Finest Liquids help pioneer the “New England-style” IPA and they’ve
been doing variations on it ever since including Session IPAs. I didn’t
have the original incarnation, but Super Session #2 seems to follow the
form with huge grassy hop aroma and flavor. This is exactly what you
expect in a Vermont SIPA.
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 8/5/15 and cost $2.10 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Jon H. for this can!
Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of dark gold. Pours to a fairly large,
white head of soapy suds – most of which dissipates and leaves a little
Smell: Huge hop aroma, especially of grass, garlic and onion. Pleasant, but maybe even a bit too potent.
Taste: The New England IPAs are known for being very grassy and
herbally, though I say this one is a little stronger than most in that
facet. Though it mentions the use of Amarillo hops on the can (which
usually create for orange aromas and flavors), I get a hop character of
garlic and onion and dried grass. It’s lightly fruity for a moment; akin
to maybe citrus pith, but then changes quickly to a spice rack taste. A
very tingly sensation on the tongue with a firm drying sensation right
as it goes down. There’s enough malt to give it both body and balance,
but not so much as to give it much distinctiveness (which is fine by
me). These flavor components tend to work better in bigger brews (e.g.
Heady Topper), but are a bit odd in a SIPA.
Drinkability: The can clearly indicates a 4.8% ABV, which is certainly
sessionable, but on the higher end of the “Session IPA” spectrum. It has
the mouthfeel of something lighter, though; it’s noticeably thin but it
is quite crisp and stays well carbonated til the last drop. It’s not
refreshing, in my opinion, but I could see it accompanying a summertime
lunch quite well.