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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA

El Toro Deuce Imperial India Pale Ale, a regular offering from California’s El Toro Brewing, poured a hazy orange with peach/pink blush highlights under a sticky, off-white head with mild carbonation.  The nose was composed of massive amounts of grapefruit and underpinnings of flowers and savory herbs.

El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA opened with a huge, heavily carbonated grapefruit start, following the nose in introducing soft floral notes to the citrus.  The sweet malt stayed in the background, but seemed well configured to compliment the complete hop experience the ale offered.  The IPA ended on a strong, almost medicinal grapefruit bitterness that lingered.

El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA is big, fruity, and heavy on citrus… which should please most IPA lovers.  I enjoyed the bottle and would have happily followed it with another had inventory permitted.  The two strikes against the ale?  An overly aggressive bitter finish and an unreasonably high price tag (at least at my local bottle shop).    

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