ebone1988 (1375) - 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 (9260) - 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 (9281) - 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 (9851) - 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 (4536) - 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!).
bigda83 (838) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear amber color with very minimal head. Aroma is herbal, citrus, and very hoppy. Flavor had grapefruit, lemon, tea, grass. Super hoppy and in your face. Light body and thin texture, bubbly carbonation, and a nice easy finish with some bitterness mixing in. Can easily drink and enjoy these all day long.
thornecb (5503) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep gold into a shaker. White head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Dark resin aromas. Thin with resin and grapefruit upfront with an abrupt pith finish.
flying_pig (1424) - SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml Can from BottleDog (Glasgow, £2.80):
Fresh & hoppy with lots of flavour despite the low abv. Good bitterness with nice citrus & pine hops. Definitely one of the better session IPA’s & very easy to drink, maybe not quite as good as Stone’s Go To IPA or Founder’s All Day IPA but it runs them very close & is a nice beer that I wouldn’t mind getting again.
radio_nowhere (1395) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can into tulip glass, clear lighter amber color with thin white head. Aroma notes of sugary citrus grapefruit, tad pine and caramel malt. Taste adds more juicy citrus, some herbal notes, cereal and a tad floral. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, oily, crisp with light pine/citrus finish. It’s IPA Lite that’s for sure but tasty and very drinkable.
RichieBoy (59) - Getzville, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another winner from Ballast Point. Awesome pine and grapefruit hops with lots of fruit flavor. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone