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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
El Toro is a true-to-style American Cream Ale, brewed with 100% North Carolina barley and corn. Inspired by our home city of Durham, this straw-colored beer is welcoming and unpretentious. A perfect beverage when you “just want a beer.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Hazy golden color. Didn’t get much aroma off of it. Lot of corn flavor, and not especially creamy. Gritty, in fact. The version I tried was brewed with 100% local grain ingredients which was "plow-to-pint" cool.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ziggy55311 (1) - - DEC 22, 2011 does not count
Had this beer on tap at the brewery. I could not drink it at all. It is loaded with DMS and seriously flawed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Draft at Brewpub. It’s odd that they’d want to back a better version of Genny cream. Pours golden with a thin white head. Not much on the nose. Slightly gravelly taste on the tongue. Eh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1925) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
El Toro pours bright clear golden and is capped with a resilient frothy white head. Aromas of corn on the Cobb and grassy hops lead. Balanced flavor profile with a hint of bittering hops add some zest. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2011
pint at brewery. Ok aroma, sweet, litely sour. had vineous streak about it, Wondering about that. Clean golden orange color, ok head and lace. Sweet and sour flavor. Lite body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. easy enough to drink, though now looking at other notes and from past tastes I’m thinking I either got an different beer, or this batch is off...will revisit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Great beer. The one I would suggest to everyone. This crisp ale is great for hot summer weather as while as the freezing winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
From growler into a tall flute glass. Head is big bubbles and reduces to a thin top on a true gold beer. As billed, this one is an easy-drinker, but it still has a lot to keep you interested. Corn and sweetness. Unusual finish that I can’t quite place, other than a lot of sweet. Good amount of carbonation that rolls over the tongue. Perhaps not the most exciting Fullsteam beer, but perfectly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Draft at the brewery reviewed from some old notes. Golden color is a little darker than macro lager’s usually are. Fresh hay flavors and smell, some toasted corn notes. Very clean finish. Light and drinkable without being watery. Not a great style, but a good session beer that also works as something to offer people who aren’t into craft beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
On tap at Fullsteam, Toro City. Pale yellow pour, moderately undercarbonated but still fairly lively looking. Soft nose with some grain, very faint dry hops. Taste is stays medium, not in the Jim Zorn way but in an understated quaffer way. Decent for a style that’s not just underwhelming for the most part but entirely forgettable. The least ostentatious of Fullsteam’s offerings so far, but a good session brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Growler, pours a totally clear honey yellow with zero head. Aroma of wet malts, a little chewable vitamin, bread. Flavor is lightly sweet, a little apple, a little honey. Watery finish.

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