Hop Therapy - Rough Draft Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 19:44:57 | More by biboergosum
3.44/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 03:06:56 | More by Schnauzerlord
3.49/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 19:30:56 | More by Nugganooch
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the aroma.
Serving type: on-tap
11-11-2013 04:39:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Hop Therapy from Rough Draft Brewing Company
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