Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 40
Samuel Adams Session IPA
What the brewers say
“This beer’s bright citrus hops aroma gives way to flavorful notes of grapefruit and pine, with slight herbal and lemon notes. A subtle malt sweetness balances the hops for a clean, crisp, and easy-drinking IPA.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Orange, lime, pineapple, mango, bready, with some grassy notes and very subtle floral notes. Medium light toasted malt and a slight soapy character.”
Flavor: “Very high carb makes this one dance on your palate, but it also makes the beer come across as mineraly, almost Pilsner-like. Big fruity punch from the hops with just a touch of grainy sweetness to almost balance things out. Finishes with a smooth bitterness and a slightly sweet coating sensation. The aftertaste is of PNW forests after the rain.”
Overall: “The carb and body bring a new twist to this style, but it’s a fairly simplistic beer without a lot of hops aroma or flavors and what’s there is more Old School hops selection. It has some nice malt flavor and a clean bitter finish. It’s light and refreshing but just a bit basic.”
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