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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle from Bottle Shop Canterbury and drunk at home. Hazy amber colour lasting beige head. Fresh leafy hop aroma. Decent level of malt to balance. Tangerine and grapefruit. Really good fun. Soft in the mouth. Some bitterness. Light hoppy easy drinking pale ale. Good. If a bit too toffee.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6364) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle from Drank van de Meisjes, small sample. Clear golden color, short frothy head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, slight pine, bit caramel malt. Medium bitterness in taste, some cookie sweetness. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2151) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2016
Bottled.Golden colored, tiny floating particles, small white head. Powerful hoppy nose, resin. Very bitter flavor, massive hop presence, some malts as well. Lasting bitter finish. Powerful and impressive brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Pint purchased from Growl Movement in Salem Oregon. $4.00 Clear golden ale with a small white head. Good hoppy fruity aromas , some biscuit malts. Very nice hopped fruity taste..the malts try to balance but no match. Great medium mouth feel..so easy. A great APA.....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11537) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle at hop, burns & black. It pours clear amber with a decent white head. The aroma is soft, sweet orange, tangerine, nectarine, bread and candy. The taste is crisp, bitter, pine, grassy, green hops, tangerine, pithy clementine, straw and a touch of spice with a dry finish. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. Easy drinking stuff, but nowhere near as good as hopped.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2016
Californian session IPA with thick, irregular, off-white, sticky head and beautifully warm ’old gold’ colour, initially clear with a haze of yeast bits. ’Dank’ and fragrant IPA aroma of pine resin, yellow grapefruit, tangerine peel, lemon blossom, biscuit, papaja, fresh ginger, chicken broth, wormwood, sundried tomato, garden nettles. Crisp, lively onset, very ’clean’ and restrained fruity impressions (tangerine, mango), subdued sweetishness and dito sourishness, fairly strong carbo, light but nicely smooth body, supple toasted maltiness, only very restrainedly sweetish and lightly bittering, working well together with increasing hop bitterness, spicy, tonic water- and grapefruit-like and leaving a long-lasting bitter coating in the back of the mouth and throat as well as retronasal pine and grapefruit peel aromas. Crisp, light and flavorsome, very ’standard’ for this style but very well executed, in the league of e.g. Founders’ All Day IPA and the like.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1790) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pale golden color, with a pillowy, white head. The nose is mangoes, strong floral notes, butterscotch, and pine. Sweet, with a pretty nice, mild bitterness. Light to medium body, creamy, effervescent, and crisp. This is a pretty solid IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
coachd (490) - Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Great hoppy earthy and clean aroma. Golden color with bone white head. Smooth up front with a kick of hops that fades quickly. Not a great tasting IPA to me, but admittedly session IPAs are not my strong suit. Funny aftertaste, it is sessionable and has hops, so I guess it delivers in the category. The palate is smooth and low carb for an IPA, I did like that. Overall, I would not buy again and this is possibly the worst top 10 beer I have ever had. I like Alpine, maybe session IPAs are not my thing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Might be the best Session IPA out there...bright, loads of citrus and enamel peeling acidity. Beautiful 10 karat pour with a tightly packed ivory foam...sticks to the glass. Could drink gallons and gallons...and have!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (273) - - MAY 13, 2016
5/13/16. Draft at Bull McCabes. Mild pine and tropical fruit nose. Strong thick hop in the mouth. Perhaps a bit out of balance for a 5.25% ABV. Worked well with ahoy Indian curry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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