When I’m perusing for an IPA it seems like my hand gravitates to anything from San Diego County.
I’m not familiar with Manzanita Brewing Company….lucky me.
MBC’s IPA uses a “dry hop”, a technique for producing more aroma.
On the pour it had a nice thick head which had sexy lacing (do people pay attention to lacing?) The coloring was nice, not too dark, red-orange-yellow.
This has all the markings of a West Coast Beer. It is not as beefy as other westies, (Green Flash, Knee Deep, Russian River, Marin County Brewing). I thought it was bitter from start to finish, I picked up hops, toasty aromatics and a little chocolate. It’s not a hop bomb by and means, which is good when paired with food you actually want to taste. I recommend pairing it with spicy food.
It’s seems like IPA’s have been exalted to a near life changing experience, which happens every now and again (Berryessa Brewing plug), and this did not offer it. Not my favorite IPA, but I would totally drink from this well again (mmmmmmm, beer well).
Stay classy, San Diego.