El Dorado is an exceptional new dual purpose hop with both high Alpha Acid and intense flavors and aromas. As a bittering hop El Dorado lends a firm but balanced bitterness. When used in later additions, El Dorado brings bright tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. El Dorado has become a fan favorite in hop-forward styles.
When bittering with El Dorado expect a firm, yet subtly balancing bitterness. It will not overwhelm. Some have described it as a rind-like drying bitterness. With its reserved bitterness, it seems well-suited for use in Lagers, Blondes, even cream ales; but its alpha-acid is substantial enough to play a single-hopped tune in an American IPA geared more toward flavors than bracing bitterness.
Used later in the boil, where less of its high Mercyene and Cohumuline content gets boiled away, it will produce fruity flavors and aromas ranging through apricot, peach, and cherry; along with a pithy draw of citrus and some grassy undertones. This would be a good hop to pair with other fruit-centric hops, or leave it to the flavor/aroma work, and pair it with a hop with bolder bitterness.