Some days (or weeks, or months) nothing will satisfy my thirst except for a big hop-bomb, and this weekend was one of those times where I just couldn’t get enough lupulin into my face. A pair old favorites (one newly in a bottle) and a new favorite came to the rescue.
After seeing some tweets about a giant beer shipment at Vendome in Toluca Lake we managed a very fruitful haul, and I was about set for a weekend of hoppy brews. I was most happy to find the newly bottled El Segundo Brewing Co beers and I greedily filled my basket with their White Dog IPA.
You may be sick of me talking about this light and refreshing white IPA that is loaded with tropical fruit hop aroma and flavors, but I am not yet sick of drinking it! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewed-in-LA beers, and if you haven’t tried it yet you should seek it out. White Dog is going to be a go-to beer this Spring.
I was finally able to try the very hyped Lagunitas Sucks IPA, and frankly I was floored by it. It is rare that such a talked-about beer can live up to its hype, but this brew was something special. A light body pairs with loads of grapefruity hop flavors for an extremely drinkable IPA. The brewery calls it a Double IPA, but at just under 8%ABV it drinks more like a strong IPA with a great citrusy finish. At first I was leery of buying a whole six-pack of the untested brew, but I’m already looking for more of it!
And finally, one of my favorite over-the-top double IPAs made a return to store shelves recently, and I’ve been waiting to crack-open a fresh Green Flash Palate Wrecker for months. My memory did not betray me and the thick and resinous imperial IPA was just as pungent and aggressive as I’d recalled. The field of brewed-in-CA Double IPAs is vast, and I think that Palate Wrecker is one of the best around.
It took some big guns to finally satiate my weekend’s hop-hunger, and the final blow was the killer combination of Strand Brewing’s Atticus IPA – a balanced and pine-forward IPA – and the Fathers Office burger – hands-down one of the best burgers you can get in Los Angeles. After that meal I was ready to return to some lighter saisons or sour beers, but I can already feel that craving for hops start to creep back into my consciousness.
What is your go-to beer when you’ve got that hop-head itch that only the bitterest brews can scratch?