Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chatham Go Long

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1410) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2015
I haven’t been the biggest fan of Chatham Brewing, which is ironic since they’re a fairly local brewery to me. Their new session IPA – “Go Long” – is a winner, though. While not the best example of the style it is well-balanced and highly drinkable. 

I poured a 12oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark hazy shade of copper; no visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Lovely citrus pith scent with piney notes as well.

Taste: The palette begins with a lot of West Coast notes: grapefruit and orange citrus flavors are noticeable right away. It then transitions to something Eastern immediately with a surprisingly strong amber malt presence and light spicy/piney hop character on the finish. There’s a bit of an English character here with a slight toasty/marmalade flavor that’s quite prominent for a session IPA – reminiscent of an ESB. I do detect a slight off-flavor somewhere on the back end; it’s difficult to describe though it is rather subtle and not too distracting. Otherwise, I find this to be a well-rounded brew that’s rather unique for a SIPA.

Drinkability: Once again I am not entirely sure of the ABV as it’s not listed on the label (wouldn’t that be a selling point of all Session IPAs?!). My sources peg it at 4.5%, which seems rather low as this has the body of something closer to 5 or higher. If it is 4.5 it’s certainly impressive since it’s not paper thin or watery. There’s a light crisp sensation to the mouthfeel, and the hop bite is enough to make itself known though it mostly fades away leaving just a mild starchy aftertaste. A little refreshing while in the mouth, though I wouldn’t consider Chatham Go Long to be a refreshing beer per se. It works as a SIPA, though.

Score: 7/10

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