Weekday IPA - Rough Draft Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
22oz bomber. It's a weekday, so I suppose that makes it a-ok to pop this particular brew, no? All right-y, then!
This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some bleeding low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates. Look like a session IPA, whatever that means.
It smells of piney, leafy, forest floor goodness - the sort thankfully restrained on the dank - muddled citrus pith, equally nondescript tropical fruit notes, laid-back crackery, lightly toasted pale malt, a faint hint of caramel/toffee, soft earthy yeast, and a further earthy, floral bitterness. The taste is sharp lemon and orange citrus rind, musky pine needles, toasted doughy, crackery, and grainy pale malt, a light vegetal nuttiness, and more herbal, leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly light, in a playfully frothy sort of manner, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, that herbal, grassy hop character bristling for some smashy-smashy, it would seem. It finishes mostly dry, the biscuit and cracker nature of the malt sort of dooming it against the lingering strength of the well-fortified hops.
One of the better versions of this nascent (and patently unnecessary) sub-style of IPAs that I've yet tried. Big and hoppy, in a varied, pick something you like sense, the experience you get with yer favourite regular IPAs, so, I guess these guys have nailed it, as I don't even notice the lower ABV, other than the obvious lack of heat, which is the whole point, I suppose.
06-11-2014 01:20:09 | More by biboergosum
4.26/5 rDev +7%
Had this on tap at the Rough Draft tasting room. One of the brewery's two newest beers (along with Southern Triangle) A solid entry into the emerging field of session IPAs, Weekday IPA has the great aroma and taste you'd expect from the combination of Citra and Simcoe. Eminently sessionable at 4.8% and 43 IBU.
06-09-2013 15:14:43 | More by JohnQBeer
3.81/5 rDev -4.3%
Random grab from San Diego area stores. Brought back on plane and tasting in MA. There is just something so satisfying about sampling brews not in your distro.
A- 22oz bottled poured into a large chalice and a can glass with a pretty much clear, deep golden body. Frothy foam builds on the beer to a finger high and has nice retention, falls to a thick ring. This leftover cream leaves thick pillows and some rings of lace.
S- The beer releases quite a bit of an aromatic punch for 4.8% with a strong hop smell coming from the glass. Fresh tropical fruit juice, citrus fruits and pine mostly comes to mind. Some fresh bread.
T- The hops aren't as intense as in the aroma but a bouquet of flowers, pine, grapefruit citrus, zesty peels and some tropical fruit juice still presents itself nicely. Balanced with cracked cereal grains, yeast bread and some light malty hints.
MF- Light bodied as one would expect sub-5% but a creamy overall texture allows it to not be thin and watery. Moderate carbonation foams up on the palate which receives a decent bitterness that lingers in the finish.
Reminds me of the hoppier pales of today, perhaps showing the obvious bridge between the styles. If I saw this on draft or knew it was fresh, I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.
11-16-2013 03:00:58 | More by cbutova
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Attractive golden brew with a big head in the nonic. Lots of bubbles. Inviting aromas of flowery and resiny hops. Crisply foamy in the mouth. Great retention.
Thin body with a resiny note. Watery in a refreshing way. A serious vein of bitter hoppiness runs right through the quaff, but there is just enough malt to provide some balance. Lemony and kind of like a Pilsner, but the bitterness does go on.
A quite likeable lower-alcohol brew with an engaging tangy mouthfeel and that endless flowery nose. These Rough Draft beers are worth checking out. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine for $5.19.
08-17-2013 05:38:21 | More by mactrail
4.01/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours golden and clear with a rocky two finger high cap of white. Retention on this one is very good and the lacing is plentiful but also very sloppy and delicate.
A trifecta tropical, citrus and resinous hops float about a grainy and bready malt. White guava and dried papaya/mango mix liven up a steady bright citrus and lurking pine.
Crackers and toasted white bread, very evident grainy flavor that carries through the aftertaste. Fortunately there is enough malt here to carry the hops which have a bright, flashy yellow citrus and grapefruit rind flavor followed by piney and resinous tones that carry through the drink. Resin and sunflower seeds linger in the aftertaste mingling with medium bitterness and drying.
Quaffable body with nice active carbonation that makes the citrus hops all the more snappy. Excellent drying feel near the end of this beer along with a scrubbing bitterness.
A balanced IPA under 5% sign me up. Plentiful satisfying hop flavor with a varying tropical hop medley in the nose. Also it has more malt in it than the hoppy soda water that some other breweries are pumping out, so that's a plus. Not to be hipster but this was the session IPA in the local craft scene well before "session" was even a descriptive word of IPAs.
07-13-2013 09:17:44 | More by rawfish
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance not my favorite for the style, Daytime/urine style yellow is a little more exciting to me if I'm drinking a sub-5% session IPA, but that is actually the ONLY downpoint of this beer. The aroma is hoppy and dank, the taste follows suit with just the most favorable of malt touches that comes in mid to end. The mouthfeel might be the most exceptional part of this beer, considering the style. Much more akin to a regular IPA than other session IPA's I have had with spot on carbonation and no wishy washy watery mouthfeel. Definitely getting more of this
02-13-2014 03:39:24 | More by laglocal
Weekday IPA from Rough Draft Brewing Company
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