Saturday, March 25, 2017

El Segundo Brewing Ha! Ha! IPA

Beer Name: Ha! Ha! IPA
Brewery: El Segundo Brewing Co. (El Segundo, CA)
ABV: 7.5%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craftshack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $7.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled on Date: October 20, 2016
Date Purchased: November 16, 2016
Date Received: December 13, 2016 (disgruntled panda....)
Date Opened/Drank: January 7, 2017
When brewed? Seasonal beer. It temporarily sold out at the end of 2016 and returned in January 2017.
IBUs: 75

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Nelson is quite the 'bully' of a hop, always taking center stage. This India Pale Ale showcases the best he has to offer. Now... Stop Depriving Yourself, and drink up!" Read more here!

Where distributed: Starting in September 2016, El Segundo Brewing started shipping their beer to Portland, Oregon. El Segundo also can be found in select Southern California markets. In Southern Cal, 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 golden into a pint glass. Frothy off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Getting mainly grapefruit and passion fruit, with some citrus. Complementing malt. Wonderful. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Easy drinking and tropical at the start. Flavor slightly fades on the aftertaste. Still very good. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Dry on the tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. I'm happy that El Segundo ships to Portland now, and I'm likely not alone in that statement. For me, it drinks easy and should not be a big hop-bomb from an IBU standpoint. I'd like a bit more flavor through the aftertaste, although I'm not sure if that's because I drank a two-month-old beer (should not make too big of a difference). The $8 price tag is reasonable here. Overall, another thumbs up for this great brewery. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.075/5

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