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.