You guys, San Diego is absolutely the most fun ever. I’m out here visiting friends until Monday morning, and the past two nights have been non-stop awesome times at bars you can’t find anywhere near D.C.
From local dives to dueling piano bars, every corner seems to have a great establishment serving up local craft beers. My favorite spot so far has been the Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery where I could choose from a board full of amazing brews and then order delicious cheesesteaks from their hole in the wall kitchen. We’re heading out to the renown North Park neighborhood tonight, so if any LIBA readers are in San Diego, holler!
Anyway, back to the beer review. I’m staying at my friend Jay’s place, and there’s a corner bodega conveniently located down the street with tons of local craft beer bombers in the fridge. Jay wisely declined my challenge to play Edward Bomber Hands, but he was willing to split a bunch of different brews before we headed out last night.
The first brew we cracked open was Rough Draft Brewing Company’s Hop Therapy IPA. This is an undisputed West Coast IPA, bordering on an Imperial IPA, and it pours out a dark copper with tons of foam up top. Citrus notes dominate the aroma, and I couldn’t wait to take a sip.
Tastewise, this brew’s hoppiness goes even beyond stanky to just straight dank, if you know what I mean. It starts out with tons of the same citrus notes I got on the aroma, but transitions into a really piney and herbal hoppiness through the middle before ending on a very sweet malted note. There’s no residual bitterness, and it’s just an all-around great IPA. Like most things California, I loved it.