not often I encounter a session IPA that is truly balanced and has
distinctive malt character, but that’s what separates Two Roads Lil’
Heaven Session IPA from the rest. This is what I would consider a truly
complete brew of the style, as it actually has substance to it.
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 4/14/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Fairly dark copper hue; slightly hazy, but massive
carbonation is visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly
dissipates but leaves a fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Lots of tropical fruit and citrus; slight herbal quality. Quite nice.
Taste: It’s nice to see breweries using new hop varieties; I’m noticing a
lot of the most popular these days tend to be both tropical and herbal
rather than the classic citrus and/or pine. There’s a strong pineapple
taste right away here, along with light notes of papaya or guava.
Through the middle I taste a fairly strong toasted malt flavor. It’s a
little more distinctive than the usual pale malt found in most brews of
the genre. The bitterness is noticeable right away – it’s light and
crisp at first, but becomes grassy and spicy on the finish. I’d probably
say this is one of the most delectable palettes I’ve encountered in a
Drinkability: As much as I enjoyed this beer’s taste, I do raise an
eyebrow at its 4.8% ABV. That’s a tad bigger than I prefer in both a
session IPA and a session beer. It tastes and drinks like a normal IPA
that was shrunk down a few sizes. The mouthfeel is in no way thin and
spastic; it’s medium-bodied all around. I would not consider it
refreshing per se, though. Definitely an easy beer to drink and
packaging it in a can is certainly ideal.