Wednesday, June 5, 2013

EL SEGUNDO BREWING – SO NOW I KNOW

New brewers are popping up like tulips in Holland, and I'm always game for blind-ordering something from a new craft beer purveyor, because you never know, right? Lately bottles from EL SEGUNDO BREWING have been showing up on Northern California shelves. What if they're amazing? What if the IPA from this one new brewer is better than the IPAs from all them other brewers? What if it melts my mind, erases my brain and scorches my tongue so that I can never taste anything again, and I love it???

Nope. EL SEGUNDO BREWING has their "WHITE DOG IPA" on draft at The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, and while you gotta applaud a brother for trying, this particular IPA doesn't jibe with my palate – to say the least. I actively dislike it. Medicinal, stale and the complete opposite of refreshing. "White Dog IPA" was a chore to get through, even in a mere 10-ounce glass (which, by the way, was $6.75 – nice customer-friendly pricing, Monk's!). The hops accumulated at the roof of my mouth, and my thought at the time was that they might stay there for a month. And no, I didn't want that. 3/10.

2 comments:

Steve said...

Also had a pretty much undrinkable El Segundo IPA on draft at Hamilton's in SD.... then again they had a Citra XPA at Small Bar that was one of the better pale ales I've EVER had. Very weird.

Jay Hinman said...

Yeah, it seems like anything "Citra" these days has a pretty strong chance of being excellent....