RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
This is no IPA. This is a San Diego Pale Ale. How did we get here? Easy! Take out the sweet caramel malt backbone and intense bittering of classic IPAs and replace them with a light biscuity malt profile and intense flavor and aroma hop additions. We then dry hop the bejesus out of it and get it out as fresh as possible. Be careful, this 7.9% ABV beer drinks like a pale ale and that’s how we like it in America’s Finest Beer City.

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adancer (14) - - DEC 5, 2017
On tap at Slater’s 50/50. Beautiful pale IPA, not much on the palate. Definitely recommend this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

deyholla (12803) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has a nice citrus bite with some grass and a light grain backbone. Flavor is full of bitter citrus with a touch of sweetness and a light grain backbone.

onceblind (11501) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Clear golden with a thick off white head on top. Big earthy leafy fresh-hop tones on the aroma, like straight from the hop farm kinda earthy leafiness, with a lupulin resin bitter touch. Big resiny flavor that’s got almost no bitterness, some pale malt, piney touches and a little leafy dry hop/wet hop touch earthy finish. 

Marheb (6355) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
(En fût au Tiger!Tiger!): Ils appellent ça "San Diego Pale Ale". La plupart des narines, langues et intérieurs de joue appelleraient ça DIPA. C’est San Diego, quoi dire de plus. C’est aussi juteux que résineux, hyper protéiné et amer, vicieusement tropical et sapiné. Bravo terroir.

Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Had this a while back, taking this review from some old notes on iPad. It won GABF or WBC I can’t remember. But whatever it was it was well deserved. Rich hop oily with some rye character, made aroma wind of dry grass and rye. Flavor was equally as good with sharp crisp bitterness and winderfull mouthfeel.

BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very thin white head. Aroma is odd grassy. Wet cardboard. Flavor follows and is really grassy and pine resin. Very odd but interesting. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TylerGreenDC (1176) - - NOV 9, 2014
On draft. Aroma of marmalade-on-toast. Flavor is unusual, very bitter passionfruit. Some bitter marmalade, orangey ness, but zero of the sweetness. Good example of how brewers are messing with the IPA form.

marcus (11065) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours blonde with a thick beige head and a bread and citrus aroma. The substantial pale malt base is paled ha ha in comparison to the accompanying hop bitterness.

BlackHaddock (8142) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
On my flight of beers at the brewpub on 18th March 2014. Light haze to the pale but deep old gold coloured brew, not much of a head, but plenty of nose! Citrusy hop front with a mini-floral hint or two: no maltiness in the smell or taste, this is for hop minded people. OK and a nice balance to the three other house brews I had along side it.

Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
On tap in San Diego (CA)
Sadly this was not at draft at Monkey Paw so I had to go elsewhere to get a pour of a world class IPA / American Pale Ale. Whatever you try to pigeonhole it as the result is a great beer that bucks the normal expectations for a West Coast hop bomb.

Aroma / Appearance - A yellowy warm presence imbues the beer with a playful personality like rays of sunshine filtering through the trees. Sweet citrus, lemon, yeast, and bread dough starter rise up to grab your attention but this does not hit you hard with hops like many local IPAs try to do.

Flavor / Palate - A creamy full bodied mouthfeel slowly provides a warmth that radiates from the tongue outwards. The burst of lemon butter on toasted whole wheat bread continues to please until the bitter finish, paired with a strong maltiness, leaves you wishing you had more than just a generous sample. If Monkey Paw ever gets around to canning like Modern Times I could see them having a huge success with this one.

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