Beer: Boss Pour
Brewery: Abnormal Beer Co.
Style: West Coast IPA (San Diego style)
Set inside Rancho Bernardo’s Cork & Craft, arguably one of the most beautifully designed bar and restaurants in the county (think Restoration Hardware meets reclaimed cozy wood), Abnormal Beer Co. cranks out a range of high quality brews from hefeweizens and hazy IPAs to milk stouts. Designed with the same elegance as its home base, Abnormal’s cans are streamlined, subtly colored, and minimalist. Inside however, you will find explosions of flavor from a range of hops, and balance from the malts. Cozy up to the bar on your next visit and order a range of tasters to get the full Abnormal experience.
What’s with the name? Abnormal head brewer Nyle Molina proclaims, “Do you feel like a boss?! You will when you crack open our flagship San Diego IPA, Boss Pour.”
The hop lowdown: Nugget (spicy and herbal, bittering hop), Simcoe (earthy, dank, pine notes), Cascade (grapefruit dominant), Mosaic (pine, citrus, herb, tropical notes), Citra (lemon, grapefruit, lime, citrus, tropical notes)
What does that mean, San Diego style? According to Molina, “A softer bitterness, and the use of super aromatic hops sets apart the San Diego style from the typical West Coast versions. In this example, waves of Pacific Northwest hops are supported by American 2-Row and copious amounts of English specialty base malts.”
What to expect: Molina said, “Bright tropical and citrus fruits with a touch of dank hop character are the ones in charge here, and will surely be good for the end of your daily grind.”
This beer gal’s take: Refreshing notes of lemon and grapefruit mingle with piney goodness, and turn out a nicely balanced IPA that won’t overwhelm the senses. Solid to the core, this is a perfect IPA to introduce newbies to the style, and one that won’t be too bitter for their grasshopper palates.
Where to get it and how long: As one of the brewery’s core beers, the Boss Pour is widely distributed at bars and local beer shops around the county and is always available at the taproom and restaurant both on tap and in cans.
Abnormal Beer Co. (along with Abnormal Wine Co.) at Cork & Craft: 16990 Via Tazon, Rancho Bernardo, 858.618.2463, abnormalbeer.co