Eraser IPA - Rough Draft Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev +11.9%
22oz bottle, 7% ABV by the local importer and liquor board's measure. Eraserheads, represent! And I like the suggestion of a little revenge fantasy about Betty in Accounting.
This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with four tumultuous fingers of puffy, silken, and rocky off-white head, which leaves some sparse and random sudsy roadside stops of lace around the glass as it genially devolves to nil.
It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, neutered pine and leafy hop esters, orange and grapefruit and guava and lemon and lime and pineapple fruitiness, with a touch of yeasty, weirdly floral otherness. The taste is acrid pine and thoroughly denatured citrus notes, to no ill effect, bready, yeasty, and very lightly caramelized malt, a touch of muddled tropical fruit notes, somehow differentiated lemon Pine-Sol, and further leafy and straw-like hop esters.
The carbonation is average enough, though the frothiness is hard to ignore pretty much straight out of the gate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and hardly smooth, as that acrid hoppiness, while agreeable overall, hardly evokes sympathy here. It finishes off-dry, just, the malt doing well by its wanton lingering essence, and the hops pretty much having crossed the Rubicon, as it were.
A rather agreeably heady and punchy IPA of the So-Cal variety, even if I don't quite believe their apparent raison d'etre - IPAs, all the way, baby? Anyway, bitter and hoppy, with all that typical west-coast goodness, so, splendid, then, take yer place on the shelves amongst your increasingly splendiferous brethren around here - we do indeed love you, but are hardly gobsmacked anymore - the honeymoon is well and over, sigh.
05-20-2014 05:43:39 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
Thin and resiny. Amber color in the glass with only a slight head. Fairly rich and medium bodied. Hoppy and not much else. A pleasant fragrant sort of hops, however, until the bitterness takes over. Still, not as extravagantly hopped as some other local IPAs.
The flat carbonation doesn't help the likability. Very sharp and bordering on astringency. Another example of the vagaries of the IBU system. The brewery rates this one at 80 IBU, while the hugely bitter and hoppy Ballast Point Sculpin is rated at 70.
Drinkable enough, and the flavors are clean, but has the family character of low carbonation. On tap at the brewery.
04-13-2012 05:56:53 | More by mactrail
2.94/5 rDev -16.9%
7.00% ABV according to the label. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger white colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare; there's nothing unique or special here. Little lacing as the head recedes.
Sm: Pale malts. Generic floral hops. Light nectary hop character. Muted grapefruit. A light aroma. Lacks depth or appeal.
T: Pale malts. Generic grapefruit character. Generic floral hop character. Bland and uninspired. Light nectary hops. Balance is mediocre. Blandly built. Why brew this?
Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch oily. Carbonation is a bit overdone. Suits the flavour profile well. Generic but in the right territory.
Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. You've got to bring more to the table than this to float to the top as an IPA. This will get buried in the mess of mundane IPAs out there - and it deserves to. Overpriced and bland. I definitely wouldn't get this again.
02-25-2013 01:55:56 | More by kojevergas
3.71/5 rDev +4.8%
San Diego. IPA. Two things which are meant for each other, such as cookies and cream. Rough Draft's Eraser IPA tells you to forget your daily worries with a bottle of this. With 22 ounces, there's a lot of room to forget about. On to the beer:
An inch of sudsy head tops this orange/bronzed colored beer. Good lacing is provided around. This sets up the aroma, which offers pleasant hoppiness for the nose. There's grapefruit, orange, sugar dusting, and a bit of resin. The hops continue their domination of the beer, carrying into the taste. Very hoppy, bringing to mind bitter grapefruit, toasted malt, carmelized sugar, a bit of resin which is especially pronounced in the aftertaste.
Solid IPA out of Rough Draft. If this is a rough draft, the final draft is sure to be a winner.
12-25-2013 23:19:48 | More by DoubleJ
3.31/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Nice clear light golden, near white head leaves fast. Some sparse cling lace.
S - What smell. This one isn't even that cold, and mostly I get a light malt and hint of hops.
T - Taste runs the smell gambit. Very light tastes.
M - Light body to medium body with a slightly creamy texture. Light malt married with light hops produce good balance and fair finish.
D - Extremely session able as not overly taxing on the palate. Surprisingly large ABV considering taste. Good to try.
06-21-2014 03:20:29 | More by srandycarter
4.11/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a clear gold, with a huge soapy three finger head. Pretty good retention leaving rings of thick lacing stuck to the glass.
Bright pine resin note that is constant as well as straw, dried papaya and lemon zest. Cracker thin malt, slightly grainy and soapy. Not a powerful aroma but quite bright.
Clean malt, soda crackers and toasted wheat. Hops are bright like the nose, considerable lemon zest, grassy, dried mangoes, orange citrus and pine resin. Fruity notes on the finish with a light bitterness that cleanses very quickly.
Well carbonated that complements the bright hops and very easy to put down. Clean malt, lemony hops add some acidity that makes the drink finish a bit slick.
It's not a hop bomb but I throughly enjoyed this, a west coast ipa that gets away from the typical pine, citrus and absurd bitterness. Airy and summery hops. Malt base is artfully crafted. First rough draft beer, would revisit.
03-05-2013 05:49:17 | More by rawfish
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.
Smells of pine and citrus hops.
Tastes of the clean hops with a supportive malt base. Hops lead off with pine and grapefruit along with a touch lemon zest and grass. Malt come in and add a touch of grainy sweetness which then leads to a touch of fruit. Finishes fairly clean.
Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a solid IPA worth checking out.
01-13-2014 01:06:42 | More by ocelot2500
3.34/5 rDev -5.6%
Blind purchase. This is not a terrific representative of what San Diego IPAs are capable of.
A: 22oz. Bomber into a Russian River Chalice. Pours a pale gold with a paper thin white head. On the refill, the head was rocky and quickly fell into nothingness (old bottle? who knows...no date.)
S: Aroma contains sweetness, lemon zest, and pine.
T: Although I detected sweetness on the nose, not so on the tongue. I picked up the lemon and pine, but also a straw-like malt which is slight but noticed most in the aftertaste.
M: Medium carbonation, somewhat medium to thin bodied, perceived hop bitterness slight, with some astringency present. The beer is on the dry side, as per style.
O: I'm not impressed. It's passable for the style, but not worth my time considering what San Diego really has to offer.
04-18-2013 02:12:16 | More by fox227
Eraser IPA from Rough Draft Brewing Company
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