Beer of the Weekend #705: El Chingón

The beer tonight is El Chingón, brewed by the Four Corners Brewing Company of Dallas, Texas.

The color is golden amber. About two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored foam dissipates slowly and leaves a bubbly skim and short trails of lacing. The aroma is inviting but somewhat sinister with scents of caramel, orange, grapefruit, toasted malt, fruit, and an alcohol edge. It is almost like a citrusy, aggressive brown ale. Though the beer is a little thin, the flavor is there. Grapefruit, orange, caramel, toasted malt, some dark fruit, and moderate hop bitterness. There is a boozy edge but it is not overpowering. There is a touch of honey, too. Coupled with the booze, the honey reminds me of a hot toddy.

Fun facts about El Chingón:

• Style: IPA.

• Price: $1.88 per 12-ounce bottle at the Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods store on Texas State Highway 121 in The Colony, Texas.

• Alcohol content: 7.8 percent ABV.

• IBU: 72.

• A description on the can says, “This IPA is pure hop machismo.”

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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