screigh (628) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear dark golden color. Large white head with lots of lacing. A grassy hop aroma. A mild grassy grainy flavor.
puboflyons (3058) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the can. Beautiful heady copper-amber pour with great clarity. Big grassy and pine aroma and a more subtle toasted bread and caramel note. The body is light to medium. The cereal, bread, and caramel malts are there in the taste and the dry hop bitterness rises up at the end and lingers. A good session beer for hop heads.
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
can. Golden with one finger head. Very light body with big citrus hops. Some minerally, earthy notes as well. I really dug the crisp hop flavors from this. Medium bitterness.
jgb9348 (5607) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper coloured body with a amber glow and a thin, soapy white head, only about a centimetre tall. Aroma of fresh grassy hops with a touch of herbs, soap and some very mild bitterness, but not much at all. Super light-bodied; Very mild flavour of grass, herbs, hops, resin and a faint bit of pine - the hops are noticeable, but very mild, and the beer goes down very easily given that there isn’t much malt here at all. Aftertaste shows the grass and hay with little else, a touch of light tropical fruit flavours and that’s about it. Overall, a good beer for the style - shows the hops, shows a touch of bitterness, a tiny bit of complexity, yet remains super easy to drink and doesn’t show any alcohol at all - perfect for the summertime, which is just about everyday in California! I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-July-2015 for US$1,79 sampled on the train from Washington to New York (while in New Jersey) on 18-December-2015.
SG111 (1219) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. Unsure of the date. Pours golden honey, white frothy head. Aroma is lemon, orange, citrus, light biscuit malt, light tropical notes. Citrus heavy. Great Aroma for a session. Doesn’t seem watery yet. Flavor is nice citrus and hops bitterness, pronounced biscuit maltiness and light body. But overall, a great session.
ebone1988 (1310) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pine, tropical fruit, really a lot of scent. Appearance is golden amber, white head. Taste is very piny, a small bit of tropical fruit, some malt. Mouthfeel is light, decent carbonation. Overall, this is a very good session.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at HopCat, slightly hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of veggie, slight orange, grass, touch of tropical fruit into some biscuit, bread, slight lemon. Taste was a mix of lemon, grass, biscuit, bread, hints of orange, finishing slightly bitter. Other than the DMS it is pretty nice.
mR_fr0g (8882) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at home from the good hop. Clear golden orange coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is semi sweet grains, tea leaves, light pine and orange peel, sweet caramec notes. Flavour is composed of light caramel, thin malts, pine and orange peel. Earthy pine. Palate is semi crisp, frothy, tangy citrus. Lingering tea leaves. Pretty ordinary session IPA.
leaparsons (9758) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, Brewdog Leicester. Golden with an off white head. Lemon rind with mellow grapefruit and pineapple. Peppery and leafy with a dry finish.
Alengrin (4439) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ballast Point’s interpretation of the ’new’ India session ale style, with medium thick, pale greyish white, opening yet stable, lightly lacing head and clear, deep orange blonde colour with lively fizz, becoming a more cloudy ’sunset’ orange with deposit, but still looking warm and attractive. The ethereal herbal aroma makes my mouth water in instants: pink grapefruit peel, pine needles, sundried chilli peppers, iron but in a completely natural way even reinforcing the fragrant hop aromas, lime zest, curry spices, tropical orchids, fried chicken, blood orange, overripe papaja, pomegranate, fresh ginger, cigarette tobacco. Crisp, moderately fruity onset with weak hints of redcurrant, mango and orange, minerally accents, thin body as expected from a low ABV beer, very lean and light on the tongue with fine carbonation ’stings’ here and there, fairly neutral and dryish with a very subtle toasted edge, bit oily, with complex and aromatic hop bitterness increasing towards the end, drying more and more, with lovely retronasal herbal, dried grapefruit peel and fairly strong pine aromas as well as enough bittering power to almost stop the malts from flowing through in the end. High quality craft beer as I expected from this brewery, with a ’high’ and very herbal hop fragrance which stays restrained in the sweet citrus department: instead, tropical spice and ’boreal’ pine aromas prevail, which vaguely reminds me of Stone’s Go To IPA. Perhaps not the best choice for a gloomy autumn night, but nothing wrong with some ’California dreaming’ and regardless, this session IPA delivers what it promises: a great, flavourful, highly aromatic thirst quencher. I hope this ISA trend finds its way to Western Europe: I love the idea of a vast array of this type of beers being around here. Could drink this all day (without getting drunk - which is another advantage of this style that can be used as a persuasive marketing argument towards European consumers, I reckon; so get started with this, Belgian craft brewers!).