Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Keegan Ales Bine Climber Session IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1189) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2014
I’ve drank enough session IPAs by now that I’m noticing a lot of specific flavor characteristics repeat between them. That’s not to say Keegan Ales Bine Climber Session IPA is in any way bad, just that everything that’s here has been done before. That’s okay, because the result is still a beer that’s plenty tasty and highly drinkable – isn’t that the point, anyway?

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 8/1/14 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a hazy body, though some carbonation is visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Light citrus and some pine. A hint of spicy/herbal notes.

Taste: For a session IPA, this beer has a relatively large malt and hop bill (with four of each ingredient). Though the palette itself is not all that complex, it’s quite direct. A familiar taste of light grain and a hint of cracker-like wheat flavor. The hops start out initially quite dry and bitter, but eventually offer some real flavors – especially of lemon and a touch of pine. It finishes with a surprisingly sweet, honey-like flavor before washing away clean. It’s all enjoyable, though far from amazing. It gets the job done, though.

Drinkability: Weighing in at 4.7% ABV, Keegan Ales Bine Climber Session IPA is about average for this niche style, though just a tad overweight to truly make the “session beer” cut. It does drink and feel like a light beer, though. The mouthfeel is thin, but crisp like a lager. Refreshing while in the mouth and it goes down easily and leaves only a faint aftertaste of hops. I’m glad it comes in a can, as this is definitely the kind of beer whose portability factor would work in its favor. 
Grade: 7/10

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