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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Session IPA with Amarillo.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3073) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Cans delivered by Lunch. You are awesome! Light orange body, mild haze, gargantuan, foamy, white head with lasting retention. Lovely fresh hop aroma. World class IPAs continue to spill out of Vermont. Just a mild bready quality to support the lovely Amarillo hop character. Quaffable and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2348) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Dank hop nose, light body with earthy, spicy and dank hop notes throughout... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (92) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz can - thanks Mike! Thousands of floating specks in a hazy gold base. Drying hop nose.. A worthy hop & malt presence for a session IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Une base maltée aérienne, céréalière et peu sucrée, parfaite pour accueillir l’élan herbacée/citronnelle et tropical de l’Amarillo. Une touche ferreuse, voire minérale ajoute du tranchant à la finale. Sans surprise, excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (395) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
L’odeur en deux mots : des houblons. Une quantité industrielle de houblons. La couleur assez claire du liquide nous rappelle que nous n’avons pas affaire à une Double IPA , mais le nez refuse de diminuer sa concentration en cocottes amères pour autant. En bouche, c’est drôlement agréable. Il n’y a que de l’amarillo comme houblon là dedans?? Et bien, considérons alors l’amarillo comme un de mes houblons préférés! C’est léger et frais, mais en même temps chargé de notes fruitées. Je la bois après une Sip of Sunshine et, à ma grande surprise, je pense l’y préférer. Très bon!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1443) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Lawson’s Finest Liquids help pioneer the “New England-style” IPA and they’ve been doing variations on it ever since including Session IPAs. I didn’t have the original incarnation, but Super Session #2 seems to follow the form with huge grassy hop aroma and flavor. This is exactly what you expect in a Vermont SIPA.

I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 8/5/15 and cost $2.10 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Jon H. for this can!

Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of dark gold. Pours to a fairly large, white head of soapy suds – most of which dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Huge hop aroma, especially of grass, garlic and onion. Pleasant, but maybe even a bit too potent.

Taste: The New England IPAs are known for being very grassy and herbally, though I say this one is a little stronger than most in that facet. Though it mentions the use of Amarillo hops on the can (which usually create for orange aromas and flavors), I get a hop character of garlic and onion and dried grass. It’s lightly fruity for a moment; akin to maybe citrus pith, but then changes quickly to a spice rack taste. A very tingly sensation on the tongue with a firm drying sensation right as it goes down. There’s enough malt to give it both body and balance, but not so much as to give it much distinctiveness (which is fine by me). These flavor components tend to work better in bigger brews (e.g. Heady Topper), but are a bit odd in a SIPA.

Drinkability: The can clearly indicates a 4.8% ABV, which is certainly sessionable, but on the higher end of the “Session IPA” spectrum. It has the mouthfeel of something lighter, though; it’s noticeably thin but it is quite crisp and stays well carbonated til the last drop. It’s not refreshing, in my opinion, but I could see it accompanying a summertime lunch quite well.

RATING: 8/10

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2015
12oz can thanks to Rob. Poured a hazy rusty gold with a larger foamy white head. Aroma of dry grassy hop cones, earth, lemons, biscuit and toast. Flavor of old orange rinds, lemon, biscuit, toast and dirty citrus. Full lively carbonation and a medium/full mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2015
12 pack of cans drunk fresh over the course of about a month, July and August 2015.
Lovely pour, bright and light golden with plentiful carbonation and a rocky white head with good retention.
"Fuzzy" fruit skin, leafy-green amarillo notes in the nose are very enjoyable and backed by a dry, very slightly grainy malt character that also adds a touch of honey. Mild citrus, guava and starfruit notes linger, with a bit of peppery herbs. At no point over the course of drinking these did I find any of the hop notes going South nor any dirtiness/cattiness sometimes associated with the delicate amarillo hop.
The flavor is marked by a not-too-grainy (but just enough) malt bill with some softer honey notes with warming and tons of zesty, lightly herbal and citrusy hop notes. But it’s a more flavorful citrus, less so a bitter, dry, acidic one. Ample, mostly tight carbonation, nicely attenuated, crisp on the end. Maybe a touch more breadiness than I’d like, but pretty hard to dislike this thing. Still seems like it’s trying to be bigger than it is, which is what all/most of the session IPAs are doing (which I hate), but I guess that’s a session ale. Otherwise it would just be a hoppy golden ale? I don’t know. Clean, refreshing and flavorful, with the hops well-treated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3703) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Clear darker golden body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Light florals, citrus, vegetal notes, some cut grass. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, and mild bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2783) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Can dated 08/05/2015. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a soft semi-hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger sustaining white foamy finger’s worth of head. It must last for a good minute and a half before even deciding to dissipate. Lacing was here and there, not much really. The smell starts off with freshly cut sweet grass, a light lemon, and ever so sly amount of sweet onion. Bittersweet and nice. The taste follows the smell and bringing a soft sweet oily onion flavor sliding over my taste buds. A sweet onion to grassy aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this has a light bodied feel with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation runs appropriate for the session IPA style and hits the spot letting a light bitterness to roll about. Overall, if treated as a session IPA, it works, but I must admit the IBU’s are pretty low in this one. To me, I dig it.


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