Florida Beer: El Dorado Pale Ale From Wynwood Brewing

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft beer movement of Florida.

If there were ever a beer to blur the lines between what the modern American pale ale is, and the IPA, it could very well be the El Dorado Pale Ale from Miami's Wynwood Brewing Company.

Now, don't take this as a rip towards the beer: it's more of a statement as to how closely related these two beer styles are, and the gray areas that arise when looking into very modern hop varietals. So how do these blurred lines translate to this beer?

See also: Read all of our #FloridaBeerFriday brew reviews here and support our local craft culture by drinking local.

The El Dorado Pale Ale is a limited release beer from the brewery, which, as you can guess, features the El Dorado hop as its hop-du-jour. Used throughout the boil, and in a week's worth of dry hopping, this brew showcases the power of the proprietary and recently developed hop varietal.

The hop was released in 2010 by CLS Farms in Moxee, Washingon. It is considered a dual purpose hop, coming in at between 14-16% alpha acid (a general measure of bittering power), and is supposed to bring tropical fruit flavors to the table.

Does it work as intended? The crystal clear orange colored beer comes out with a thick, off-white head. Lacing clings to glass fairly thickly. The aroma is heavy on grass clippings and watermelon rind, but with a mild sweetness. On the palate, the beer is moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation, and has a mild biscuit grit to it; a little toasty. As it warms, the hop aroma releases itself even more, really showcasing the dry hopping. Tons of sweet fruit comes out. The drink finishes off with a mild bitterness. It's never too much of the bitterness; the mildly high alcohol content of 7.3% knocks it into submission.

As the brewery describes, this beer is "perfect for a day out on the boat fishing or playing some golf. Instead of making all big, high gravity beers during winter, we wanted to make a lighter brew with great flavor and aroma for the Miami weather."

Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami's first craft production brewery right smack in the Wynwood Art District. Opened in 2013, they are family owned and operate a 15-barrel brewhouse that produces a year-round blond ale, IPA, and porter.

Follow #FloridaBeerFriday for more reviews of Sunshine State brews.

Get out there and #DrinkLocal.

Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.