Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
Trillium Brewing Company

Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #128
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #614
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
200
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Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
Notes: Cutting Tiles is an exploratory series of Double IPA's featuring a range of aromatic single hop varietals brewed with raw wildflower honey. This new version is dosed with 100% El Dorado in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. The local wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a earthy backbone. Lime zest, orange creamsicle, and pineapple on the nose. Flavor follows with citrus and subtle rose character. New variants to follow!

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: El Dorado
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured as a hazy yellow orange color with a thin white head on top. Some sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. The smell of the beer is basically straight Orange Juice, I've never smelled a beer that gives off that aroma even if they say they've added juice to the beer. It's very impressive. The taste of the beer is very good also, lots of citrus flavors with some malt sweetness. The feel is smooth and juicy. Overall it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: super super hazy dark orange/caramel color. head poured 1 finger, light tan but immediately fell to a thin film on top

s: SUPER sweet orange, apricot, pineapple, mango, citrus zest and some malt sweetness. the honey is there at the end of the aroma as well, definitely making itself known. its sweet, but not cloyingly. sweet and tropical juicy...thats what you got here. like smelling juice

t: this follows the nose pretty well. right on the front of the tongue is a huge tropical fruit hit. apricot, sweet oranges, pineapple, mango and peach. behind that is a mild crackery flavor then then transitions to the honey. the honey provides a sweetness that cuts some of the fruity flavors and makes way for a mild herbal bitterness that hits the back & sides of the tongue, and thats how the flavor finishes

m: its a solid medium mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation. the mouthfeel in here is much less syrupy than many other DIPA's i've had in the past (thats not a bad thing in this case, it works with how juicy the flavor is)

o: another juice bomb here. the tropical fruits are real nice in here, and i like that there is a bitterness towards the end to cut the sweet & juicy. but make not mistake this is a juice bomb and the bitterness is just an accent, not a main player. does the honey add anything worthwile to the beer? maybe, maybe not. the honey adds another level little layer of complexity to the beer that is enjoyable. it would be a real nice beer without the honey too

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picture perfect hazy bulby orange juice color with bright orange/yellow tints. Head is gorgeous as always, lots of lace, but doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer.

Wow, this smells gorgeous. It's really otherworldly. Honey and wildflower meet creamy sugar milk, with tailing notes of breakfast grapefruit sitting an arms' reach away.

Taste. It's just utterly amazing. Dude this is probably the best beer I've ever had. I just wiped a tear from my eye. Lavender, honey, pears, strawberries, and huge fresh pink grapefruit, ripe oranges, melon rind, and spicy pepper notes. Lactose sweetness and more honey wraps it up. It's just phenomenal.

Feel is also resinous and kind of pulpy, carbonation is a bit busy. I guess it's the weakest part of the beer but that's not saying much at all considering I've given the rest of it top scores. Could be a little less rough with carbonation, but I am splitting hairs here.

Overall, I can't help but say this is hands down the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the hop, let's see how this one is, canned 3/01

Pours a large frothy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, super murky milk shake orange color

Nose really interesting, tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, orange cream, creamscicle, generic citrus, orange sherbet, touch pine, earthy, almost fruity pebbles level fruity, bubblegum, cream of wheat

Taste brings a little sweet malt, creamy wheat and little toasty, into big citrus hops again, orange cream, orange sherbet, generic big fruity, some pineapple and papaya, little fruit bubblegum, bit earthy pine, floral flavors grow as it warms almost flowery, tangerine, a little pith. Finish dry frothy, fair bitterness, lingering pith, tangerine and pineapple

Mouth is med bod yet fluffy and frothy, creamy, decent carb

Overall an interesting beer, el dorado shows nicely, so much orange creamscicle and pineapple tropical etc., creamy and super fluffy

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Naughead
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a huge whiff of pineapple upon cracking the can, and that's the first flavor I detected. I definitely taste the orange creamsicle flavor but don't personally sense the lime. Feel is good but just a tad less "fluffy" than some of the other Trillium hoppy ales. Overall, another excellent offering, though I personally prefer the Mosaic and Citra versions of Cutting Tiles (which happen to be my two favorite hops, so no surprise there).

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a hazy deep yellow topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells sweet on the nose with notes of tropical fruits and stone fruit. Slight honey and melon notes as well.
T: Taste is huge tropical fruits and stone fruits with some melon notes and some honey sweetness. Slight bitterness as well but it's very subdued. Swallow brings more tropical fruits, stone fruit and melon with some slight lingering sweetness.
M: This beer is a medium in body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate and just a hair under prickly, perhaps just a hint too low. The finish on this beer is a nice oily hop finish that is fairly refreshing.
O: Overall this is a great beer with some really nice flavors and some great complexity. The hop notes are huge but there's enough sweetness to provide a bit of balance. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark murky golden orange body is basically opaque, with a finger or two of ivory foam on top that sheeted the glass with lace... Aromas and flavors go hand in hand, suggesting floral citrus and tropical fruits like orange pulp, just-shy-of-ripe mango, candied lime, and a mashed-up jam of apricot, peach, and nectarine... Honeyed sweetness and distant, mild bitterness are accompanied by a vague chewy dank undercurrent, earthy and husky, rounding off all the fruity elements with some depth... Feel is soft and pillowy with an occasional twang of tang that is quickly pulled back in by tendrils of sticky honey... A little thicker than I usually prefer, and the honey is very appreciable in this beer - dessert-like and nice... Real good, but to my tastes, not among their top-tier releases - in the Cutting Tiles series specifically, I liked the Citra and Galaxy iterations more... 11/15/18 canning...

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Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a teku glass

Three finger dense soapy white foam crown, sticky lacings over a lemony orange hazy liquid

Aroma is citrus lemon zest,

Taste is lime citrus

Hop taste, no bite, get a taste of the alcohol

Good beer

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alexsergio
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a glowing orange juice. Has a lighter, more translucent paleness toward the bottom of the glass. Almost seems like it radiates its own light.

S - unique aroma suits there fact that el Dorado is a unique hop! Smells of grape candy. Like gummies. Rose petals. Bit of honey and lime candy. The whole thing feels sugary sweet.

T - oddly enough, salty lime Tostitos is my first thought. It is by no means salty, but there flavor is very limey without the bitterness or pith. But not quite sugary, hence the third sensation: salty. But it's really not salty like a gose, just how it makes the lime taste. More white grape and citric acid. Finishes dry with reserved bitterness.

F - one of my gripes with Citra Cutting Tiles is the prickly over carbonated feel. This one does have the sharpness that is present in most Trillium, but its impact is immediately softened with a pillowy fluffiness.

O - might be the best Cutting Tiles. Such a unique taste and insanely refreshing, while still boasting big hoppy flavor. I'm gonna call it lime, but I still feel like there's another flavors I can't quite put my finger on. Hopefully the rest of this 4pk will ring some bells!

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Photo of paresis
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

hype aside, this beer is darn near perfect. a colossal thanks to my friends for saving this, then sharing with me, i feel special! lucky to have people around me like this who genuinely want to share their stuff with me, life is good! this is a one of a kind beer, for one, probably the best expression of el dorado hops i have ever seen, straight up, but more interestingly because the honey is so interesting and flavorful in here, but the beer isnt sweet at all, and the residual flavor of the seemingly raw and high quality flower honey with the hops together is just insane, never tasted a union like this, and i am in love with it. the honey is so floral in the flavor, waxy almost, and really pretty forward in the taste, right up there with the wheat, which i think is a genius add for texture to the mash. the hops have an almost candied quality about them, frosted and fresh, crystalline and juicy, budding, and powerful. tangerine comes to mind, essential oils, fragrant and bright, amazing with the honey flavor that pushes through. i like that its still bitter like an ipa in the end, and i love how smooth and frothy it feels, its second to none. without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the most memorable ipa types i have ever consumed, no kidding. the freshness is obviously a major factor to it tasting so awesome, but those who still want to hate on the cloudy ipas cannot have possibly had this beer, or any of them from these guys for that matter. trillium is positively setting the standard for the style. this is from heaven! not sure another hop varietal could do what the el dorado does here, but id sure like to try!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cutting Tiles (El Dorado) from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 200 ratings