Forever Ever Session IPA
Tasting: May 13, 2016
Style: Session IPA
Beer #: 936
After his death, I read that the term “F-bomb” was first attributed to Gary Carter of the New York Mets. While he probably didn’t coin the phrase, the earliest printed reference of the term came from a New York newspaper. In the article, Carter used it to describe the language other players in the Met clubhouse. Since no earlier written proof exists, Carter gets credit.
I’d like to claim the phrase “get a room”. I’m certain (at age 15) that I used it regularly during the summer of 1979 as one friend and his new girlfriend got particularly carried away with their public displays of affection. Unfortunately, I see that the term “get a room” is attributed to a line in the movie “Fatso” released in 1980. Next time I coin a phrase, I’ll be sure to include it in this blog.
Use of the beer term “session” or “sessionable” remains a bit of a mystery. It seems that
Michael Jackson, the beer hunter (not the one with the be-dazzled glove) used the term session to describe a beer in his 1982 book but many believe the term dates back to an earlier part of the 20th century. In England, the Defence of the Realm act of 1915 had a temperance element aimed at cutting alcohol consumption by limiting pubs openings to two “sessions” – one at lunch and one in the evening. Around the same time (World War I), the British government imposed restrictions on alcohol strength including higher tariffs on higher strength beer. Could it be that a session beer was one that could be consumed straight through a lunch or evening session and one could remain a proper gentleman?
Today the term is loose in its requirement – is it under 4.5% ABV, under 5.0% ABV. Like other American interpretations, we set our own boundaries. This session IPA comes from an unlikely source as Other Half is not known for taking the light road when it comes to alcohol by volume.
Like other session ales, Forever Ever Session IPA comes across in one dimension – hoppy. However, this one is well executed. I get a mellow dank resinous flavor and some grassiness. One of the better session beers I’ve had – 88 points.