Friday, July 17, 2015

Bronx Session IPA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1402) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2015
There’s a lot I could say about Bronx Session IPA, and yet at the same time there’s not. This beer is of the general “New England-style” IPA subgenre, but is also a session IPA. It’s spicy, grassy, and fruity and yet it’s also a tad milder and less bitter than I’d expect. Still, it looks great and it’s easy and fun to drink – there’s nothing wrong it at all. I like it.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.65 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Orange milkshake complexion (hazy pale orange; not even close to transparent). Pours to a very large, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Fairly light nose of spicy/grassy/citrusy hops.

Taste: What’s interesting about this beer is that its base malt is Vienna with some wheat used as a specialty. That doesn’t affect the palette radically when compared to others of the style, though it does seem to be just a little milder than most. Additionally, the use of Caliente and Palisades hops are an interesting choice. They create for the familiar aroma and flavor combination of citrus and spicy/grass though I swear I detect just the faintest trace of actual pepper-like spiciness on the finish. A touch of pine in there as well. And yet, despite all these descriptors, I’d still honestly consider this a rather mild brew. Supposedly 59 IBUs, it doesn’t seem quite that bitter (nor should it be since many regular IPAs have the same or less IBUs). This could easily pass as just an American Pale Ale and it’d work just as well that way.

Drinkability: It’s rare that IPAs – session, single or otherwise – are truly refreshing, but in the case Bronx Session IPA I’d say that’s applicable. The mouthfeel is full with a soft, smooth texture (creamy, even). It glides across the tongue and quenches my thirst every swig. There is a bit of a dry aftertaste, though I think I’d prefer that to it being completely clean. At 5% ABV it’s a little bigger than I’d prefer in a SIPA, but considering it comes in a can (and a 16oz can at that) makes it easily adaptable to situation drinking (i.e. outdoors in the summer straight from the can).

Score: 8/10