5% abv. Fresh batch that I picked up the day it arrived at Rapid Liquors in Stoneham, MA. This is one of the best beers for the price that you can get anywhere. It sells here for $6.99 a six pack and brings so much flavor. It really is an incredible value and it has become my daily staple beer. I stock up with at least 3 cases every time I find it available. I should have reviewed this a long time ago, but perhaps I subliminally wanted to keep it all to myself!
It pours a hazy orange gold color with a decent white head. Pine, orange zest, and tropical fruit salad on the nose. First sip is super smooth with a light to medium body with good carbonation. Great hop bite with first sip, which is surprising for a session beer. Incredibly thirst quenching, so it goes down super easy. Dried apricot, mango, pineapple, and papaya flavors upfront with a slight orange zest and pepper finish. A touch of dankness and earthy fresh cut grass. A sweet caramel or wheat roll maltiness helps round it all off. Really the perfect beer for a summer BBQ or watching a game. I love this beer.
Aeronaut Brewing Company, Hop Hop & Away, Somerville, MA
A gift from my friend Derek O’Brien. Batch 384, can dated 10/26/17. 4.6% abv. 42 IBUs. Made with citra and mosaic hops. As always, super cool can art by Raul Gonzalez III. Pours murky gold with a inch thick fluffy white head. Grapefruit, mango, and orange zest on the nose. Surprising first sip is popping with citrus flavor…this is no ordinary session IPA. Touches of dried apricot, fresh cut grass, and apple skin. Smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, but plenty of hop bite to keep it interesting. Bitterness is balanced well by a rye bread and caramel sweetness. An excellent session beer for a summer bbq or to quaff over the holidays. Brewed in Somerville, MA, so drink local!
Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Super Session #2 IPA, Warren, Vermont
Celebrating National Beer Day 2017. Can dated 3/28/17 so this beer is about 9 or 10 days old. 4.8% abv. Fresh hop aroma jumps out of the can on opening. Pleasant floral and piney hop scent with hints of citrus. First sip shows it is hop forward for sure, but it has a nice pale and caramel malt backbone that makes it ridiculously drinkable. Lemon, pepper and floral hop flavors linger and jump all around the mouth. Some ripe melon and berries as well.It is by no means a hop bomb, it is the perfect balance of crisp hops and smooth malt flavors. A great session IPA.
Ruhstaller Farm & Yard, Dixon Cascade IPA, Sacramento, CA
6% abv. 52 IBU Cascade Hops with California Metcalf and Copeland barley – A gift from my friend, the amazing designer Jamie Okuma. Pours gold with a touch of copper and a white head. I love the smell of this beer. It has a wonderful flowery cascade hops aroma with light citrus notes, but the sweet caramel and bready malt scents are right there as well to help balance it. I swear you can smell the freshness of the ingredients. The hops were grown, dried, and baled, and stored on the farm.
First sip is pine resin with distinct floral notes. Just a touch spicy, but citrusy as well. The flavors are subtle, complex, and delicious. I really love the delicate spiciness and mild citrus bite. With a relatively low abv, this beer is excessively drinkable and flavorful throughout.
This isn’t a typical west coast style IPA, but it is a delicious old school take on the style that I could drink every single day.
Easy Jack IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
4.5% abv. About a one month old bottle. It has a light and refreshing floral, citrus, and fresh cut grass hop aroma. First sip let’s you know that this is not your average session beer. Hops are fully present in each sip. Delicate water cracker or light wheat bread malt profile. Hops tingle the gums and bouncy around the palate. I have now had this on draft and in the bottle and both are excellent. This is a certain go to beer for summer BBQs and post lawn mowing hydration. It is a session beer, but it is better than many of bigger IPAs out there. I have a few more in the fridge and I think I will save them for a pairing with some brats on 4th of July. You really cannot go wrong with this brewery.