Let’s begin by saying this: there are only a few more kegs of the District Chophouse Pacific Style IPA left and brewmaster Barrett Lauer doesn’t tend to brew IPAs very often.
The India Pale Ale is spiked with tons of Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial hops and rings in at 7.6% ABV. From my semi-trained tastebuds I can offer you this: that first sip (provided you didn’t eat an onion sandwich or something earlier) will taste like grapefruit juice. Straight up juice–or as close as beer can get to it. The aroma offered a similar smell as the juice as well. I’ve had beers with nice grapefruity aroma and flavor before, but I can’t recall ever experiencing it quite like this.
After the initial flavor blast, you tastebuds begin to dull and that initial juice flavor certainly subsides. You are left with a rather dry, crisp IPA with a slight alcohol burn. The afterbreath mainly got me a little more grapefruit mixed with some sugary maltiness that I really couldn’t get from tasting it on my tongue. The dryness, which is pretty typical of the American IPA gave this an almost slickness in the mouth.
The District Chophouse brews all their beers on premise in Washington, DC so this is a pretty local brew. They also have an amazing Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout that they age in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. Just like the grapefruit juice–the Bourbon Stout is the closest thing you are gonna get to straight up bourbon taste in a beer. It’s also pretty strong.
Here are some more pics of District Chophouse to entice you to visit one of our city’s brewpub gems: