Friday, September 2, 2016

El Segundo Brewing Hammerland DIPA

Beer Name: Hammerland DIPA
Brewery: El Segundo Brewing Co. (El Segundo, CA)
ABV: 8.6%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)
Price: $8.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: April 7, 2016
Date Purchased: May 10, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: June 1, 2016
IBUs: 85

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Bright, Clean, Crisp. Blueberry dankness...exactly what you'd expect with a hop bill of Mosaic and Simcoe. Get your nose in the glass and the aromatics will overwhelm you like the double-overhead closeouts down at Hammerland." Read more here!

When brewed? Year-round beer.

Where distributed: As of early June 2016, El Segundo Brewing ships their beer only to select markets in Southern California. They give a 6-week window for any beers on shelves, and will restock any beers that are past 90 days old. Check to see whether this beer can be found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear orange-copper into a pint glass. White head which dissipated rather quickly. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Very hop and malt-forward, certainly dank. Fairly balanced tropical and piney notes. 4/5

Taste (40%): Assertive malt-forward and dank, with some tropical and piney qualities. Quite hoppy. Has some octane on the sip but still enjoyable. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; that malt coats everywhere in the mouth. Some carbonation. 4/5

Overall (20%): A solid Double IPA. I found Hammerland to fit the Double IPA bill pretty well, yet I definitely enjoyed the Broken Skull IPA much more for its drinkability and smooth nature. I didn't equate "blueberry" with the dankness, but still tasted great. In my book, this is a very good pickup if you're an IPA fan and want a bit more punch in your pint glass. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.025/5

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