Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Samuel Adams Session IPA

ChadPolenz (1793) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strong fresh hop aroma; especially floral and a bit of green tea. Faint lemon zest. Pale malt base is present, but no sweetness or specialty. Unbalanced but pleasant. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue; effervescent; medium-large white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hop flavor from start to finish. A clean, bright taste of lemon pith, green tea, and a some pine on the finish. Bitterness is firm, but not overbearing; well balanced with the actual hop flavor. Malt base is lightly sweet, almost cereal-like, to offer a smidgen of balance and backbone. Piney bitterness lingers momentarily before finishing dry. This is exactly what a session IPA palette should be. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth with a crisp finish. Very efficient at only 4.5% ABV. Not refreshing exactly, but highly drinkable and would pair well with food. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive, to-spec beer; especially considering it’s an East Coast style (a rarity these days). Well balanced and easy to drink. Packaged in cans helps, too. 9/10