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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Looking for a beer with a bit lighter alcohol content? (What? Why? Just kidding! We all enjoy a great-tasting beer with less alcohol so we can drink A LOT MORE of it!) Our brewers created Alpha Session Ale with the same big flavors as an IPA, but lower alcohol contentÖ so you can drink more of them. Iím definitely not complaining about that...
Hopped with Simcoe, Citra and CTZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (1110) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a golden brown color without much head. Good hop flavor and good balance for a low alcohol beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2227) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle shared by kmweaver. Pours a clear gold with a nice white head. Nice rounded hoppiness, with resinous and citrus notes throughout, and a pale malt finish with a relaxed bitterness. An excellent session beer overall whose only shortcoming is a thinness of palate through the finish. But you canít expect that body with so little alcohol, so Iím okay with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larryLSB (456) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle, 12 oz, poured into a tulip. Clear golden, medium white head. Nose was mostly of the pine variety, fainter as the beer warmed up. I think this is lawnmower beer, pop it open while doing the chores, and slamming it down. Taste was very mild, but all on the bitter side. Good lively carbonataion. Overall decent, but price a bit high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (4245) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, and something a little like a cleaning product. Flavor is citrus, pine, caramel, a bit of metal. Light sweet, light bitter, bit of metal lingers to finish. Maybe I am just not digging the CTZ hops?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle:   Straw, orange and hazy, thin frothy white head, little lacing.   Citrus rind and soft pithy nose.   A little sweaty and dank.   Soft bitterness, a little citrus peel and pithiness.   Starts out decent, falls off a bit towards the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft finish, lighter than I would like.   Seems like a very mild Pale Ale.   Soft bitterness and citrus peel on the finish.   Tiz okay, but a lighter example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
~Resinous hop aroma with woody spice and citrusy lemon like tones. Bready, biscuity maltiness ~Pours slightly hazygold color with long lasting creamy white head. ~Spicy citrusy resinous woody hop flavor with light biscuity maltiness. ~Light bodied, with high CO2, clean but lingering bitter hop finish. ~Great Looking brew and I love the low Alcohol level, so I donít get smashed. Great beer for hop lovers that want to drink lots of beer. Good BBqing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
This beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a medium foamy white head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbal hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of grassy hops, zesty citrus and bready malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering fruity hops aftertaste. Well-executed sessionable APA all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3577) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bomber shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Poured a cloudy amber-gold with a robust white lead and lots of lacing rings. Nose is citrus and lime zest. Medium in body with a lively mouthfeel. The flavor is an unusual bitterness but the citrus hops dominate. An exceptionally flavorful session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured hazy gold with a big almost white head. A citrus aroma with infection? After tasting I am still not sure about infection. It has plenty of citrus hops with lime. Late, some sulfur was tasted. By mid glass I have decided there is infection but it has not had time to fully dominate. It is band aid. The good news is that the beer is flavorful and interesting. For an ABV of 3.8 that is impressive. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
In short: A slender citrusy and piney 3.8% APA that is surprisingly tasty. Good session beer.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh soon after receiving the bottle from oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a small off-white head leaving good lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is typical American citrusy hops, far from an aromatic hop bomb, but not timid either considering the size of the beer. Taste offers a slender body that doesnít feel watery at all, a bit of residual sugars at first, then the citrusy hops aided with dry pine-tree and soapy notes lead to a moderately dry finish with mild bitterness. Long finish. Carbonation is soft which helps the slim body not feel too light. A pretty good beer that deserves a few extra points because it is only a 3.8% and you can drink gallons of it. I would normally be more impressed but not long ago I had a 3.5% Lawsons Three Penny Especiale and I know how a below 4% APA can kick some serious ass. This Alpha Session Ale is still a very good 3.8% beer. Another rating for me, and I havenít rated any beer in quite a few days and still didnít do anything productiveÖ oh well, there goes that theory.

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