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The Essential Series IPA

India Pale Ale - 7.0% ABV

FEBRUARY RELEASE: DOG BREATH


The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. Using Zappa hops which are grown in collaboration with the Zappa family, this beer was inspired by their prolific song, ‘Dog Breath, the Year of the Plague.’ 

Flavor Profile: Tropical fruit with strong notes of citrus, mango, passion fruit, and fresh deciduous pine. It’s like eating a mango in a pine forest during a rainstorm.

 HOPS: Zappa, Chinook, Cascade

APRIL RELEASE: CASHIN’ OUT

The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. The hops used in Cashin’ Out were the winning blend chosen by Thorn team member, Leila Burrows, for the San Diego chapter of Pink Boots Society’s hop competition. The Pink Boots Society is a kick-ass organization that works to assist, inspire, and encourage women beer professionals through education. 

Flavor Profile: Complex and intensely fruity, with strong overtones of lemon, lime, peach, and melon.

HOPS: Cashmere, Ahtanum, Citra

JUNE RELEASE: SUN SOAKED
The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. With an average of 246 days of sun a year, one might say that San Diego is soaked in sun so we invite you to enjoy a Sun Soaked IPA inspired by and brewed in America’s finest city. 
 
Flavor Profile:
Mango, passion fruit, and berry flavors play off the heady aroma of dank. 
 
HOPS: Ekuanot, Strata, Amarillo

 

AUGUST RELEASE: GOT NELSON?

 

The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. Got Nelson? IPA was the first beer brewed in our Essential series and is inspired by one of the most legendary San Diego IPAs. 
 
Flavor Profile: Fruity and tropical, notes of white wine and gooseberries are front and center with a dry finish from the Nelson Sauvin hops.
 
HOPS: Nelson 

OCTOBER RELEASE: MILHOUSE

The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. Inspired by Milhouse from The Simpsons, this beer is as ebullient as its cartoon namesake as well as Thorn brewer, Josh Coombs. When something goes particularly right in the brewhouse Josh is known for saying, “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!” 
 
Flavor Profile: An intense citrus aroma with pronounced lemon notes, this IPA gives off some floral qualities balanced with gooseberries and white wine notes. 
 
HOPS: Nelson, Centennial

 

DECEMBER RELEASE: PINE HOLLOWS
The Essential IPA Series showcases standout IPAs that represent the best of this West coast style. Pine Hollows IPA was originally a collaboration beer that we did with Burgeon Beer Co. and it was so popular, we’ve brought it back for your enjoyment.
 
Flavor Profile:
Strong notes of grapefruit, guava, and pine come from the generous use of the hop blend. 
 
HOPS: Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic