RedSox2004 (1553) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden amber with a bright white head and cascades of lace. Sharp aroma of citrus - orange and lemon - with a touch of bready malt. Bitterness up front, with pine and citrus above a pretty strong malt foundation. Medium to full body, generously carbonated, creamy mouthfeel and a crisp bitter finish. Pretty much a quintessential West Coast IPA, expertly crafted.
lightbias (399) - USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Took off my boots, soaked my feet...hot, hot water. So nice. A cooling glass of beer will help in completing the excellent, "after work beer experience". I’ve recently had a few El Segundo brews, and I’m happy to say that even after this one, I’ll have another to sample. I’ve been so impressed with the flavor profiles that I’m anxious to get this one into the glass. - I’m sad to say that although I was pumped up about peeling the cap, the aroma was flat pine, very basic, and difficult to wrest from the neck. Of course, I know to pour before jump to any real conclusion. I tip the bottle and watch as the glass transforms from clear to light amber, the head rising slowly with the level of the beer. The foam never completely burying the brew, barely capping it with swirls of sticky creamy suds. The aroma more intense, but still only such a very sappy pine. Time to taste? Yes. I have to know. - I draw the beer between my lips, over my tongue and it stings the flat of my tongue. I swallow and it etches a path down my throat...bitter, lovely. I breathe out and the aroma becomes a deep pine forest, not flat, not basic...a wet pine forest with a twist. A twist of lemon. I hate lemon. This is amazing. The bitterness of the drag has my tongue aching just a bit; dry, sticky and biting. The lemon never disappears, and accents that pine in a way that has me reconsidering lemon altogether. - The glass is coated with sticky resinous foam and the beer is history. Another winner from El Segundo. Can’t wait for the next!
ADfan (737) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle it pours a honey amber color with a medium head. The aroma has some straw and grapefruit. Taste has some tropical fruit and some floral notes followed by a little malt on the finish. Pretty good beer.
Marheb (3897) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une IPA exubérante qui déploie des jus tropicaux, du sapinage et des épices. En bouche, une sorte d’impression de lactose donne une rondeur au grand bouquet de saveur. Amertume forte mais negociable, excellente buvabilité.
Barreras (1420) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light amber color with a yellow tinge to it. Aroma is citrus, mixed with clean hops, and fruit zest. Taste is clean, smooth, and flavorful. A nice fruity mixture of orange, lemon, apricot, and tangerine. Refreshing aftertaste, with no distinct bitterness. The alcohol content was hidden very well.
toxichop (550) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Hazy yellow/orange with a two finger white head. S: Starts off with lemon zest, lime, grapefruit and oranges. With a hint of sweetness in the back. T: Bright orange zest, (dry stuff right here) with a hint of pine-y bitterness, grapefruit and malt. M: Medium body and carbonation. It is dry with noticeable bitterness. O: Good ol’ old school wipa.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a three-finger thick pale, tan tinged, off-white colroed head. The beer is bright honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright golden hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe tangelo, light guava notes, tropical tangelo, peppery lychee, floral peach notes, and lots of tropical citrus character. The grain provides a subtle note of whole grain cracker, and some hay like character, but really the backing note here is more hops, spicy, woody, pine & cedar, perhaps a touch of sage, really just a nice essential oil character of spicy wood sap.
The beer is nicely bitter, and has a velvety texture to it without being overly heavy, and the bitterness in the finish helps to lighten things up. The texture of this beer plays up the oily citrus character, kumquat zest, tangelo zest, and peppery spruce oil, that morphs into the woody side of the hops with pine oil, essential sage oil, a bit of spicy cedar, and perhaps even some smoked beechwood. The malt plays purely a supporting role here, it supports the hops without getting in the way, providing texture, and very little flavor so that the hops take the clear lead. A hint of cracker like pale malt, some light whole grain character malt and a finish that has a touch of sun-baked straw character to it.
This is a nicely fresh, hoppy-vibrant IPA that is hitting the spot; I like the mix of tropical fruit and citrus notes with the spicy, woody character. The latter is what makes this beer interesting and a bit unique. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.
batneil (557) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent. Clear golden colour with a thin head that lingers on the glass. Hoppy but not very hoppy.
Theydon_Bois (15022) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, 16/04/14.
Clear pale golden with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is fresh hs, citrus fruit, light grapefruit, grassy tinge, orange pith.
Taste comprises orange pith, mineral twang, pine bite, straw, light grapefruit, hint of spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close laced with hop bitterness.
JerseyHophead (21) - California, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is very piney with a hint of lemon. Taste is very piney with a base of biscuit malt and notes of citrus. Finishes with a piney hop bite. All around it’s a good malty, piney IPA that drinks fairly smooth.