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Hop Therapy - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: mactrail on 08-22-2012

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 14
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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.

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A - nice bronze, copper color. Very clear. Bone white head settles to just a thin film on top. Lacing is minimal.

S - nice grapefruit smell up front. More citrus than pine. Promising.

T - simcoe. Very bitter on the front and middle of the tongue. Nice flavor. For me this is a little off balance toward the hops. But this is a DIPA. so I like it.

M - Good but not great. Missing a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Close to being great

O - I like this a lot. These guys are new. So some of their batches might be inconsistent. This isn't Pliny, but it is a great DIPA. Get one!

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Smells of pine and citrus hops.

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I tried their IPA (Eraser, I believe) and wouldn't have given this one a chance but for having been surprisingly impressed with their Barrel Aged Freudian Sip. Of course, I also found the standard Freudian Sip almost undrinkable.

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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.

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Hop Therapy from Rough Draft Brewing Company
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