Instant Beer Review: Dork Squad American IPA


STILL IN SAN DIEGO? No, as a matter of fact I now find myself in scenic Oceanside, California.

HOW’D YOU END UP THERE? Honestly, I’m not sure. I believe I was driven here, but I can’t be certain. It’s been that kind of vacation. Pretty sure I had a breakfast taco earlier today.

WHATEVER, DRINKY. WHERE YOU AT? I find myself at the Bagby Beer Company, sitting outside on the upper level. It’s quite pleasant. The weather is perfect here. I’m a little creeped out, frankly.

AND WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING? This is the Dork Squad American IPA.

AN AMERICAN IPA? ISN’T THAT AN APA? You know, I’m not sure. What the hell is the difference between an APA and an IPA, anyway? Let’s see here…

TAKE YOUR TIME. Okay, Wikipedia claims that an APA is a style of pale ale developed in the US around 1980, made with American hops (mostly Cascade). American IPAs are more aggressively hopped with higher alcohol levels. And then there are Double IPAs, which have an ABV higher than 7.5%. So an APA is the American version of a traditional British pale ale made with American hops, and an American IPA is the Yankee version of the higher-hopped India Pale Ale. I think I’ve got it.

BRAVO. Yeah, but… this thing comes in at 7.7% ABV, so shouldn’t it be a Double IPA? Ah the hell with it…

SO HOW IS IT? It’s got a rather mild hop aroma. It’s not really citrusy; more piney, I guess. There’s a strong bitter aftertaste.

NOT EXACTLY A RAVE. Yeah, I can’t really decide how I feel about it. I mean, it’s not bad, but it lacks real character. For something of this ABV, I was expecting more of a flavor punch. Oh well.

DEEP THOUGHTS: I’m not going to complain about a beer when the environment is so fantastic. And if you have the opportunity, get the pork belly sliders. They feature jalapeño jelly, peanut butter, and crispy leeks. Sound weird? They’re delicious.