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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 content… so you can drink more of them. I’m definitely not complaining about that...
Hopped with Simcoe, Citra and CTZ.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
On tap at the Grad in Davis CA. Not much too it. Pale yellow in color with a little bit of hop. Not bad for a session beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loubar (75) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Aroma of hops, citrus and pine. Light-bodied; Light hop flavor with grass and herbs over a subtle malt base with some caramel sweetness at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter with the hops lingering front and center. Not complex. Overall, a very comfortable session beer with a good amount of hops that shows well. Love the low ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Not a total surprise, as I expect good stuff from Drake’s, 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 I’ve had."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3868) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong citrus, pine, and wheat. Medium mouth with nice citrus, light bitterness, pine. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tselloufc88 (170) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Slightly peachy grassy aroma, small white head. Tasty enough medium bitterness with some fruit coming through. Decent for its low strength and nice and easy going. Good.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Appearance: Golden yellow and very clean looking. A good looking beer. Smell: A nice whiff of mild, crisp hops. Taste: Hmmmmm. Disappointing. Just hit flat and card-boardey on my first 2 or 3 tastes. And it didn’t get better from there. Everything was muted and stale tasting. Hopefully just not a great bottle. Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Drinkability: This one didn’t have it for me. My tasting history with Drake’s is solid. I probably just didn’t have a great example of this beer. I’m sure my next Drake’s will be terrific.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Tap. The look is clear, whitish colored head, and golden in color. The smell is hops, fruit, lighter, orange, and ok. The taste is light, florals, fruits, pine, and ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2750) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pint At Mikkeller Bar. San Francisco. Good aroma sweet. Tangerine orange.little grassy. Earthy malt. Clean golden orange color good head faded quick spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Lite body thin creamy mouthfeel. Bitter sweet finish . Nice. Good session ipa. Aroma best part. Flavor more straight forward bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Sampled on tap at ale arsenal. A clean crisp ipa. Much lighter than your average session ipa. Light and crisp with a good hop layering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden color with ivory head. Spicy, dank, cat spray, hoppy aromas. Medium bodied. Dusty, spicy hop, light fruity flavors on a flimsy cracker malt base brew___lightly drying finish---pale ale light.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (359) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle from a 4-pack. And another one and another one. Up there with Green Flash’s 5% Citra beer as a killer hoppy session ale. Hits just the right notes. You don’t need me to describe this for you -- if it sounds like your thing -- bet it is!


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