About Session IPA

About Session IPA
Session IPA's are lower alcohol, "sessionable" beers with a similar flavor profile and style as American style IPAs. They are deep gold to amber in color and usually fall below 5% in alcohol unlike their boozier counterparts, American style IPAs. They are characterized by floral and citrus hop aromas and a distinctive hop bitterness on the finish.

Top Picks for Session IPA

Fulton Brewing Company Hopstar Session IPA
91 points
Brilliant yellow color. Herbal aromas and flavors of herb muffin with honey, roasted tropical fruit, and buttered toasted baguette with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that shows notes of onion roll, rapini and carrot greens, and peppercorns finish. A bright and light session ale that delivers a wallop of hoppy goodness.
Hopping Nomad Hopping Nomad IPA
89 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of under-ripe apricot, peach yogurt, soursop, jicama, and leafy greens with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-long finish with nuances of hints of banana cream, dried mango, and watermelon rind finish. A well-balanced, flavorful session IPA that over-delivers for the category.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Mala Yerba Session IPA
89 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple mango Danish and hard boiled egg with Canadian bacon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows notes of lemon peppercorn muffin, endive, dried papaya, and rooibos finish. A mouthwatering and quenching session IPA that is sure to please.
Gaslight Brewery B.A. Massive Session IPA
87 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty, inviting, green aromas and flavors of citrus scone, roasted pineapple on arugula, scalloped potatoes with fresh chives and herbs, and crispy chicken skin with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a medium finish with notes of mesclun with radishes, peppered nuts, fine cocoa powder, and sandalwood incense finish. A complex, appetizing, and refreshingly bitter session IPA that will be great to pair with.
Samuel Adams Rebel Anytime Session IPA
87 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, and pepper bread with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with accents of dried oranges, peppered lettuces and carrots, mango jam on sourdough toast, and white peach finish. A nice easy drinking session IPA.
COOP Ale Works Spare Rib Session Pale Ale
85 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and pickled mangoes with a satiny, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a polished, brisk nut toast, cucumber-jicama relish, and radish spouts finish. A light and breezy session ale.
O’Connor Brewing Company Lil S.I.P.A. Session IPA
84 points
Clear gold color. Aromas of sour cream, peach custard danish and coffee blossoms, succotash, and creamed spinach and glue with a supple, effervescent, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk endive, dusty turnip, potting soil and loam, and nutshell finish. A dry and austere IPA with a notable vegetal streak.
Rogue Ales 4 Hop Session IPA
83 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting, smoky aromas and flavors of fire pit and lava, grilled citrus and baguette, and grapefruit blossoms with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of grilled root vegetables and romaine, white cigar ash, mulch, and miso finish. A curious, smoky IPA that mashes up rauchbier and IPA in a table-centric manner.