JFGrind (1779) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I’m in California eventually there is one thing I crave, an over the top west Coast IPA. El Toro IPA was the Golden Spike for me during my last visit. Purchased and consumed @ 99 Bottles for four bucks this bottle had a piney nose, citrus bitterness and sweet malt backbone. Easily reminded me of my West Coast fave, SNCA. If they served El Toro IPA at Coalinga State Hospital I’d be booking a room there for the next 25 years.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap into a Fosters Lager glass, of all things. A real nice West Coast IPA that was much easier to drink than anything bottled that I found from El Toro. Orange and glistening with a thin head. Strong piney nose with a slight sweet caramel malt to back up the citrusy taste. Leaning heavily towards the hops, this beer finished dry and toasty as it warmed. Yum.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Jacks at Fishermans Wharf, SF. Clear golden with an orange tint. Thick head laces the glass completely. Big piney hop nose with a light citrus note. Medium bodied and smooth palate. Nice hop flavors with malt in the background. Lots of hops and a nice bitter finish. A pleasant surprise!
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into Chimay glass. Sometime in 2004. Characteristic west-coast hoppy smell with grapefruit, but with a bit of vanilla. Deep, hazy orange in glass; modicum of head produces nice, durable tracings of lace. Strong acidity, very grapefruity; smoky hops are bitter on the finish. I like how the smoky bitterness emerges from the cauldron of sweet sour at the beginning. Nice firm body; mouthfeel is overall good, except that the finish becomes metallic at the end. Very very solid IPA.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of pine and citrus like most IPA’s. Body copper color with small off white head. Had left some lacing. Flavor of grapefuit and slight bitterness. Cool and crisp on the palate. A good beer.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a orange color with an averaged sized, slightly off white head. Aromas of citrus oranges, grapefruit and pine. Tastes of pine, grapefruit and caramel. Has a nice caramel sweet balance to the medium bitter finish. Well done.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, honey gold with a thing whispy, white head. THe aroma was sweet and citrusy. On the tongue, there was a slightly fruity attack with an immediate punch of hops and a slight bitterness left on the back of the tongue. Nice.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Orange in color with little floaters and a rich looking white head. Super hoppy aroma of citrus and pine that I can smell at arms length. A little celery also, upon closed inspection. Great hop flavor with a tongue numbing bitterness. Maybe a little shy on body. Finishes dry. Perhaps a little unbalanced but good none the less.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark orange with a nice creamy white head.as the head disapeares it leaves nice webbing on the glass.it carries the usual citrus/pine hop aroma.very nice and drinkable with much of the same taste as the aroma.plus a bit of orange cream in the flavor as well.very good stuff i must say.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice Ipa very CA, dry, citrusy and bitter. some malt presence. Nice floral hop bouquet little head retention and big bitterness. Hint of alcohol induced sweetness right before the piney resiny finish.