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Freudian Sip - Rough Draft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rough Draft Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 09-19-2012

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 8
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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pondering Freudian concepts while drinking is a certain fool's errand.

This beer pours a hazy, murky dark tarnished bronze amber colour, with two fingers of rocky, puffy, and billowy ecru head, which leaves some broad A-bomb testing ground lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, bready toffee, saucy brown sugar, apple/pear concentrate, muddled citrus pith, musty earthy, leafy, and grassy hops, and a hovering booze astringency. The taste is hot caramel/toffee malt, fruit salad - heavy on the overripe orange, red grapefruit, and apples - a weird chalkiness, leafy, piney hops, and a heady alcohol warming. Simple, yeah.

The bubbles are pretty understated, and not really notable beyond their basic duties, the body a stout medium-full weight, for this or any other style, and halting in its smoothness, i.e. there's much vying here to halt its forward progress. It finishes off-dry, but generally balanced, the big malt, big booze, and strangely underwhelming hops dancing that delightful dance.

Yup, I've been glancing at the sidebar here for a good 20 minutes, and I have to say - when 8 of the top 10 examples of this made-up, catch-all style are from either Stone or Lagunitas, you gotta think that others would mimic their success. Ladies and germs, exhibit A (probably not - possibly E or F): I knew straight off that this reminded me of Arrogant Bastard, in its brash, boozy, and edgy caramel sweetness, though one lacking the big west coast bittering hop counter punch. Still, a decent version, and all that.

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Photo of Ashley760
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful aroma, very sweet. Hazy amber beer with a creamy colored head. Palate is smooth, turning crisp. Nice malt, fairly rich and creamy with a little toffee. Pleasant hops -mostly mellow with little noble hop like spice. Unbelievably drinkable and really does smell amazing.

Photo of dvmin98
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Foothills Pint Glass at a backyard party.

Definitely a good looking beer. Deep amber color. Not a lot of head. Smell is really malty and carmelly, similar to a barelywine. Taste is just as the smell, with a solid carmel flavor and great malt body. After it hits the back, the bitterness remains for a while. Really nice.

I didn't think to look on the born-on date (if there was one), but this didn't seem as hot as some others have said theirs was. May have mellowed for a while, making it that much better.

Really enjoyed it and went well with the food. I prefer the barrel-aged version, but this was a really nice beer for a North Carolina summer evening get-together. Glad I put this puppy on the plane and brought it home.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has that rusty Old Ale taste, but with a zingy hoppiness that is rather appealing.

Color is a rich burnt orange with plenty of foam. This is all quite nicely made, and even the sweet Vermouth flavor seems right. I keep trying to find the right description of this stuff, but it's unusual to the point of almost unique. The malty sweetness is not overdone, but the bitterness is maybe a little much. It's hot with alcohol, and tastes like some kind of mixed drink with a big dose of bitters. A little splash of a Margarita, some taco sauce, a Smith Brothers cough drop, and a nice dollop of Pliny.

Still it's a very strong and wacky brew. Don't hate it cuz it's beautiful, and even the labels are more attractive than a lot of bigger SD brewers. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace on West Point Loma.

Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark amber, long lasting head, great lace.

S - Cold, but sweet malt comes through. Don't get much, though.

T - Malty, big, sweet, great back up on hops.

M - Med to heavy, good carbonation and balance. Nice finish.

D - Good stuff and was tempted to have another!

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Freudian Sip from Rough Draft Brewing Company
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