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Hop Therapy | Rough Draft Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rough Draft Brewing Company
California, United States
roughdraftbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mactrail on 08-22-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
116
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
32.25%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
27
For Trade:
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 116
Reviews by transbeman:
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1.81/5  rDev -50.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Cobrabob428
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of mbunje
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of machbeef85
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Chilly_E
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of AJmon13
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Hop Therapy from Rough Draft Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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