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RATINGS: 92   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine and grapefruit hops, a bit of biscuit, and a light mineral note. The taste is quite similar to the nose with pine, grapefruit, some orange, some biscuit, and also a light mineral note. The finish has a decent bitterness with more pine and grapefruit. Quite dry throughout. Light body. Medium carbonation. This was quite enjoyable. It was quite hoppy and dry, which I tend to enjoy. The price kind of defeats the purpose of the low alcohol content though because I wonít be drinking several of them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
[Draft @ Rockin Brews] Dark golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus, and toast. Taste of pine, citrus, tropical fruits, toasted malts, with a light grapefruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2118) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a gorgeous translucent brass color with a small white head that quickly fizzes away. The aroma is quite strong and distinct with good citrus, mostly oranges or tangerines and a bit of salt. The flavor does not quite live up to the nose; the citrus comes across as a bit muddled, besides oranges i also get some apricot and persimmon. The malt base is light and effective with slightly sweet biscuit. The palate is similarly light but appropriate for the style and the carbonation is lively. Finishes short and dry. Overall: A very nice little session ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Thanks to Sean from bay area beers on trade...Pours hazy gold. Aromas of grass, pine, citrus rind and barn hey, malt character is low but has some interesting fruity fermentation characteristics . Medium bodied with more mouth-feel than the 3.8% alcohol would suggest. Flavors of grassy hops all the way though the palate. Some residual bitterness lingers. Finish is medium bitter that sicks on your tongue for a while. A good Session IPA, much like the Founders All Day IPA, but with more body and finesse despite the even lower alcohol content. Great session beer IPA. A-

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Drakeís Alpha Session. Tap at The Raglan in OB. Clear light yellow gold with a one finger white, down to a thick ring and island after a minute. Big floral nose with lots a tropical fruit hops, pine behind. Flavor follows suit, less tropicals. Lots of bitterness added, light cracker malt at some point. Dry finish, bitterness at a 6-7. Thin body with moderate carbonation. Quite tasty, though maybe I like Founders All Day IPA more. It was less bitter (but 1% more) with more balance (but 1% more), which one would expect.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #17. Hazy golden/yellow pour with a nice white head. Ni e hop aroma, a little pepper and light pine. Big bitterness upfront, a little onion, but not in a bad way. Nice hoppy drinker for sure. (2384)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (792) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bomber Bottle. Nice grapefruit hop aroma. Taste is bitter and hops, body is light. Really refreshing beer, wish it came in bulk packs. Great BBQ beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a fizzy yellow pilsner color, with minimal foam. Almost no nose, but what is there is faint ale quality with a dose of the dank bitterness suggested by the style. Taste is all strong bitterness up front, and with just a touch of sweet light malt in the mid and late palate to help bring this baby home. Itís a nice brew, and in a glut of BIG monster beers, itís quite refreshing to have something you really can start drinking at beer-thirty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
This is what o have been waiting for on the west coast!!! So awesomem! Drinks really well, nice and hoppy and light but full palate. Piney resins, citrus fruits, floral and green flavors, a lot of nice stuff here, definitely not one dimensional. Reminds me of a HFS pale, nice to have it available in quantity for once!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
10 ounce sample on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley. The aroma on this is heavy on citrus--mostly grapefruit. Some passionfruit and pine is also present, though. Really nice aroma. Transparent golden body with some orange hues present. Smallish off-white head present with no lacing. Starts quite hoppy with mango and a little piney hoppiness. Some orange flavored hops then comes through towards the middle. Very light maltiness present with a lingering mild piney hop bitterness. Good sessionable stuff. Wish more brewers did this kind of stuff!


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