Hop Therapy
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,972
Ranked #31,493
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Rough Draft Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Riouxs from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think some of the reviews are a little harsh. C'mon. Alright, maybe you had an inconsistent batch, or overpaid because you never saw or heard of the brewery before (that was your fault friend) and jumped on it. This is a DIPA that hides the abv with its sweet maltiness. I can't smell a damn thing tho, I'm 4 days in on a head cold that has throttled my sniffer. Uhh, I can taste however, and the taste was easy flowing, slightly bitter - maybe a good one to hand to your wife or SO and NOT have that wrinkled up face contortion that goes with your 'go-to' 100 IBU single hop IPA that you propose to their palate given any opportunity to do so. Anyway, I glided through this, my glass is empty, it tasted tasty, and now I want a sausage pizza.

Feb 09, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first try of this San Diego brewery.Pours into a small tulip glass an amber shade with a half finger off white head that settles pretty quickly leaving a few broken shots of lace behind.Sweet rocket fluid in the nose with underlying floral and sweet citric hops,sweet being the phrase....The palate is big leathery and sweet between the alcohol and caramel malt base,the hops play a minor role in the finish giving off some citric qualities.Not a DIPA I would recommend it's old school in style,in a bad way.

Aug 14, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours amber with nice clarity; fluffy off-white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are on the sweeter side. Lots of caramel malts along with some tropical notes. Ripe mango is in the mix. Some citrus notes are there as well, especially orange. The flavors are malty, but still have alot of hop flavor and hop bitterness going on. Lots of caramel. Lots of pine resin as well. Lots of orange. It's bittersweet. Slightly warm, sticky and syrupy, but it's still clean. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It might not be mindblowing, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well crafted.

Apr 24, 2016
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Sep 28, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Sep 10, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Aug 16, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

May 27, 2014
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Schnauzerlord from California

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Mar 03, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Nov 11, 2013
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mbunje from California

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pint glass

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!

May 28, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

"Hop Therapy Dobule IPA India Pale Ale." Self-identifies as an Imperial IPA. 9.0% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of decent thicknesss, okay cream, and above average (~3.5 minute) retention for the ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly vibrant. Spot on for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. Light thin sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Floral and nectary hop character. Caramel malt and pale malts. Light oily hop character. I get no pine whatsoever. It's rather mundane for an imperial IPA, but it's generally appealing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A moderate strength aroma. Hop bitterness does come through - a bad sign for the style.

T: Floral hops and heavy caramel. Light light nectary hops. The malt/hop balance is entirely off. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It lacks evocative hop notes. It's not bad, but it's far from exemplary. Not all that well balanced. Badly built. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is decent. Okay palate presence; maybe a touch too heavy. Thickness is overdone. Meh. Not quite up to the standards of the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Rather pedestrian for the style, especially by SoCal standards. This one can be skipped; there's nothing to see here. Not unique or special. Hides its ABV decently. Doesn't bring enough to the table to warrant serious consideration. Imperial IPA fans will enjoy it but most will be underwhelmed. It just isn't all that great. Below average, but not bad per se.


Mar 04, 2013
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transbeman from Georgia

1.81/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much in the way of smell. Decent head but feels flat. Difficult to drink; probably not going to be able to finish this $7.99 bomber, but I'm going to do my darn best. Overall a bad beer.

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.

This reminds me of that Trader Joes Boatswain IPA if that's indicative to anyone.

Jan 04, 2013
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'd never heard of this brewery and was told this bottle was fresh (liars) so I paid the $6.50 and hoped for the best. Unfortunately it was not fresh as the taste quickly indicated old sticky hops. I could tell this was probably three to four months old. Aroma was muted and unimpressive. Overall this might be good fresh but breweries really need to bottle date and I need to start sticking to a hard and fast rule about not purchasing undated bottles of IPA. Live and learn (hopefully).

Sep 29, 2012
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ThePaleRider from California

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber with an off-white head that disappears pretty quickly, leaving a little lacing on the glass.

S - Tropical fruits, almost a citrus candy scent. Smells very sweet and sugary.

T - Similar to the smell. Super sweet up front. Tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit. Light malts on the back with a nice warming as it goes down.

M - Light feeling DIPA with little carbonation.

O - Awesome DIPA for a warm summer day, or anyone that wants a double without the bitter bite. Much better than their regular IPA. I think this beer is a great addition to the Rough Draft family.

Sep 10, 2012
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swetsastonic from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was at the best damn beer shop in san diego and asked for things I can't get in ny/nj. this was one of the recommendations. just popped it open last night (about 2 weeks later).

looks like a beer. nice head on it.

great hoppy, citrusy aroma. has that southern california feel to it.

taste is excellent. nice amount of hops that taste very fresh, more so than you get in most bottles. citrus in the taste that matches the aroma.

I don't use the word mouthfeel.

nevertheless, I will say that this is the creamiest ipa I've ever had. if it weren't for the taste, I wouldn't think it was an ipa. really interesting. I like it.

overall, an excellent beer. very glad I got this recommendation.

Sep 08, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orangey tea color. Lovely foam in the tall Peroni glass. Fragrance of orange marmalade and fresh grapefruit juice. Medium body, rather sharp, with mellow maltiness.

Maybe it's the color, but the intense citrus flavor tastes like orange to me. Hot with alcohol plus the acidic splash on the lips. IBUs are listed at 94. Brewery describes this as "a Galaxy and Summer hop bomb." Both, I see, are Australian varieties and Summer has a lower alpha acid content. The combination is plenty fruity with ripe canteloupe coming to mind, along with apricot nectar.

Hope fiends will definitely want to check this out. A big hop load with huge fruity flavors, though the bitterness is somewhat short of toxic. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Krisp, formerly Best Damn Beer Store, aka Super Junior Market.

Aug 22, 2012
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