Monday, August 10, 2015

DROP EVERYTHING: HERE'S AN IPA FROM CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST

What did you folks all do the first week of August? I spent said week in the company of my wife and son, traveling down California's Central Coast for various stops and stays in Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. While it wasn't quite the rip-snortin' beercation I'd like these things to be, we had us quite the time. And yeah, I did stop at Sante Adairius on a day they had some bottles going. So life was good. 

In between coastal stops, I found a little time to try what the locals like to call "local beer". Take, for instance, this "IPA" by TAP IT BREWING. Would you believe me if I told you it was rocking a 96 over on RateBeer? It's fairly ubiquitous around San Luis Obispo, which is where it comes from; not quite Firestone Walker "805" ubiquitous, but easy to find on tap handles and in restaurants all around town. I picked up a bottle to close my Friday night down, and thought it was fine, just fine. It's fresh, clean and piney, with a terrific aroma of hops bouncing out of the glass and into your nose canal. Really nice balance, with light bittering, 7% alcohol and crisp malts. Outside of pine there's a faint hint of lemon, but not grapefruit. It is indeed hard for a "single" IPA to stand out these days, as legion of bloggers before me may have mentioned, but you'd do a lot worse than to drink the go-to IPA for hundreds if not thousands of Central Coast beer doggies. 7.5/10.

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