- My Rating: [B-], I gave it a (3.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
El Dorado IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)
-so far: El Dorado > Waimea (in terms of distinct hop flavour)
on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:
“…Each IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…
“The Pacific North West of America is home to the brand speanking new El Dorado Hop. America is not just about cheer-leaders, a silly version of football, elastic top jeans and cheeseburgers. They grow remarkable hops and El Dorado is a killer example of this, embodying all that is good about American hops and then some. A new hop on the block, it may even seduce you into thinking the American Dream is not just a catch phrase to sell movies and elect Presidents. Fearfully hard to resist, this beer is loaded with tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, candy floss and stone fruit. Devilishly moreish.”
- Style: (single hop, El Dorado) India Pale Ale
- Taste: Toffee malt subtle peach/pear/watermelon/apricot soft hops
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
- How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a nice showcase of El Dorado hops
Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy brownish-orange without a significant head, a clump of bubbled retention, virtually no activity.
Nose: faint toffee barley malt, more pronounced musk. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: low CO2, thicker mouthfeel
Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6-sweetness), toffee barley malt, peach/apricot, hints of pear
Finish: hints of watermelon, delayed subtle soft bitter hop, PAPAYA exhale.
Summary: Drank after Waimea in the same session. More malt forward initially, brighter stone fruity mids with much softer hopped bitterness in the finish. Lots of fruit but less length of flavour.