Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 4.8 IBU: 44
Mission Brewery El Conquistador
What the brewers say
“Pale golden color with soft lemon and melon esters and a bready malt body. Dry hopped with Centennial and experimental hops from the Yakima Valley.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Medium hops intensity hits piney, leafy, and slight citrus notes. Esters of stone fruit include apricot notes. Clean ale yeast character sits atop caramel and candy sugar malt underneath, lending mild nose overall.”
Flavor: “Moderately hoppy with a piney and leafy character—balance tilts hoppy over malty but both are a bit one-dimensional. Clean and light malt flavors eschew caramel or darker malt to leave it bright. Finishes pretty dry—sharp and bitter, ready for another sip. Bitterness lingers with a touch of smoky phenol.”
Overall: “Overall an interesting beer with a few characteristics I'm not a fan of. Quite hoppy yet light in color and malt body—as a result, the bitterness is accentuated. An ‘Extra Pale’ ale, as in a very light body that causes the bitterness to be somewhat over emphasized—it could benefit from a bit more backbone to counter the hop bitterness. This is a hops-lover’s beer.”
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