If you poured the average San Diego generated IPA for the average Brit he would groan, clutch at himself, issue a few well-chosen oaths and spit it out. Because despite what a lot of San Diego brewmasters think, they are not making IPA’s in the British style. For the most part, San Diego IPA’s are cartoonishly hoppy and not all refreshing.
There are exceptions and the New English Brewing Company is one of them. Located just off Interstate 5 this brewery makes valiant and mostly successful attempts at reproducing beers that you would find on the old sod. Trooper’s Tipple is a fine example. Modeled after a true India Pale Ale, it balances Kent Goldings hops with enough malt to make sure that it’s thirst quenching rather that mouth-puckering.
The Brewers Special is probably the closest you will find to a British ESB – Extra Special Bitter. And it does a laudable job.
Definitely worth a visit – even if you aren’t a Brit.