El Segundo Brewing Co ‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull’ IPA


33248908_859710287546451_5722336265928441856_n“A bad-ass 6.7% IPA designed by Steve Austin and ESBC for the working man & woman. It features Citra, Cascade, and Chinook hops to deliver big flavor with an easy finish. Now stop reading and start enjoying this awesome beer!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber with a pillowy thumb of white foam over the top. The head holds its shape well, settling to a decent overlay which weaves a wavy lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Choc a block full of those hallmark West Coast IPA scents – citrus (orange, tangerine, lemon, Ruby grapefruit), pine needle, mild jammy notes, melon and light florals. Somewhat of a doughy malt structure, hitting crusty bread notes in its delivery. Pleasant and pretty well balanced.

Flavour: Well transitioned in to the flavour profile. An even fusion of orange citrus, piney undertones and bready malts to the fore. Subtle hints of grapefruit acidity coming through the middle and leading to a smooth finish where the bready malts appear to carry the hops very nicely. Length is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Drying texture and moderately bodied with reasonably well hidden bitterness (39 IBU). 6.7% ABV also nicely contained.

Overall: A fairly crush-able IPA. Quite impressive considering the ABV too. Although nothing really seems to stand out, it’s just a nice and simple mid arvo thirst quencher.