leaparsons (10499) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2015
Can, Brewdog Leicester. Golden with an off white head. Lemon rind with mellow grapefruit and pineapple. Peppery and leafy with a dry finish. Alengrin (5235) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2015
Ballast Point’s interpretation of the ’new’ India session ale style, with medium thick, pale greyish white, opening yet stable, lightly lacing head and clear, deep orange blonde colour with lively fizz, becoming a more cloudy ’sunset’ orange with deposit, but still looking warm and attractive. The ethereal herbal aroma makes my mouth water in instants: pink grapefruit peel, pine needles, sundried chilli peppers, iron but in a completely natural way even reinforcing the fragrant hop aromas, lime zest, curry spices, tropical orchids, fried chicken, blood orange, overripe papaja, pomegranate, fresh ginger, cigarette tobacco. Crisp, moderately fruity onset with weak hints of redcurrant, mango and orange, minerally accents, thin body as expected from a low ABV beer, very lean and light on the tongue with fine carbonation ’stings’ here and there, fairly neutral and dryish with a very subtle toasted edge, bit oily, with complex and aromatic hop bitterness increasing towards the end, drying more and more, with lovely retronasal herbal, dried grapefruit peel and fairly strong pine aromas as well as enough bittering power to almost stop the malts from flowing through in the end. High quality craft beer as I expected from this brewery, with a ’high’ and very herbal hop fragrance which stays restrained in the sweet citrus department: instead, tropical spice and ’boreal’ pine aromas prevail, which vaguely reminds me of Stone’s Go To IPA. Perhaps not the best choice for a gloomy autumn night, but nothing wrong with some ’California dreaming’ and regardless, this session IPA delivers what it promises: a great, flavourful, highly aromatic thirst quencher. I hope this ISA trend finds its way to Western Europe: I love the idea of a vast array of this type of beers being around here. Could drink this all day (without getting drunk - which is another advantage of this style that can be used as a persuasive marketing argument towards European consumers, I reckon; so get started with this, Belgian craft brewers!). bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Can. Pours a clear amber color with very minimal head. Aroma is herbal, citrus, and very hoppy. Flavor had grapefruit, lemon, tea, grass. Super hoppy and in your face. Light body and thin texture, bubbly carbonation, and a nice easy finish with some bitterness mixing in. Can easily drink and enjoy these all day long. thornecb (5874) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Pours deep gold into a shaker. White head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Dark resin aromas. Thin with resin and grapefruit upfront with an abrupt pith finish. flying_pig (1555) - SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
355ml Can from BottleDog (Glasgow, £2.80):
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Fresh & hoppy with lots of flavour despite the low abv. Good bitterness with nice citrus & pine hops. Definitely one of the better session IPA’s & very easy to drink, maybe not quite as good as Stone’s Go To IPA or Founder’s All Day IPA but it runs them very close & is a nice beer that I wouldn’t mind getting again.
Can into tulip glass, clear lighter amber color with thin white head. Aroma notes of sugary citrus grapefruit, tad pine and caramel malt. Taste adds more juicy citrus, some herbal notes, cereal and a tad floral. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, oily, crisp with light pine/citrus finish. It’s IPA Lite that’s for sure but tasty and very drinkable. RichieBoy (64) - Getzville, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Another winner from Ballast Point. Awesome pine and grapefruit hops with lots of fruit flavor. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
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12 oz bottle. Pours copper with little head. Aromas of candied grapefruit and pine. Flavors of sharp dry pine, citrus peel, and bitter resin. Not much body and watery but a tasty pounder. dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Clear copper body with fair amount of frothy white head. Ripe citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, and freshly clipped grass. Hoppy flavors continue in the taste with light cereal malts. Very smooth finish with moderate bitters. BrewTom (660) - - NOV 14, 2015
Light amber with a thick head. Sweet grassy hop aroma. A little sweetness balanced with some spicy hop balancing bitterness. A light & refreshing beer with enough hop flavour to keep it interesting.
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