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El Segundo Grand Hill IPA
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Named after the hill you have to slog back up from El Porto.. since it is precisely what you’ll be looking for after a day in the surf and sun, and a 1/4 mile climb straight back up to town! Nothing but base malt, Big Bitterness, 7.2% ABV, and a heavy dose of Amarillo and Centenniel hops make this India Pale Ale a nod to what has made the California IPA what it is today. Bright presence of lemon zest in the aroma leads well into a base of pine and citrus in the palette.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (460) - - MAY 10, 2014
Decent. Clear golden colour with a thin head that lingers on the glass. Hoppy but not very hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
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. Solid IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JerseyHophead (21) - California, USA - APR 24, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma with light earth. Grapefruit and light sweet malt flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and light summer fruit lingers with light sweet malt and light pine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2014
bomber into glass hazy orange pour with white head, aroma is fruit some sugar, taste is super bitter, but good, well balanced

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden color with lasting white head. Nice spicy, floral, citrusy hoppy aromas. Medium bodied. Very tasty floral, pine, spicy, citrusy hop flavors with some pale malt sweetness___nicely drying bitter finish---very good.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Herbal, celery-like aroma. Fruity, spicy hops, and a light sweet malty flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3309) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
bottle. brokensail sending the bottle from box. notes of passionfruit, pine. some light resin. leaves bitter pine note. too bitter. some sweet booze caramel. too big for my liking. okay

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2535) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Mike. Big hop character, citrusy, pine, juicy. The malts are subtle, caramel. Nice beer.


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