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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 Pours golden yellow with a white head. Citrus and pine. This really is something I could drink all day. Light body but still has a nice hop flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2520) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Wow, this is a model tiny hop bomb. Huge aroma, lots of head retention, great body, sweet/bitter balance, citrusy and strong piney aromas. And very lean as a sub 4. Effervescence is good but shy of lively -- pretty much perfect. You canít get much better than this for summer beer. I really canít imagine any tweak to this beer that could make it any better. Summer perfection right here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is a light copperish color with a small white head and some sticky lacing. S: Man, lots of really great hop aromas. Juicy citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangeringes, and oranges. Thereís a light pine aroma to it and some underlying bread/biscuit malt. T: Such an intense flavor for a low gravity beer. An intensely fresh hop flavor of grapefruit and tangerine. Plenty of pine and citrus peel bitterness with just the slightest malt flavor. M: The body is light with a lively carbonation that helps bring out the big hop flavors. D: One of the best low gravity beers Iíve ever had. So easy to drink and amazingly flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2011
A - Served a clear golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head faded quite quickly leaving behind some decent lacing in the process. S - Aroma is bursting with lots of bit citrus and pine hops. Lots of tropical fruits. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts. T - The beer kicks off with lots of big citrus hop with lots of tropical fruits. There is some nice bitterness alongside. Through the middle, lots of piney hops join in alongside with more bitterness. There is some sweet caramel malts that come through alongside. The finish is full of lots of hops and bitterness that linger for quite some time. M - The beer feels medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth with a some strong dryness from all the hops. D - Very drinkable. There is an amazing amount of hop flavor here for the relatively low abv level. One of the best session ales I have had in quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Alpha Session Sampled on 5/26/12. This American Pale Ale pours a orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal, citrus and floral. A medium to light bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Lots and lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Nice carbonation. Lots of flavor. Good malts and nice hops and only 3.8% alcohol. A great session ale. Nice summer beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
"Session" beer thatís BELOW 4%. YES!! This bready American Pale Ale has a solid malt character and a lovely whiff of citra and Simcoe pine and grass. Grapefruit in the taste, but the aromatics are all West Coast greenery. The water dominates the malts, but thatís intentional. For 3.8%, this brew packs a great malt taste and solid hop bitterness. Clean finish, and itís light appearance says Pale Ale but also says drinkability. Looks unfiltered, great lace... more taste than most beers at this alcohol volume. Very happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8027) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
22oz bomber pours crystal clear gold with somewhat weak white head. The aroma offers up tangelo and lime mixed with spicy dank hops and then a touch of sweet maltiness. Smells yummy. The taste is big on flavor and follows suit with grapefruit and tangelo and some lime mixing together with and even level of hop flavor and hop bitterness.3.8% ABV, what? Could that be right? Behind the hops is a wafer thin ring of malt sweetness. Great refreshing and yet bold flavored summer brew. Dandy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9651) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Not a total surprise, as I expect good stuff from Drakeís, but holy hell this was good! All the wonderful hop goodness without any residual sugar or alcohol to "get in the way". What surprised me the most about this beer was that I loved the feel. Not watery at all, and the beer just dances on your tongue. Wonderful citrus and grapefruit aroma, with a hint of pine, with a long lingering bitter finish. Right up there with the Stone session pale as one o the best low abv beers Iíve had."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2448) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
This is freakiní awesome! Tap at Small Bar. Great hoppy nose. Not a great deal of body, but great hops on the finish. A truly fantastic session beer at under 4%. Give me more - give me much more!!

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