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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
Truth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5205) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle shared. Lightly hazy gold pour with white head. Aroma is hoppy, very citrusy, leafy, grapefruit/lemon aromas. Taste is hoppy, citrusy, nice bitterness. Palate is light bodied with good carbonation. A bit heavy for a session IPA I feel, but pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Tap at The Hopping Pig. Thick grassy nose, strained fruit, peach, tobacco. Smooth, piney initial, goes to overripe dates and peaches, then balances, with medium-strength bitter tracks. Thin-medium body. Pleasant and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1325) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle from QFC. Lighter hop aroma. This is not an in your face Pine-Sol bomb. This has a lovely, light citrus aroma. The fresh hop aroma is quite refreshing. Great aroma. Light on the palate with a crisp, citrus hop bite. Fuck this is good. What else can eat said other than this hits the spot. I could drink quite a few of these. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle shared during RBWG 2016 - picked up at AJ’s. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy white head. Dry and pithy on the nose, with more citrus, pine needles, rind. Light sweet flavor with dry pale malts, bitter pine, orange rind, grass, some pithy grapefruit. Light bodied with average carbonation. Quite dry and pithy on the finish, pretty bitter, more citrus notes. Not bad. Just a bit too bitter, especially in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle shared at RBWG 2016. Huge thanks to Leighton for this one. Clear golden yellow coloured pour with a fading fine white head. Aroma is caramel, pine and some dank hop. Flavour is composed of semi sweet base grains, caramel, bitter lemon, dank, pine, candied orange. Palate is sticky hop, moderate carbonation. Assertive nice clean bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3645) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle at hotel lobby fart share @RBWG 2016. Almost clear golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, fresh hops, mango and light grain. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine, light grain and mango. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (223) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2016
22 oz from my brother for my birthday. Drank this back in November. Poured a nice gold color with a white head. Aroma is all sorts of resinous hops, savory, herbal (mostly sage and mint), pine, mandarin, grapefruit, crackers, and some sweetness back there too (mango, peach). Taste is a big mouthful of hops. Sagey, piney resin up front with an oily med-high bitterness, oniony, then grapefruit, soft orange notes and light cracker and caramel. Oily, mouth-coating resin, impressive body for ~5%, nice smooth carbonation. While this may technically be considered a SIPA, and it packs an amazing density of hop flavor and aroma, the bitterness and intense "savory" profile do not exactly support the sessionability of this beer. Impressive but I wouldn’t want more than one at a time, even in a 12 oz serving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2085) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
12 oz bottle. Aroma is piney, light perfume, earth, light floral. Pours hazy orange with a quickly collapsing bone-white head. Taste is highly bitter, very hoppy, alongside a light candy sweetness. Somewhat harsh carbonation, but when the flavors are this nice, it doesn’t really bother me like it would in a lesser IPA. Good brew, but how can it be a session IPA at this strength?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fsbw21086 (426) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Almost musty aroma, not very strong. Taste is bold, fresh and assertive. Hops are straight forward and a bit sharp. Notes of bread, grass, pine. Almost no sweetness. Tastes like spring water mixed with west coast strong hops and pine, but drinks easy. Pretty high IBU for a session. Very enjoyable on palate with lingering smoothness not apparent in rest of sip. Pretty badass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2016
12 oz bottle- Pours golden orange with a sappy white head that retains nicely leaving a thick blanket and cobwebby lace. Aroma is pungent, sappy, pine resin, some floral notes. The taste is very similar, first showing a medium bodied IPA, with all the deScriptors, but after a few drinks the thinness kind of shows through. Very good session IPA, could drink many.

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