Session IPA - more notable examples
Moor’s Revival is a defining beer here. Maybe not the first but certainly one of the best proponents of that magnificent mix of Englishness, of sessionability, then with all of the Americanness loaded on top with the fireworks of fresh hops. It’s ultra pale, clean and dry, pithy and tropical; it’s been around for years now and deserves a tagline of modern classic.
There are other great examples, too. Beavertown's Neck Oil is super fresh and ridiculously hoppy. This is a real powerhouse. The joy of Thornbridge AM:PM is the dry, clean crispness in the body – a character reminiscent of lagers and the hops of an IPA. Those hops give ripe stone fruits, some tropical freshness and citrus juice, but there’s a tautness to how it’s all held together, a grip of hop and a quench at the end.
Magic Rock Inhaler combines lower alcohol hoppiness with juiciness, a perfect coming-together of trends. It’s fruity and tangy, lush and crushable. Gypsy Hill Hepcat gives us a little more malt richness than others in this style. It’s a jammier body, rounder and more toasty, with all of the peachy, citrusy hops on top.
Session IPA vs IPA
Session IPAs have become a go-to, a delicious and flavoursome alternative to a regular IPA. They are the light must-have on taps, the fridge-filler you always have cold and ready to go. They are the defining style of craft beer right now, perfect for beer drinkers who are more conscious about their drinking habits. Ultimately, session IPAs are for those drawn to the flavour of hops but who actually want to be able to drink a few of them. Light certainly doesn’t need mean lighter on flavour. They combine the hoppiness of an IPA but with a lower alcohol content.