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