Beer Details: All Day IPA Session Ale from Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan (India Pale Ale, 4.7% ABV. Currently only available in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and the Chicago-area.)
Appearance: Very clear golden ale with lemon-yellow glints around the edges and some lovely lazy bubbles streaming up the glass. An initially thick head of foam settles down to a thin sudsy cap.
Aroma: Hello, hops flower!
Taste: Nice hit of lemony citrus hops right off the bat. They crackle across the tongue and settle into a lingering earthy bitterness in the finish. This IPA isn't overly bitter, but definitely has enough flavor going on to keep it interesting.
The beer is thin-bodied and feels a bit empty in the middle where the malts usually reside. This is somewhat due to the nature of session beers: to keep the alcohol down, the malts have to be scaled back. Deeper malt flavors and body are the sacrifice.
Still, if you're looking for a lighter ale to see you through a hot afternoon, this is a great one to have. It's super-refreshing and has a nicely balanced hop profile to make mouths happy.
Food Pairings: I sipped this beer with a giant bowl of chips and salsa. It's an excellent pairing with spicy foods. Try it also with spicy tacos or grilled shrimp skewers.
Have you had a chance to try this beer yet? Any thoughts?
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