Beer of the Week: San Diego Pale Ale

This is a quintessential mega-hopped, super fruity, bracingly bitter San Diego beer



Double India Pale Ale (10% ABV)

San Diego’s sudsy superpower reputation was built on the back of the IPA. Nearly two decades ago, local brewers at Stone, AleSmith, Ballast Point and Pizza Port took the UK-borne India pale ale style and boosted its hop presence through the roof. Today, our breweries continue to garner plenty of attention for everything from stouts to farmhouse ales and lagers, but when people come to San Diego, it’s hops they’re looking for. That goes for drinkers and brewing professionals alike. This week, over 4,000 of the latter will be in town attending the Craft Brewers Conference, the industry’s largest annual gathering. In honor of the event, Karl Strauss Brewing Company brewed a commemorative Symposium Beer made using donated ingredients (including the popular new SD Super Yeast from Miramar company, White Labs) playfully named “San Diego Pale Ale.” A traditional pale ale is a sessionable beer with a good dosing of hops, but this is actually a double IPA with an triple-digit IBU readout. Translation—this is a quintessential mega-hopped, super fruity, bracingly bitter San Diego beer.

Available at: Obviously, attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference will have the chance to taste this special brew, but if you, like most, are protecting your amateur beer drinker status, there will still be some limited opportunities to check it out throughout the week. The beer was made available to all San Diego Brewers Guild Allied Pub Members and numerous brewery tasting rooms around the county. Check out the list of those watering holes here and reach out to see if they have San Diego Pale Ale on tap.

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