Tasting: March 7, 2013
Style: India Pale Ale
All Day IPA
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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the new wave of what are being called “session” beers. These sessionable beers are moderate in ABV so one could remain upright after having a few over the course of — well — a session. To me, these session beers seem to be a re-do of the launch of the craft beer movement. In those early days, the beer landscape was dominated by the 5% ABV Budweiser and the 4.2% ABV Coors Light. Boston Beer Company changed the game with their flavorful 4.9% ABV Boston Lager. Time may have passed by those original trailblazers and now it seems craft brewers want to freshen up these entry level craft beers for an entirely new market that are dipping their toes in the craft beer ocean.
If anyone could pull this off, it would be the kings of craft beer – Michigan’s Founders Brewing. Big citrus aroma from this rich amber IPA. With my first sip I fully expected some sweetness – but it was non-existent. Not a surprise considering that sweetness comes from grains as would the subsequent ABV. So, what they’ve done here is amp up the hops — and boy are they present. While it lacks in body and longs for some balancing sweetness – the hop characteristics are massive. It has a crisp finish. If you like Centennial – think of this as Centennial “light”. If you’re a hop head and need a suggestion to take to your next session opportunity this one definitely fits the bill. I’m stuck between 86 and 87 — the only reason I’ll put this at 87 points is because it delivers the flavor on a low ABV.