Groundswell Brewing- San Diego
I had a fun visit to Groundswell Brewing the other day. It’s always a pleasure to be in a new brewery so you can see their brewing system and tasting room before they start to expand.
Speaking of expansion, when I was there the signs of expansion are as clear as their beer. Why so soon? Because their beer is great, that’s why.
I sampled four tasters of the IPAs they had ready that day, and although they were different from each other, they were all nice. My favorites were the Wild Sage IPA and Double IPA #0010. I rated them both below. By the way, when you visit Groundswell, be sure to ask about their Water Initiative, which is a very cool program they started to give clean water to those in need worldwide.
The Wild Sage IPA is “dry hopped” with wild white sage, commonly found in the hills around the brewery. It had a nice appearance with an average head, good lacing, tawny color, and it was clear with no particulates. Malt and hops aromas were average and balanced, and the sage aroma was delicate and fine. On my palate the body was medium with a nice texture, lively carbonation, and perfect bitter finish. Finally, the flavor duration was long and moderate all the way, causing me to want another glass of it. According to the board, this IPA has 62 IBUs and 7.3 ABV.
IPA #0010 is a Double IPA with Galaxy Hops. Its average frothy head, good lacing, clear body, and beautiful amber color gave this beer a gorgeous appearance. Aroma was also nice, with malt and hops balanced, light yeast, some alcohol, and very nice citrus and passion fruit scent from the Galaxy hops. On my palate this IPA was full-bodied, with a creamy texture, average carbonation, and classic bitter finish. The flavor duration was long, and balanced across the profile. After finishing the taster, I quickly ordered a pint of this very nice Double IPA.