After a long Sunday session of adulting hard that entailed fighting the OC Fair traffic for a quick trip to IKEA, our post-lingonberry meatball hangover cried for a healthy dose of hops to balance things out.
“I think Santa Ana River Brewing is nearby,” I said, pointing up Harbor a mile or so, hoping they have something with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops on tap. Turns out, they have a beermosa, Saigon Stout, and a plethora of India Pale Ales of various strengths and hop loads.
“I’ll take a Fishing for Compliments IPA,” I say, starting at the lower end of the ABV spectrum at 6.3%, hopped with literally all the “C” hops. There’s Citra and Falconer’s Flight, which the latter is a blend of the seven major “C” hops one might find in the Pacific Northwest. The pint is full of citrus and stonefruit character and is effortless to drink.
Moving up the IPA chain to double, I order a More Hops Than Brains. “That’s our flagship beer,” notes the bartender, pausing his pinball game between balls to pour some beers. At a solid 8%, the heafty late additions of Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra go straight from my nose to my cerebral cortex. What is it about these three hops that blend so perfectly? They’re basically euphoric and the perfect blend of what makes IPA great.
I could have leveled up to an Even More Hops Than Brains triple IPA, but man, the thought of building IKEA furniture after all those hops might require a nap.
Check out Santa Ana River Brewing and their massively-hopped West Coast IPA’s at 3480 W Warner Ave unit B, Santa Ana santaanariverbrewing.com
Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, level 1 WSET in Wine, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest happening on June 29th in Anaheim!