Saturday, December 10, 2016

El Segundo Brewing Two 5 Left DIPA

Beer Name: Two 5 Left DIPA
Brewery: El Segundo Brewing Co. (El Segundo, CA)
ABV: 8.2%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $9.87 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: August 3, 2016
Date Purchased: September 10, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: September 18, 2016
When brewed? Seasonal beer, released in August.
IBUs: 85

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Simcoe and Citra steal the runway, dominating the aroma with big tropical passionfruit and papaya. We add just a touch of crystal malt (gasp!) to provide a backbone that plays well with the soft yet assertive hop profile." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of September 2016, El Segundo Brewing has started shipping their beer to Portland, Oregon, in addition to select markets in Southern California. At least 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 white head. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Lovely tropical. Passion fruit, papaya, peaches, mango. Complementing malt. Simply awesome. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Slight malt and octane at the start. Dank. Aftertaste is mostly passion fruit and citrus. Hoppy from start to finish. Amazing flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Double IPA. This one showcases every bit of its stated 85 IBUs. I still prefer Mayberry over this one. More tropical to me than Hammerland. Yet, Two 5 Left is also pricier at nearly $10 for the 22 oz bomber. I'm still quite happy with this buy. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.538/5

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