El Toro Brewing Co Beer List
Poppy Jasper Amber Ale
Named after a precious for of quartz indigenous to only Morgan Hill, California, this classic dark ale is smooth and refreshing. Its dark color results from the use of caramel, higher kilned dark crystal and chocolate malt. The beer’s flavor is malty and fruity with a subtle roastiness. To finish Poppy Jasper is generously hopped with Galena, Cascade and Liberty hops for a perfectly balanced wonderfully complex character. Winner of the 1995 California Beer Festival Gold Medal; 1996 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal.
Extra Hoppy Poppy Japser
We take our Poppy Jasper Amber and spike a finished keg with an extra pound of hops. For example Extra Hoppy Poppy Amarillo has an extra pound of Amarillo hops added to the keg to dry hop in it. This adds a boost of hops flavor. Since each different variety of hops has its own flavor the type of hops added will vary the flavor of the base Poppy Japser accordingly. If you are into hops, this method of hop spiking a keg will allow you to better understand the characteristics of that particular hop. Its and educational thing we do on our part for you. Plus the flavors added this way are really nice (as Borat would say).
El Toro Oro Golden Ale
Gold Medal winner at the 1994 Great American Beer Festival for Classic English Pale Ale. And then a Bronze in 2003 for English Styled Summer Ale. This Classic English Pale Ale is delightfully refreshing medium bodied golden ale. It is moderately hopped to give the beer a smooth taste and subtle spicy/floral aroma.
William Jones Wheat Beer
This beer is named after the Brewmaster’s father-in-law. It was formulated to make Bill’s “mainstream” pallet happy. Brewed with 50% wheat malt and lightly hopped William Jones Wheat Beer is smooth, light, crisp and refreshing. It is filtered for a clear honey colored pleasing appearance. Its carbonation level is moderately high for the “mainstream” appeal yet remains quite flavorful. Winner of the 1997 and 2006 Great American Beer Festival Gold and Silver Medals for American Wheat Beer.
Gena’s Honey Blonde Ale
Brewed with a bunch of clover honey two-row barley malt and very lightly hopped this is our lightest colored and lightest alcohol containing beer. It is named after the owners’ daughter, who is a little honey blonde. She begged to have a beer named after her since her sister, Amber, had one for so many years.
Formulated by our new head brewer Mike Barker. He has one many national and international accolades for his interpretation of this style. Kölsch is a unique local top fermented style of Cologne-Bonne metropolitan area where it is produced by about a dozen breweries. Distinctively pale, golden color. Alcohol content by volume under 4.5%. Serve at cellar temperatures with sausage.
Morgan Hill Centenni-Ale
This special beer was created to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Morgan Hill on November 10, 1906. It was brewed in the “California Common” style commonly brewed 100 years ago. We used the San Francisco Lager yeast fermented at 65° F (warm for lager yeast) and Cascade and Centennial varietal hops.
El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout
This Beer is a traditional English-Styled Oatmeal Stout using 10% flaked cold rolled oats. It has rich coffee flavors with mild cocoa tones. El Toro Negro has a smooth, mild bitterness, full body and is very drinkable.
El Toro Whiskey Barrel-aged Stout
We took some of our El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout above and aged it in an oak barrel that previously contained “Old Fitgerald” whiskey. It aged in the barrel for 7 months prior to kegging it. The aging gives the beer a subtle but distinctive complex whiskey flavor and aroma. Supply is limited on this beer.
El Toro Imperial Stout
This style was originally marketed in St. Petersburg. It is strong dark and roasty.
El Toro India Pale Ale
Tawny colored, this IPA is true to style. It is very generously hopped with Tomahawk, Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo hops for and intensely hoppy aroma, flavor and bitterness with a balanced malty flavor.
Deuce Imperial IPA
Over 100 International Bitterness Units and a starting gravity of 1.074. This beer uses over 60 pounds of hops in a brew size of 400 gallons. 36 pounds alone in the dry hop stage. That’s a lot of hops! Hops are: Tomahawk, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo and Simcoe.
Fruit Beers:El Toro Peach Ale
A medium bodied golden ale with mild peach flavor and aroma.
El Toro Raspberry Wheat
Our light bodied wheat beer with pleasant and fragrant raspberry tones aroma.
El Toro Blackraspberry Ale
A darker ale the more complex and perfumey black raspberry concentrate infused into it...
A limited few kegs of these Strong ales and Barleywines which have been brewed over the years have been squirreled away and specially aged for the specific intent of being reintroduce to the public at the Grand Opening of our new brewpub! The purpose of which would be to taste these in small amounts vertically to compare the effects of age over the years on similarly brewed strong beers. Good strong ale matures in a very unique and complex way over the years similar to aging wines. Tasting these types of beers in this way is a special treat. Hope you appreciate them as much as we do.
El Toro 500 Barleywine
This is our first really strong ale brewed and the beginning of our entry into the Barleywine festivals such as is held at the Toronado pub in San Francisco annually every end of February. It was also our 500th batch of beer brew so we figured we were due to brew a strong beer like this by now. It was brewed on 8/30/99 and had an S. G. of 1.080 and a F.G. of 1.014 for and a.b.v. of 8.8%
El Toro Bravo 500 Barleywine
This is our second really strong ale brewed It represents also our 700th batch of beer brew. We skipped a year brewing this style. It was brewed on 10/1/01 and had an S. G. of 1.086 and a F.G. of 1.016 for and a.b.v. if 9.3%
El Toro X Tenth Anniversary Ale
Brewed in celebration of our tenth anniversary of business. The inaugural first batch brewed was on March 21, 1994. X was brewed using ten different varieties of hops plus one other for good luck and has an a.b.v. of 10%. The style it was brewed is a strong double IPA which is Geno’s favorite style to brew. It was brewed on January 29, 2004, represented our 898th batch brewed and had a S.G. of 1.096.
El Toro Yo Winter Brew
“Yo” Winter Brew is our Winter warmer. “Yo” is short for the nickname given to the Aztec God Xipe Totec. His nickname was Yohuallahunatzin relating to his proclivity toward Aztec beer consumption. He was also called Yoalli Tlauana meaning night drinker. The brewers of “Yo” could easily have this nickname too.
- Yo 789 Brewed 11/4/02 with a S.G. of 1.078 and F.G. of 1.015 = a.b.v. 8.4%
- Yo 968 Brewed 11/5/04 with a S.G. of 1.073 and F.G. of 1.010 = a.b.v. 8.4%
- Yo 1055 Brewed 11/3/05 with a S.G. of 1.075 and F.G. of 1.015 = a.b.v. 8.0%