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Hop Therapy - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rough Draft Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 08-22-2012)
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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big hop notes with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with bitter pine and grapefruit notes. Malts add in with a toasted bread, caramel, and a bit of syrupy sweet notes. Sweetness from the malt balances out the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a tasty DIPA that hits all the right notes, but it can't quite stand up to the heavyweights of the style.

ocelot2500, Sunday at 05:59 AM
Photo of Trix247
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Trix247, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours deep amber with a large head.
Rich malty aroma with a fair bit of fruit too. Loads of clean sweet malt and a little booze, melon, orange, pine and resinous hops.
Flavours are focused on the pine and resinous hops rather than the fruit. Loads of sweetness remaining too along with a little booze.
Nice syrupy body and moderate carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jwswigs, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

TequilaVoodoo, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Camdav
3.72/5  rDev 0%

Camdav, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/8/14

A clear amber with just a few bubbles that pumps out a finger of foam that falls quickly leaving no lace

S passion fruit, lychee, guava, candied pineapple, and sweet orange, a fair amount of caramel, a little booze and pine

T less fruit and more caramel, a little brown sugar, booze, grapefruit peel, not bad but I preferred the nose

M syrupy, slick and a little heat, lemon rind and pine on the finish

O decent DIPA, perhaps not as fresh as I'd prefer but still lots of hops shining through the malt

I'm guessing Kiwi hops are in there, respectable beer but at nearly 10$ a bomber I don't think I'd buy a second

wordemupg, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of robbase9
4/5  rDev +7.5%

robbase9, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Chilly_E
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Chilly_E, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

FadetoBock, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rawfish, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Slipperyphoton
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Slipperyphoton, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

pkalix, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Larry91709
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Larry91709, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of jcallover34
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jcallover34, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of retry4z
1/5  rDev -73.1%

retry4z, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Mackenzie_Gloven
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Mackenzie_Gloven, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - while this certainly isn't charging me by the hour (or up the wazoo), the single-serving shelf tag is a bit dear, up here, well north of 49.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, stocky, and rocky beige head, which leaves some sudsy descending Martian spacecraft lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost dank pine needles, flower pistils, overripe orange and grapefruit citrus pith, bready caramel malt, somewhat weirdly pervasive anise, mild indistinct savoury spice, and further leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more malty up front - bready, slightly sourdough-flecked caramel and toffee, spiced apples, muddled tropical fruits, orange cream, candied grapefruit, and soft pine/floral/leafy flora bitters, ones much less astringent that the nose might have gone on about. Absolutely no sign of the 18-proof booze, so bully for that!

The carbonation is quite soft and innocuous, barely a hint of frothy backtalk to be found, the body a sturdy medium weight, and well smooth, with a strong suggestion of creaminess, one only barely skinned by any clumsiness of the weakening hops. It finishes quite off-dry, the malt apparently the party-boy in this outfit - it carries on and on and on in its caramel, bready, and lightly toffee-oriented sweetness, while the various fruity, piney, and floral hop esters yawn and call it a night.

A fairly commendable DIPA, the alcohol's lack of overt presence worthy of a (sorry) Amber Ale Alert, while the hops make like a good life of the party - kick up a big, enjoyable fuss at first, and then slowly melt into the woodwork. And balanced, sure, it is, the interesting fruit and spice character of the malt merely adding to the complexity of it all. Consider my hop therapy thoroughly complete - even though I only really needed a tune-up.

biboergosum, May 27, 2014
Photo of BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BreweryRun, May 24, 2014
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kmanjohnson, May 21, 2014
Photo of OMsweetOM
4/5  rDev +7.5%

OMsweetOM, May 19, 2014
Photo of Schnauzerlord
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad:

App: Slightly hazy, which is not unexpected.

S: Nice piney hoppy nose

T: nice general bitterness. No single hop really stands out, but I enjoyed the overall hoppy flavor in a generic way, if that makes sense.

M:Not overly malty...slightly meaty, as befits a solid XXIPA.

O: I enjoyed the beer. Nothing I'd go 100 miles out of my way for, but I enjoyed it, and would welcome trying it again. I suspect I'll check out the brewery in the near future.

Schnauzerlord, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of JMM0414
5/5  rDev +34.4%

JMM0414, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 02/22/14

A: Bright caramel amber body with poor clarity across the glass. Has a nice orange blush to it. Half finger layer of khaki foam on top. Fair amount of retention there with some light dots and swaths of lace that cling to the glass.

S: Bready with a sourdough likeness and a bit of caramel malt sweets in tow. I get some faint wafts of piney hops and citrus fruit paired with some muted alcohol presence as well. More malt forward on the nose but not particularly poor in the aroma.

T: Taste is malty as well with some crusty bread and a prominent caramel sweetness. There is a higher level of hop bitterness to the beer with a big drying pucker on the finish. It is a bit rough (pun intended) however some delicate hop flavors do materialize with peach, lime zest, earthy herbs, and a touch of passion fruit. Has a lasting linger affect and the alcohol I find is in well balance. Not all bad here.

M: The mouth feel is moderate and lightly filling. Nice frothy texture from the carbonation with a high level of constricting bitterness and a long, dry, resinous finish.

D: Not very impressed with this brewery so far. Expectations were low to start. Seems they utilized a nice hop blend here but it is out staged by the malts.
An okay brew but nothing to shake your stick at.

Nugganooch, Mar 03, 2014
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Hop Therapy from Rough Draft Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.