some mangoes and tropical fruits. Smells good, but not necessarily like an IPA.

Taste is super fruity - more citrusy (oranges and pineapples) than the nose. The raspberry note is still there, but not quite as prominent as it is on the nose. There's a bit of a caramel flavor underneath the others as well. There's shockingly little bitterness on the palate or the finish, and raspberries come back on the aftertaste, but they mix with the caramel and come across a bit sickly sweet and just a little "off." Still, it's really amazing how fruity they've been able to make this.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick for the style, with lots of carbonation.

Overall, definitely a strange, but enjoyable IPA. It has flavor notes that I really haven't had in other IPAs, so I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks to leveejr for the can!

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-gold with a white head that leaves a heavy lacing around the rim
S-hops with a citrus aroma
T-heavy hop, and citrus taste that stays the same in the aftertaste then fades
F-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great IPA that was not over powering enjoyed it

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time from the can because it's one of those caps. Finished the rest in the glass.
Malty sweet candied orange and citrus in the aroma. There's a candied orange note, with a heavy, sticky malt backing. Dry finish. Packs a punch at 7.6%.

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